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Dec 3, 2019 - Can't Leave Home Without It

Yes, I know I usually begin the journal with the Norton family Christmas, but this year things were a bit different. You see, we are crazy enough to continue to drive our CR-V to Mexico. Long time readers may recall the importance of proper documentation for our vehicle once we’re south of the border. While we can get the needed permit at the border (an exhausting, very time consuming process), what I have done recently is spend about an hour of my time online some 30-60 days in advance of our planned departure. During that ordeal I’m...

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Oct 8, 2019 - Chicago

We left Minesota after driving thro' scenic tree-covered gorges to the Missippi. The Mississippi was high due to recent rains and flooding. It seemed no time at all till we were entering the outskirts of Chicago. I 90 heads into the heart of the city. As we drove along Ohio Street we spotted a motel...Ohio House Motel with free parking for guests. Rooms are basic, clean and quiet. We found ourselves 2 blocks from the Hard Rock Cafe, the 3rd largest McDonald's and the Rainforest Cafe. And the Big Bus...hop on, hop off....stopped in front of...

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Oct 6, 2019 - Ella Visits The Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkins everywhere but couldn't get Ella to stand still long enough for a photo with one. She was all over the place and especially enjoyed the petting zoo. Colin bought carrots and Ella fed all the animals. There was a perfectly placed hand washing station at the exit - we did that and hand sanitizer as well. What a fun day! I was so happy to be able to share this experience with my son, his wife, and my granddaughter!

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Oct 5, 2019 - First Stop

What a summer! My family dealt with unhappy issues starting with the death of my oldest sister to a surgery in June for my middle sister that was not successful and had to be redone in August. As for me, this was the third summer in a row that I had to have surgery and glad I did. I feel GREAT! The highlight of the summer was a terrific reunion weekend in Rhode Island. My sister and brother in law are absolutely the best hosts. Two out of three of my sons were able to attend and can't stop talking about what a fabulous time they had. I was...

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Sep 28, 2019 - Barbara heading home: or stuck in Chicago again...

Yesterday I spent a lovely morning in Barcelona; freshly squeezed orange juice, a flaky still warm croissant and tea. Later I wandered the old town and toured the old cathedral. Very gothic, with stained glass windows from the 14th century. Their patron saint was martyred at 13 for converting to Christianity. (Clearly these people did not have much experience with moody 13 year olds, and while I have occasionally considered killing mine during those years, this seems excessive...). She underwent 13 “trials”, all of which she is depicted...

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Spanish Sojourn

Sep 11, 2019 - The Windy City

Chicago Day 7 The train pulls into Union Station. It looks pretty dark and dingy and we hope that this is not an indication of Chicago itself. We exit the station and follow the directions on our phone (not a sensible decision) as we end up walking round in circles for about 45 mins. Tempers become frayed as we are exhausted and it is so humid and hot and we are carrying all our clothes for the next 8 months (we thought we had packed light, but we are beginning to realise we should have brought less). The trains in Chicago unlike the...

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Sep 2, 2019 - Chicago - eventually, and unplanned

Monday 02 Sep 2019 Happy birthday Hayden! We are up at 7am, to head away by 8.30. Tony tried to get USD, (to use in Vietnam and Cambodia), out of the ATM on the way, but it would not work properly and kept cancelling the transaction. He decided to try at the airport instead, rather than risk being late. It is not a long drive to the airport, and Louanne has us there in good time, we pass the Big Blue Bug on the way, and have to sing the Big Blue Bug song, a family tradition from way back. The bug is big, and blue, and is a symbol to the...

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2019 tour

Aug 31, 2019 - Leaving the U.S.A.

At O'Hare, TSA precheck was a breeze. Our flight was uneventful and we arrived early in Amsterdam. In summary, we left ORD at about 6:30 p.m. and landed at AMS 8:30 the next morning; seven hours air time and seven hours time difference. We did NOT get any sleep.

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Aug 1, 2019 - We are finally on the road.

After about a weeks delay we finally got on the road. Rv’s are a little temperamental, and this one tried to test us. After getting everything loaded, closing up the house, and getting on the road, we made it about 25 miles when the brakes failed. We got them fixed and started out again 2 days later. This time we got out about 30 miles and the brakes failed again. On our third attempt 3 days later, we finally made some headway. We arrived in Robinson IL and enjoyed a great stay with John and Janice. Quite a bit of family showed up and it...

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Jul 30, 2019 - Day 18

First, an explanation. On July 30 (as you will soon see) we had a full day, so I didn't get the blog updated that day. Next day we went on our train trip, and I discovered that the train did not have WiFi access, and much of the time had no cellular service. You'll hear more later. Today was our 1 day to explore Chicago. We made a big discovery last night. We found out that the Mets were in town to play the Chicago White Sox that evening. I investigated tickets and discovered that I could buy 2 tickets about 15 rows behind the Mets dugout...

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Cross Country Train

Jul 29, 2019 - Day 17

Today was scheduled to be an easy day. Drive to Chicago, drop off our bags at our hotel, drop off the rental car by 3 PM, have dinner. No problem. The drive was scheduled to be about 3 hours 15 minutes. We left the hotel in Terre Haute at 10:30. We wanted to stop along the way, once for lunch, once to stretch our legs. Figuring that, we should be OK. Miss Google took us along a highway that ran almost straight between Terre Haute and Chicago. It became evident along the way that this part of Indiana has precious little besides cornfields...

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Cross Country Train

Sep 27, 2018 - Heading West

After a VERY busy summer spent mostly in Michigan with side trips to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Chicago, and Wisconsin, I am on my way to Arizona. I spent the last two days in Chicago visiting my son and his family . Got to spend lots of time with my beautiful granddaughter which was an absolute treat. Looking forward to visiting a few places that have eluded me in my travels. Hope the weather holds! Tomorrow Iowa!

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