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North America » United States » North Carolina October 6th 2021

10/6/21 Our drive to Apex on 10/1/21 was only half a day, so we decided to take a scenic drive to get there. We left the hotel at 8:45 and 67 degrees and pointed the car NE. We drove through more of the heartland of America…Old Fort, North Cove, Crossnore, Linville, Grandfather, and Boone. One of several Ethan Allen factories is located in Old Fort. The yard was stacked high with fresh lumber and the building was quite large and probably a major employer in this general area. The drive took us through the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Applanation Mountain Range. The roads were good, and the scenery great as we circled around mountain ridges, up in elevation and down, then up again. Based on the many businesses we saw for rentals ... read more
Snaking though the mountains
Too close for comfort
Boone, NC

North America » United States » Tennessee October 1st 2021

9/30/21 This will be the last travel entry for a while as we are stopping at our daughters house for a couple of weeks. During that time, I will post a final entry summing up this trip. Thanks for reading. Last night we were in Cave City, KY, just outside of Mammoth Cave National Park. We were up early and on the road at 8 AM and 67 degrees. We were headed for Asheville, NC and decided we would take the scenic roads most of the way. We drove through A LOT of small towns including places like Summer Shade, Marrow Bone, Waterview, Burkesville, Twin Lakes, Albany, Monticello, Frazer, Bronston, Pine Knot, and Strunk, all in Kentucky and then through Rocky Top and Knoxville in Tennessee. Most of these small towns have a lot in common. ... read more
Cumberland River
Marina on Cumberland River
Marina on Cumberland River

North America » United States » Kentucky September 30th 2021

9/29/21 Last night was a night to remember. We checked into our hotel in Cincinnati/Florence and discovered that we were very close to the interstate. And the windows were no help in keeping the noise out. So I figured it was going to be a long night. We went to bed at 10 and at 12:30 AM were blasted out of our bed by the fire alarms. Oh, great. We manage to get to sleep in spite of the road noise and this happens. So we dressed and evacuated the building. And eventually the fire department arrived with lights flashing and two firemen got out and went into the building. After a while, they came out and told us we could go in. Well, we returned to our bed, but after all of this excitement, who ... read more
Ohio River
Ohio River
Kentucky State Capitol

North America » United States » Ohio September 29th 2021

9/28/21 We didn’t have that much territory to cover today, so we did not leave the hotel until 8:55. But the real reason is that we are on the far west side of the eastern time zone and it is still dark at 7 AM. So we did not wake up until after 7:30. So, two excuses, you pick one. LOL When we left the hotel it was 67 degrees with a promise of warming into the 80’s. And it did. The plan was to drive east from Sandusky, OH to Cleveland along as much shorefront as possible. We took to Rt 6 with became 6 and 20. And we drove through many small towns along Lake Erie. The first was Vermillion. And what a cute town this was. Their little downtown area is lined with ... read more
Lakeview Park, Lorain, OH
Lakeview Park, Lorain, OH
Lakeview Park, Lorain, OH

North America » United States » Ohio September 28th 2021

9-27-21 First let me say, there was no blog entry yesterday. It was purely a moving day…500 miles across the interstate. There was really nothing to report except perhaps the new hotel that we stayed in last night. La Quinta in State Rd 933 in South Bend was brand new. So new, it was only the second day opened and we were the first people to stay in our room. Not to say that all was good. They still have some bugs to iron out, like say, putting a desk clerk on the job never having ever checked anyone in and then the owners leaving for the night and leaving her there alone. Not such a good idea. But we survived it all…at least I hope so, because we are still waiting for the $300 security ... read more
Pertoleum refinery
Pertoleum refinery
Pertoleum refinery

North America » United States » Minnesota September 26th 2021

9/25/21 We woke this morning in Duluth to 46 degrees. So we dressed for cold weather. By the time we left at 8:45 it was 49 degrees, but the overcast skies that loomed over us for most of the day kept the temperatures on the chilly side. The trees along our route had more color than yesterday, but my attempts to capture them in photos were unsuccessful due to the fact that the light was bad. There is nothing like a maple tree in full blook shining in the bright sunshine. But we never found that opportunity. The drive out of Duluth took us through the harbor area of town. Everything I photographed from the mountain yesterday is all part of the working harbor. Structures that may look like buildings in the distance are not buildings ... read more
Capitol Bldg in St Paul, MI
Capitol Bldg in St Paul, MI
Capitol Bldg in St Paul, MI

North America » United States » Minnesota September 25th 2021

9/24/21 We woke this morning to a cold and blustery day. It was 56 degrees and, although the weather app on my phone said the wind was 8 MPH, due to my experience from my flying days, you could not convince me that it was anything but a 25 knot wind. At one point I could not open the car door, the wind kept pushing it shut on me. And even many of the locals were wearing parkas and winter headgear. So after putting on some warm clothes, we ventured out for the day at 8:50 AM and headed north. Steve had planned all along to follow the lakeside roads and so we did. I call them roads but, as anyone knows who has lived in a climate as far north as Duluth, they can be ... read more
Lake Superior
Silver Creek Cliff tunnel
Silver Creek Cliff tunnel

North America » United States » Minnesota September 24th 2021

9/23/21 BRRRRR. We woke this morning in La Crescent, MN to 46 degrees. I had to get out my jeans this morning. It was not a day for shorts, for sure. And as the day began, we were in a shroud of fog, on and off, for quite some time. I guess the chill is in the air, and so comes the fog. But the sun eventually came out and gave us a glorious day. We left our hotel at 8:40 and headed for Winona, population of about 26,000. I kept calling it Wynona and anyone might guess why. LOL A friend of ours is from Winona, so we had to take some photos for her. We drove around town for a while and took in the flavor of this charming town, although I will admit, ... read more
Winona
Winona
Lake Pepin

North America » United States » Minnesota September 23rd 2021

9/22/21 Each evening when I sit down to write this blog, I have no idea what is going to come out. And the same goes for right now. So, let’s see where we go. This morning I was up before 7 and ready to roll at 7:30, but as things go and preparations needed to be made, we didn’t get moving until 8:40. It was a chilly 59 degrees and the temperatures all day never reached above the 60’s. The sun was shining most of the day, but the wind was quite strong and at times, I wished I had put on a jacket before getting out of the car. So, today we began our journey in Moline, Illinois and took to the GRR on the Illinois side of the river. We always have a choice, ... read more
Port Byron
Port Byron
Map of the GRR

North America » United States » Illinois September 22nd 2021

9/21/21 We woke up this morning to a rainy Arnold, MO. It was dark and gloomy when I got up just before 7 AM. Eventually the rain went away, but the clouds stayed for good part of the day. So my photos may not be the best. Because of the weather turning cold, we needed to do some trip management. We had to get some warmer clothing out of our suitcases, which were in the car, and reorganize our night bags. (We each carry a duffle into the hotel each night in which we can pack 4-5 days worth of clothes, and periodically, we restock it from the suitcases.) After a great Drury breakfast, (no charge) we left the hotel at 8:55, about an hour later than we had hoped. It was 66 degrees. The plan ... read more
Clarksville, MO
Dam and lock
Dam and lock




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