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Travel Addicts…

After re-reading Blue Highways (see yesterday’s Blog entry) I was reminded of a file I had saved in my documents file. It’s a list of sayings from people who liked to travel…


For the born traveler, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.

– Aldous Huxley

…from the midst of dark pine forests, the isolated snowy peaks were looking out like giants. They served us for grand beacons to show the route at which we advanced in our journey.
– John C. Freemont, 1843

The traveler may feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humored patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself, and of making the best of every occurrence…Traveling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance.

– Charles Darwin

To have been the Dreamer for so long and now to be the Doer, inside the dream instead of outside it, still feels like a dream.

Alyce Cornyn-Selby

Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.

~Ray Bradbury

Muhammad says, ‘Love of one’s country is a part of the faith.’ But don’t take that literally! Your real ‘country’ is where you’re heading, not where you are.

– Rumi

I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.

~Lord Dunsany

the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.

– William Least Heat Moon

Everybody needs places to play in…where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.

– John Muir

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.

— James Michener

. . .If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another.

– Paul Bowles

I hesitated a moment to view this immense mountain, the top of which was obscured in the clouds, and the ascent appeared to be almost perpendicular.

– William Clark (Lewis and Clark)

Traveling is a learning process that takes place in a real rather than an artificial environment.

– Peopleโ€™s Guide to Mexico

There are places that have great strength for one that knows how to understand and feel. They are places of unique power that comes out of the depths of the earth. It can be a place apart, somewhere in the fields, in the mountains, surrounded by rocks or boulders, at the entrance of a cave, at the high summit or at the rim of a canyon…

Romayne Wheeler
Life Through the Eyes of a Tarahumara

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

– Douglas Adams

Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing.

– Helen Keller


Here’s my favorite saying that I picked up somewhere along the way…

A bad day of RVing, beats a good day at work!

Here’s a photo of our magic carpet, that takes us to so many wonderful places, taken at the Thousand Trails RV Resort in Soledad Canyon, California.

As Charles Kuralt from the old “On The Road” TV series used to say…”Wonder what’s around the bend?” Travel On!!!!

(By the way…I so enjoyed re-reading Blue Highways, I decided to re-read it a third time…starting again yesterday…only slower this time!)

All original material Copyright โ€“ Jim Jaillet 2011
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Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michugan

Jim says:

I’ve been in a lot of museums in my many years on the road, but nothing quite like the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.

Yesterday Art and Sue and Mary and I walked, walked and walked some more in this 12 acre museum…all under one roof. We didn’t come close to seeing everything, among which includes such things as:

# A model of the nuclear-powered Ford Nucleon automobile.
# An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
# The 1961 Lincoln Continental, SS-100-X, that President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated.
# The rocking chair from Ford’s Theatre in which President Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.
# George Washington’s camp bed.
# A ten-person safety bicycle made in 1896
# A collection[5] of several fine 17th and 18th century violins including a Stradivarius.
# Thomas Edison’s alleged last breath in a sealed tube.
# Buckminster Fuller’s prototype Dymaxion house.
# The bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.[6]
# Igor Sikorsky’s prototype helicopter.
# Fokker Trimotor airplane that flew the first flight over the North Pole.
# Bill Elliott’s record-breaking race car clocking in at over 212 MPH at Talledega in 1987.
# The Newcomen type engine from Cobb’s Engine House in England[7].

We also did not go into the adjacent 240 acre Greenfield Village portion of the museum. To read about this unique place…see the two links provided below. In the meantime here are some photos that I took…

An old 18 foot Airstream Travel Trailer…


The last of the three RV’s used by Charles Kuralt during his 25+ year On The Road TV Show…


A 1950’s trailer similar to one my family lived in back then…


An early RV…


Road were pretty rough back then…


Not many stopping places…


Here Mary takes for a spin in a 1917 Ford Touring Car that still runs!…


Some of the exhibits are huge. Can you see Mary on the upper level of this power plant?


If one were to see and fully appreciate everything every. they would need many visits. All in all another most enjoyable day!

Here’s the official Henry Ford Museum website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link…

To see the other 90 photos I took, click this link…

Today we do the Ford Rouge Factory Tour where Ford has been building cars since the Model A.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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A Nice Visit from Jaime

Jim says:

Another hot and humid day yesterday. While in the air-conditioned motorhome about 11:00 AM doing computer research about our upcoming return trip to California, my nine-year-old grand-daughter Jaime knocked on my door. She had a chess set and a deck of cards with her.

We had an interesting game of chess. She beat me by bending the rules a little! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jaime’s ready for our chess match.

She discovered our stash of Belgian Chocolate…need I say more?

She loves our Belgian Chocolate!

Then a hot game of cards playing her specialty…Slapjack. A little more rule-bending and I was defeated once again. ๐Ÿ™‚

We got to talking about old TV shows which prompted her to go fetch her Cartoon DVD collection.

We watched two hours of Cartoons.

We enjoyed a late afternoon snack of sliced chicken, cheese, crackers and pepperoni. She left about 5:00 PM. A nice six-hour visit. She’s such a real fun little gal!

I was in the mood to watch a little more TV, so I dug out our DVD set of the old On The Road with Charles Kuralt. The first volume ran two hours…four 30 minute programs. It was a really great series about the interesting people and places one comes across while On The Road. No wonder I like RVing so much!

A great RVing series!

Eric and I are going to a minor league baseball game today. Forecast is for a high of 84 degrees. Somewhat better than the high 90’s we’ve experienced for the last few day…but still too hot for the Weather Wimp…that’s me!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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You Can’t Get From Here To There…

Jim says:

Connecticut to California…without some of these.


With nothing special on the agenda for yesterday, I spent the morning hours, before it got to hot, working on the routes we’ll take back to California. Our departure date is set for August 15th and our arrival date is planned to be not later than October 15th.

I’m currently in my fifth back-to-the-east-coast trip since 1996. I try to take a different route and for the most part one I’ve not taken before.

Many years ago TV journalist and RVer Charles Kuralt was quoted as saying…”We live in an amazing country. You can now travel from coast-to-coast and not see a thing!”. Meaning the Interstate Highway System. It’s a great way to go if one is in a hurry, but we’re not in a hurry! So we’ll avoid the Interstate Highway System whenever possible and instead travel the back roads of America. It will take us about two months to travel the about 3,500 miles.

In other news…
On my son’s weather station yesterday at 5:00 PM it read 102.6 degrees. After completing my map work, I retreated to my son’s air-conditioned house and spent the remainder of the day reading John Grisham’s The Last Juror.

It’s supposed to be even hotter today! The Weather Channel has issued a weather alert for today (for this area) warning of a heat index (the combination of heat and humidity feeling like a temperature) of 100 to 104. My son tells me that it’s always hotter where his home is located than the area forecast.

The Weather Wimp…that’s me says…”YUK,YUK,YUK,YUK!”.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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