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Sep 25, 2009 - Charlotte

"Into every life some rain must fall." It rained all day and all night on Saturday. We drove to Charlotte where we stayed for 2 nights in a county owned campground. This time of year we are almost by ourselves when we camp. Sunday was Jerry's birthday. We went to Myers Park Baptist Church and then rode our bikes through some neighborhoods and downtown Charlotte. Believe me, the traffic was very light - not like Boston. We had dinner at a great Mexican restaurant.

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Aug 9, 2009 - Kelly's House

Today we spent another day with Kelly and her family. I did laundry at her house and then since we’re going to North Dakota we decided to check out Value Village for some warm winter clothes. But no luck! I didn’t find anything but a book. After supper we headed back to camper making a stop at Wal-Mart for some needed groceries. We are certainly going to miss Autumn and Clay, but we know they were glad to be home. Hopefully they’ll come to Florida next year to visit. “Clay is still wearing his Ears”

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Aug 8, 2009 - Charlotte, NC

We slept in this morning, up at 8am, packed up all the kid’s clothes and things, then we headed to Kelly’s getting there at 11am. I had promised Kelly that we would take some stuff she had in her garage to the Recycle Center since we have a truck to haul it in. After that we took another load of things to Goodwill and ate lunch at Subway. This took us most of the day. We got back to our camper at 8pm and enjoyed setting around the camp fire. “Clay is still wearing his Mickey Mouse Ears”

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Aug 7, 2009 - Travel Day

Up early and out today as we have 367 miles to travel to Charlotte. Our route was A1A to I-95 to I-26 to I-77 to Hwy 160 to Zoar Rd to Youngblood then left on York Rd to the McDowell Nature Preserve where we are staying on site RV8. We arrived around 4:30pm at the campground. Kelly and Shawn came over to the camp site and then they took us out to eat at T-Bones which was just a little ways down York Rd on the right. The food was really good. After that we came back to the camper to sit by the camp fire. The kids were glad to see their mommy...

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Jul 14, 2009 - 97 days and 37 beds...

After arriving home about 12 lbs lighter than when the trip started (which I wasn't happy about), there was finally time to sit back and reflect on the trip. Numbers sometimes help put things in perspective, so here are the numbers: · 50,000 Miles, in various planes, trains, boats, buses... and on the back of one scooter behind 2 other people. · 97 days long · 8 countries · 31 destinations in 26 Cities, Towns, and Villages … and this is the one that finally convinced me to come home: · 37 different sleeping arrangements (mainly hotels,...

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David's 2009 Travels

Jul 1, 2009 - Coming Home: Thanks for the support

It's with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I leave Moscow for a 20 hour, 6,000 mile flight home (it's that long because of stops in Warsaw and Chicago). Without a doubt it will be nice to be home. Seeing friends and family, waking up in your own bed, speaking your own language... and actually knowing where you are without having to consult a map... all these things are going to be welcome. But the adventure is over now. The freedom to decide “today” to go somewhere new “tomorrow” for a $50 to $200 plane, train, or bus ticket is no...

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Jun 30, 2009 - On foreign languages and alphabets...

Arriving in Russia was a bit like arriving in Japan: English is not spoken as much as in other countries and the written language uses another alphabet. The result of the communication barrier is that you quickly lose confidence in your ability to do simple things: order food from a menu, buy supplies at the grocery store, or use a map to find a location (and if lost, ask for directions). Truthfully, when I first got off the plane in Moscow it took me a moment of studying signs to decide which bathroom to use... fortunately I chose wisely...

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Jun 23, 2009 - I Hope the Russians Love Their Children Too

You know, people ask me if this trip "changed" me. I don't think so, but it did impress upon how me much we are all alike. Even though we come from different parts of the world, have different customs... dress differently... eat different things... even follow different religions... when you sit down and get to know that person from the other country, you find that they aren't so different than yourself, a family member, or maybe a good friend. So with that thought in my head, I was in a Russian pub when Sting's “I hope the Russians love...

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Jun 8, 2009 - And Chuck's surprise is .......

We left the park about 7:00am. We wanted to make sure we were through Charlotte before rush hour traffic. When I told Chuck the exit to get off, he knew we were headed to Concord, NC, home of the Lowes Motor Speedway. So I told him we have a track tour at the Speedway and we were going to Hendricks Motor Sports, team owner of Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jr., Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin. And yes, he was very excited! Hendricks is Chuck’s favorite racing team. We got to Hendricks MS about an hour before they were open to the public. Chuck met...

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Jun 7, 2009 - Shelby's Surprise

We stayed at Golden Isles Resort in Brunswick, GA last night. We stopped about 6:45. The place was a dump, but it gave us a night's rest. We got up and out of the campground about 6:00am. Bribes do wonders for kids, don't they? Shelby kept begging for me to tell her where we were going. About 80 miles out of Charlotte, I gave her the Carowinds Brochure. Carowinds is an 112 acres theme park on the SC and NC border south of Charlotte, NC. She was so excited, she loves rollercoasters and theme parks. Only problem is, I don't like...

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Mar 11, 2009 - We did it ... we are finally beginning our journey!

It has been a month since the last entry and what a unbelievable 4 weeks! We sold the lake house all of the furniture, plus sold and gave away furniture from the Charlotte house and have it on the rental market. All corporate suits, etc. have found new homes and the Wachovia corporate card and keys have been turned in, effective March 10. If emptying the houses was hard, it was nothing compared to Art's seemingly unending job of emptying out his garages and finding homes for tools, trailers, truck, cars, a couple of waverunners and other...

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Feb 25, 2009 - In the snow at the China Grove house

We moved out of the lake house on February 20 and are now living in the driveway of our rental house in China Grove, NC. China Grove is a small, rural town about 20 minutes outside of Mooresville. We will be here for a couple of weeks until I finish up at Wachovia on March 10. We received a surprise of about 6 inches of snow in China Grove while we were up in Brevard, NC visiting with Art's mother. I have attached pictures of the motorhome, trailer and my bicycle covered in snow!

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Where's Mama ???

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