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Category Archives: Fall 2010 East Coast

101215 – weather comin’

Well, the six day forecast from three days ago was pretty much wrong about its second half. It appears that I am going to meet up with weather by the end of today. I have driven this thing in snow successfully. Last December, on the way back to Reno after picking it up in Oregon, […]

101212 – Mountain Time

So, after a lovely interlude in the Davis Mountains, back to another 40 miles of I-10 to the un-lovely town of Van Horn (Nevadans think Battle Mountain level of unattractive-ness), where I needed to find diesel and hoped to find some food before heading off into the wilds of New Mexico.  I did fill up, […]

101210 – West Texas

My Austin experience wasn’t as epic as I had hoped for it to be.  This was entirely my fault and not Austin’s, I think.  I’m still kinda sick and low-energy, and I arrived at just the wrong time in terms of Kurt’s work schedule.  I got here on Tuesday night, and his weekend is Monday […]

101205 – East Texas

My walmart wasn’t much to look at, but it had the most important ingredient, an edge looking out on nature. So I am able to angle the van into a nice view of scrub oaks and grass and pretend I’m not where I am.  I awoke to the sound of a raven convention on my […]

101203 – Louisiana, home of the drive-thru daiquiri stand

I followed the road right next the Gulf until I ran out of Mississippi.   As usual I angled around on the side roads trying to avoid the interstate, and I got the good and the bad of it today. On the good side, I followed a bumpy little county road around the corner of a […]

101201 – Gulfport

Big Biloxi was rather pedestrian as campgrounds go.  There was a mandatory $6 surcharge for electrical hookup, to pay for having the whole place re-wired after Hurricane Katrina.  I think the point of this place is to provide old folks escaping from the snow a place to park the trailer and drive 20 miles to […]

101130 – Florida Panhandle

I loved this stretch of country last time I was through here and I loved it again this time! My friend Dan called it the Redneck Riviera, and I can’t argue with that either. It’s called the Big Bend around here. It’s the bump on the Florida Panhandle directly below the Georgia-Alabama border (also where […]

101128 – starting back

This is the start of the return trip. I left Milly’s today with only one item fer sure on my agenda between here and Reno, visiting Kurt in Austin. I had planned to maybe visit Doug in Starkville, Mississippi (home of MSU!) but he is too far north of the Gulf and doesn’t have a […]

101119 – Florida

Many things change as soon as you cross the state line into Florida.  I am at a campground a little southwest of the Okefenokee Swamp, on a freshwater lake called Ocean Pond.   The sand is that small-grained whitish Gulf sand, not the big grained yellow-ish Atlantic sand.  There are at least four campsites that appear […]

101117 – Savannah

(I seem to have not carried my camera today, so you get another dumb bike picture) I drove the 120 miles or so back to the coast to the lovely city of Savannah. Not too much to say about it – a lot of walking, many picturesque squares.  I lucked into free day at the […]