May 1-11, 2012 Short Update

We have been busy over the last 10 days, reconnecting with friends, moving into the house, and fixing things – :-().  We expect to be home for a few months so I will not be doing a blog (well, maybe if we take some side trips – :-))))

I will start up again when we leave.  Until then…

Enjoy Each Day!

April 26, 2012 to May 1, 2012 Our Travels to Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 26, 2012

On Wednesday evening, we received a call that our close friend Bob had a stroke and was not doing well.  After a long discussion Andy and I both felt the need to go back to PA.  So after a pretty sleepless night, we got up early and headed east.

Seeing  this rainbow when we first started made us realize we made the right decision.

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But by 11 AM, the winds, the storms and the wind advisories on our route got the best of us.  So we are at the Route 66 park (an Escapes 50% off park) by Holbrook. AZ for the rest of the day and night.  We just hung out, rocking and rolling in the wind, watching it rain and lightening and listening to the thunder – Yikees.

Miles Traveled: 175 miles

Routes Traveled:

Arizona: Page Springs Road; US-89A; US-260; I-17; I-40 (Stopped at exit 294)


Friday, April 27, 2012

We woke to a beautiful day – sunshine and no wind and we were on the road early.  Five years ago today I started this blog – hard to believe.  Today we also completed one of the circles from our trip.  We left this campground (Enchanted Trails) on October 13, 2012 and headed to northern NM, then AZ.  Interesting.

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And the road goes on:

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We camped at a nice little city park in San Jon, NM – free – :-):

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Miles Traveled:  422.0 Miles

Routes Traveled:

Arizona: I-40

New Mexico: I-40; SR 469 (Exit 356 off I-40)


Saturday, April 28, 2012

We left our cute little park this morning and headed on down the road.

Check this out – Cadillac Ranch:

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The Big Texan in Amarillo – we ate there September 2011 – Yum:

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Check it out – GREEN:

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We are staying tonight in a Wal-Mart in Checotah, Oklahoma.  And we know we are back east – very humid – oh my!

Miles Traveled: 461 Miles

Routes Traveled:

New Mexico: SR-469; I-40

Texas: I-40:

Oklahoma: I-40; I-40 (Exit 264B); US-69; US-266


Sunday, April 29, 2012

We continued our travels today from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

   – seeing more greenery and water in Arkansas:

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Crossing the mighty Mississippi River:

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To the green hills of Tennessee:

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If you see the spots in the above picture, it is lots of bugs – Yuck.  But I am happy to say that my bug screen is holding up and helping – :-))).   Who knows, I might make matching tire covers when I am home – :-)

Our night stop was at a Wal-Mart in Lebanon, Tennessee – Thank you Wal-Mart.

Miles Traveled: 596 Miles

Routes Traveled:

Oklahoma: US-266; US-69; I-40

Arkansas: I-40;

Tennessee: I-40; I-440 (around Nashville); I-40 (Exit 238); US-231


Monday, April 30, 2012

We put in a long day yesterday to get thru some major cities – the last one being Nashville and were we glad.  Listening to the early news about the traffic jams, we were thanking God that we did go thru to the east side of Nashville last night.

We woke this morning to temps in the 60’s but the humidity – wow – we are not use to this.  But it does produce some beautiful fog:

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We made our way into Virginia:

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In the above picture is the Shenandoah Mountains – where we started this trip – Shenandoah National Park.  May have to take a few trips there while we are in the East.

And thank you again to Wal-Mart where we spent the night (in Harrisonburg, VA).

Miles Traveled: 512 Miles

Routes Traveled:

Tennessee: US-231; I-40; I-640 (around Knoxville); I-40; I-81

Virginia: I-40; I-40 (Exit 247 A); US-33


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Our last leg took us thru WV, MD, and into Pennsylvania.

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Our street is on the left:

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Miles Traveled: 232 Miles

Routes Traveled:

Virginia: US-33; I-81

West Virginia: I-81

Maryland: I-81

Pennsylvania: I-81; I-81 (Exit 104); SR-125; US-209; Chestnut Street


April 28, 2012 – Sad Day

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We will miss you good buddy.  But, this is not farewell.  We will see you on the next journey. Rest in peace.