Sunday, July 26, 2020

UPDATE - On the Blue Ridge Pkwy

A quick update on my "situation"!!  LOL!

Mechanics got here Saturday about mid-day, and got to work on Europa. And it was a bit worse than I expected. It is the shifter cable, which after an hour had been removed. It has been on the exhaust and the header for too long and gotten WAY too hot! 

I am now waiting on Monday...the cable is apparently a "dealer item" only. So they are checking a few of their contacts to see if they can find one and will get the local Dodge dealer also. Whatever they have to do, just hope to have a working or new cable by the latest Wednesday.

As it is, I'm in a decent spot out of the way to spend the next couple of days...after having spent a few days here already.

But I'm cooler, almost level, in a nice spot and secure. So here I sit in peaceful wonder!!!

As I get thru the next few days, I'll keep you up to date on my progress. I'm hoping that I'll be back on the road in just a few days headed North for the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway and other points.
So stay well, enjoy life, get out and spend time with Nature...and above all...

Stay Safe!!  🐸🐢🐱 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

On the Road...Kinda!!

Got on the road Tuesday, 7/21. Decided to drive all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway in one day...and did!!  239 miles covered! Things off to a great start

 Made it to Milepost 469.5, southern end of the Parkway! It was a bit warm, but the trip was uneventful. And it got cooler each mile closer to the Parkway!

Spent the first night out at the first overlook on the Parkway. It was grand! Breezy, cool, quiet...the best night ever!!

Day 2 & 3

Started out great! Cool morning, breeze and just  beautiful. Made it about 8 miles, pulled over to take a few pics and that is where I am still!  LOL!  As I was getting into a parking spot, I was suddenly unable to get Europa into drive,reverse...nothing!   


Apparently the shifting cable seized up, bent the end of it, and so here I was! It has taken over 24 hours to find a mechanic to come out to where we are on the Parkway! But he will be here tomorrow afternoon. Hopefully we will be able to pull the cable, lubricate it and get it back into running condition. Because...yesterday I spent over 5 hours on the phone trying to find one & it might just be easier to find chicken teeth!!

 So it is another night of breezes and cool temps & good sleep! The lo last night was 63f, and it supposed to be a couple of degrees cooler tonight!! Just breaks my heart!!


This afternoon I looked out the window and there was a VW camper...or it looked like one!!  I have to say it was one of the most ingenuous mods I think I have ever seen! A 70's model  VW camper that now has a water cooled, rear mounted diesel. The interior & body are VW but that is about it!  We didn't get a chance to talk but as you can tell from the pics this is a work of love!!  He did it himself...makes me feel better about Europa!! And raises my "hope" factor!!

So hang in there with us...we'll be rolling again very soon....say a prayer, think good thoughts...whatever it is you do!


Tuesday, July 7, 2020

3-4 weeks to go!!

The time is getting closer for departure into the vast "forgotten lands"!!  LOL! I'll be headed into the Blue Ridge Parkway mountains! The temperatures in that part of the land is passable (for me) to have a pleasant time & see the sights!

I've been spending a fair amount of time down by the river here in town due to the fact that there is a breeze for the majority of the time there.

There seem to even be "tiny-homes" that float!!!

I'm also so taken by the birds there! I love the herons, egrets & the little "swiftlets" (at least that is what I call them!) 


This young hawk was still hanging around for several days after he made his first flight out of the nest! He was still trying to get his "sea legs" and kept forgetting that the bushes were NOT a good place to try to land!!  LOL!

And it is also quite fun to watch the boaters go by! Everything from the bass boats to the kayaks to pontoon boats to mini-cabin cruisers!

Just a few pics of remembering being back on the road!


I'm down to about 12 days and the kids will be out here. They are in the middle of final packing for the move...which with the kids is quite an interesting task!

Have gotten about half of my "Europa list" completed. Have several more projects to do, but will have to get a helping hand from Cary to get them done. But getting closer each day!

So stick around, there will be a lot to see, places to make note of, possibly places to not make note of....and just lots to do! Hopefully!!

C'ya out here soon!!
Frog, Abbie & Snickers
🐸      🐢      🐱


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Out & About....A Little!!

Took a couple of days to drive around some in the area! Felt good to just drive around the county some. Have not done that in several years! And it is amazing how much stays the same from year to year.

Even the turtles dragged themselves out to get on a log and soak up some sun. 

But there are also changes...just have to look close to see some of them. The one thing that seems to not ever change is the wildlife! There are still waterfowl, turtles, etc all around the area. Even though they are hard to catch on camera most of the time...urban life keeps them on the move in most of the areas. 

And I know that this will sound a little bit on the strange side...but there is just sooo much green here!!! LOL!  It makes it a bit difficult to keep the solar panels in the sun...there's shade all over the place!!

It is nice that the river runs thru here! There a views and scenes that are just so pleasant to be able to sit and just gaze out over.

And the scenery is pretty...if you take the time to look around, there will almost always be spots that are serene and easy on the spirit!

But I do have to admit that it makes me long for the desert even more each day!
But as I travel around the area more I keep coming across spots that a just so pleasing to see. And even though it drives my allergies is so very pleasing to stop and sit and look at some of the spots the have such great colors and shades of color!

And a drive in the country will get you mind cleared out and opened up to be able to look forward to the future when the day returns that you are back on the road again.

 So to all our friends out there that are in a spot or location which affords them the opportunity to get out and drive around their out there! There is NO better social distancing than to fix up a picnic basket and a cooler full of drinks and load up the kids, pets, a blanket and maybe a map (?) and get out and see what is around you! Can't put much more space between people than that!

And I think you will be surprised at just how much better you will feel! How much "less dark" the days will look. There really is so much you can see when you get out of the house, out of town and into the country!

Try it!!  You might just really like it!!

For my part, I will be back on the road in a few weeks...along with Abbie and Snickers...looking for those places on the backroads that our fast paced lives have left behind! Maybe that is one of the bright spots of all this pandemic made so many people slow down and think....

" this all there is to life?"

There's soooo much more!!!

C'ya out there soon!!

Frog, Abbie & Snickers

Friday, May 8, 2020

Is it May???

The Vest?
In May?
In Alabama?
All I can say about this is .....  WOW!
And they are saying there could be a light frost Sunday?!?!
Hope this finds all of you in good health!
And still in good spirits!

Hope to be back on the road in a few weeks, back to the West!

Hope to see you out there!

Frog, Abbie & Snickers