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Old 09-16-2015, 07:00 PM   #1415
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Hi, today's pictures.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:03 PM   #1416
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Better than Airstream, Ford, or Toyota!

Hi, today we just wanted to drive all around Amish country, besides one side trip to Wal-Mart. Actually two side trips. We stopped at an Amish farm and bought some more goodies. [veggies and Zucchini bread] Then we drove all over Amish country. During this drive, I passed an Amish Carriage shop. Many miles later, I regretted not stopping for a look / see. Now where was I? I have no idea where it was so we just kept driving all over the little country roads while trying to avoid larger highways. After several hours of randomly turning left and right, I accidentally found the Amish Carriage place. No real place to park, so I pulled into the driveway. There was a young Amish boy out side and I asked him if I could see the Carriages. He said I would have to ask someone inside because he was having his Carriage repaired. I asked him if he broke a wheel. He said he was there getting his light fixed. I said it was good to have lights especially at night. I talked to the owner of the shop and asked if I could take pictures and what did his shop do. He told me no pictures inside, but all I wanted outside. He then gave me a one person tour of his Carriage factory and repair shop. This was exclusive to me. Thousands of people tour the Airstream, Ford, and Toyota factories, but how many people can say they had a private tour of an Amish Carriage factory?
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:22 PM   #1417
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Amish Carriage Factory.

Hi, the new Carriages look very close to the older ones. They now have more lights, [LED lights] rear air suspension, and front hydraulic disc brakes. They also have a clock, speedometer, and a battery gauge. The black paint job looks like Lacquer, very smooth, shiny, and durable. I did not ask what paint was used on these beautiful Wagons and Carriages. These are basically all hand made. Due to the lights needed, they have way more electronics than the up-graded Antiques that are still on the road by the hundreds in this area.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:42 PM   #1418
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Hi, these Wagons and Carriages are either used trade-ins for sale, or customer's in for repair.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:53 PM   #1419
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One more night.

Hi, we are still in space L-2 which is Laundry 2 or temporary overflow. We liked it so well in this space we chose to not only stay here, but added one more night. I'm very happy that we decided to not move on today, not knowing that I would get a tour of an Amish Carriage factory. [3 guys and one woman] And the many more memorable sights and pictures that we took today. Buggy is another name for Carriage.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:55 PM   #1420
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The "karma" button was not really true to the way karma comes to you and that expansion of the meaning of the term upset some people, so "karma" was changed to "thanks" eons ago. Once that was done, other people were upset. So, everyone got upset, but at different times. Some felt it was the end of an era, and I think it actually was. The Forum is different now. And there was no way to give bad karma, at least when I joined.

The "thanks" button is often used to send a short message because it is easier than sending a PM. So you may get a lot of thanks that aren't really "thanks" at all. No matter, it all counts towards those little green boxes on your Control Panel. Run your cursor over each one and there will be a message about you now having an aluminum hat or around 400 or so, you are "fully aluminated". After that, you cannot be further aluminated and just gather "thanks". Once you have 1,000 "thanks" you ascend to the Milky Way and glow a silver color in the Byam Sector.

Bob, those photos are still looking clear. I'll bet the woodworking on those carriages was perfect.

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Old 09-18-2015, 07:43 AM   #1421
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Hi, Gene; Everything on those new Carriages looked perfect. I wanted to have one sent to Salem, but Lee said no! Besides, I can't have and don't want a horse. I was going to park the Buggy in my front yard to PI$$ off the HOA. Now if Lee would let me buy a Ford or John Deere tractor to pull a Buggy, that would work for me.

I have been having a lot of fun out here because they always ask "Where are you from" and I always say Salem........................Oregon. They all get a shocked look on their faces when I say "Oregon" because there are a few Salems near here. They look even more shocked when I tell them that I drove out here.


Nice twice in one day; a record for me.

As we drove slowly down the country roads soaking up the views, I would sometimes pull over and let cars pass and go again. One time a guy stopped behind me and was lost. [more than me] Even though we had a map and a GPS. He wanted to go to New Holland. Well there were so many turns that nobody would remember, so Lee came up with an Idea. It's only five miles from here, according to Caroline, [she lies] and we are just driving around anyway. So just follow us to New Holland. I glad that we could help someone out and at the same time get to see the New Holland farm equipment factory.

Later I was getting gas and a couple next to me had a puzzled look on their faces. I asked them if they were having trouble getting gas. They said yes. I saw that their license plate was a temp from Texas. I looked at the pump and it was asking for a ZIP code. I mentioned that, for example, People from Canada have this problem because they don't have a zip code. They then said that they were from Denmark. And mentioned that they might have to use cash. I told them to go inside and tell the person that you don't have a zip code and they will help you. They got their gas and thanked me for helping them; They were given a code to use for buying gas fro the person inside.
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Hi, today we drove to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; We parked in the bus/RV parking lot. After a little checking things out, I discovered that we could unhook our trailer, leave it in the lot, and take a driving tour of the battle fields. This way we could take Dusty with us on the entire tour. They only said that dogs are not allowed in the cemetery. We didn't go there either. The tour was several miles and had marker signs letting you know what way to go and what number site you were at. There were cannons everywhere and monuments everywhere too. Too many monuments so we only took a few pictures of them.

We are now at D.C. KOA. WIFI is weak, so I don't think I will be posting pictures of cannons and monuments. There are no pet sitters here so Lee is going out tomorrow and I will go out the next day. Dusty doesn't seem to be feeling well, but he has been sleeping peacefully tonight. I usually don't take Dusty to the dog parks, but this one was clean and had grass. Dusty loves to walk/run on grass. The area has a black chain link fence around it and a few times Dusty walked into the fence. I put his leash on him and led him into the middle area and turn him loose until he heads for the fence that he cannot see.
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As dogs get older many lose sight, we have one like that. Make sure the hair is trimmed around his eyes. We've learned to compensate for the aging of our dogs by not stressing them too much and giving them reassurance often. They are our babies after all! You seem to be good pet owners, I respect you for that. I enjoy your reports, good luck.
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They look even more shocked when I tell them that I drove out here.
We've heard that too when we are far from home. Seems like long road trips aren't as popular anymore and people would rather get in a flying cattle car, be overcharged for everything, be treated like criminals, and sit obediently while crammed in.

Did you go to the Gettysburg NP museum? It is quite impressive. Lots to see in DC, but it may be hard to get into places. We were last there in January, 2001, and it wasn't too bad (they had a hard time with my cowboy boots because of all the nails in the soles that the metal detector picked up), but I don't know what it is like now. The subway is the best way to get around Washington.

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Hi, we skipped the Museum because of time and no home camp yet. The AUTO Drive was quite time consuming and we saw enough cannons and monuments to last a life time.

Today Lee took a bus to D.C. and is touring it now as I type this. This camp ground said that they don't have any pet sitters, but talking to one of the workers, he said he does it, but they don't advertise it. Anyway Dusty wasn't doing well last night so I was going to take care of him, get my propane tank filled, and make another Wal-Mart run. Wal-Mart sure got a lot of my money, but if I went somewhere else I would have spent a lot more.

Dusty gets a build up of junk in one of his eyes and it's like tree sap, very hard to clean without hurting him. I used a wash cloth with warm water to soak his eye and baby shampoo top help loosen the junk up. After what seemed like an hour, I got it almost all off and he is happy about that too. I think he had some food that didn't agree with him. Costco has canned roast beef and he loves it. Recently Costco has not had any and I bought some beef stew for him. I'm putting him back on canned chicken. That seems to work better for him. I can't leave him with a pet sitter if he's not feeling well.

When Lee comes back, we will decide if we stay one more night so I can tour D.C. too. I still had plenty to do while home alone. [with Dusty]

A large Kenworth tow truck came in the camp ground today to lift the back of a Diesel Pusher; One of it's hydraulic levelers got stuck. Bet that cost a few bucks. After lifted the leveler finally went up. That was all the excitement for me today and also confirmed that I don't ever want one of those monster motorhomes. I would be happier with an Amish Buggy.
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Bob, you and Lee are devoted to that dog and do a great job. We would love to have a dog, but traveling with one is a pain and we still travel a lot. If people can bring screaming, and sometimes dirty or barfing kids everywhere, why can't dogs be bought everywhere? The dogs are usually better behaved.

You can see many more battlefields. Antietam is west of you and at the time was the scene of the worst one day carnage anywhere. Or if you prefer the Revolutionary War, Yorktown is to the southeast (close to Jamestown and Williamsburg too). Also west is where John Brown attacked a US post trying to start a slave insurrection. We go to one or two battlefields on each trip east—still want to see Bull Run and the place of surrender (Appomattox). Annapolis is a nice town to visit and then you can cross to the Delmarva Pen.—and make sure you go to Delaware if you've never been there. You can drive the Shenandoah NP road and then continue south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. That'll keep you busy for a while. W. Va. is pretty, but avoid the potholed, bumpy WV Turnpike. I-70 starts on the west side of Baltimore and you can drive west on it to within 15 miles of my house.

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South Carolina.

Hi, we made it to South Carolina. There we stayed with long time good friends and had a great time. We parked our truck and trailer in the club house parking lot and stayed in their house. They have a lovely house. Dusty thought he was back home in his house because of the floor plan, wood floors, and living room carpet. [but no doggy door] We went into town for lunch and we brought Dusty's wagon. He's getting more used to it now, but still wants to walk on his own.

We also had a great time visiting with Michelle and Rob; It's been so long since we have seen them too.

(1.) We actually got gas for less than $2.00 a few times on this trip.

(2.) Dusty feeling at home on the living room rug.

(3.) Dusty found out his parents were sleeping in the upstairs bedroom; He fell a sleep at the bottom of the stairs while waiting for us.

(4.) It took Bob and Charlie to pull Dusty in his wagon.
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Hi, it was another long day on the road after another free night camping in a Wal-Mart parking lot. It was nice, quiet, and safe even though we were the only campers there. We drove at the speed limit most of the day; It was 70 MPH and we lost about 1/2 MPG doing it. No biggie. We later slowed down because of the rain. We are now in New Orleans, Louisiana. We are at a nice, high dollar camp ground right in the middle of town, and in walking distance to where all the action is.
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