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10/12/18

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10/07/18

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09/11/18

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09/10/18

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09/07/18

PicoPico
09/05/18

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09/03/18

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08/29/18

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07/03/18

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06/30/18

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06/17/18

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03/29/18

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03/17/18

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10/24/17

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10/13/17

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10/08/17

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08/22/17

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08/16/17

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07/10/17

Diane's Wedding, observedDiane's Wedding, observed
06/11/17

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03/24/17

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12/24/16

New Bathroom!New Bathroom!
11/01/16

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10/15/16

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10/09/16

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09/18/16

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Road Trip! Day 1

Amish Country
Amish Country
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Through Pennsylvania Into Ohio


So today we embark upon our road trip -- California and back or bust! -- for the next month. I slept badly so was grumpy all day. From my parents' house we picked up the rental car -- our home for the next month -- in Delaware. We have a Chevy four-door Cobalt with Delaware tags. It's automatic, and even though it is the "economy" rental car, the fuel display has it only getting 25 mpg -- boo! (Fernanda managed to boost that up to 28 mpg through good highway driving.)

By the time we get the car packed up and everything ready to go, it's already 2:30 in the afternoon. Oh well, first day and all, we weren't planning on going serious distance anyway -- just so long as we at least cross all of PA!

It was a beautiful day, and we decide to head out across Pennsylvania Dutch Country through Lancaster to the PA Turnpike. It was great. Relaxing and fun. The car CD player plays MP3 files (unlike our brand new Honda), so we popped in a disk of some 200 tunes, and were happy.

On across the Turnpike, pop in one of the many books-on-CDs we got from the library just before we left, past Pittsburgh and into Ohio, where at 8 o'clock with the gas tank nearly empty we stop for the night at an EconoLodge. The direction we go getting off the highway of course has no gas stations, and gets more and more middle of nowhere as we drive on on fumes before turning around and coasting into the motel. They tell us there's a gas station in three miles the other direction. I was anticipating problems like this, but not already in Ohio! Out in the middle of the desert, yeah -- last gas for 300 miles -- but not Ohio!

Tomorrow onward to Chicago!

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Previous Entries

Açores
08/29/18


Our New Bathroom Saga
11/17/16


Europe 2015
03/16/15


The Berkshires
10/18/14


Road Trip South
03/23/13


Greece!
07/26/12


Our Trip to Ireland
08/09/09


Google Map of our Trip
09/17/07


Road Trip: The End
09/15/07


Road Trip, Day 27
09/13/07


Road Trip, Day 26
09/12/07


Road Trip, Day 25
09/11/07


Road Trip, Day 24
09/10/07


Road Trip, Day 23
09/09/07


Road Trip, Day 22
09/08/07


Road Trip, Day 21
09/07/07


Road Trip, Day 20
09/06/07


Road Trip, Day 19
09/05/07


Road Trip, Day 18
09/04/07


Road Trip, Day 17
09/03/07


Road Trip, Day 16
09/02/07


Road Trip, Day 15
09/01/07


Road Trip, Day 14
08/31/07


Road Trip, Day 13
08/30/07


Road Trip, Day 12
08/29/07


Road Trip, Day 11
08/28/07


Road Trip, Day 10
08/27/07


Road Trip, Day 9
08/26/07


Road Trip, Day 8
08/25/07


Road Trip, Day 7
08/24/07


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