Friday, February 19, 2010

Piqua, Ohio (north of Dayton, south of Toledo). La Quinta Inn. Temperature today is about 30 F, and there is about a foot of snow on the ground in Ohio. We started seeing snow in Tennessee, then a bit more in Kentucky, and we are definitely in it by Ohio. We drove 600 km again today. We saw some funny names as we drove along: Stinking Creek Road in Tennessee, Big Bone Lick National Park in Tennessee, and finally, as we were stuck in the most horrific traffic jam in Dayton, Ohio, the name of the next exit was (no joke) Needmore Road! Well, we were in hysterics most of the day over these names, they just kept getting better and better. Who names a park Big Bone Lick? Paul thought maybe that's the way the locals say "lake", ha ha ha. We expect to cross the border and get back home tomorrow. Kit kats will be delighted! I will be glad to cough up a lung at home instead of away from home. It has been quite an adventure, we have had lots of fun! Pictures are: Ice in Tennessee, Snow on mountains in Tennessee, Stinking Creek Rd. sign, Abby ready to drive the motorhome!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sweetwater, Tennessee (north of Chattanooga). Magnuson Hotel. Temperature today was about 50-ish, going below freezing tonight. Sunny day, nice for driving. We drove over 600 Km today. Unremarkable day except for Bandit trying to go walkabout again tonight from the hotel! Took 10 years off Paul's life! This is the second time our little guy has tried this - runs out the door and runs around, scared witless! I finally got him back in the room by holding Abby in my arms, room door open, shaking the cookie bag - then he knew where to run to. Not sure who was scared more, us or him! The place we are staying offers free hot buffet dinner as well as free hot buffet breakfast, it is the same chain that we stayed in last night, they are really quite good. I think the kit kats are getting a little road-weary, and will be glad to be home. Photos are: Bandit lying on the bed as we drive up I75, and Bandit looking cute as a button right after he was on the lam in Sweetwater!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Valdosta, Georgia. Best Western/Magnuson Hotel. Weather was mid-50's today, and going to freezing tonight! We walked Daytona Beach this morning and saw vehicles driving on the hard packed sand. The sunrise was fabulous! We then went to the Daytona Speedway this morning, then made our way up the coastal highway through Ormond Beach, Flagler Beach, St. Augustine. It was a beautiful drive, very scenic and provided some time for quiet reflection on the journey. We then made our way west to catch I75 to start heading north, and arrived in Valdosta, Georgia, around dinner time. Apart from my cold, it was a lovely day that we both enjoyed very much. It's nice to go away, but I am looking forward to getting back home now. Photos are: Flagler Beach Restaurant, me by the traffic sign on Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach pier, driving up the coastal highway, Daytona Beach sunrise.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Daytona Beach, Florida. La Qunita Inn on the beach. Last night was our last opportunity to watch the Disney fireworks from our campsite - they are fantastic, especially viewed through the trees! Today, the temperature was about 65 F and it was sunny. We left Disney's Fort Wilderness to take the motorhome back to Camping World because last week's repair did not work. We arrived at about 9:45 a.m. for our 10:30 appointment. They put the RV in the bay about 11:15 or so, and finally about 2 p.m. they did a 20 minute repair (with Paul there making them do it), and we finally left about 2:45 p.m. Their service is terrible! The cats were in their travel crates in the customer waiting room, they were as good as gold. They did not like the dog that was there, but were fine when he left. We decided to make our way north and east and are now at Daytona Beach (now that the Daytona 500 is over and the crowds have lessened). We are hotelling since my cough and cold kept us all up all night, and I don't want it to get any worse. We will decide tomorrow what to do next. Paul wants to go to Daytona Speedway, so we'll likely stay another day. Life is good except for my cold. Photos above are: Daytona Beach at sunset, Daytona Beach pier at sunset, Welcome to Daytona Beach sign. Video below is Daytona Beach at sunset - click on the arrow and wait a minute for it to load to view the 16 second video.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Kissimmee, Florida. Yesterday's temperature in the afternoon was about 70 F finally! And today it was the same. Too bad the weather was so cold when Rob and Emily were here. Rob & Emily got back to Toronto safely, and their cat Phineas was very happy to see them! Unfortunately Rob had a bit of a cold (so do I) and now has airplane ears (all mucked up). Today Paul and I went back to Downtown Disney using the free buses, and shopped till we dropped! We lunched at the Earl of Sandwich again, and are going to BBQ steak tonight. The motorhome repair that we had done last week did not work, and we have to take the vehicle back to Camping World tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (the new valve they installed is leaking, plus there are two NEW leaks that were not there before). It should be an adventure getting the motorhome serviced while we have the cats with us! (last week the cats were safely ensconced at the rental house). Nights are pretty cold, although our little furnace kept us snug as a bug last night. I am thinking I would like to see a few more things in Florida, then start heading back to Canada - we have been gone 3 weeks now. Photos are: Bandit making a bridge between two seats to get to the food, hot air balloon at Downtown Disney, Campsite 1633 at Ft. Wilderness, thermometer on Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Kissimmee, Florida. Happy Valentine's Day! Temperature this morning is about 32F, the same as in Toronto! We just returned from taking Rob and Emily to the airport, and are tidying up before we check in at Disney's Ft. Wilderness Campground. The holiday with Rob and Emily was a rare treat, we had a great time and hope to be able to do it again! They are both amazing kids, and we always have fun with them! We are scheduled to be at Ft. Wilderness for Sunday night and Monday night, and will decide then whether to drive further south, or start the drive back to Canada. It's fun to go away, but it's good to go home too. Not sure if we will have internet access at Ft. Wilderness, so do not be alarmed if there are no new updates for a few days.