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North America » United States » Virginia » Newport News April 19th 2014

Die Vorbereitungen laufen auf Hochtouren Langsam aber sicher rückt der Zeitpunkt unserer Abreise näher. Wir sind zwar gut vorbereitet aber immer wieder gibt es noch etwas was wir noch nicht erledigt haben. Jacques, ein Kollege, verbringt Stunden damit mein GPS auf Vordermann zu bringen und das limitierte Speichervolumen meines Garmin Etrex Vista zu überlisten um wenigstens einen Teil unserer Route auf's Gerät zu bringen. Dann fehlen z.B. noch die Spezial-Batterien für das Wasserentkeimungsgerät etc. Auch mein neues Liegerad hat es noch nicht bis zu mir geschafft! Mit Einfahren oder Üben ist nichts mehr... Heute habe ich wenigstens mal das Meiste schon gepackt (siehe Fotos), da ich wegen der Arbeit bis kurz vor unserer Abreise am 1. Mai nicht mehr gross dazu kommen werde. Habe heute auch noch mit unserem Hotel in Newport-News telefoniert um zu schauen ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Fairfax February 28th 2014

The longest day yet both in hours and miles and consistently the coldest with the temperature not going over 35 degrees the whole day. Definitely an endurance ride today mostly on Interstate 81 up the Appalachian Great Valley a route travelled since pioneer times and before. The BMW performed flawlessly as I thought about those covered wagons bouncing over the terrain. I guess that is progress. I was surprised how quickly I entered VA and yet how far I had to go. VA is a bigger state that I thought and I always wondered why it was considered southern. Another geography lesson. When I hit I66 there were place names I recognized and I knew I was only about 60 miles away, but there was more snow lying around here and I started to have a ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Stafford February 20th 2014

Well, here it is 2:15pm and the packing is almost completed. Dave and Megan will drive us to the airport. We are excited and looking forward to this experience. Ann and I will both be making entries in the blog so we will probably sign our name so you know who's writing. Please remember us in your prayers for safe travel and to successfully share the good news of Jesus. .... Mike... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Washington February 19th 2014

Oh say - can you see all the sights in D.C. – in one day? Well, if you walk like a demon in between metro stations and don’t mind whistle-stop stops, then yeah, mostly. We set out after a mammoth breakfast fairly early so were both ‘stoked’ and ‘psyched’ to see the famous monuments. We packed in Abe, Korea, Pacific, the obelisk and Capitol Building. We were quite smug. I’d been excited to see the pool of reflection at Abe’s memorial because of the scene that features it in X-men: First Class. I’m such a nerd. What with all the walking and appreciating, by six we were famished again and ventured out to seek succour. We found a hip looking spot called Gordon Biersch and rounded on it hungrily. Now, let’s be clear, me and my ... read more

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North America » United States » Virginia February 15th 2014

Mike and I will be leaving for Florence, Italy on February 20th for 6 weeks. We have been invited to work with other retirees in a program called Avanti Italia, www.avantiitalia.org. We will be part of one of 3 groups that will be practicing conversational English with Italian students who desire to improve their skills. The hope is that we will be able to engage the students in some meaningful conversations about the kingdom and there will interest in using the Bible as a resourse to practice reading in English. The program is more then 20 years old and sponsored by the College Church of Christ in Searcy, AR. We will be doing some traveling as well. We don't know what to expect but we have found that in our retirement years when somebody says go ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Christiansburg January 2nd 2014

We now know we made the right decision to leave Shongo when we did. What a snowy mess it is becoming. Our grandson, Ryan, ran his snowplow in our driveway early today.....if you don't have to get out in it, I guess it could be a pretty Winter Wonderland. Otherwise, it is a Nasty Nightmare. Our Doppler showed freezing rain coming across into Virginia today. I told Cory he had to get through the state as quickly as he could.....wrong comment. Cruisin' Cory became Speedster Stan......we were flying along the highway like the Bullet-Train in Japan.....until I screeched. No wonder I have grey hair. We managed to stay just ahead of the treacherous weather until 1:00 PM @ Christianburg, VA. The rain was getting heavier and the temperature was dropping.....time to stop. There's no way we ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Chesapeake December 2nd 2013

I finished my first session at MITAGS and now it's time to get my hands dirty. I am working for The Vane Brothers on the Chesapeake Bay pushing barges between Norfolk, Yorktown and Salisbury MD. I am working/living on the 100ft tug Roanoke and we are pushing a 250 ft. barge. I got onboard in mid November for a couple weeks, went home for a week and now I am back on for four weeks. I am learning the ropes of a deckhand, cleaning the head and tying up the barge. We had a small leak in the tug and had to get hauled out in Norfolk by the worlds largest travel lift. We got back in the water in less than 24 hours. It's been great learning all the aspects of working the deck. More ... read more
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North America » United States » Virginia » Onancock October 28th 2013

Ideally, a road trip carries spontaneous exploration as part of the baggage. Unfortunately it’s easy to resist cute historic villages, church suppers, and oddly named fests in favor of getting to the designated destination on time. Such was not the case one Saturday when we were attracted to a sign for the “Water Shed Festival” pointing to Onancock, Virginia. Onancock, voted “coolest small town in the US" by Budget Travel magazine, is situated on a petite harbor on Chesapeake Bay along the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We drove along Market Street toward the harbor as children waved their cotton candy at us. The RV must have looked HUGE on the narrow street. We had actually been to this harbor, which is the home port of the Tangier Island Ferry, on a previous trip. We were too ... read more
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Ever since I found out we were moving to Virginia, I have been excited to see the Fall Foliage! Heck, even before moving here I had longed to visit in the Fall to see all the wonderful colors! We live within a few hours drive of Shenandoah National Park, which is absolutely gorgeous in the fall! The weather here has been cloudy and rainy, and not the best for photos, and the Government shutdown had the park closed. This weekend was the first it was open. Unfortunately, the leaves didn't get the memo and they changed anyway. They are a bit past their prime, but there is still gorgeous sights to behold! We got lucky with a sunny day on Sunday, so I got J out of bed and we headed for a day trip to ... read more




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