Back at GSP

November 5th, 2008

Yah, I know we’ve been slacking on the blog updates lately, but as soon as we were done with the carnie gigs, we hit the boonies again without pausing to look for cellular service. I don’t think we’ll be doing any concession work anytime soon; so whatever jobs come next should be fairly new to us.

We left South Carolina in a hurry and made a beeline for the Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve in Mt. Vernon Kentucky again. We were hoping to get some caving in and see some friends once more before it gets too cold to be in Kentucky and we head out west for the winter.

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On the nature of campgrounds

July 7th, 2008

We just finished up a week long stay at a commercial campground with Jenn’s family. The entire week was a blast. There was good food, good company and plenty of kids to keep things interesting. However, after spending the prior month in the middle of the national forests, we had a bit of culture shock coming back into ‘the city’.

It started as we came into Pigeon Forge, which is about as big a tourist trap as Myrtle Beach. Six lanes of traffic, giant signs on both sides of the street and lots of useless shops and attractions. Thankfully, we got out of the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas and back into the National Park lands for the last few miles.

However, as soon as we arrived at the campground, we ran into the owner who quizzed us about pets and whether or not we were planning to ride our moped in the campground. She then pointed us at the site we were to occupy; it was, in fact, next to the creek, but the creek was very low. It was also thirty feet from the entrance to the campground and as close as you can get to the road. At least, we had three sites together, so that we only backed the truck camper in halfway, turned around the pop-up camper on one side with the class A on the other and had the creek to form the fourth ‘wall’ of the compound.

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When animals attack!

June 8th, 2008

We’re currently about eight miles from even a small town in the Smoky Mountains. Believe it or not, we’ve managed to completely escape ubiquitous cellular service. We’re heading into Highlands every few days to check voice mail and email, but we’re spending more time hiking, reading and relaxing than hanging out on the internet.

Until we get some of our latest pictures ready for perusal, I’ll leave you with some goofiness from the Myrtle Beach area. There was quite an array of giant animals attacking everything from buildings to vehicles in the Myrtle Beach-Surfside area.

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The only thing between Columbia and hell is a screen door.

June 6th, 2008

We have finally left Myrtle Beach. We stayed a lot longer than we had anticipated. Staying longer gave us a chance to order and mount a new front hitch for the scooter. But, after 2 days of 100+ degree heat indexes, it was time to go!

We had planned to head to the smokies where we hope it is cooler. We didn’t quite make it that far. Since we didn’t get out of Myrtle Beach until the late afternoon, we wouldn’t have made it until well after dark. We are not big fans of trying to find a boondock spot in the dark. So, we stopped over in Columbia and met up with Johnny’s brother, Bear. He took us to a Bluegrass show at El Burrito in Five Points. They were pretty good, would have been better if there was a banjo, but still very good. After the beer ran out, the college kids all left, and we were able to hear the music. We had a great time. It also reminded me that we need to make plans to hit the Bluegrass Festival in Yeehaw Junction, FL this winter.

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How many MPG does YOUR house get?

May 28th, 2008

Well, our house gets about 14 mpg on flat land such as Florida. We got more in the neighborhood of 12 mpg in the Virginia and North Carolina mountains.
I know everyone has been screaming about fuel prices lately, and I’d rather not get too terribly sidetracked other than to say that in less than two weeks while we were at the Bike Rally, we watched fuel prices go up 12% across the street from us.

I know these prices probably look low to many of you, but we are currently in one of the least expensive ‘fuel zones’ according to this map over at gasbuddy.com. The last I heard, diesel prices in Mexico are about half of the prices here in South Carolina. I guess it pays to be a country that is exporting oil and have state run petroleum companies. Hopefully we’ll make it into Mexico in the next year or two and brush up on some very rusty Spanish.

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