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Jun 1, 2014 - NASCAR Hall of Fame

From Tom Johnson Camping Center - Concord, NC A visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame was on the agenda for today. First let me share a couple of facts that made me stop, scratch my head and say “really”. Did you know NASCAR’s Hall of Fame is only four years old? That’s right, it was officially opened May 11, 2010. The other fact is the Hall of Fame is owned not by NASCAR but the City of Charlotte. NASCAR is however the sanctioning body. The inaugural class inducted consisted of Bill France, Sr., the founder of NASCAR, his son Bill France, Jr...

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Home Sweet RV - 2014

May 29, 2014 - Arrived Charlotte - Time For NASCAR Fix!

From Tom Johnson Camping Center – Concord, NC Made the short trip from Asheville to Concord (just outside of Charlotte) today. The highways IH-40, NC 321 and IH-85 were all good surfaces and ample lanes to accommodate the traffic. Seems like it has been a long time since we could say that about an entire trip pulling the HH. Only one stop in Gastonia at a QT for restrooms and drinks. Our home base for the next week is right in the middle of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Complex…….seven different tracks with the most notable being NASCAR’s...

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Home Sweet RV - 2014

May 25, 2014 - Nascar Coca Cola 600

We had a down day today because the race was a night. 600 miles and 400 laps it was a long one. Took a break half way though a had dinner in the Speedway club again. It started at 6PM and finished at 1130PM. Was a great race since number 48 Jimmy Johnson won it, the guy I like.

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Douglass 2014

May 21, 2014 - Hendricks, Racing Electronics, Rousch, JR Motorsports

Great day of touring 1st stop Hendricks which has number 5, 24, 48, and 88. Tour of the shop and behind the scenes to watch the pit crew work. Then on to Racing Electronics to see how they make the radio, wirer the helmets, make their ear plugs, and make the headphones. It was a great tour. Continue onto Rousch/Fenway Racing for a tour then onto Lunch at Lancaster BBQ. After lunch we went to JR Motorsports owned by Earnhardt JR for his Nationwide team. We had a great tour of the shop behind the scenes, got to see the cars being built. One...

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Douglass 2014

May 20, 2014 - Stewart Haas Racing, Michael Waltrip Race Shop, and Joe Gibbs racing

Another great day of touring 1st stop Stewart Haas Racing. Then on to Michael Waltrips Shop for a tour. Finish up at Joe Gibbs Racing were we happen to walk in on Matt Kenseth interview with ESPN. He was so nice and stop to sign autographs there were only about 10 of us in the shop. Then we were surprised when Joe Gibb's owner walked in with a few of his books. He signed then and gave us a free copy. Nice ending to our day.

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May 19, 2014 - Childress Race shop, winery, Dale Trail, and Curb Museum

We load a bus this morning and had a wonderful day of touring. Started at Richard Childress Museum and visit his race shop. Dale Earnhardt was with him most of his career. The went to his Winery for lunch and tour of course adding a little wine tasting. The follow what is Dales Trail where we stop at his memorial park and then on to the Curb Museum. Here Martha Earnhardt(Dale's mom and Jr. Grandmother) met us bring a few of her cookbooks she had left which are out of print. I was fortunate to get one and she sign it. The cookbook was...

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Douglass 2014

May 17, 2014 - Truck Race and All-Star Race

Having a great time in Charlotte, from concerts, Fan Zone, Speedway Club Dinner, Truck Race, and All Star Race. The all star race was very exciting it 4 session of 20 laps all out, then 10 laps for 1million. Only the 1st place get money, its crazy!! Had a great potluck lunch with the group and getting to know a lot of nice people. Having a great time !! Next week we doing a lot of touring of Race shops in the area. Most of the drivers live within 40 miles of this track and all the shops are here to.

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Douglass 2014

May 14, 2014 - Charlotte Nascar Race

Tour Charlotte Race Way today, with the bad rain today we couldn't get out of the Vans. But got to tour the infield and ride around the track, been raining all day with tornado warnings. We also tour Sam Bass Art Studio where he design a lot of the drivers cars such as Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr and did Sr, Tony Stewarts, Jimmy Johnson and may others. Paints driver pictures, guitars for pre-show entertainers, He started with designing Bobby Alison car which started his career. It was a great experience. Well worth the stop.

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Douglass 2014

Oct 9, 2013 - Wednesday, October 9 2013

We turned on the television this morning to check the weather in the Kitty Hawk area on the outer banks of North Carolina. That was going to be our next stop, along with Creswell North Carolina where my father’s family is from. The weather did not look very good because the storm from the Gulf was moving up the east coast so we would have enjoyed more rain and very chilly temperatures at Kitty Hawk. We had a discussion if we should go to Kitty Hawk, or look for somewhere with better weather. It was decided that we needed the better weather,...

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2013 North Carolina

Oct 3, 2013 - Virginia Beach,VA to Charlotte, NC

(Sandi writing) We left Virginia Beach, VA and have stopped for the night here in Charlotte, NC. We plan to head to Altanta, GA tomorrow, skipping the Smoky Mountains, another national park which is closed. Also, we are too early for the Fall colors, so another reason not to go that direction. After Atlanta, we'll just work our way home, hoping to avoid the tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Sep 28, 2013 - The End

We did it! A little more in shape then when we left (I had a brand new pair of shoes and wore off the threads on my soles)! A lot wiser and in need of good sleep but all in all we are no worse for the travel. Not in Baton Rouge yet but a few hours away. It's sooooo good to be in America!!!! I hope you enjoyed it. Until next time......

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Sep 28, 2013 - Jane and Bill's Statendam Trip

Bill and Jane’s Bucket List trip to Hawaii and French Polynesia 35 glorious days on HAL’s Statendam September 29 – November 3, 2013 1 Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia 2 At Sea --- --- 3 At Sea --- --- 4 San Francisco, California 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5 At Sea --- --- 6 San Diego, California 7:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 7 At Sea --- --- 8 At Sea --- --- 9 At Sea --- --- 10 At Sea --- --- 11 At Sea --- --- 12 Honolulu, Oahu 8:00 a.m. 13 Honolulu, Oahu leave at 6:00 p.m. 14 Lahaina, Maui 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. 15 Hilo, Hawaii 8:00 a.m. 6:00...

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