Here I am at the end of Day 1 in Texas spending another night in a hotel room. It managed to get up to 99 degrees today. I wonder what the temperatures will be in mid-July? It was like being in a bag of popcorn in a microwave oven today. I was literally surrounded by thousands of cars whose frantic drivers were pinging off the … Continue reading On The Road #5 – Day 10 – Texas In Two Days.
Here it is 6am and I am sitting in a hotel room in Houston Texas watching a thousand cars go by every minute. Welcome to the big city, I guess. I spent the last three days traveling along the Gulf of Mexico coastline from St. Pete Florida to Beaumont Texas. I’m in a hotel room because it is just too hot to be camping or … Continue reading On The Road #4- Day 9 -The Gulf Coast
I have been taking this month-long vacation much too seriously. It’s as if I expect it to solve all my life’s problems. With these kinds of expectations, how can it be anything but a disappointment? I know that I overthink everything and this is no exception. I have seen a couple of retirement communities now, but nothing that would lure me away from my current … Continue reading On-The-Road #3 – Day 7 – Just Have Fun…
What can I say about “The Villages”? It is the world’s largest retirement community. Here is a little about what they say about themselves: The Villages® community in Florida is one of the largest age-restricted active adult communities in the state. What started as a small neighborhood in 1978 became a sprawling community that will eventually be home to an estimated 70,000 households of 55+ residents. The … Continue reading On-The-Road #2 – Day 3. About “The Villages”
Here it is 6:00am on day 4, and I am sitting in my first hotel room after boondocking at Walmart locations for the first two nights. Those two days were primarily travel days and nothing much to report except about 700+ miles of roads driven. About half the time was Interstate and the other State highways. About the only observation about Kentucky and Tennessee is … Continue reading On-The-Road #1 -2 Getting To Florida
I have dreamed of doing a trip similar to John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie for the last sixty years, and now, to some extent, it is about to happen. As a young man, I dreamed of having some of the experiences that Steinbeck encountered. But there is this nagging feeling that that is impossible for me! That is what this post is all about. Much … Continue reading The Nagging Question About My Roadtrip
Continuing on from yesterday’s post, want to explore what I want to get from the upcoming extended roadtrip. Two things come immediately to mind. The first is, “Are extended roadtrips even possible for me at this time in my life?” The second thing I hope to get from the trip is to get out of my comfort zone. That is to challenge some of my … Continue reading Is It Even Possible??
A few posts ago I tried to convince you to do a roadtrip instead of getting on an airplane. I will soon be going on a roadtrip that is sixty years in the making, so I decided to refresh my knowledge on this subject. To me, preparation is the road to success. This post will give us some of the “how-to’s” of having a successful … Continue reading Roadtripping, The How-To’s
Yesterday, I talked about the John Steinbeck book Travels with Charlie – In Search Of America and how it has affected me for all my travel life. I have always dreamed of making a similar trip and that is about to become reality. The trip itself will start on May 2, but I will spend much of April giving you stories about my preparation for … Continue reading 60 Years In The Making…
I am now starting to plan for my farewell tour, but let me explain. I am taking my µRV on a “John Steinbeck – Travels with Charlie” type trip. I read that book for the first time as a teenager, and it thoroughly hooked me on Steinbeck novels. Before I left my teenage years I had read all his books. As I mentioned in a … Continue reading My Farewell Tour?
This is another OTR from my blog RJsTravels which is in hiatus while I try to bring it back to RJsCorner. The next report will be originated here. This was one of my most pleasant trips I have taken. Day 11 I watched the sun come up this morning over the St. Lawrence River. It was 5:00am here when that event occurred. It turns out … Continue reading On The Road Canada – Day 11 -13: St. Lawrence River, New Brunswick
This is day 10 of our Canadian adventure, and we are in Old Quebec. This is the last major city we will see in Canada. While Old Quebec was much more enjoyable than Montreal it was still a hectic time. But we did find the major stopping point we were looking for and that was Place Royale. It was part of the very old Quebec … Continue reading On The Road Canada: Day 10 – Old Quebec
I guess I must tell you up front that this trip was taken in 2011. That was a time in the infancy of GPS map apps so that explains all the problems when we used Google Maps for guidance. Things have changed drastically since those early years. Day 8 – Canada Agricultural Museum & On The Road To Montreal Here I am sitting in our … Continue reading On The Road Canada: Day 8 – 9 – Thoughts, Montreal, Quebec, Sunday Morning
Day 4 We went to the Canada Science and Technology Museum before trying to check into our hotel. They had a lot of neat exhibits there and a wall of fame that had about thirty pictures and related bios there. I recognized a few, but not many, names on that wall. Of course one thing they did invent here was the snowmobile. Here is a … Continue reading On-The-Road Canada: Day 4-7 Ottawa
Most of these first posts in the new category On The Road (OTR) originally appeared on RJsTravels and is now being moved to their home here on RJsCorner. All OTR posts started from my personal daily journal entries during the trip. The trips have taken place over a thirty-year period, but I kind of think the date doesn’t matter, so there is no mention of … Continue reading ON-THE-ROAD CANADA: DAY 1-3: SUDBURY, WOULD YOU LIKE GRAVY WITH THAT?
Clifty Falls State Park in southern Indiana is one of my favorites. The campgrounds are well laid out and maintained and the hiking trails are manageable for this senior. And of course, the park is a mecca for photographers. As is my custom on my micro-RV trips I had breakfast at the inn after a night in the campgrounds. Being close to Madison Indiana, the campground makes … Continue reading On The Road – Clifty Falls State Park
With this post, I am going to try to add more on-the-road trip reports here to RJsCorner. I thought this would be a good project for the 2017-18 winter months. The subject of this post is Ft. William in Thunderbay Ontario Canada which is on the north side of Lake Superior. It is in my top five historic sites I have ever visited. Here is … Continue reading On The Road – Ft William, Thunderbay Canada
I am getting ready to hit the road again in an hour or so. This time I will be touring southern Illinois particularly along the Mississippi. I thought it appropriate to leave you with some pictures of my Spring trip to Bridgeton Indiana. It is in the middle of “covered bridge country” here in southern Indiana. Continue reading On The Road Again… The Mississippi
Here we are in the final hotel of our Cleveland vacation. We are in Newark Ohio which is a little east of Columbus. We spent much of the day in more Amish country of Berlin Ohio. It claims to have the largest Amish community in the U.S. I bought a couple of framed pictures as mementos of our trip. When we left this area to … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 8, The Final Run…
We spent the day touring amish country around our friends home. There is a very large population here in northeast Ohio ( I made a terrible mistake originally here in that I said northwest instead of northeast. Sorry about that). Almost every house we came to had clothes out on the line and all in typical amish colors. So that made discovering which farms are … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 7 If It’s Monday It Must Be Wash Day….
Since we have been walking so much the last few days we decided to take it a little easier today. We drove the mile to the center of the city instead of walking. Our fatigue and the fact that it is still in the 30s and 40s here enticed us to take the easy way. When we got close to the Tower City Center we … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 5 Downtown
We spent today with some old-time high school friends of mine who are near-Cleveland residents. We spent the majority of the day at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History but before that we got a thorough driving tour of the Cleveland Clinic. The scale of the clinic is almost unimaginable. There were at least twenty huge buildings in the complex. The Cleveland Clinic is thought … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 4 Museums
We are now situated in our home for the next three days. It is in a DoubleTree Hampton on the 15th floor overlooking Lake Erie. It will be nice not having to pack for the next few days. Nice views from the 15th floor. We spent the day at the Cleveland Zoo and Rainforest. It was an interesting time. Of course photos are attached here. … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 3 Zoo
As noted in yesterday’s post we spent the day at Youngstown. It was everything I expected it to be. The Youngstown Historical Center was of course all about steel. I took about forty pictures of the exhibits and will give you a few of them here. I didn’t realize that there were actually seven mills running here during their heydays in the 1960’s. They started … Continue reading On The Road Cleveland – Day 2 Youngstown
Yes, we decided to visit the Cleveland Ohio area for our April vacation this year. As expected we spent most of the day in the car. I don’t know why even after 27 years this Friday of being married I haven’t learned to lie about the time I want to leave. I told Yvonne we need to be on the road at 9:00am so of … Continue reading On The Road, Cleveland — Day 1
Starting tomorrow we will finally be on the road again. These last six months seemed longer than most. Cabin fever was really getting me down. I know several of you really enjoy my “On the road reports”. I thought about not doing them this time and instead taking a hiatus from blogging but I realized that I really do enjoy writing the reports. They allow … Continue reading On The Road Again….
Mesa Verde National Park Yes, starting today my wife and I are on the road again. This time we will be traveling by car to the great State of Colorado. The majority of our time will be spent at Mesa Verde National Park so expect many photos in the next few weeks. We will be staying at the park lodge for six days of R&R, … Continue reading On The Road Again…..
I wanted to let you know that starting tomorrow I will be doing a series of “On The Road” posts here. For those of you who are not familiar with them they will be end-of-day posts about our trip to Washington DC and Baltimore. Except for a one day trip in 1998 this will be the first time we have taken a tour bus. This will be … Continue reading On The Road….Again
A rather boring day today. We left Omaha about 10:00am and made almost 400 miles of Interstate driving before settling down near St. Charles MO. But given that there was little walking it was good for my aching knees. Tomorrow we will visit the picture puzzle super-store and then likely make a dash for home. Since not much happened today I thought I would give … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha (Day 6) More on Boy’s Town…
It was a very interesting day today. We spent the first part of it at Father Flannigan’s Boys Home and then went to the Spirit of Nebraska Wilderness Project in the downtown area. It is nice to see that the Boys Town is still a thriving mission and that they have been welcoming girls for over thirty years. The story of the place was quite inspiring and … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha (Day 5)
I want to say out front that I am very impressed with Omaha. It seems like the quint-essential city to me. It is probably the cleanest city we have visited during our twenty-six years of April road trips. Today, at least so far, we have browsed through the Old Market area and spent several hours at the Durham Museum. Here are some pictures of that. … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha/Durnam Museum (Day 4)
We didn’t have much of a drive today; just across the river to Omaha and then north to our first sightseeing venture. But we did make some new friends today while visiting the Wildlife Safari Preserve. My wife being a super animal lover that she is insisted this be our first stop. We are now settled down in the Magnolia Hotel for a quick nap … Continue reading On The Road – Omaha (Day 3)
Here I am sitting in our hotel room in Council Bluffs Iowa. But unlike last night I am sitting here alone. No my wife didn’t get mad and leave me; she is instead in a casino about 100 yards from our hotel room. Unknowingly I chose a hotel for the night in a casino complex. Gambling is just not my thing but Yvonne does like … Continue reading On The Road – Council Bluffs Iowa (Day 2)
Here we are at the end of day one; well at least the traveling end of it. We are in Quincy Illinois which is right on the Illinois/Missouri border. Today was mainly a travel day but we did take the majority of in on State roads instead of InterStates. Going the entire width of Illinois, which is about 225 miles, on local roads brought to … Continue reading On The Road – Quincy Illinois
We will be on the road again in about a week and I am going to do my usual “on the road” daily blog posts giving you my observations and experience of what we visit. This time we will be visiting Omaha Nebraska. We were there during our month long vacation in 2009 and decided to save the city for its own vacation. What we … Continue reading On The Road Again…..
Made another 500 miles today so should be home sometime tomorrow. Usually I don’t spend a lot of time on the Interstates. I prefer State roads and a more casual drive. In the last three days I have driven more than 1200 miles of interstates and have refined my opinion of them. When I used to drive them about fifteen years ago they were mostly … Continue reading On The Road — Interstate Driving is Tiring…..