Ray and Roz, 2nd new owners for Realtime. We get ready to leave Asheville, North Carolina for points west
04 July 2015 | Asheville, North Carolina
Karyn, overcast and cool
First, I want to shine a light on yet another new owners for Realtime, Ray and Roz. Some of you may remember the first people (from Holland) who bought Realtime, had family health issues and had to put it right back on the market without ever sailing her. Ray and Roz are Kiwis and have big plans for giving her lots of love, care, and creativity. Please give them a special greeting when you see the familiar gray sheer strip coming your way. Our thanks to Jason Brosnahan, our broker in Opua. He handled both sales and kept Realtime in tip-top shape through it all. He must feel like she belongs to him by now. He's a great broker if any of you are wanting to sell your boat. It has been a long hall for everyone. Now the fun can begin for Ray and Roz. We wish them all the best. It makes us happy to know she is in good hands and getting the care she deserves.
Our time here in Asheville, North Carolina is now coming to an end. We have had a wonderful time in this area. The home is beautiful and the animals have given us great joy. You may remember that the owners Jeff and Lissa have been biking on a tandem through Germany for a couple of months. They are very courageous people. Jeff even had to arrange Chemo "en route". We have tried to help out from this end by taking good care of their beautiful property and their delightful "animal family"; Tucker, Luna, Peanut and Lily. It has been our pleasure.
Now we head west to Vegas to see my daughter who is one of the leads in "Menopause the Musical". We look forward to seeing her perform and visiting with our grandson Parker. It has been a long time coming. Then on to Long Beach. We will be caring for our friends Darlene and Jeff's home while they cruise their new power boat Mana Kai in the Pacific Northwest. We will join them for a cruise in September and see our old cruising friends Melody and Jeff (Double Diamond) and Ned and Carol (Frannie B). It should be quite a reunion. We look forward to it.
It will be nice to be back in Long Beach to see family, old friends, and go to the doctor, dentist, church (not in that order :-). It is so generous of the Gidley's to let us stay in their home. They have welcomed us several times before while we have been on this odyssey.
Yesterday, Bob celebrated his 70th birthday. We had some new friends (retired Marines) over for lunch with good food and conversation. It was a nice day. He is aging well. He had his knee repaired while we were here and has had a good outcome. He wears a brace now part of the time for added support. We are so glad that we cruised when we did. It seems impossible to imagine doing it now. It was a good ride. We are booked with places until January. Still looking for January - June, when we can get into the Hawaii house. The researching of properties keeps me busy. Stay tuned.