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Old 03-17-2019, 09:35 AM   #5797
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Thanks for the great photos Jim and Maggie . . . reassuring.


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Old 03-20-2019, 12:57 PM   #5798
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Moonrise out my window my last night at Edisto...
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:04 PM   #5799
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After waiting for my replacement credit card on Monday , we have been scrubbed and restocked with supplies, and are working our way up the eastern shore for our next stop, my distant cousin on ancestral land in the northern neck of Virginia.

Today, we are taking the ferries thru the outer banks of North Carolina.

Doug and I used to drive out of our way to take ferries across rivers, lakes, various bodies of salt water...always just fun for we land-locked Illinoisans.

Not the fastest route, definitely the prettiest and most unique.

Lily doesnít care much for the engine noise and movement underfoot, staying very close to her Mama.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:23 PM   #5800
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She's so pretty!
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:14 PM   #5801
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Maggie,
We have ridden the ferries several times. A relaxing way to travel.

Here is a bit of interesting information about the NC Ferry System
https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/ferry/Pages/about.aspx
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:33 PM   #5802
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Hello Maggie.
My son is boon docking in his 67 Globetrotter at the Pontiac Walmart tonight. He is on his way to Alberta but calling on a friend in Peoria. Normal tomorrow AM so thinking of you. He says it's warming up but that is relatively speaking. 12 hours from Toronto area including a nap.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:38 AM   #5803
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Yes, it was a long but lovely day, getting on the first ferry at 10:30 and not arriving on Hatteras until after 4pm.

There are some surreal moments, actually, when in your motorhome with water as far as you can see any direction.

I had a delicious bowl of clam chowder for my lunch, with a piece of fresh fish on the side...I asked, they provided, and it was yummy.

Rain and overcast much of yesterday, we spent the night in a nice little campground on Hatteras...with a laundry, so going to do a load before we move on today.

Will hopefully get in a final beach walk, too, before we head inland.

There is a fee for Cedar Island to Ocracoke, but the ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras is free. Running once per hour, one just waits patiently in line for the next ferry with space.

People are friendly and hospitable, glad to have tourists this time of the year, I suppose.

The man who checked us in for the ferry to Hatteras...they get your name and license plate #...was very chatty, and loved Lily, fist-bumping me for mastering widowhood and choosing to travel alone.

I’m not ready to stay home.

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Old 03-25-2019, 04:00 AM   #5804
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We made our way thru Hatteras, a shrimp omelette, more chowder...yum...and on into Virginia, where we had a great visit with my cousin, and I cooked for him.

Did some exploring of the area and then headed inland yesterday to begin our trek home.

Stopped for a nice chat with Dan Engle and then on to a WalMart near Roanoke for the night.

Virginia is in full bloom, with beautiful trees in flower and many, many forsythia in all their glory.

Home in a few days, watching the weather to hopefully avoid a final freezing night.

It has been a really great trip, but I am starting to look forward to being home, my little house, hugging my grands, all those good things.

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Old 03-25-2019, 02:38 PM   #5805
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Thanks for stopping by.

That sure is a beautiful Interstate you have. Hard to believe that it is 12 years old. It looks like new on the inside too.

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Old 03-25-2019, 03:01 PM   #5806
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Thank you, Dan, it is awfully pretty, isn’t it.

We were 7+ hours on the road today...no quick way from here to there, winding a more southern route thru Virginia, Tennessee and now up into Kentucky.

Did find myself passing thru Bean Station and the eastern TN crossroads...we have letters from ancestors posted from Bean Station...thru the Cumberland Gap area, which many related feet passed thru a couple hundred years ago.

We should be home tomorrow, tho will continue thru this week with lows in the upper 20’s I’ve decided to plug the rig into electricity and run the little space heater out there til it is warm enough to be safe.

I’m ready to be home, and Lily is tired of drive days, of which we have had many this past week.

She knows we’re going home, keeps looking out the windows, then at me...are we there yet?

Sweet Lily, my traveling companion.

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Old 03-25-2019, 05:55 PM   #5807
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Dogs just KNOW where we are going. Once we get past the veterinarianís office, they all relax and enjoy the ride on the highway.

When I get off the freeway and start winding through the neighborhood they all sit up and take notice. Then i start hearing the plaintive Ďare we there yet Ď whines. Uncanny sense of where they are.
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My cat knows too. He just sat in his little up front bucket seat while I drove 10 hours thru rain, rain, rain from Cincinnati to home. As soon as I pulled into the driveway, he was at the door waiting for me to open it so he could run into the garage, thru his little pet door, and finally home! Of course, minutes later he has to go back into the garage for the litter box, but he wants to set his paws inside his home first. Safe travels, Maggie. I spent 4 nights in Ohio, one got down to 27 degrees. Don't think the freezing weather is over yet....its been a strange, long winter for the upper midwest. And how does your rig look so clean????? Mine is covered in salt, dirt, and bugs....and of course it's still raining, so don't know if I'll get it washed today. If it's warm enough, I might just wash it in the rain since it needs a scrubbing.
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Old 03-26-2019, 03:59 AM   #5809
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Lily knows we’re headed home, because I told her.

Too early for her to recognize anything familiar, but that will happen.

I found a Blue Beacon near Richmond, and stopped there on Sunday after leaving my cousin’s, just an hour or so before Dan snapped this picture.

For the first time, there was no line, so I got right in.

They do such a great job.

Tho yesterday I drove thru intermittent rain, so we’re not as shiny clean any more.

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Old 03-26-2019, 05:54 AM   #5810
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Hi Maggie. I'm guessing you stayed east while coming thru Kentucky but if you (or anyone else!) find yourselves on I65 in southern KY, please stop by! We have electric (30 amp) and water ready and lots of pretty rolling farmland to park on for an overnight. Just 20 minutes off of I65 near Franklin KY. Would love to host you and Lily. Does she like horses? ��
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