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Sep 15, 2013 - Davenport, Iowa

This morning we left Elkhart Campground at 0910 for the 266 mile drive to Davenport, Iowa. The weather when we left Elkhart was overcast and cool, in mid 50's. As we traveled west the sky kept getting more and more threatening and about the 150 mile mark we started getting occasional rain drops which continued for the sometime and then increased to a steady rain. There were clear areas but it rained off and on for the remainder of the trip. Upon our arrival at the Interstate RV Park in Davenport it started to rain as we turned into the...

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Newfoundland 2013

Jul 22, 2013 - Nappanee Departure to the West

July 22, 2013 Nappanee, IN – Davenport, IA 288 miles We were up at 6 AM and ready when our Newmar Service Rep arrived at 8:00 to collect our unit and finish the work. They installed a new rear left hydraulic jack and new springs on the forward jacks as the last items on our “fix” list. We had been waiting for parts to arrive from the jack manufacturer. During the repair time we ate a very nice breakfast at Dutch Village with sausage, three eggs, hash browns and coffee for only $5.49 each. Wow, what a bargain! Naturally Pam had to shop in...

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Jul 16, 2013 - "Wall"ward ho!

Oops. Westward ho! Sorry Julia - I didn't mean to offend! Stopped at Wall Drug on the way. Not because we wanted to or wanted free ice water, but because on one's first trip through South Dakota, you have to. So Julia can now take it off her bucket list. It wasn't dog friendly ;((

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Thelma & Louise

Jul 15, 2013 - Pants, snores & wagon wheels

We got off to a not-so-early start today. Dogs take extra time! And speaking of dogs, they are getting into the routine. The routine is: heavy panting when awake and snoring when asleep. Most of the time one is awake while the other is asleep! That translates to a harmonized aria... Our big stop of the day was off the beaten path...wheel art in the middle of the corn and beans. So this 90 year old farmer had this inspiration to create works of art with wagon wheels. He welded them to form pieces of "art" but he wasn't much of a welder. His...

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Thelma & Louise

Jul 15, 2013 - Corn n Beans

Captain's log star date 7-15-2013...wait a minute!! Louise, I mean Deb would be Captain Kirk if we had a captain!!! We are exploring the planet of corn n beans! Folks are friendly though and the dogs are so happy! Deb has an excellent sense of direction and refuses to turn East even when I insist:)) so far we have not found Brad Pittt just an old trucker from Russellville, Ky:(( our quest continues!!

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Thelma & Louise

Jul 14, 2013 - Day 1: Cincinnati to Davenport

Deb: We expected today to be the boring leg of the journey and it lived up to our expectations. Not much to see in Indiana, Illinois & so far in Iowa. Corn, beans, more corn, more beans... Shadow and Winston (the backseat riders) were absolutely perfect today. Shadow rested his head on the console panting most of the trip while Winston enjoyed the sights. We talked the whole way (does that surprise anyone?). That was un-boring! Seems our childhood family vacays had a few similarities - car games, dads driving like a bat out of hell and...

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Thelma & Louise

Jul 2, 2013 - Interstate RV Park and a Request for help

Another day and 4 more states to add to the list. Got a nice departure from W Michigan and onto Indiana Illinois and then Iowa. Had to pay a couple of tolls to the Freeway trolls to enjoy 10 lanes of traffic thru Chicago yikes but 46ft of rolling RV still gets a little bit of respect. Weather continues sunny and getting hotter 29C and forecasting to get warmer. Skyline was huge but no thanks eh. Lots of fireworks stores and something called Adult superstores I suggested we stop and check the price of milk but a quick NO lol. Seems to be a...

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Away we go 2013

Jun 28, 2013 - 6-23 thru 6-28-13, Nebraska to Iowa

6-23-13, Sunday Elm Creek well based on a 40% chance of Tornado’s in the Omaha area and Tornados yesterday back down the road from where we came, we decided to stay put in elm Creek for one more night. We spend the day catching up on chores and did some marketing. It was apparent that the bad weather had not left the area as yet as the sky started to look ominous again. Our biggest fear was Hail. They get very large hail in this part of the country. I was concerned for the Motorhome windshield, if it got damaged we’d be here for weeks...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Davenport, IA

We left Story, Iowa around 1000 this morning. The weather was bright and sunny but the wind was blowing hard out of the southwest. The wind was basically a direct crosswind as we traveled south on I35 toward Des Moines. At De Monies we turned east and and headed for Davenport, Iowa. The wind blew hard the entire 200 miles but this time it was quartering wind with a tailwind component which helped push us along. There was likely some improvement in mileage due to the tailwind component but it was nothing to talk about to long about. Traffic...

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Newfoundland 2013

Jun 28, 2013 - Davenport, Iowa

June 28, 2013 Davenport, Iowa We awoke to clear skies and mild temperatures. We left at 9:45 am for a 200 mile trip to Davenport, IA. We passed by field by field of corn about 1 foot high at this time. At I-80 exit 284 ( near Walcott, IA) we stopped at the Iowa 80 Truck stop, the World’s Largest Truckstop that truly lived up to its claim. It even has a truck museum. Inside the main building (67,000 sq. ft.), is a store for big rig truckers that has every kind of accessory one would want for their truck. Also in the main building are two...

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Mar 29, 2013 - And so it begins!

It's 2am, and while I should be sleeping soundly and getting a good night's rest before my adventure begins, here I am JUST finished packing and praying that the ticket counter employee will have some sympathy at 5:30 in the morning and not charge me extra for my 51 lb. checked luggage. I don't have any huge statements to make before I leave the US, except for how completely unreal it feels to me that I am finally going to the Dominican Republic. This is something I have wanted to do since my freshman year at Creighton almost 6 years ago,...

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Dec 25, 2012 - A Fine Day For A Fine

I won’t go into all the details (as I do most years) about tearing down Christmas, but suffice it to say that Jill is cutting back some year after year, and we still have one of the most beautiful Christmas houses I’ve ever seen. The other really good news, again unlike last year, is that Jill DID NOT trip in the garage with a big glass vase, and she didn’t start our trip south with a big shiner. In fact, except for a brace on her right wrist (a result of a September impingement surgery which is a bit slow to heal), Jill is practically done...

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New Year, Old Mexico

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