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North America » United States » Virginia » Falls Church August 23rd 2015

Four weeks and two days ago at this time, I was on a plane heading for Heathrow airport. After landing 7+ hours later, we headed to St. Bees (2 trains and a cab) and arrived by Sunday evening.....and the adventure of a lifetime began! I know I'll be processing my thoughts about the experience for months to come, but I will summarize some of my thoughts and feelings right now: As I said in the first posting, I was carrying the symbolic pebble from the Irish Sea to toss in the North Sea in honor of my friend, Sylvia. I thought of her many times during the walk and wished I'd be able to share all the stories when I returned. I smiled many times thinking that if Sylvia had been with us, I'd be having ... read more
Syvlia's Pebble
Low Tide
High Tide

North America » United States » Virginia » Falls Church August 20th 2015

While I managed to write nearly every day after hiking an average of 10+ miles, I couldn't find the time once I left the countryside trails for the world of sightseeing in a city. I was happy that at least there was the transition of two days in the the much smaller city of York before arriving in London for an additional two days. York is a walled, medieval city that is best known for having one of the oldest and largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe (York Minster). We did a free walking tour of the city on our one full day and some of us went to the Evensong service at the Minster. We heard wonderful music from a visiting choir....amazing acoustics! The guide told us an interesting story about why the York Minster is ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington August 3rd 2015

Bonjour à tous Cette Charlottesville est vraiment très agréable. Hier au soir comme prévu je suis allé dans le centre sur Main Street, qui est la rue piétonne la plus longue des États-Unis. peut-être 1 km. Énormément de monde dans cette rue, les terrasses sont bondées, et la température de 28°est très plaisante. Ceci explique cela. Je mange chez un Italien, en terrasse, et je vais craqué, pour un jambon cru au melon. Le jambon est un Prociuto Américain, sans beaucoup de goût, et le melon c'est un melon d'eau, pas plus de goût. Faute de cochonaille à Yzeron j'ai fait avec. Les gens que je vois passé respirent, d'ailleurs comme toute la ville la "zénitude" (merci Ségolène), on se sent en paix ici, chose que l'on est en train de perdre en France. Charlotteville, 45 ... read more
Charlotte la tranquille
ça c'est du Ricain !!
fallait y penser

Bonjour à tous, Mon erreur de programmation sur gps hier, m'a permis de passer une des plus belles journées de conduite depuis le départ. Je quitte Beckley, ce matin en pensant à tous mes potes qui se sont "goinfrés" ce matin à Yzeron, de soupe aux choux, de lard, de saucisson chaud, enfin que des choses auxquelles je pense de plus en plus souvent. J'espère, qu'ils ont pris chacun une bouchée pour moi. Ce qui est le plus "salaud" c'est de m'envoyer des photos, pour me faire baver encore plus. Merci quand même. Ce matin première programmation Marlinton WestCarolina. pas le choix que de faire 80 km d'autoroute. Ces 80 km vont ressemblés beaucoup à ceux que l'on fait du côté de Nantua pour aller à Genève, un régal pour les yeux, dimanche matin tôt, très ... read more
la route du matin

North America » United States » Virginia » Norfolk July 13th 2015

Well, the bikes are on their way to Montana with Fedex, and we are now packing up the apartment in Norfolk and moving out tomorrow. We'll fly out to Chicago on Thursday and then take a sleeper train across country to Whitefish, Montana, where we hope to be reunited with our bikes! All being well, and assuming we are able to reassemble the bikes so that they are roadworthy, we will start riding on Monday 20th...the countdown has begun! Thanks for following us...... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Suffolk July 8th 2015

...required over 400 miles of driving due to navigational errors. I need to NOT copy the directions to our next campground from Google Maps if we're not driving directly there. Fortunately it only cost us about 30 miles and 45 minutes. I'm gonna go with that estimation, Mike thinks it was less. We're also not getting on the road as early as we did the first week which also plays a part in tonight's 8:30 pm arrival. Enough time to write and post the blog while eating dinner, look at our route tomorrow, copy the directions (correctly this time) and update our route map before I hit the hay. The campgrounds and states are blurring into one. I can't remember what state, let alone the city we were in this morning. Good thing I have my ... read more
Coming Onto Roanoke Island
We Arrived at 6 pm

North America » United States » Virginia June 18th 2015

Shelburne, Vermont to St. Johnsbury, Vermont—Friday-Saturday, June 12th-13th Shelburne Campground in Danville. Raining this morning, heavy overcast skies and 68 degrees. Starting mileage is 45,654. Pulled out earlyish and got on the road toward the major city of Burlington. Thankfully, we hit a freeway bypass and didn’t have to go through downtown. Zoom, we were on I-89 and able to go more than the 30-40 miles per hour we were doing in the morning “stop and go’ to work traffic. This stretch of road is labeled “scenic” and it really is. It cuts back through the Green Mountains and must have been a real engineering feat to build. At the exit for Waterbury-Stowe Road, we got off the freeway and found the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory to take a tour. There were so many ... read more
1506-51 Garden on way from parking to plaza level
1506-52 Some of the evidence of their corporate culture
1506-53 The trash cans says it all

Bonjour à tous Je vois qu' en France c'est la canicule, ici ce matin c'est la Toussaint. Ciel très couvert, de la bruine, et seulement 11°. Ma Madame GereMene ce matin m'a fait un gros caprice. Je lui demande Norfolk en Virginie, à environ 180km, pas de problème je vois sur la carte ce qu' elle me propose correspond à peut près, à l'idée du point d'arrivée. Docilement je l'écoute, a un feu, je regarde la file à tenir, et je vois: arrivée 4km, comme l'autre jour à NY, je me suis planté. je reprogramme, en étant attentionné, ca devient 1327km, par la suite elle a bloquée sur 935km. Pour sortir de Salisbury impossible il n'y a que des numéros de route et pas vraiment d' indication de ville a suivre. Je m'en suis sorti uniquement ... read more
le pont de Pocomoke
Chesapeake Bridge
une route nationale !

North America » United States » Virginia » Portsmouth May 28th 2015

We stopped at Portsmouth, VA on the opposite side of Norfolk, VA. I didn't see as many navy ships as they used to be and the very few that we saw were under repair. I can probably dig back on my blog and look for old photos with tons of airplane carriers in this area. We had a great dinner at a fancy italian restaurant and we called it a night.... read more
Portsmouth- VA-3
Portsmouth- VA-4
Portsmouth- VA-5

North America » United States » Virginia » Appomattox May 27th 2015

Morning came early on the 9th. Not sure how many other crazy history geeks were going to converge in the fields of this small Virginia hamlet, I wanted to get to the park early for the first activity of the morning. The real time Battle of Appomattox Court House demonstration was starting at 7:30 am. The weather cooperated in setting the mood with historically accurate dampness, chill and a clinging morning fog. After taking the nearly empty shuttle bus from the remote parking lot to the Historic Villiage, I wandered through the awakening Union camps of living historians. Reveille sounded, and cook fires burned. I was introduced to"bacon toast", a piece of bread fried in a skillet of bacon fat which was offered to me with the question, "Do you like bacon?" as if there could ... read more

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