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Nov 9, 2017 - kayaking once again!

We were a small group, but it was nice to have peace and quiet out on the water. No one else was on the water, outside the houses we passed by. We could hear and see the wildlife and enjoy nature. I don't have much to say - the pictures tell the story!

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Oct 20, 2017 - Home in Punta Gorda

We were in a hurry to get home at this point, so instead of taking three days in the motorhome from Tennessee to Punta Gorda, we did it in two. We usually stop in Perry, GA, and Bushnell, FL. This time we stopped in Tifton, Ga. then came all the way home. That made it about 330 and 370 miles each day, we usually keep it around 300 in the motorhome. That wasn't so bad, except ATLANTA (the 330 day) was awful. It took an hour and a half to get around it and made it seem like a 500 mile day. Today was our 38th anniversary. Driving through...

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Sep 24, 2017 - Hurricane Response Facts & Comments

I thought I was done, but there were some interesting things in the local news the week or so after the hurricane. The response, especially by the power companies was unbelievable. The numbers are a little confusing but mind boggling nevertheless…one article said Florida Power and Light (FPL) had mobilized the largest workforce ever assembled, with more than 18,000 out-of-state restoration personnel working around the clock. Another article said there were more than 22,000 personnel from 30 states and Canada dedicated to restoring service....

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Sep 16, 2017 - Final episode/conclusion of Hurricane Irma Saga

The final episode of this whole hurricane thing for us is a happy ending. There was no damage to our home, our motorcycles, the boat, or our stuff. We spent quite a bit of money running away and coming back, and our plans for last week, and this week for that matter were completely disrupted, but considering how other people’s lives, in other parts of Florida, were disrupted and changed, we were lucky. For that we’re thankful. Now we know a little bit how it feels to be a refugee…I think the only difference between a refugee and an evacuee,...

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Sep 15, 2017 - Back to Bushnell & Punta Gorda

We drove the last 180 miles or so back to Punta Gorda on Friday with no traffic backups and no problem getting gas. So, I guess that was little victory #3 in planning, by waiting an extra day or two we avoided the hassles once more. We unloaded all the food and stuff from the RV to the condo, again, about a two weeks after the last time. Now we have to load it all back in again at the end of this week, for our trip we had already planned to Tennessee to meet friends.

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Sep 12, 2017 - Waiting in Perry/Warner-Robins

We explored Perry/ Warner-Robins, Georgia which all run together. Warner-Robins is a busy place, because of the Air Force base, with every kind of store, restaurant, and service you could ever need. Actually, I figured out that Perry is a suburb of Warner-Robins, which is a suburb of Macon, which is a suburb of Atlanta. It’s all developed and all runs together. There was another Wal-Mart trip that day, bringing us to 12 total visits for this blog. No, wait, we went again, #13, in Bushnell, for a case of water and ice, but there was no ice....

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Sep 11, 2017 - Riding out the Storm (or Sitting and Watching the Rain)

Today, we sat here in Perry at Fair Harbor and watched Tropical Storm Irma come through. I would say we had some gusts up to 50 or 60 mph and it rained pretty much non-stop from last night, all through the day, and until probably midnight tonight. The wind didn’t affect us, although the power went off and back on multiple times, so I switched to generator power to protect our appliances. It is cold enough here today that we turned on our heat for the first time since we’ve owned the coach. We kind of had to figure out how it worked and what...

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Sep 10, 2017 - Running from the storm!

We had appointments for motorhome work, car work, motorcycle work, and with a couple of doctors, all were cancelled for the week, except possibly the eye doctor on Thursday. We were going to stay for that and leave Friday, but it was cancelled, too. The last thing we did before leaving was cover the Harleys tightly under the carport. I'd rather they were in a garage, but this was the best we could do. My first instinct was to go far enough to be out of immediate danger, then watch the path of the hurricane and re-evaluate. We made a...

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Sep 9, 2017 - Extended Travel due to Hurricane Irma

Written Sat. Sept.9th When we heard that Hurricane Irma was coming a week ago, we never really considered staying in Punta Gorda for it. Our condo is on the third floor, and it’s a very solid building, but there were two reasons we knew we wanted to leave: First, our motorhome is stored out in the open, basically in a field where there would be a lot of other boats, trailers, and motorhomes with debris possibly flying around and very likely flooding. We’ve only had it for 6 months, so we wanted to take it out of harm’s way. Secondly, it has...

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Sep 8, 2017 - Trip Epilogue

Epilogue Well, here’s the final statistics and final thoughts. We traveled 6945 miles in just under two months and passed through 16 states. This first trip with our motorhome was for the purpose of seeing family we hadn’t for several years. So we saw our daughter and son-in-law in Montana, both of Glenda’s brothers and her sister in Arkansas, and three uncles there also that are getting pretty old. We also saw some of our Trop Rock “family” when we visited Pilot Mike and Kim in Boise, Idaho, along with Thom Shepherd and Colie McCabe. Then...

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Aug 25, 2017 - HOME.

Not much to say...short trip home down I-75. We got in by 3 PM, parked the RV at the condo and started to unload the food from the refrigerator. Just to let you know how things work here in Punta Gorda Isles...you have to have a PERMIT to bring your motorhome to your house, but it's free and you can get it online, so we applied a day or two ahead of time, received it and came on in. Right now, the snowbirds aren't here, so our condos are about half empty and there is plenty of empty space in the parking lots. So, we can come here and pack...

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Jun 26, 2017 - Introduction

We actually started this trip on June 26, 2017. I'm just now entering the first post. Introduction: We’re off for our first long trip in our new (used) 2016 Fleetwood Bounder, gas motor home. For those of you who don’t know us well enough, we’re experienced campers, previously with our Rockwood Travel Trailer and before that traveling with our boat off and on for 25 years. So the motor home part is new to us, but the sleeping and cooking away from home, while visiting ports, towns, cities, campgrounds, and the gypsy life are not new...

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