Thursday, July 30, 2009
What a great time we have had on the trip. From great weather (only one real ride in the rain) and time to be together. Thanks to all of you who carried us in your prayers. We ended up traveling 5,200 miles over 30 days. Last night was in Traverse City and we made it home today. Robin is already cleaning and David is working on the last chapter of the manuscript. So, it looks like we are home. We can't wait until next year. Not sure where God will take us but we know it will be another wonderful David & Robin's Harley Adventures.
PS: There is a lot of riding still go this season. In fact, David thinks Friday looks like a great day for a Harley ride. Robin wants to peddle bike. Yep, we're home.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
But, Birch Run was a great choice to stop. It gets four out of five stars on our stop-o-meter. What are the five stars, you ask? (We know you want to know). One star is a great hotel (Every hotel has its own star system, however. So, as to confuse you on that point a this was a 4 out of 5 hotel we stayed in. The five stars for a good hotel ... not to be confused with the five stars we are still explaining for the stop ... has a warm pool, a good writing area, free wi-fi, hot breakfast and a laundry. This one didn't have a laundry).
Now, back to the topic. One star is a great hotel, another is a Starbucks in walking distance. The third is a Harley dealer within walking distance. The fourth is a good selection of restaurants. This place had all four of them. But, it didn't make our fifth stop-o-meter star because if failed to have a Barnes and Noble. So, if you want to use our stop-o-meter for your trips (and why not ... it has to be the things everyone wants in a stop) you can come to Birch Run. Oh, and if your own personal stop-o-meter has a sixth star and it is shopping, this would be a five out of six star stop.
See you tomorrow on our last day and night in Traverse City,
(No pictures today because when David bought his new Harley boots ... the old ones broke ... and tried them on with his short-shorts, Robin didn't have the camera. Let's just say he looked as good in his new boots, knee high black socks and short-shorts as Robin did hers. But, since he has no picture and Robin won't let him put her picture on the web you will have to take our word for it.)
PS: The stop to see the client in the Toledo area went very good and David will have a contract with the school district there. Remember, the new client called us the day before we were going to go by the school district. Can you say "miracle?"
Monday, July 27, 2009
The good news is David had a new client contact him this morning via email and wanted to meet with him tomorrow. On vacation that is tough. But, the client just happens to be one exit off I-80 prior to the one we would normally take to Michigan, in Toledo. So, David is making a call on a client. It took 4,250 miles to get to the client (via Myrtle Beach, SC and Bar Harbor, ME) but he is going to get there. Wonder if the IRS will buy this?
Tomorrow we head for Birch Run, MI after David's appointment and then Wednesday onto our favorite hotel in our favorite city; the Park Hotel in Traverse City (it is our favorite city next to Chicago).
Sunday, July 26, 2009
On a lighter note, we do know we are getting closer to home and away from the more "enlightened and liberal" part of New England. We saw people wearing the following t-shirts yesterday: 1). "Freedom, Family and Firearms ... Welcome to my World." 2). "Old Guys Rule" (David's persoanal favorite). 3). "If you mess with me you will have to mess with the whole trailer park." When you see these kind of shirts you know you are getting close to home.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
However, the rest of the town reminds us of Muskegon three years after the downtown mall moved out to Sternberg Road. It is like a ghosts town. We should have ridden 350 miles. Maybe tomorrow we will. But, David did make some progress on the book.
Tomorrow Niagara Falls, NY.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
First, to answer the quiz from yesterday. Bobby was correct in that grandpa was trying to trick our young grand-daughters. But, he was wrong on the way. Grandpa did say that Florida and Michigan were islands, but that was just a old man's mistake. He meant that they were "pennisulas." However, he did try to trick you. The quiz question was which state has more "coast lines?" It was not which states have more "shore lines?" Coast lines means the land when it toaches the ocean (Grandpa learned that from the Captian of the boat we were on). Maine has more "coast" lines because they have almost 3,000 islands off the shore of the state. That gives Maine more coast line then Alaska or Florida. Michigan doesnt' count because it only has "shore lines." All this is based upon the Captain of the boat, however.
Second, we have been along the Atlantic Ocean for almost two weeks. Each place we stop has numerous places to eat that serve Lobster. However, since Robin is highly allergic to fish we have not bother to order or investigate. The problem is that David loves fish. Since we are heading in-land and back toward Michigan tomorrow that made tonight the last chance to order it. So, here are some pictures. The first one is of Larry. That was the name David gave to the Lobster he ordered. Larry arrived on a plate with rice and brocolli (who knew lobster liked rice and brocolli?).
The second picture is of David in his bib eating Larry. (Robin wished David would wear a bib when he eats ice cream, pies, food, any thing).
The third picture is the picture of Larry after David ate him.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The good news is David hasn't left Robin behind and Robin hasn't left David in a hotel room under the covers. There have been a few times that David has reached back on the bike to make sure Robin was still there. She tends to fall asleep while we ride. She did report once that David hit a bump in New York City so hard she almost fell off. (She really can't fall off from a bump but David lets her think she can. So, when every time we hit a bump now David likes to reach back to see if she is still there. She is!). We miss you all. 3,200 miles down and about 1,000 to go.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This is an alley in Boston. It is actually a "Pub Alley" which technically is an alley where there are lots of pubs. Hence "Pub Alley." A technical term in Boston.
Today we arrived from Cape Cod and landed just a few miles short of downtown Boston. So, we took a train ride to downtown and found much to do. Street theater was popular. Here is a picture of some guys on a ladder doing a balancing act. Kind of reminds you of life, doesn't it.
The point of the pushups was to get strong enough to hold a roop that this juggler was going to stand on while he juggled swords. So, thanks to Daivd (and 10 other guys not seen on film) the show went on as scheduled.
There are plenty more videos to add demonstrating David's strength and skill (and the guy juggling who kept trying to steal the show) but we didn't want to publish them and embarrass Dan).
We ended the evening with a trip to Mike's Pastry which is a "must see and buy" pastry shop. After all that work David needed to fill up on cannoli and frosting.
Tommorrow we go to Gloucester, Mass to take a boat to Whale watch. "Gloucester!" Now that is a New England town. So, return to the blog tomorrow as we will have plenty of pictures. Assuming the weather is good, the ship's GPS is better than the one on the Harley and the Whales are up early enough to be photographed on our camera.
Despite a long day, however, we were able to stay at the marvellous Bed and Breakfast we had made reservation (and an expensive B&B ... we won't talk about how much per hour it cost us to stay there since we arrived so late. It was kind of like buying high price tickets for a concert and only showing up for the last part of the show). But, we had a great time and were right on the ocean and just off Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. So, it was fun. We stayed in the same place as Dan and Kristie did two years ago and thankful they didn't remember Dan. So, we didn't have to pay a surcharge for being related to him ... by marriage. Today we are off to Boston.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
For a couple of kids who don't gamble, however, Atlantic City was not all that great, although the boardwalk was great for watching people. So, that is what we did. At one of the boardwalk a guy asked us for some change. David almost gave him some money and decided not to at the last minute. Well, an hour later here is what we saw from the same guy. The caption under this picture should read, "What do bums do on their break from begging ... check their email on their iPhone." (click on picture to enlarge and see what is in his hand).
To get to Atlantic City we took an 80 minute ferry ride. David was thrilled that he didn't get sick (remember, we live on a boat) and the Harley didn't get wet. We did see some dolphins dancing off the stern but too far away to get a picture.
We were going to have lunch in New York City but to tell you the truth the Harley does a great job on the Tail of the Dragon, the Pacific Coast Highway and the Beartooth Pass. But, it is not good on the streets of New York. We were lost for quite awhile (the GPS doesn't work between skyscrappers). We finely gave up trying to find a hotel (either all too much money or full). This place builds highways under buildings and puts roads only nuts go down. We saw more people in that city than we saw almost our whole trip to the west coast last year. We could go miles and miles on the West Coast trip and see some cows or a wild horse but never any people. Today we couldn't get down a street because of wall to wall people and cars and trucks and taxis and carts and ... you get our point. We took a good picture of a tall building (one of a million) and what we think was the Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe not but it was a bridge we didn't go over and saved paying a toll.
We did have a safe arrival in New Haven, CT however. After about four major traffic jams and a hundred tolls. When we arrived in our room of a very nice hotel the backboard on the bed collapsed onto the bed. If we would have had our heads on the pillows we would have been knocked out. But, God was good. A block from the hotel was a Starbucks. The pool was wonderful for Robin. The book is not moving far at all as we are spending all our writing time on the road and in traffic, not at all like going out west. But, we think since these people on the East Coast had since 1776 to get this traffic thing messed up they had plenty of practice. We hope now that we are in the New England-Maine area we will have less time in traffic, more time seeing better scenery and more time to write. Since we only have two weeks and a few days left David has to really work more than vacation.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We also meet someone who had no backbone at all:
There is much to do on the boardwalk at Virgina Beach. But, hugging your gal is the best:
After a night on the boardwalk there was some heavy driving. We took the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel System. It is a marvelous bridge over and tunnel under the Chesapeake Bay. It is 22 miles long and you are above water for awhile and then below water for awhile. Here is a little video clip. Robin is good at this ... but remember, David is the one driving so careful for her to get the perfect clip:
Once we got over, or under, the water, we stopped on the Island of Chincoteague (Chi-ka-tee-gee). We are staying in a Bed and Breakfast and the room is actually smaller than the Stateroom on the Boat back home. We feel right at home.
There is a huge wildlife preserve where wild horses run free on the island along the ocean. We could see them but they were too far away to capture on film. We did get some great shots of a Bald Eagle; Deer (like we don't see those); and, water fowl (that we see each day outside our boat at home). But, another great day on the Harley and the East Coast. Tommorrow, Atlantic City via the highway and a ferry ride. Miss you all.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The money people have our there must be amazing as you can see by the boats they own with the condos they own. (If you click on the pictures you can see them a lot better.) Last night we spent the night in Morehead City and I took a great picture on my camera phone of Robin in front of some of the fishing boats. Isn't she a hottie!!! Notice the name of the boat in the back ground over Robin's shoulder. That says it all for me!! This was a good trip that included buying two more Harley shirts (we already mailed three home) at Kitty Hawk Harley Davidson.We took several very long bridges to get to the outer banks:
Sand Castles someone made on the beach:
This is a battle ship or air craft carrier we could see from our balconey in Norfolk that was coming in. Click on the picture for a better look. If you think that looks small, it was way off the horizon for us and you can see the boat to the right to compare the size. There were three boats like the one to the right of the big boat escorting it in.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
David did decide he could surf, however. He decided he could surf if: 1) the surf board had a chair. 2) Waves were handicap assessable. 3) The wave slowed down or stopped long enough for him to take the elevator to the top of the wave and get in the chair. 4) There was a remote control on the chair. He seems to have more control in his life if he has a remote control
We went north today from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Morehead City, N.C. It is about 180 miles and 80 of it was through a pretty big rain storm. We were over due to ride in one, however. Last year to the west coast and back (30 days) we had no rain. So far we had 10 days of no rain. So, it was our turn. David took a picture of Robin and her rain gear. She told him not to take it. He did anyway.
We also took some pictures us crossing the bridge to the Outer Banks and some housing on the coast. Some people have some nice houses.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We also added a video of Robin Swimming. For every hour David eats and writes, Robin swims. Guess who has the better figure?