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05 September 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
04 September 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
03 September 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
02 September 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
01 September 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
31 August 2019 | Fredericksburg, Virginia
31 August 2019 | Madison, Connecticut
29 August 2019 | Park Ridge, New Jersey
28 August 2019 | Annapolis, Maryland
28 August 2019 | Huddleton, Virginia
26 August 2019 | Charlotte, North Carolina
25 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
24 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
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18 August 2019 | Jacksonville, Florida
17 August 2019 | Fairmont, West Virginia

Back in the USA - 08/17/19

17 August 2019 | Fairmont, West Virginia
Woke up early and it was pouring rain. Decided to sleep a bit longer. We showered and got dressed. Finished packing our things. Enjoyed breakfast with Jacquie. Mark did a check on our vehicle, including the tires. Then we said our good-byes to Jacquie as we left just around 10:15. Picked up our cousin, Andrew, who lives close to the Dixie Mall. Then headed to the Pickle Barrel at Sherway Gardens for an early lunch. Joe & Sue joined us. As did my sister Fran. Another cousin, Steven, joined us later. It was great to see everyone. Thanks for joining us on our last day in Canada. We left the restaurant around 1pm. The QEW was grid locked in places Everyone would speed up and then slam on their brakes. We seemed to crawl along as it took us 2 ½ hours to drive to the Peace Bridge at Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, NY. We stopped, briefly, at the Duty Free shop. It took us another hour to cross the bridge as it was solid traffic. We had the advantage of two lanes. At some point they opened more lanes which helped. We finally got to the wicket. Due to our temporary license tag, the customs agent wrote down our VIN number and checked to see if it was legal. No issues found. We were cleared in. I asked him why the flags were all at half mast and he said it was in honor of some judge who just passed away. We were not charged a toll fee to cross the bridge. I don't remember not paying in the past. We continued our drive to I90 and headed west to Erie, Pennsylvania. It cost us $3.15 for our drive on the NY Thruway. Then we headed south on Hiway 79. Mark was ready to stop around 8pm, but I said we should go a bit further. We stopped for fuel along the way. I was checking on hotels for tonight, down the way. I drove for an hour while Mark selected a hotel. We ended up at Fairmont, West Virginia. I was surprised at the steady traffic along the way. Maybe it was due to it being a summer weekend. We ended up stopping at a Microtel. It was quite the tiring day for us. Tomorrow's drive will be even longer, but we will be back in our hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Thanks for your emails and messages. Enjoy the rest of this weekend.
Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
Charabia's Photos - Main
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Nov 2017 trip south from Jacksonville
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Created 23 August 2018
Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Created 27 June 2017
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Created 16 May 2015
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Created 15 May 2015
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Created 7 April 2015
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Created 4 April 2015
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Created 31 March 2015
Get the boat ready to cruise.
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Created 14 March 2015