Friday, June 26, 2015

Back Home

On our trip from home to Ontario, the highest price on gas was in New York.

But with our Good Sam discount, we got our three cents per gallon discount.

This particular Pilot/Flying J has a Subway attached.  Most have a Denny's.  I decided to try the Subway breakfast sandwich.  It was a sausage and egg on flat bread.  I don't think that egg ever saw a chicken.  It looks artificial.

Tippy says, "I don't care what it looks like - just share with me."

When we left Ontario, Treky had 18286 miles and the temperature was 66 degrees (F).

This is a list of rules for using the Pennsylvania state rest areas.  Treky wonders, "Does everyone take the time to read and understand these rules?"  This sign is posted at every Pennsylvania rest area.

Tippy likes to sleep between the cockpit seats. Note our fire extinguisher.

This is an unusual, to us, tent in one of our campgrounds.  I probably would never  be able to figure out how to erect it.

In Pennsylvania, when you enter the toll area, they give you a ticket - you pay the toll when you exit.  The further you travel, the higher the toll.  We traveled the entire distance and our toll was $3.16.

On highway I-90 in New York,  the state offers "Service Areas" instead of rest areas.  The service area offers three or four fast food restaurants, a gas station and rest rooms.  The service area is located between the highway lanes.  You pull off the interstate to a parking area - then cross the highway via a foot bridge over the interstate to reach the service area.  New situation to Ron, Tippy and Treky although Treky claims he knows all about it.

Treky had a reserved parking place at the Roadtrek factory in Ontario.

You recall that when we left Ontario, the temperature was 66 degrees?  When we stopped at the South Carolina Welcome Center, just South of Charlotte, NC, the temperature was 100 degrees. We are over 1000 miles south of Ontario.

Tippy says, "It's too hot.  We are going to stay home until the middle of next month when we will attend the air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  We'll post again just before we leave."

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Friday, June 19, 2015

West Virginia and Pennsylvania

This is what greeted us as we entered West Virginia.  West Virginia is the only state that was conceived by the War Between the States. When Virginia seceded from the Union, the western portion refused - the people were perfectly happy staying in the Union so Congress granted them statehood.  From what we have seen, it is one mountain after another - perfectly beautiful.

This morning, we filled Treky's tank at Pilot.  Pilot and Flying J are the same company.  They merged a couple of years ago.  The old Pilots are not as RV friendly as Flying J's.  Most of these stations have a Denny's attached; however, here it is a Moe's.

I get my 3 cents per gallon discount at Pilot as well as Flying J.  The $2.66 includes the discount.  I also get a large coffee for a dollar instead of the usual $1.89.

I was lucky to find a Shoney's for breakfast.  The weather was cool so  there was no problem leaving Tippy in Treky while I ate in the restaurant.  I like their breakfast bar.  I load up on bacon.  I take two strips of bacon back to Treky for Tippy.  He know now to expect something when I eat out.

I-79 in Pennsylvania is flatter and straighter that it is in West Virginia but is still interesting.  We left home on I-20 East to Columbia, SC where we picked up I-77 North.  We stayed on I-77 until it merged with I-79 in Virginia, I believe.  We have been on I-79 for a Loonngg time.  It does get cooler as we go northward. Here in Portersville, Pennsylvania the high temp today was 78 - much better than the temp at home.

Our campsite at the Bear Run Campground here in Portersville, Pennsylvania backs up to a horse pasture that is part of the campground.  Can you see the two horses way off in the background?  

Treky is very happy with his Campsite # 2.  There are hundreds of campsites at this campground.  All we have here is water and 30 amp electricity.  We're happy!

Tippy and  I enjoy sitting out in the shade of a tree doing absolutely nothing.  We have two chairs - a blue one and a red one.  Tippy prefers the red one. 

Many of you know that Tippy has Epilepsy - The cause is unknown - it is not contagious - Last month (May 19th), he had four seizures in one day.  His vet says that a new drug has shown promise in controlling seizures in humans and prescribed it for Tippy - It's Keppra.  We (Ron, Tippy and Treky) are celebrating today - Tippy has been seizure-free for a month.  We hope this is an indication that the new drug is working.  If not, we'll just do as we have been - that is:  live with it.  Anyway, we're happy today.

WiFi permitting, we'll see you tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Traveling - NC and VA

North Carolina welcome centers are always nice - beautiful trees, etc.

Treky parks right in there with the little fellows.

As Treky heads North, you can see the North Carolina mountains in the distance.

North Carolina gas is not cheap but it's better than it was a year ago.  Whatever it cost is what we will pay.  The alternative is to stay at home.  Nah....

Virginia used the slogan, "Virginia is for Lovers" on its license tags.  This is their welcome center sign.  Nice, Tippy thinks.

We see this sign in many states.   When I was 11 years old, WWII started and my neighbors, who had family members serving in the Armed Forces, hung a banner in their window with a blue star on it.  If that family member was killed, the banner star changed from blue to gold.  That's what the sign is all about.

As we move northward, Virginia's mountains grow taller.  Tippy, Treky and I agree that of all the states we have visited, we think that Virginia and West Virginia are among the most beautiful.

Isn't that a pretty sight?  Treky likes a few mountains and curves - takes the monotony out of traveling.

 Treky says, "See that structure at the end of the highway?  That's the East River Tunnel.  It connects Virginia and West Virginia."

Treky continues, "This is a better view.  The tunnel is over a mile long.  That's a long time to be underground but our team is fearless.  I especially like the square top to the tunnel.  Some tunnels have arch-way rounded tops.  The square tops make it easier for me to stay in my lane without worrying about hitting the side and top of the tunnel."

WiFi permitting, we'll see you tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Redecorating - Final

My living room wall was pink with gold toned pictures and had a blue carpet.  Now, the walls are tan, the carpet is lighter tan.  The chairs were multi colored - now the main chairs are leather with ottomans.

 The dining room was very heavy dark wall paper.  Now it is more airy and welcoming.

New kitchen linoleum and the dark wall paper was removed and a coat of light blue paint was applied to the walls.

 The new chairs are very comfortable and will rotate to watch TV or talk with guests.  Notice the statue of a dog between the chairs.  Tippy insisted that he have a hand in the decorating and the stature is what he chose.

Tippy chose the dog statue but he insists that the new couch is his.  The old couch was cream color with pink and red flowers.  The new couch is solid brown.  There are new pictures all around.

Stuck off in the corner of the living room, I added a little round table and two chairs.  I can play computer there, pay bills or even eat there.  I also added four new lamps in the living room.

Enough with the house.  Tonight we are camped in Flatwood, West Virginia on our way to Kitchener, Ontario, Canada to the Roadtrek factory.  We'll post about the trip so far tomorrow if we have WiFi.  Treky wants you to know one thing about the trip so far.  "There is nothing flat about West Virginia"  Ha.

Ron, Tippy and Treky