Starting Our 2017 Road Trip…a little early

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Headed to St. Cloud, Fl to have an early Christmas with the boys and their families.  5 of our 7 grandbabies are over there, Trinity- 15, Tyler-9, Cayden-5, Lyla-3, Lucas-1 mo.

Parking at Brent & Ashley’s.   They have 5 acres & 50 amp service.

Going to head out on December 22nd.  Making our way to Quartzsite, AZ before January 1.

While we were in Bradenton, Fl  (October 1-December 17) we had a new roof put on at Elite RV in Palmetto.   It’s called RV Armor.  It comes with a lifetime warranty.

We also had solar installed.  3-160 w panels, 6-6v deep cell batteries, 3000 w inverter as well as a charge controller.  Hoping to spend 9-10 months boondocking  (dry camping).

We tried it out the other day and had several interior lights, 2 32″ TV’s & 3 Fantastic fans on. With all that on we were only running a 6% load.  We turned the air conditioner on with no problem but figure it would drain our batteries in a couple hours.  Figure we could go 5-7 days with no sun charging our batteries.  We also have a 5500 w generator if we need it.  We’re so excited to be able to live “off the grid”!

Had a nice surprise when we got to Brent’s!   Josh Halligan, one of Brent’s best friends growing up, was parked out in the street.  He drives for Swift & just happened to be in the area dropping off a load.  Was really nice catching up!  He was a fixture at our house!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Left Brent & Ashley’s this morning headed to Arizona.

Ashley, Lyla & baby Lucas
Brandon & Trinity came over.  He was on gate duty!

Had a great time as always.  Christmas last night at Brandon’s.

Tyler, Trinity, baby Lucas, Lyla & Cayden

This is all for now.  (Going to try to keep this updated better than before)

Luray, Virginia…What a Gem!

September 26-28, 2016

Before I get started…VIRGINIA HAS A HELMET LAW!

We only stayed 2 days (at Jellystone RV Park, just outside of town).

We unloaded the Harley’s & decided to take a little ride through town.  This is definitely a 1 stop light town.

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As we’re cruising through town at 25 mph we passed a cop sitting in a parking lot off to the left.  We didn’t think anything about it.

We were almost to the end of town, which took less than 5 minutes, and Georgie noticed he was behind us.  No worries. 

We get to the end of town, pull in a parking lot to turn around, and the cop follows us.

We stop, turn off the bikes and get off.  He stops and gets out of his SUV.  Georgie asks, “Can I help you?”  The cop is smiling and says, “I saw you ride by me and I noticed you didn’t have helmets on.  I was sure Virginia still had a helmet law but thought maybe I was wrong.  I called the station to double check.  Yep, we still had a helmet law.”

Our faces drop, mouths wide open!  SHIT!  We had been so good about checking each state.  We had only been riding in states that didn’t have any helmet laws. (We don’t own any helmets any more)

The cop asked us if we can call someone to bring us helmets.  We explain that we were just visiting.  We didn’t know anyone here plus we didn’t own any helmets, that we were staying at Jellystone RV Park.

The 3 of us kind of chuckle.  He asked the same thing again.

Georgie asks him if he can just give us a warning. 

He takes our drivers licenses back to his car.  He comes back in a couple minutes.  He asks us the same thing…again.  Nope.  Nothing changed in the last few minutes.  We hadn’t met anybody in the last 3 minutes.  We still didn’t have any helmets.

He hands us our licenses and says, “I’m going to the station…this way (pointing to his right).  You go to your campground that way (pointing to his left).  I’ll leave 1st.”

Talk about luck!  We were damn lucky we got stopped by a really nice cop!


We rode straight back to the campground and immediately loaded the bikes in the rig.  Done riding in Virginia.

And now…the reason we stopped in this little town. 

This is the little town of Luray, VA. (population 4,895)

It sits in the Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 90 miles west of Washington, DC, 10 miles east of I-81.

We traveled I-81 coming & going to Pennsylvania more times than I can count.  We never even heard of Luray or their famous caverns.  Guess we were always in a hurry.  Now that we are retired we have all the time in the world to pay more attention to all the sites…both well known and hidden gems…like Luray Caverns


It took us about 1 1/2 hours to go through the caverns.  It was hard to pick just a few pictures so I didn’t even try.  This is a MUST SEE if you are in the area.

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They also had this really nice antique car museum.  These aren’t all the cars by any stretch of the imagination, just some we thought were pretty cool!

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These are just a few of about 50+. 


NOW we’re headed to Florida…but this was a stop worth making!

Anxious to Get to Pennsylvania…

Tuesday, Sept 13-Monday, Sept 26, 2016

It was an uneventful trip to Pennsylvania  (thank God!!).  Arrived at Fid & Jessica’s about 4:30 pm.

Called Jess to let her know we were close.  She said she was going to meet us BEFORE we got to her house because…the GPS would take us a way that we couldn’t get into their driveway.






They just finished building a log home in Pine Grove, PA.  We had not been there before.  It’s about an hour northeast of Harrisburg (where Jess & the girls used to live).  Her cousin Annmarie & family live up there so Jess would spend quite a bit of time there.  Annmarie’s husband, Ryan, introduced Fid  (aka Brandon Fidler) & Jessica.  One thing led to another…yep, they fell in love & Jess went from a city mouse to a country mouse.

Anyway, it’s a good thing we followed Jess.  In this area there aren’t a hellava lot of places to turn a truck & 40′ rig around! 20160925_185203 20160925_185331

We got up the driveway…a lot slower than Jessica did! (She thinks 40 mph on a loooong gravel driveway is pretty normal).  We got parked, hooked up (they have 50 amp service, water & sewer hook-ups since they lived in a trailer until their house was done…yah for us!)

The house

The house

The view

The view

Living room

Living room

Living room to kitchen. Cat walk from master bedroom to master bath

Living room to kitchen. Cat walk from master bedroom to master bath

Kitchen to living room

Kitchen to living room

Kitchen to livingroom

Kitchen to livingroom

Down to the basement

Down to the basement

Part of the kitchen

Part of the kitchen

Girls bathroom

Girls bathroom

Girls bathroom

Girls bathroom

Master bath

Master bath

Master bath

Master bath

Master bath to master bedroom

Master bath to master bedroom








We had such a nice time with all of them…Fid, Jessica, Madison & Lola!






They have a busy house!  Friends stop over almost every night.,,Breanna (B), Alex, Kiefer, etc, etc, etc!  Poor things…they just moved in a few days before we got there.

Jessica, Alexandria Fidler, Breanna Baer

Jessica, Alexandria Fidler, Breanna Baer






Lola had a recipe book.  She found some simple recipe’s she wanted to make for dinner one night & asked me to help.  We had a great time.  She’s quite the cook!

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There is a bar up there that most seem to frequent called The Cat (Black Pussycat)!  It’s in a house…in the basement!  I didn’t have the pleasure of going but…Georgie, Jessica & Fid went a few times.

The Cat

The Cat

Full bar

Full bar

Fid, Jessica & Georgie

Fid, Jessica & Georgie





Took some very nice rides!  Even a couple with Jess & Fid!  One ride Fid took us on was to the Appalachian Trail to a beautiful overlook.

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We were invited to Sunday Brunch with Fid’s family for Jessica’s birthday.  It was a little chilly (for us anyway).

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There was a HUGE raffle at Pine Grove Fire Hose Hook & Ladder Fire Company.  When I say huge, I mean HUGE!  They gave away prizes of $50, $100 and the grand prize was $10,000!  (we didn’t win anything) That’s a lot of money!  Tickets were $20 each.  Sandwiches, sides & soda were included!

It seems everyone in Pine Grove is a volunteer fire fighter…men & women.  Stacey Fidler (Fid’s sister) even drives a fire truck!  Very impressive!  The fire house also has a bar…$1 for a bottle of beer!


Stacey Fidler

We had such a nice time!  The weather was perfect!  It was hard to leave but it was starting to cool off a little more than we’re comfortable with plus…Florida was calling!

Jessica, Madison & Lola

Jessica, Madison & Lola

On Our Way to Illinois….

September 5 – 9, 2016

We left South Dakota and headed for Morton, Il.  to see my best friend in the world!  Julie Cleveland & her husband Anthony.  Julie & I have been friends for more than 50 years!

Had reservations at Spindler Campground,, there Thursday, September 7th to Saturday the 10th.

We got as far as Waterloo, IA & decideded to stop for a couple days.


Dog Park

Found a nice KOA campground,, that was reasonably priced, close to the interstate. view-of-part-of-the-park laundry-room-and-bath-house convenience-store

What a nice park!  We were up on a hill overlooking a small lake.  The off leash dog park was right behind us.  It was beautifully landscaped & had gravel roads in great shape.




Went to lower the landing gear so we could unhook the truck.  Only 1 side was going down!  How could this be?  They work together.

I got on my phone to find a mobil rv repair place.  They apparently weren’t as common here as they are in Florida.  Got a lot of nope, we don’t do that but you could bring it in.  We could get to it in a few days.  Yea…that’s not going to work for us.  We finally got hold of a guy that listened to Georgie explain what he saw.  We sent a few pictures.  He called & told us how to fix it.  Wish we had his name.

About 2 hours later we got it fixed & unhooked. Whew!  What a relief.


View from campground looking towards the casino

Enjoyed a couple days there.  They had a nice, new casino, Isle Casino,  We went a couple times.  Did some laundry & just kinda hung out.






On the 7th we got ready to hook the truck up…best layed plans…HA!  Both truck batteries were dead!  Unfucking believable!   Called AAA.  They were there within a 1/2 hour.  Not so bad.  Georgie decided we should get 2 new batteries.  So he followed the guy that jumped us back to his shop.  The guy tested our batteries…they were fine.  We needed a new alternator.   Oh yeah!  How long was THIS going to take?  A very nice surprise…only about 45 minutes!  The guy was great!

Georgie got back.  Backed up to the hitch.  Oh…ANOTHER NICE SURPRISE! (not really)

I went to extend the landing gear…it wasn’t moving!  We had to raise it to get the truck hooked up! WTF!  (Said out loud)   Spent about an hour trying to figure out what it was.  OH!  We figured it out…it wasn’t good!

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Called that same guy, sent pictures, etc.  He had to order a part.  He ordered a new worm gear & had it shipped to him overnight.  It came, we picked it up & tried to figure out what we had to do.  It took 2 days!

Luckily the KOA was able to extend our stay…day by day.  We didn’t think it would take 2 days…but it did!

September 9 – 12, 2016

We were finally on our way to Illinois.  We were also lucky that the campground there could change our dates…and didn’t charge any additional fees!

We got to Spindler Campground about 7:30 pm.  Guess who was waiting for us?  Julie & Anthony!  What a really nice surprise!





Spent some time with them.







Went to dinner with Julie, Anthony, her sister Janet & husband Greg, and her brother Jim!  We laughed all night!  I may have peed a little in my pants.  I didn’t tell any of them that.   I did, however, seem to spill my guts about most everything else that’s happened to my bodily functions as I’ve grown older!  (I’m chuckling a little to myself right now)


Julie, me, Anthony, Georgie, Jim, Janet, Greg






Julie is one of those friends that you can talk to once a month and it’s just like it was yesterday that we talked.  We just pick up where we left off.  That’s why I love her so much!

Never enough time with her but…we had to get on to Pennsylvania to see our daughter Jessica & her family.