Sunday, September 28, 2014

GEAR Rally - Third Day

The name and theme of this rally is "It's Showtime".  I guess this is related to the entertainment.

One of my favorite parts of the rally is the donuts and coffee each morning at 7:30.  One morning I had chocolate cake and cream filled donuts.

This is a refurbished 1974 Winnebago Indian.  When motorhomes first became popular in the 1970's, Winnebago had the market tied up to the extent that all motorhomes were called Winnebagos.  Almost every part on this one is new but the style is still 1974.

You can see how nice the weather is.  Sixty-five degrees at 9:24 am.  We are used to temperatures in the 90's.  We slept good!

Free line-dancing lessons were offered each morning.  I enjoyed watching but I wasn't about to embarrass myself and the rest of the team by  participating.  Tippy says that I have two left feet.  Treky says I would have a heart attack.  I don't know how I stand these two.

There must have been about a hundred vendors selling everything related to motorhome life that you can imagine.  I looked at everything and almost bought several things that I don't need.  I did buy a windbreaker with an FMCA emblem - I don't need it either.

Every attempt was made to park chapter members close together. There were chapters represented from all of the eastern states as well as chapters representing most brands of motorhomes.

One such chapter was the Frustrated Maestros.  This is the sign posted at their parking area.  I think the sign is great.

We have about two or three more posts related to this rally.  Then we have a Roadtrek rally in October and another Roadtrek rally in November.

We will be having team meetings throughout the months of October and November to plan our 2015 trips.  Treky ran 30,000 miles this year and I expect he will do at least that in 2015.  There is still lots and lots to see here in the USA.

Friday, September 26, 2014

GEAR Rally Second Day

I am told that this motorhome lists for over one million $ new.  Treky says, "Lets move on - enough of these big expensive highways hogs".  Shame on Treky - I think he is jealous.

All of us, including Treky, got a laugh out of this.  The sign is on the rear of a Chevrolet Suburban - If the letters are too small to read, it says, "Please be patient.  I am pushing a  big motorhome - The Surburban is towed behind, as it says, a BIG motorhome.  

 Tippy trying to decide which service he wants to attend.  

We found this in the New Motorhomes for Sale area.  It's an Airstream built on a Mercedes Sprinter chassis.  Tippy and I liked it but old sourpuss Treky said it looks like a hearse.  Shame on Treky.

  The only vendor food available is at this restaurant.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, etc type food served here.  I got a cheeseburger and chips for lunch and brought it back to Treky to share with Tippy.  We would have preferred "Carnival" food that is available at many FMCA rallies.

The rally is being held at a fairgrounds and there are miles and miles of stables and barns like this throughout.  Tippy says that those miles of barns hold miles of big cows and horses - He thinks the smell would be something to remember.

 Yesterday afternoon, we were treated to an ice cream social.  It was sponsored by Tom Johnson RV Sales.  I had vanilla ice cream dribbled with chocolate syrup and covered with whipped cream.  Tippy got none of that.

While we were eating our ice cream, we were serenaded by the Frustrated Maestros Combo Band.  At this gathering, they mostly played German Om Pah music - would have been appropriate for and October Fest.  The Frustrated Maestros are talented musicians who also happened to be RV'ers.  They attend many FMCA rallies and are actually a chapter of FMCA unto themselves.

All the above was yesterday.  Who knows what today will bring?  We expect to find out.

We will probably leave tomorrow as there are somethings at home that need attention.  

Treky says, "That's the way this crew is - We got here a day early as we just couldn't wait to travel and now we are going to leave a day early"  Ron, Tippy and Treky all say, "We do that and everything else because,   That's what we want to do.  Today  is a Gift and we appreciate that day and intend to use it to the fullest."

I have at least two or three more posts about this rally.  I'll post them from home.  We will be home for about a week and then we will go to a Roadtrek rally near Tampa for a few days.

Ron, Tippy and Treky say, "We hope you are having as much fun and are enjoying life as much as we are!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GEAR Rally - First Day

The FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) GEAR rally is being held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural  Center in Fletcher, NC.  This is a suburb of Asheville, NC.  We are located next to the Asheville airport. The rally officially starts today (Thursday) and ends Sunday morning; however, we got here Tuesday - early in order to get a parking spot.  

Tippy thinks there is a misspelled word on the sign????????

Many RV'ers have a little sign that they place in front of their rig showing their names and hometowns.  All we have to do is flap-down our sun visor - Treky is OK with his name not being on there as his name is on the van body just above the windshield.  You can see Good Sam sleeping the on the dashboard.

 This is our new and we hope final location.  We have been moved several times to make room for larger motor homes. Treky is small and can squeeze in most anywhere.  We are happy where ever.

 This is one of the buildings where most of the rally activities will occur.  It is larger than a football field.  Some of the seminars for today are: 
Coffee and donuts at 7:30 am accompanied by the "Frustrated Maestros" (a volunteer group of musicians who seem to attend most of the FMCA rallys" - I really enjoy listening to them.
8:00 am - Non Denominational Devotions
8:00 am - Interior and exterior renovations
8:00 am - Fire and Safety in Your RV
That's just the first hour.  Similar subjects are presented all day until 4:30 pm.  Then at 7:30 pm, "The Vogues" will entertain us.

Concrete walkways are provided throughout the facility.   Most fairgrounds turn into a sea of mud when it rains. It hasn't rained here but the walkways are nice anyway.  Tippy says the concrete is much easier on his old paws than gravel.

This place is "PACKED".  Every available parking spot is full and some are parked on the grass.  Treky is the responsible member of our team for making reservations.  He sent in our reservation form and money way back in July plus he got us here two days before the rally actually started.

Tomorrow, we will post a little about some of the seminars that we attend today.  Verizon has one that I am particularly interested in. - Tippy says, "Ron you ended a sentence with a preposition".   Tippy may not get a treat all day today.

We'll talk to yawl tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy, & Treky

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On the Way to FMCA GEAR Rally

When I'm headed West on I-26 and see those mountains, I know the GPS is directing Treky toward Asheville, NC.  The mountains relieve some of the Interstate driving boredom.

Google drive has been having some problems uploading pictures.  I am trying a work-around.  Hope it's working.

Treky at the North Carolina Welcome Center

Sign in NC welcome center- Tippy has informed me that the word "Pet" on the sign is a verb - not a noun.  He says that this is not a place for pets to exercise - it's instructions to pet owners to "pet" their animals.  I don't know where Tippy studied English.

The price of gas in NC is not bad at all - I remember paying $3.50 minimum this spring in almost every state.

US and NC flags at the rally

Sunset last night.  Tippy and I got cold - We are parked in a section with no electricity and the generators are allowed only from 7 am to 11 pm - We usually depend on electricity for heat - last night we had to run our propane furnace.  Tippy likes to snuggle when it's cold.

I hope my work around helps the Google Drive problem - We just have to wait and see.

Ron, Tippy & Treky

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Last of the Beach Pictures

One day, I had lunch at the K&W cafeteria.  Hamburger steak, roll, sweet potatoes and lemon meringue pie cost about $8.25.  K&W always has good food at low prices.

 When you to the beach, you gotta get a picture of the Atlantic Ocean.

Treky noticed these birds sitting on a wire high above the campers and explained that they are there to "bomb" trailers and motor homes.  So far,  Treky has dodged their "bombs".

Treky had a wonderful parking place at the Art Museum.

The Art Museum looked like it would be very interesting but when they informed me that they do not allow photography and ..............

They do not allow dogs, All three of us said, "Poo on this" and left.

We are at the FMCA rally near Asheville, North Carolina today.  We expect to be here through Saturday and will start posting about it tomorrow.  There is no WiFi here so we are using the hot spot on our Android phone. It produces an excellent and strong signal but it uses some of the four Gigabits of data allowed under my Verizon plan - no problem though as I have never used that much in a month.

We look forward to finding new experiences here at the FMCA rally.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Last of the Cars

I bought this model car at Wheels of Yesterday because it is a model of the first car I owned.  It is a 1939 Chevrolet Business Coupe.  I bought the car when I was 19 years old and it was the first car in my immediate family.  It had a bench seat in front and no seat in the rear - just a storage area which I used to haul around my drum set.  I paid $250.00 for it and financed it with the Ingalls Iron Works Credit Union - $10.00 down and $5.00 per week deducted from my paycheck. 

It had a straight transmission - four on the floor - no air conditioner - no power brakes or steering - no power anything except Ron power.  The car was painted black with matching rust spots here and there.   I paid 19 cents per gallon for gas - I don't recall the MPG.

My first new car was a 1953 Chevrolet 210 Hard Top Convertible.  This model that I bought is a 1955 Bel Air Chevrolet but it's as close as  I could find at Wheels of Yesterday.  I bought it in Anchorage, Alaska and picked it up in Seattle, Washington then immediately drove it across country on furlough home to Alabama - mostly on Route 66.  My car did not have the fins and was cream colored on top and "Canyon Copper" below.  Canyon Copper was reddish brown.

Chevrolet's TV commercial for a few years was: "See the USA in your Chevrolet"  I have always taken that to heart.

Tomorrow we go to an FMCA rally near Asheville, NC.  We'll be in touch from there.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

More Cars

In 1951, Ford and Chevy looked a lot alike. This body style was a Coupe - I don't think they make coupes any more.  Some coupes had only front seats with a small storage space behind the seats.  A few had a small bench seat that was suitable only for children behind the front seats.

Check out the spoiler on this Mercury.

This is a 1957 Chevrolet Station.  Note the fins.  Every Mom in 1957 wanted one of these to take the kids to dancing lessons and little league baseball.  Good memories.

This is a 1951 Studebaker.  My cousin and boyhood best friend drove only Studebaker's up until they quit making them about 1960.  Right after WWII, the new style Studebaker looked the same from the front and the rear.  The national joke was that you couldn't tell if it was coming or going.  Even today, the Studebaker body styling would be considered futuristic.

 This is a Rambler.  Rambler was made by the Nash Motor Company.  Right after WWII, Nash was a major automobile manufacturer.  My second car was a Nash Ambassador - a larger sedan than the Rambler.  My first second car was a small Nash Rambler.

Tomorrow, I'll show models of my first car and my first new car.
By they, you will be sick and tired of cars.  "Sick and tired" - that's an Alabama expression meaning "enough is enough"

We will be home for two days and then next Tuesday, we go to an FMCA rally near Asheville, NC.  I expect that we will be there a few days.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wheels of Yesterday

I have been in love with airplanes and cars since I was a little boy. This is a Pontiac GTO.  In  the 1960's there was a hit song about the GTO - it was what we called a high-performance car.  That is a ratio of less than 11 to  1 weight to horsepower.

In 1967, I owned a 1967 Pontiac convertible.  It was a block long and was fire-engine red exterior and coal black interior.  WOW!

I have never owned a Chevrolet Corvette although I have always admired them - but then, I'm not dead yet so I won't say that I never will own one.  If I did, it would be red - not black like this one.

This is what the cockpit of a white Corvette looks like - NEAT

I'm running out of space but I just had to show a red Corvette.  Can you imagine cruising around town in this?

In the 1960's, car manufacturers added tail fins to car bodies.  Most were in keeping with the size of the car and were in good taste but Plymouth went way overboard with theirs - All show.

I have about 100 car pictures so I'll post more the next couple of days.  The "Wheels of Yesterday" museum is located on highway 501 between Conway and Myrtle Beach, SC next to one of the larger discount outlet centers.

We will see you tomorrow.........

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, September 18, 2014

First Day at the Beach

We have our own picnic table at site 4062. We had a nice rain last night resulting in a lower temperature - The low was 61 - good sleeping weather.  When we are at home, Tippy usually wakes me up about 4:30 am.  I don't mind as I am ready to get up anyway but when we are camping, we sleep much later.  Today, we got up at 8:30 am - I don't know the reason but I like it.

Check out the position Tippy gets in to watch TV- He's a character.

For breakfast, I had my usual cinnamon and raisin bagels and coffee.  I cut the small bagels into four pieces.

As you can see, Tippy expects me to share.  

Some of the folks at the campground are getting ready for Halloween - These characters are mobile.

I spent most of the day at a museum of old cars.
As you can see, there must have been over 100 classic cars there.  This is just one room.  I think I took 50 pictures - many are of cars that I have owned.  I bought two little model cars - a 1939 Ford Business Coupe (the first car I owned) and a 1953 Chevrolet 210 Hardtop Convertible (the first new car I owned).  I'll post some of those pictures tomorrow.

I had a great fish sandwich for lunch but got so engrossed in eating it that I forgot to take a picture.

See yawl tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy, Treky