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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Styling At The New Bern, NC RV Park
Keith, hot and humid
05/31/2008

We drove a long day from Agusta and made it as planned to New Berg, actually 6 miles outside of New Berg towards Oriental. We drove a country road nearly 100 miles from the main highway to get there. It was so beautiful at a max 55 mph. There were a few challenges along the way, but we made it. The versahaul is only bent slightly in a place you can hardly see. The gas pump may not have fared so well. We had a little fiesta with the neighbors to the right and left last night and then made a nice dinner with the leftover ribs from the night before. I've been much happier since we started hooking up with electric connections as much as possible. That air conditioning and power for everything from computers to tvs is so nice. A leisurely wake-up, clean-up, and pack-up, and we were off to Oriental.

The Rover
Keith
05/29/2008, Agusta Georgia

Naturally, the first place we stopped with Matt, he wanted to pull out the scooter. With two of us, we had it down, toweled off, and running in minutes. Then we took it into town (both wearing helmits and eye protection like a couple of complete dweebs, but safe and legal ones) for, of course, BBQ. We had a blast. With two people, the Yamaha Zuma screams downhill, "burying" the speedo as the little 50 cc engine barrels along; yet it remains surprisingly stable while doing so. And nobody beats it from 8-14 mph. Anyway, we finally found this incredible rib place. Best collard greens ever. Okra was out of this world. Ribs falling off of the bone, four or five kinds of bbq sauces. We brought some home for tomorrow, including containers of each of the sauces. Had to fill up the tank on the Zuma on the way home. It held 1.2 gallons.

We Have A Visitor
Keith, nice, cool, not too humid
05/29/2008, Agusta, Georgia

We picked up Matt from his flight in from Panama City, had a nice lunch (BBQ fried chicken I kid you not) with his brother Mike, who is an airline capt, and headed off towards North Carolina and Tropical Dreamer. We got as far as Agusta and found a non descript rv park just outside of town. The picture... well we want Matt to be comfortable since he is a crucial part of the coming adventure and has been a great supporter of the sailing specifically and adventure generally. I made him that nice little bed up front. I won't be surprised if Anne is up there with him by morning. This place has great cable, so I hooked up the one I bought in Sedona and got it working by remote control from both the front and rear tvs. I think it may even be HBO. This is the first tv in a week for me. Tomorrow we head off on an all day drive. I'd like for us to make it as far as New Bern, which is only about 1/2 hour from Oriental. That way we can arrive to the marina at a reasonable hour the next morning and get to work.

You Don't Even Want To Know How Much This Is Costing
Keith
05/28/2008, Atlanta, near the airport

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Another Fried Chicken Dinner
Keith, warm, humid
05/28/2008, Atlanta

What can I say, when in Rome... There are two food places near this second Atlanta Walmart, both are fried chicken joints. I went in the first and it was too commercial. The second was more homestyle. They were very nice. The sides (green beans and baked beans) were really good, as was the chicken. For a guy who is supposed to be temporarily retired from the law, I spent a lot of today revising legal pleadings, attending meetings, and preparing memorandums of understanding. Well, I guess it keeps me out of worse trouble... or something like that.

Hanging Out In Atlanta
Keith, warm
05/28/2008

We are hanging out in the Bounder in Atlanta, Georgia awaiting a skype meeting later today regarding the Panama land deal. As you can see, the dogs are entertaining themselves. I'm running the generator most of today because we're still not used to the humidity and the computer battery holds less than an hour of charge. I can definitely see the benefit of non-engine electricity sources for the sailboat. I have to offer a few words of thanks to Walmart. This is like the 5th one I've stayed at and they have been a very convienent way to park the motorhome for a day or so. Big parking lots to walk the dogs, pretty much anything you want inside. Later today I'll move to one near the airport so that it will be easy to pick up Matt tomorrow at noon.

Finally, BBQ
Keith, warm and getting humid
05/27/2008, Downtown Birmingham

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Red Sky At Dawn
Keith
05/27/2008, Birmingham, Alabama

You sailors know what I'm talking about. I left several hours later. Drove to Atlanta and here we are. Finally in Atlanta!

A Message From Birmingham, Alabama
Keith, perfect weather
05/27/2008

As hot and humid as Oklahoma City, Little Rock, and Memphis were, that's how perfect the weather is in Birmingham, Alabama right now. I'm sure it made for some incredible backyard Memorial Day barbeques for tens of thousands of people living in and around these parts. The temperature was perfect, the humidity was high enough to give the air some volume but low enough to be comfortable. I slept with the shades down and the windows open. If anything it is a bit chilly in the Bounder this early morning. Went to a chinese food buffet within walking distance from Walmart last night. It was without doubt the worst. Many selections, all poor quality, except the mushrooms, which were done nicely. Jake came across a rubber ball, took it home, and I see he has slept with it right by his side. A skype meeting later this morning and then off to Atlanta, unless I decide to stay here one more night. About 650 miles from here to Tropical Dreamer.

The Tourists Waiting To Enter Graceland Mansion
Keith, hot and humid
05/26/2008

They don't let dogs into Graceland so I had to forgo the $60 tour and watch from the walls of the compound. What an industry they've created from him. The RV park manager said that it is a dying industry as the serious fans die off. If they get desparate, they can always make the house into a bed and breakfast, but they will have to store the airplanes and cars someplace. As you can see, it is doing just fine for now. Jake and Anne got to share in the fried chicken last night and this morning so they are happy. I've got hot water going and I'm going to shower and shave and then head off to Birmingham, Alabama. Hope to find some BBQ along the way. Shouldn't be hard since there are signs for BBQ at every town.

 

 
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