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    Arrived home yesterday after my 33-day trip. Had a great time but it is good to be home and getting back into the normal routine. The best part of being back is that when I woke up this morning I knew it would be a looonnnng time before I would hop into the car and drive another 300-400 miles to the next motel. I covered around 7,200 miles, round trip, so I was a bit tired. I can't take it the way I could ten years ago.

    I followed I-40 to Knoxville, then down to Atlanta, north to Charleston, Richmond, Alexandria, Gettysburg, West Chester (home of QVC), and then headed home through eastern Virginia and North Carolina, back to I-40.

    I love Virginia. There are so many interesting things to see, but I had one strange experience which I am still trying to understand, I was about to take a tour of one of those historic old plantation homes. As we were about to enter the guide told us there were three rules to remember inside the house - no food, no photography, and no "putting things in our pockets". I had heard the food and photography rules before but this was a first for the "pockets" remark. Obviously that would be against the rules so why bother mentioning it? She didn't smile or say anything to indicate she was kidding. I don't remember seeing her smile at any time during the tour. She was probably the grumpiest guide I have ever encountered. After the tour I walked away wondering if she was just having a bad day, hated her job but couldn't afford to quit, or if something had really disappeared some time when she was working. Perhaps she was just kidding, but I don't really think so. In spite of this semi-insult, I still love Virginia.

    Nothing bad happened other than getting lost on the average of once a day. That is normal for me. I remember once seeing the sign for my motel from the highway and thinking it would be easy to reach. I got on the off ramp which made a complete circle at least once. When I got off the motel sign was nowhere in sight.

    I will be ready to go somewhere again in another year but it won't be that far or for that many days.



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    Glad to hear that you had a good time. Hope that you have a nice time relaxing now and getting back into the swing of ordinary life once again.

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    • #3
      Glad to see you back Snoopy! (NICE BACK!)

      Also happy to hear ya had a good time. But did ya miss us? NOT EVEN A LITTLE????
      6P1 (retired)

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      • #4
        Don, thought of you guys occasionally but when I got home it took a few minutes to remember how to log on to my computer. Seems the memory is going along with the energy.

        I was probably near you a couple of times. Spent the first night in Williams and the last night in Kingman.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Snoopy1:
          I was probably near you a couple of times. Spent the first night in Williams and the last night in Kingman.
          In Williams you were only sixty miles away! If I had known, wife and I would have come down and taken you to dinner. (OR ALLOWED YOU TO TAKE US!)
          6P1 (retired)

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          • #6
            Don, maybe next year, unless I decide to go north instead of east. Hope your favorite spots in Colorado survived the fires.

            Incidentally, I was on the bridge in Oklahoma 2 days before it collapsed. Then I drove down I-15 the day before the fire started. Gives me a creepy feeling sometimes but hasn't killed my spirit of adventure. I hope nothing ever does.

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            • #7
              Stay out of Maryland please, Snoopy. Thanks!

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