Thank you!

I want to thank those of you who have been following our travels everyday and getting in touch with me.  Some of you respond to the blog post, some email, some text, and some call.  It’s made me feel very connected with everyone and has made the trip more than it would have been other wise.  I feel that I spent more time observing than I might have, knowing that I wanted to share the adventure with everyone.  There are things I would have missed if I didn’t continuously think about sharing it.

Thank you everyone for being there and sharing your thoughts.  It has meant a great deal to me.  I can’t wait to embark on another adventure!

Now that I’m home, I have 3 months worth of TED talks to catch up on!  I’m so grateful for my high speed internet access at home.  I’m in heaven!

Home

We arrived home about mid-afternoon.  Dart was the happiest dog I have ever seen.  Just running around was not enough to exhibit his exuberance so he continued to bark.  He ran and barked and barked and ran.  I think he’s happy to be home.

Our neighbors did a better job of taking care of the place than we did.  It’s in great shape and there wasn’t much to do when we got back.  We turned off the water and gas before we left, so we had to get them back on.   Other than that, we mostly spent the day starting the process of emptying the RV.  That’s a job for multiple days.

The weather is beautiful, so we were able to open the windows and air the house out.  It is already getting cool, so I think it will be pleasant sleeping weather.

The battery in my SUV is dead, so tomorrow’s project will to be to replace it.  We’ll continue emptying the RV and then clean it thoroughly tomorrow.

It’s nice and quiet here.  Most of our recent campgrounds have been very close to interstates, so it is delightful right now.

Although this particular adventure has come to an end, we will plan others.  I won’t be posting every day, but I’ll post as we solidify next steps.

It’s been great fun!!!!!

A Cat

Tomorrow we head home but today we spend time visiting with relatives.  We had a great time.  They came to our RV and we cooked up some burgers and spend a lot of time chatting and catching up.  It was thoroughly enjoyable and sad to have the evening come to an end.

Today we saw this cat getting a drink from the hose bib next to our campsite.   Very cute!

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I am looking forward to Dart’s reaction to getting home to his own backyard.  I’ll let you  know how it works out.

 

 

Pittsburgh’s Crazy Streets

We arrived outside of Pittsburgh to set up camp.  I can’t believe that we were able to get the RV to the campground on these windy and curvy roads.  Does Pittsburgh have a straight road anywhere?  Is there any possibility to get from point A to point B without going at least 3 or 4 times the real distance to wind around all over the place?  You would have to live here a life time to figure the place out!

The best part today is we got to visit Regis’ mom and his aunt.  We had a delightful visit and it was great to see them both.  Thanks to our wonderful GPS, we got a big tour of Pittsburgh on the way back to the campground.  I’m certain there was a shorter way, but then we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to check out every windy, curvy, crazy street in Pittsburgh. 🙂  These are not great pictures of this beautiful city.  If possible, we will try to do better tomorrow.

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, notice the sign, What is the Strip?
Pittsburgh, notice the sign, What is the Strip?

We will visit more relatives tomorrow and hopefully roast some marshmallows.  Almost everywhere we have camped has had a fire ban, so we may do a fire tomorrow night which will be out last night on this trip.

We saw the following while on the interstate today.  They were nice looking Corvettes!

Corvettes
Corvettes

Ponds

We visited a friend and her husband outside of St. Louis last evening and we had a lovely visit.  They live on a lake and took us for a ride on their boat.  Dart came along and he was great.  I don’t think he realized he was on a boat.  He was very relaxed.  We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the company.  Dart was good all evening.

This afternoon, we arrived in a camp ground in Indiana that is close to the Ohio border.  When I was a kid, my parents had a pop up camper and the family (including my sister and brother) went on a camping trip out west.  I believe we stayed in this camp ground on the way west.  While we were here, my mother says that my brother fell in the pond and could have drowned except my sister pulled him out.  That was an amazing event.  My sister spent most of her childhood trying to kill my brother (he’s the youngest), so the fact that she may have saved his life is a miracle.  I took pictures of the pond where this event took place.  Perhaps it will bring back memories to my mom, sister, and brother.

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There was road construction most of the way through Illinois.   We were basically driving on a one lane road between 45-55 mph instead of the usual 65 mph.   I’m glad we try to stick to about 250 miles a day give or take.  We did almost 300 today.  With that goal, we have room for taking time to stop and dealing with delays and mishaps while still getting in the camp ground well before dark.  I’m hopeful Ohio won’t be too bad so we can get to Pittsburgh early enough to visit family.

Billboards and Smashed Dishes

We went from Kansas City, Missouri to just east of St. Louis today.  Missouri has more billboards than any state we have been in to date.  It’s amazing.  A good percentage of them are advertising for advertisers.  If you read all the billboards, you couldn’t watch the road.  I wonder how many accidents occur on Missouri highways versus other states.  Anyway, we were overwhelmed by the billboards.  Amazing.

We crossed the Missouri River several times and eventually the mighty Mississippi River.   Regis and I are currently “discussing” plans for tomorrow during the day.  I would like to go to the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi and he could care less.  We’ll probably wind up staying here and dusting the RV. 🙂

Mississippi River
Mississippi River
Mississippi River
Mississippi River

Less than 2 miles from our camp ground, Regis hit the curb with the RV while taking a turn.  Considering how many miles we have traveled and that he usually drives, it is amazing it took this long for something like this to happen and that it happened while he was driving, not me.  The good news is that nothing terrible happened to the RV.  The bad news is that the cabinet containing the dishes opened and tossed most of the dishes into the RV.  I can tell you that Corelle dishes shatter into shards and dangerous pieces just like glass.  It took well over an hour to try to clean it all up.  I can’t believe how many places the pieces got into.  It was in every nook and cranny you could think of including seat cushions, behind chairs, and in other drawers.  In all, only 3 small plates and 2 large plates smashes completely but there was so much to clean up you would have thought several sets of dishes broke.

Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV
Broken dishes in an RV

Regis was discouraged enough that he went out and found some beer so we could just relax all afternoon.  The weather is beautiful here and it is SOOOOOOO green.  I really like this place.

We are visiting a friend of mine tomorrow evening and I’m really looking forward to getting together with her and her husband.  Dart will need to come along so I hope he is a perfect gentleman for the evening.

Tuesday morning we will head to Indiana for an overnight stop before heading to Pittsburgh to visit family members.

Greener Scenery

As we head east, it gets greener and greener and more humid.  The traffic congestion is increasing.  We are staying the night just east of Kansas City, Missouri.

On the way here we saw a horrendous accident on the north bound lanes of the highway.  It involved several tractor trailers.  It was so bad it shut down all the northbound lanes of the highway.  We hope that everyone involved survived the crash but the damage to one of the truck cabs was so bad that it seems unlikely.  There was also an accident on the south bound side but we think it may have been because someone wasn’t paying attention to the cars slowing down to rubber neck.

I’m getting anxious to get home now that we are out of the west.  I’m looking forward to my high-speed internet connection at home!  We may be home by Friday.  We’re going to stop in Pittsburgh on the way home and visit Regis’ mom.