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Old 07-20-2010, 08:08 PM   #621
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Hello Sergei..... Looks great.... Are you still at the Fairgrounds in Alymer?.. Marvin and I thought we might come down and visit you sometime..
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:16 AM   #622
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Annie and Marvin,


I had to be in Toronto from July 10 through August 15. The rig is parked on my friend Vince Melvin’s grassy lawn at Port Bruce while I’m away from the Fairgrounds.

I hope to squeeze in a fall trip to Newfoundland if everything goes OK here and I plan to travel down through Mississippi to Louisiana, perhaps Texas too this winter.

How about you?

Feel free to visit anytime.


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Old 08-08-2010, 05:49 PM   #623
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Real pretty! I ave a bigger one with the center bath and rounded glass windows front and back. I have read that the Argosy models were painted so that Airstream could use lower quality aluminum, offer a lower price and appeal to a larger population of buyers. Well we Argosy owners had the last laugh because the paint didn't need anywhere near the maintenance of the silver Airstream models! Mine has its original paint job with minimum touch up. ENJOY your rig!
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:04 AM   #624
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Hey,
Good to hear from you. I've been falling behind on reading AS forum. I was really close to selling ours as we have no time to use it any more; let alone do the work required. However, a recent discussion with a friend has found it a new home down at their lake house as a second bedroom. Funny thing is, I think I'll actually work on it more when it's down there than I did with it in the driveway!

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PS. Great promotion for the Mini. My brother-in-law has one. I'll have him check and see if any are available state side now that the cup is over.
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:32 PM   #625
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There was a thread on “planning your route” here the other day, to which I posted this contribution. It may be of interest (and serve as an up-date too) to friends who follow this thread:

Joe Reddington, the founder of the famous Iditarod Dog Race in Alaska passed on several years ago. His obituary told that he had often said : “if you don’t have a plan, that’s one less thing that can go wrong”.

I liked that, perhaps because I’ve mostly thought like that too.

I generally motor with a rough idea of where I’m headed but rarely book hotels ahead. I find having to be someplace at a certain time is stress producing. People who are wired oppositely will worry about NOT knowing were they’re staying that night.


I want the flexibility to get distracted or wander off-course.

An exception to my travel style had to be made when I took a 27-day, 4428-kilometer Rent-a Car-drive across 5 of the 9 South African provinces last winter. Because travel warnings made me realize that an elderly, lone driver should probably not be on the road after dark I plotted out my route and booked my accommodation, using internet searches and email, before I left Canada. I admit that it was nice to be received as “the traveler from Toronto” when I arrived at hotels, lodges and B&B’s there.

South Africa was a magical place - with stunning, ever-changing views around every bend and warm, smiling, welcoming people everywhere.

My rig hasn’t been out on the road yet but I want to spend this winter in Mississippi and Louisiana with it.

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Trailer parks are not for me. I prefer a small-town fairground, or to be parked behind a farmer’s red barn - within Mini Cooper striking distance of, say, a Memphis or a Baton Rouge.

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A couple of winter’s ago, I Mini-motored The Blues Highway, Mississippi # 61, down to New Orleans. At Clarksdale, Mississippi, near the famous Robert Johnson corner were Highway 49 crosses 61, I stumbled upon this gem:

ShackUpInn.com | Home


I loved the Shack Up Inn so much that I stayed there on the way back North too.

The Shack Up is on the original, famous Hopson Plantation and virtually unchanged from cotton pick’ in days. The rooms are in a restored cotton gin and in authentic sharecropper’s shacks. The whole thing is like a genius, primitive folk-art piece.

So, the other day, beginning my trip South in my mind, I wrote the owners of the Shack Up to ask if I could park in their yard, behind some sheds, for a week or 10 days at the start of my Mississippi exploration. They replied; “Come on down”.


From Clarksdale I’ll plot whether to turn east or keep going further south, hoping always to find a spot in a park or sports field or fairgrounds -or maybe a farmstead to take me in.

Long ago, planning my rig, I decided to build a “waste management compartment” (fancy talk for a macerator) into the trailer.

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I think this gives me options that don’t tie me to dump stations. Maybe we could say that I was planning then so as not to have to plan too much now.


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Old 08-27-2010, 08:39 AM   #626
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Sergei, you have a lovely trailer. Is it possible for you to post some pics of the entire interior? Lots of great detail shots, but I'd love to see the "wide-angle view", if you will.

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Old 08-27-2010, 08:49 AM   #627
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I too would enjoy some pull back photos.

I am psyched that you are traveling south. I know you've been wanting to do this for a long time. Good luck and have a safe trip. Don't forget to let us know when you are in CT. Mistral Blue and I still want to take you for pizza in New Haven. I bet mutcth will want to tag along as well.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:20 AM   #628
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Look into John T. Edge and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Be sure to have dinner at Doe's Eat Place in Greenville, MS.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:14 PM   #629
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Rednax!

I opened up the SFA site and it’s just terrific. You’ve sure got me figured; I’m really going to enjoy this!

I arrived in Greenville a couple of years back in the early dark of a winter’s night and stayed Downtown, along the riverside, near the casino.

The old city was dark and barren looking but it seems that Doe’s might have been down there. We found a good enough New Orleans styled dining room on the outskirts but will hunt for Doe’s this time.

Thanks for the hot tips.


Sergei


PS: I discovered the Oxford American while in Louisville, Kentucky one time and will look for current copies of that too.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:30 PM   #630
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Sergei-- Don't forget to book your stay at Pecan Grove. I'll meet you at Green Mesquite for BBQ and beer, or Baby Acapulco for Tex-Mex and margaritas.

Or both.

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Old 08-29-2010, 09:53 AM   #631
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Skip, Tom: ‘Never been to New Haven but hope to make it there someday. Looking forward to discovering apizza and meeting Mistral Blue and you guys.

I should really collect together some interior shots and post them together here, in one spot. I’ll try to do that soon.

The reason that I may not have posted what you call “pull back shots” is that the front curtains aren’t done yet. I suppose I’ve been waiting for that. Coming soon.

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Old 08-29-2010, 02:05 PM   #632
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Marcus,


If I don’t get lost exploring Louisiana and Mississippi this winter I’ll try to get over to Austin.

A favorite landscape architect nephew is a City Planner there. Maybe we can all meet for happy hour at the Continental Club. Is Toni Price still singing there?

Dieterdog might be there this winter too. If she is, that will be one more reason to come to Austin.


All the best,



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Old 08-30-2010, 06:59 AM   #633
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:57 AM   #634
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Hi Sergei,, am awaiting your interior shots too,,, am sorry but Austin is out for this year,, toughing it out in ol Montana,,,, Leon Redbone is coming to Toronto in November, hope you can go,,, happy trails,, d
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:51 PM   #635
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In 5 years of MINI motoring the only thing I’ve not liked about the little car is not being able to find it when I come out of a shopping centre.

Now, if the Mini is piggy backing, it’s the first thing I see when I step out of the door!

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Old 09-17-2010, 01:03 PM   #636
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Looking for a Clean Out Hatch

I remember reading here about a marine like clean-out hatch available for fresh water tanks.

I can't find it among these threads.

Can anyone help direct me to the original posting or to the product's website?

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:35 PM   #637
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> If I don’t get lost exploring Louisiana and Mississippi this winter

Just finished watching Easy Rider. My mom and wife had never seen it before. Take care leaving the deep south. Come on up to the NW. All we do is tax you to death. You'll feel right at home. ;-)
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When you are in Mississippi ...

Hi, Sergei -- I am native of Alabama, but I went to Mississippi in my adult life, and my old stompin' grounds are Hattiesburg, MS, and about 150-mile radius. If you get to Vicksburg, find H. C. Porter's gallery and studio. She has a new project underway: documenting Mississippi blues. Here are a couple of links. Her Katrina project has toured the country, very moving from the words and hearts of the people.

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I'm also a fan of John T. Edge, but there is another restaurateur and food figure who should not be missed since you are going that way: Robert St. John.

If you go to Hattiesburg, I encourage you to check out the Purple Parrot or any of Robert St. John's eateries. He and artist Wyatt Waters made a beautiful cookbook. I remember when he was waiting tables in the only decent restaurant in town. It's fun to see talent realize the dream.

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I lived in Jackson, also, and there was a tamale joint in one side of a building near the medical center; the other side was a car mechanic. That's the best eating -- in buildings that probably ought to be fined or condemned. You'll have to ask around, they don't advertise or have much signage.

In Tuscaloosa, AL, the original Dreamland barbecue (it's become a chain, so has lost some of its charm, but not in the old place) -- don't expect to get your daily balance, it's just ribs, drinks, maybe some chips, and white Sunbeam bread. A salad or cole slaw or other things that might be good for you will have to wait.

OK, enough of that foodie southern lecturing -- your rig looks fantastic. I'm up to my elbows in alligators in my Trade Wind. I hear it gets worse before it gets better.

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If I don’t get lost exploring Louisiana and Mississippi this winter I’ll try to get over to Austin.

A favorite landscape architect nephew is a City Planner there. Maybe we can all meet for happy hour at the Continental Club. Is Toni Price still singing there?

Dieterdog might be there this winter too. If she is, that will be one more reason to come to Austin.


All the best,



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Old 09-25-2010, 09:17 AM   #639
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Thanks for this really informative posting. I will follow up on ALL of it.

A couple of winters ago I passed through Vicksburg and visited Ms. Porter’s gallery/studio on the main drag. I think even then she was working on a blues project.

I liked the town and plan to hang there for a while this time, getting to know it. Same with Natchez on the Mississippi, where I did spend a couple nights then.

Any other southerners with Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama or Georgia suggestions please send them in, especially if you have some ideas for fairgrounds, sports fields or “behind somebody’s red barn” parking.

Thanks again Anne, all the best.


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I'm also a fan of John T. Edge, but there is another restaurateur and food figure who should not be missed since you are going that way: Robert St. John.


Forgot this name . . had a neighbor a few years back from Hattiesburg and we had discussed the fortunes of that town and this entrpreneur.
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