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May 24, 2019 - One step closer

I guess an important part of any trip is the making-yourself-presentable stage. This big tanker is all that stands between Arvie and a full spa treatment. I think it is well deserved and a bit needed. Tomorrow will be Rain-X day for the windshields after I clean it with steel wool. Sounds crazy, I know, but it really makes a big difference in effectiveness and longevity. We are excited about getting on the road Tuesday, early if possible. Depending upon the weather, we expect to go through Lexington to near Louisville for our first...

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Arvie and Friends

May 15, 2019 - Beginning thoughts

We adopted Arvie back in December of 2013, somewhat on a whim. We thought retirement would be a great time to do slower, and more purposeful, travel. Arvie is a Tiffin Class A 35' motorhome. Since she joined our family, we have taken many journeys together. Our first three-month trip was to the Pacific Northwest. The following year, we traveled through the US NorthEast and on to Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Quebec before returning home through New York City. Actually, we spent several nights in Jersey City with the...

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Arvie and Friends

Apr 30, 2019 - Forrest City to Knoxville

Lost an hour today and the odometer went over 1000 miles! I was tempted to stop in Memphis and Nashville to revisit some of my favorite spots but I opted instead to drive straight through to Knoxville so I could have dinner with friend Kate. So good to see her again. We will have lunch together tomorrow and then I will continue my trip east.

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Sep 10, 2018 - More Rain!

Had a sunny morning and got on the road very early. We decided to try to find a good restaurant, and succeeded very well although the 21 miles the phone said we would have to drive to get there turned out to be narrow and twisting, so it took a while. The Black Olive in Jonesburough, Tennessee, served great Italian food, of which we partook all too freely. We’ll get back on Sam’s diet this evening. The trip back to the Interstate was much easier and quicker, but as soon as we got on I-81, it began raining. Continued all afternoon. Sometimes...

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Family in PA

Jul 14, 2018 - Tennessee, Part 1

Through the years, Vivian and I were always looking for new places to visit. In the early 1990s, while attending the RV show in Edison, we met a couple who introduced is to the National Hikers and Campers Association (NCHA). They explained how the association held national campventions every summer in different regions of the country. That couple was Sue and John Parke and it began a string of six road trips for us with a new group of camping friends. The first campvention we attended was in Brainerd, Minn. The second one was in Lebanon,...

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Southwest trek

Nov 2, 2017 - Started home

Date: November 2, 2017 Tonight’s Location: Knoxville, TN, Best Western Cedar Bluff Mileage: End - 23703 Start - 23314 Total Miles for the day: 389 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 64º High 76º Wildlife count: Groundhog Year List: 361 Birds: We were in no hurry this morning to leave Charleston, as we didn’t want to be in the traffic, so we left at 9am, and had no problems. We could not figure out why our Chev GPS wanted us to take a very circuitous route through the mountains, but after some examination, we discovered that we had...

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Eastern fun trip

Sep 11, 2017 - Lunch With Kate

I shared the road today with a convoy of utility trucks heading south. I guess workmen from all over the country will be converging on Florida to help retore power. Arrived in Knoxville in time to have a late lunch with Kate. So nice to catch up with my friend who I met when we were living in Ohio. It started drizzling when we left the restaurant and it is still raining. Supposed to get windy conditions tonight but that should be all from Irma. I had my mail packet sent to Kate's house and I spent the better part of the afternoon dealing...

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Apr 20, 2017 - Across Tennessee

After a week in Nashville we have packed up and are on the move, heading north, sort of. We decide not to take the same road as we did coming down, so we will head east to Knoxville and then north. After the torrential rains the last two afternoons, it was nice to wake up to a sunny morning. On the way we stop to get a few groceries, remembering we have to start watching what we have as far as fresh fruits, vegetables and meat and consider what we are allowed to take across the border. At least we remembered before we bought them and not...

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Texas Again

Oct 13, 2016 - Big Orange Country

Tyler & I took a trip/vacation to East Tennessee. We spent Friday the 14th walking around the campus of the University of Tennessee and the Strip(Kingston Pike). Just a great day, reminiscing the memories of days passed. The changes, construction of new buildings of learning around campus, were almost on every corner. I did not take pics of the construction; you can thank me later. LOL! My first game and trip to campus was for Varsity Visit, in 1965 against the South Carolina Gamecocks, WE WON 21-3. The game between Alabama and OUR...

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2016 RV Adventure

Sep 21, 2016 - The Saddest Part

So, the roughest part of the trip is over...saying goodbye to the grandboys. We had Larry's favorite dinner last night, tacos, and went over this morning to see them off for school. Now that they are older we can talk by phone, etc. That helps. Now we are on our way across the Cumberland Plateau. This is a unique and lovely part of Tennessee, with lush, green forests and rolling hills. It seems fairly unpopulated as well. Tennessee has about 90 people per square mile; North Carolina has about 205. Tennessee has about 42,000 sq. miles,and...

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Aug 28, 2016 - Day2-DRIVE RIDE DRIVE RIDE

A long long day. Left Knoxville at 430am. Stopped in Roanoke Ava for Kent to attend mass. Beautiful newer church on the outskirts of town. Arrived it Pittsburgh around 530pm. Had a picnic at niece Kelly's house. Spent time with son Jason. Enjoyed our visit. Around 1500 miles. Long 2days. Going to sleep well tonight.

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Bucket Trip #2

Oct 25, 2014 - Letterboxing in Knoxville

There were over 60 letterboxes in a 10 mile radius of my campground near Knoxville! I hunted for almost half of them and found half of those! I discovered hidden parks and cemeteries, and visited historical sites I wouldn't have otherwise known about. The weather was great and the leaves were colorful, so I know that the Great Smoky Mountains would be crowded. I have been there before, so I could forego that visit this time. I've been to Dollywood and other tourist hotspots, so my hobby was the perfect thing for me to do to get exercise,...

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