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Isaac-1

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #150 on: December 29, 2019, 10:03:32 AM »
You should be good, though we have been experiencing a very warm December here with highs in the 70's much of the time, after some early season freezes in October and early November.  We have spent the first weekend of February at Palmetto Island State park the last 2 years, and both times we had highs of around 80F with night time lows in the 50's to 60's.   A couple of things about the park, first off on the first Saturday of the month most months the local dutch oven cooking club does a sampler lunch, (they ask for a small donation, and run a raffle), you can check the friends of the park facebook page of the calendar.  Second they have nice laundry / shower rooms, with free washing machines and dryers, they also have free wifi in the campground, but it is so slow as to be useless (think 5 minutes to load a simple page, except at 3 am when it is 1 minute).  Also be aware some of the secondary highways near there are is awful shape, so be aware of this if you try to take a shortcut to get there, the best road option to get there form the north is to take either US90 or US167 south out of Lafayette, to LA14 then across to LA82 in Abbeville then south to the road that leads into Palmetto Island State park.  West of Abbeville LA14 starts alternating between new pavement and nearly washboard conditions, the last 2 times I went down there it was so bad it shook screws loose from my motorhome some of which were holding my headlight bezels on.

Hwys 35, 13, and 26 south of I10 are all marginal to poor at least in significant stretches, US90 is a longer drive than US167, but is more open highway with far fewer traffic lights and city traffic.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #151 on: February 04, 2020, 08:22:29 AM »
I forget to update on here, we made it through New Mexico at the end of the year. Although we entered Texas at the Guadalupe Mountains and went to Big Bend, San Antonio, Houston, and Galveston, there's so so much of Texas we left unexplored so I think I need to spend a whole winter there in the future. Maybe on round 2 lol. We spent time in New Orleans, but I would like to return there on an adult trip at some point as well. We went through Mississippi, Alabama, and down the west coast of Florida. In a few days we'll start heading up the east coast of Florida.
As a whole, things are going well. We're all still getting along and loving the trip, although we had a very rough day back in November that rocked the boat. If we didn't strangle each other that day, I'm confident we never will lol
We've hit some minor bumps in the road, 3 flat tires on the car, 3 new tires on the 2 tire tow dolly, a broken slide motor and cable, a second broken slide motor, a broken water pump, clogged toiletS (this is an ongoing issue) and little cosmetic things inside.
My very close friend at home is very sick with cancer and Crohn's and I hate not being there for her. I miss my boyfriend and my dog. If it weren't for those things (and the fact that my kids would object) I could stay on the road forever. I really like this and would love to do year 2 in the future.
But we're on schedule and on budget and more than 6 months in now. Just under 4 months to go.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #152 on: February 04, 2020, 10:12:14 PM »
Good to hear your still on the move...What are your plans after FL?
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #153 on: February 05, 2020, 08:34:51 AM »
Be careful with Texas in the winter. We lived in San Antonio for 6 years. One February it was 100 degrees while another February Texas had the worst ice storm ever. My wife’s father died and we almost didn’t make it of town due to ice and power outages. Power was out from Houston all the way across Louisiana. Flash floods can be bad too. Having said that, Texas has a lot to offer. There is a lot to explore.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #154 on: February 08, 2020, 07:33:23 AM »
After Florida we're heading north along the coast of Georgia then moving inland: Nashville, Memphis, ARKANSAS, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, then heading back to follow the coast north. 
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Isaac-1

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #155 on: February 08, 2020, 08:17:39 AM »
Amanda, you need to plan another trip to see all of the deep south you are missing on this one.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #156 on: February 08, 2020, 10:10:39 AM »
After Florida we're heading north along the coast of Georgia then moving inland: Nashville, Memphis, ARKANSAS, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, then heading back to follow the coast north.

 :)) :))

Enjoy FL as long as you can...It'still cold up here...LOL
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #157 on: February 09, 2020, 03:10:38 AM »
:)) :))

Enjoy FL as long as you can...It'still cold up here...LOL

Hey, yesterday was beautiful here at Old Post park in Dardanelle.  Too bad my wife and I both had a bunch of teeth pulled Thursday and we're both in so much misery we couldn't enjoy it.  Supposed to be cloudy again today, I guess.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #158 on: February 09, 2020, 06:59:58 AM »
There's a TON of stuff I'm missing! I definitely need to do something like this again in the future, 10 months isn't nearly long enough.
Amanda
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #159 on: February 09, 2020, 07:59:27 AM »
There's a TON of stuff I'm missing! I definitely need to do something like this again in the future, 10 months isn't nearly long enough.

"Fearless Women Club" has a spot reserved for You, Momma6, for sure.

Congrats on your Bucket list / Adventures of a lifetime. 

Enjoy every day!   
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #160 on: March 01, 2020, 03:42:17 PM »
Well, when you were in Florida, did you stop by Seilerbird's?

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #161 on: March 01, 2020, 08:51:25 PM »
Well, when you were in Florida, did you stop by Seilerbird's?

Waving at you!
We planned on it but then he wasn't feeling well and had to cancel. I did meet up with another forum member, Charles, and his wife Laura, in Tampa.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #162 on: March 02, 2020, 05:06:52 AM »
Well, when you were in Florida, did you stop by Seilerbird's?

Waving at you!
We were going to meet up at Gatorland but I was not feeling well and I did not want to take to chance of exposing the herd to whatever I had. Huge disapointment.

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #163 on: March 02, 2020, 10:31:44 AM »
We were going to meet up at Gatorland but I was not feeling well and I did not want to take to chance of exposing the herd to whatever I had. Huge disapointment.

SB Hopefully you're over the funk and you were referring to as a past condition. 

Nothing like a potential $25 Google Fi, rebate for friends joining to rally you to better health, to keep you hanging around.   :)

May today find you in a Better place, my friend.

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #164 on: March 02, 2020, 01:34:05 PM »
We’ll have been at it 4 years come June... still much to see.  We’ve never done it at the pace you have been going... we’re planning our second tour out west starting this summer/fall.
Great seeing you and you crew in Tampa as well as in the UP last September.  We’re going to be meandering our way back to Ohio 4/1-4/4... if you’re still in KY then, perhaps we’ll come to you this time.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #165 on: March 02, 2020, 04:58:38 PM »
We were going to meet up at Gatorland but I was not feeling well and I did not want to take to chance of exposing the herd to whatever I had. Huge disapointment.

I have many friends and family members incarcerated at Gatorland.  :'(
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #166 on: March 03, 2020, 05:57:41 AM »
I have many friends and family members incarcerated at Gatorland.  :'(

Lord Gator,  You left out the part about yourself being out on weekend Furlough.   ;)

We just call it "Working for the State" down in these parts. 

Loved the exhibit of the Albino Gator there at Gator Land. 

I wonder if any parents ever threw their kids in the big pond for misbehaving? (Not Really- Don't shoot!  ;D)

BTW... I hear you Brother.  Life throws us some curves sometimes. 

Life is good.   

 
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #167 on: March 03, 2020, 07:21:50 AM »
Lord Gator,  You left out the part about yourself being out on weekend Furlough.   ;)

We just call it "Working for the State" down in these parts. 


Being a Lord I was allowed work release. I am now in the witness protection program. Oldgator is not my real name. Somebody’s at the door. I have to get to the safe room.  8)
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #168 on: March 03, 2020, 12:23:07 PM »
Being a Lord I was allowed work release. I am now in the witness protection program. Oldgator is not my real name. Somebody’s at the door. I have to get to the safe room.  8)
No, its Youngator!
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #169 on: March 03, 2020, 02:40:00 PM »
No, its Youngator!

You’re too nice Jackie. They say you are as young as you feel. I surely hope not.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #170 on: March 03, 2020, 05:05:01 PM »
Lol you guys crack me up!
I'm just popping on real quick to let you know that we were in Nashville and are completely safe and we're heading to Memphis.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #171 on: March 03, 2020, 05:08:09 PM »
Lol you guys crack me up!
I'm just popping on real quick to let you know that we were in Nashville and are completely safe and we're heading to Memphis.
Stop getting into trouble Amanda! Stay safe and keep a close eye on the weather!
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #172 on: March 03, 2020, 06:57:13 PM »
Glad to hear you are safe, my wife was at a conference in Nashville last week, she left there to head home Saturday afternoon.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #173 on: March 04, 2020, 06:29:03 AM »
Ditto on all the Weather stuff Momma. 

Nashville is Notorious for night time Tornados (Historically). 

Make sure you throw a eyeball on the weather forecast before you and your pack get horizontal for the evening. 

Don't Fool/Mess with Mother Nature (Forgot how the cliche goes). 

She can be the meanest Momma Out there!
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #174 on: March 04, 2020, 10:40:49 AM »
Lol you guys crack me up!
I'm just popping on real quick to let you know that we were in Nashville and are completely safe and we're heading to Memphis.

I have been following your blog since the start and ma enjoying your trip so much.

I’m sad to hear you didn’t get to meet Tom in FLA but so kind of him not to want to spread anything with you and the children.

So so glad to see you posted that you were all okay in Nashville.

Enjoy the next segment.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #175 on: March 25, 2020, 06:31:15 PM »
I am sad to announce that we will be cutting our trip short and returning home on or around April 1. Lots of reasons for this, but mainly because corona has closed everything. I'm having a hard time finding affordable RV parks that aren't closing to over nighters. They're fine with monthly rentals or seasonals but not one night or a week. I'll be updating my blog as soon as I get the chance with more details, but it's a fairly high chance right now that we're going to head back.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #176 on: March 25, 2020, 06:37:17 PM »
That’s too bad Amanda. I know you and your kids must be really disappointed. Our whole vacation was cancelled due to the pandemic. I think I remember you said your house was rented. Is that going to be a problem for you?
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #177 on: March 25, 2020, 06:47:12 PM »
I'm sorry, Amanda, and I know you and the kids are disappointed.  As usual, you're making a really good Mom decision.  I hope you will be able to resume your adventures when this is all over.  I have enjoyed every blog entry and picture you have posted.  Good job, Mama!

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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #178 on: March 25, 2020, 07:24:32 PM »
I am sorry to hear this, but I do have to wonder if there may be better places for you to ride out the next month or so until your house is vacant than upstate New York.
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Re: Lower 48
« Reply #179 on: March 25, 2020, 08:23:04 PM »
I don't suppose you would like to make a u-turn and return to our home.....I could get a lot of work out of 6 kids.(Including washing my truck)

In return I can offer Danna's cooking and lots of fishing for the kids..After the chores are done.
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