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11/15/2012, Rhode Island

If you read from the next post below down you will have the story in the order it was occuring.
It does take a nasty turn about October 22 but all works out ok in the end.

The photo of me in front of the Haloween Coffin will be come more self explanitory when you read Oct 22nd log

11/16/2012 | Luiz C. O. Vieira
Hi Jim+Dede:
What your are doing in front of coffin? Don't step away Budy. We want to see you soon.
Luiz & Tanea.
Florianopólis - S.C. - Brasil
Off To Florida
First Stop Delaware Water Gap

It is going to be very difficult to really get our arms around the entirety of this fantastic journey. This blog has been about our journey on Lady Lady; this chapter will be our road trip from Rhode Island to our boat in Florida via the nearest roads to the Appalachian Trail. We got 'underway' October 9th with the plan to put the top down on the old 99 BMW and avoid the highways. We managed quite well getting from East Greenwich on Division Road out through Arcadia Park and through Connecticut on side roads until Danbury CT. In Danbury we opted to take a highway Rt. 85 across the Hudson to Middletown NY and then down the Delaware Water Gap route 209 to visit with relatives Kathy and Richard Jakes for the evening. A beautiful ride through early Fall Foliage on a comfortable road followed by a lovely dinner great conversation and a very comfortable bed in the old farm house completed our first day on the road south.

The Grand Children in Maryland
New Goilf Club

On Oct 10th through the 13th we visited with our children Lisa and Eric and grandchildren Nathan & Logan. Nathans 8th birthday and Logan's soccer game kept us well entertained. Sunday October 14 we got going out of Severna Park and headed out the old Rt. 66 through down town Washington DC and looked at the big marble city. It is actually enjoyable driving around there on a Sunday Morning!! Not a lot of traffic and many people out walking and jogging or playing games on the Mall!

Starting on the Blue Ridge Pkway
Front Royal

We arrived at the beginning of the Skyline Parkway in Fort Royal and took a hotel for the night. We arrived for the last hour of the cities October Fest so we did a little "booth shopping" and bought a few trinkets for Christmas presents. Monday we drove 120 miles of the Sky way and another 105 of the Blue Ridge Parkway all through Virginia. Day was sunny, top was down until some serious clouds cooled our activities.

Mid-Way on Blue Ridge Pkw
Found long Lost Cousin

October 14-15. We found a long lost Cousin Kenny Halleck and his wife Ginny and spent two lovely days and evenings exploring the back county of Va. Did a little four wheeling with Kenny's machine and took the "30-06" in case we ran into any bears in the woods!!! WE had a chance to enjoy venison steak and chili--well I did -not sure of Dede's appreciation of 'deer meat'!

Va to Ashville Smokey Mts
Finishing the Blue Ridge Parkway

October 16th -The next leg finished up the North Carolina section of the parkway for 150 miles to Ashville. The Parkway was in full fall foliage color with the blue hills and Smokey mountains in the distance -absolutely beyond any words I could write--see photos. The little town of Ashville turned out to be a bigger city than we had expected and we only ate and slept -not being interested in the big city stuff on this section of the journey--the (famous Biltmore Hotel Complex Resort locate here). We left Ashville and followed the last 60 miles of the Parkway to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. We had hoped to spend a few hours exploring an area called Cades Cove. Unfortunately a flashing sign warned us that the drive time through the cove would be 4 hours for 20 miles!! A little too much foliage looking traffic for us we escaped to the "Foot Hills Parkway" and headed down Rt. 129 toward brothers house in Hiwassee George.

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