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Jun 27, 2006 - Houston

**** Photos Later - Check Back Later**** Tuesday, June 27, we drove to Houston. It was about a three-hour drive on a very good interstate. Not real heavy traffic, which was good. It did get heavy, of course when close to Houston. Arrived at the Red Dot RV Park by mid-afternoon. No one was in the office when we arrived, so we just picked a spot and parked. Not a great RV park, the weeds needed to be mowed and the mosquitoes were very hungry, but the place was close to the airport. That was the reason we chose this RV park. Wednesday, June...

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Jun 19, 2006 - Houston with family and friends

On to Houston to see more family and friends and for doctor appointments. The grandkids are always a delight and I've missed them so much. In the relatively short time we've been away, they really have changed. Tanner is "cooler," and is working on his junior black belt, Leah is clearly a pre-teen, no longer a little girl, Jason lost his front teeth and still loves race cars, Lucas is a little tougher and has an even more vivid imagination, and Logen talks a lot and rides his tricycle like a pro! They spent several nights in the motorhome...

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Jun 2, 2006 - Home At Last!!

We made it home about noon on the 2nd. I'm actually writing this on the 5th because we had to get some things done after getting home. When we got home, the streets were torn all to pieces...the streets are being completely replaced and they are in the middle of construction. Since it had been raining for about 4 or 5 days, the road in front of the house was really muddy. Also they had dug the street out really deeply, so that sloping up into our driveway was about a 30 degree, rutted incline. I tried to get the trailer up into the...

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May 3, 2006 - Houston

I got my car to Rick's place by 8 AM and sat at their picnic table with campground books, planning my next move. After 1.5 hours, he took me in to show me the problem and what they were going to do about it. He drove me the 5 miles back home so I didn't have to sit there all day. They had to soak the rotors and knuckles in penetrating oil with a vice grip kind of thing for a few hours, then the rotors came off so they could be replaced. I drove the car for almost 112,000 miles with the original rotors in the Northeast, so you know a Honda...

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Mar 22, 2006 - Houston, Texas

We had a great visit in Houston. It is a cosmopolitan city with much to see and do. My cousin Todd came by on the first day and later we met my other cousin, Kelly, for dinner. We had lots of laughs and a great time catching up on each other's lives. The weather in Houston was in the 60's and the local news attributes this cooling trend to the "disturbance coming out of the west"! (Maybe that should be the name of this trip!) The area we were staying in is in the heart of the Texas Medical Center complex and has many fine restaurants and...

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Mar 11, 2006 - Rayford Crossing Resort, Old Town Spring

March 11 - On the road - again! The lines are off (water and power rather than rope) and we are away. We took the scenic shore route (SR 35) through Palacios, Port Lavaca (would like to spend some time there), Point Comfort (with a very large Alcoa plant), Bay City and Wharton (both pretty towns) before hitting the US 59. Traffic was light (being a Saturday) until we hit Houston. 5 and 6 lanes each way going at a snail's pace. Finally we got through and on our way to our free night at Rayford Crossing in Spring, TX, on the north-west side...

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Feb 26, 2006 - Houston, we've landed

The drive south was dull except for the sixty foot statue of Stephen Austin perched on the edge of the expressway. Suddenly the landscape changed as if someone had drawn a line down a map. Now we know what Texans mean when they talk about the piney woods. As we drove through Houston, it felt so much like home. My first impression is that Houston is Chicago with palm trees. The two cities are similar in population; the traffic and multi multilane expressways began long before we actually entered the city. The downtown has an impressive...

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Feb 20, 2006 - On the way...

36 hours later we arrived at Rio. The 10 hour flight to Huston went well, the 5 hr wait there wasn't ideal but we managed. Next, another 10 hr flight to Sao Paulo. I've never seen such a vast expanse of densely populated land! Only there for 1 hr then the final 30 minute leg to Rio De Janeiro. We were welcomed by Paulo who was a very nice Rio de Janeiro-an who took us directly to our hotel. This was a very comforting sight indeed, only to find out that we had been booked elsewhere, in another part of town!! Eventualy, after getting told...

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Feb 10, 2006 - Day 25 update - Austin

Day 25 was spent on the bus all day, it was packed so we had to sit together, we usually have a couple of seats to ourselves so we can spread out and get a better chance of sleeping but no luck on this 1. However this was the best journey we had so far, the driver was a jobs worth and by the book but we met quite a few people who were sitting around us, one south American guy who was not from Argentina but he supported them, we chatted football with him for a few hours and then we met another guy who was very different, he shared his...

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Jan 22, 2006 - South of Houston, TX

Jan. 22, 23 - Space Center RV Park, near Houston, TX We'll, our long stretch of sunshine has been broken. We awoke in Dallas to a steady rain and there were some pretty good downpours on the way to Houston. The 23rd turned out overcast, but dry. This is good for the state of Texas as they have been in an extreme dry spell with a strong risk of grass fires. Space Center Houston - Just 25 miles south of Houston near a town called League City, is the NASA location where they control all the space flight missions. The spacecraft are launched at...

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Jan 10, 2006 - Alabama to Galveston Island

Started the day in dense fog which progressed to lousy rain. We did 500+ hard miles but absolutely refused to get gas in Louisiana as its roads are not worth giving them the gas tax. Katrina's fingerprints evident all over the counntryside, Even though I avoided New Orleans, taking the northerly Baton Rouge bypass, the hurricane's devastation was all over the place. Debris still up in the trees; doors, furniture, rooftops, etc. Clipped the edges of construction barriers twice and scared the shit out of Church but otherwise an...

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Nov 26, 2005 - Marienkirche (another rejection)

After hours at the Pergamon, I set out in the snow and ice along the banks of the Spree for the church towers of the Marienkirche and the Nikolaikirche, both visable from the bridge over the Spree by the museums. I was also within the shadow of the Berliner Dom, the huge burial church of the Hohenzollerns which is on Museum Island in the Spree. I walked right in front of it on my way to the museums and right behind it on my way to the Marienkirche. It's huge, it's imposing, and it's beautiful, but built in the early 20th century, maybe...

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