Said our goodbyes.... Here's Bill and daughter, Celeste. Our rig has been parked in Celeste's yard off and on since December. We went down to the Valley (McAllen area) for the month of January and to Costa Rica for the month of April... took our rig to the Valley but left it here in April. Anyway, kind of like the song says... Winter's Almost Gone... Summer's Comin' On... Look like it's Time to travel on....
We headed up to Ft Worth... around the south side to avoid both Ft Worth and Dallas, and caught up with I30 on the east side of Dallas... headed to Texarkana... and points east...
Out of Texas... in Arkansas... up along the west side of the Mississippi River into Missouri, across the River to Illinois... Indiana... down to Louisville, KY..... then up to Cincinnati... and across to Athens, Ohio... my hometown.
The terrain changes... the flat Texas desert-type land with oaks and cedars change to a large variety of hardwoods. Tall white and red oaks; sycamores; cottonwoods; ash, elm, black gum, sweet gum, beech, birch... oh... just on and on. The wildflowers change... no more Mexican blanket; no more prickly pear cactus... now we are seeing Queen Anne's Lace, Common day lilies, some fleabane and other daisy-like flowers. It's still too early for most of the eastern wildflowers to be in bloom, but OH! is it ever GREEN here!!!
That's The Next Exit on the left, and a road atlas on the right. The Garmin Nuvi is on the dash.... How in the world did we ever find our way anywhere before all these conveniences?
When we're just traveling from Point A to Point B we drive on the interstates and stay overnight at Wal-Marts.
Since we're heading East, this must be a sunrise... but after a few days (and nights) on the road, it tends to all run together.
We're not "speedy" travelers... anything over 200 miles a day is a long day for us. On Saturday we drove 300 miles, Sunday was 369 miles; Monday 326 miles and Tuesday 232 miles. We tend to leave early... usually around 7am... stop at Roadside Rests... stop for a long lunch and maybe a quick nap... and by 4pm are ready to stop for the night. Bill sets the cruise control for 55 MPH..... even though the speed limit may be 60, 65, or sometimes 70 mph, there are always enough lanes that we don't hold up traffic.
I don't drive the rig... I have and I can... but I'd rather not.
We get back to Athens once, sometimes twice, a year, but haven't lived there since 2001. I had lived in Athens Co all my life before that time, and my son, my brother and sister all live there. Athens Co. is in southeast Ohio... the foothills of the Appalachians. Rt 32, the road crosses from Cincinnati, Oh to Athens changes from flat to rolling hills.
I start getting excited as I see familiar roadside sights....
I always look for this little guy... sitting on a fence post... welcoming anyone who cares to wave back. Of course I always wave.... afterall, I'm only about 50 miles from "home"... (he's been there for years... I still haven't gotten a decent picture of him...)
We're getting there!
Into the home stretch!!!
We don't live in "our" house anymore. It's been rented out since 2001. But before we left to Full-Time, Bill put in an RV pad with a dump station and hook-up at the edge of the woods.
It doesn't take us long to settle in. Even while we're hooking everything up, we are treated to the flute-like songs of the wood thrush. I say I don't bird by ear, but the familiar calls of the bluejay, wren, cardinal, titmouse and even the indigo bunting are music to my ears.
Today Bill saw a bluebird... looks like he's got a nest in one of the many bird houses that Bill has erected on the property. I have a hummingbird feeder and a thistle feeder out... the Ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species we get here. We are happy to see these birds again.
I've made some phone calls... sent some e-mails.... already have plans to see my family and friends. Tonight we'll go out to dinner with my sibs and son. Our time here will be short... long enough to visit some, get our mail delivered and get caught up on a few things with the rentals.
The time will go fast...
Too fast, sometimes....
But, we'll enjoy it to the max while we're here!
That's All For Today....
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