Friday, December 31, 2010

Closing out 2010...

What an amazing year 2010 has been. We have been so fortunate this past year but know many have not. It hasn't been a great year for a lot of our friends and family and we sincerely hope that 2011 will be better for everyone.

Yesterday we rode over to our friends Dottie & Dan's at The Glades RV Park in Moore Haven. We visited for a while, toured their rig and trailer (they have a motorhome towing a boat and a pickup towing a large utility trailer. They like their toys....LOL!).


Then we headed off to LaBelle for a great lunch at the Rodeo Grill. It was Dottie's birthday... We chatted and ate as we watched Sadie out the window. She is SO good at waiting for us. She loves watching people and enjoyed the cars traveling up and down the road. Every once in a while she'd settle down for a nap, then she'd hear something that interested her and she'd pop back up.

She had her first ride with her new Doggles. She's not so sure about them but was good with them on the ride back home. The only thing that could have improved the day was more sun and more time with our friends. (Read Sadie's take on the day with photos here.)


Today we will grab a short ride into Clewiston and back, then finish de-oozing and loading the bikes in preparation for our move into Lakeland tomorrow. It's only 115 miles, the kind of travel day we like!
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Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

PS> You can review our 2010 travels by photo in our SmugMug Album

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Growing up in the 50's

A friend posted a link to an unusual blog in Facebook and I had to take a look. I spent about an hour looking at the site...scrolling back to the beginning. So many memories...some familiar, some not.

I don't want to ruin it for anyone but if you grew up in the 40's-50's or if you just love photography, you need to take a look. I see myself revisiting this blog often. Enjoy!

Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work


This was created in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1990s. Vivian's work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and a ton of undeveloped rolls of film. I have approximately 90-95% of the work.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Hot and cold....

Well, the last three nights here in Moore Haven, FL have been below freezing. The day's were in the upper 50-60's with lots of sun. We haven't been doing much other than catching up on reading, emails, etc and trying to get in a couple of bicycle rides a day (aiming for 30 minutes). It's easier on both of our knees....

We had company yesterday, Dottie and Dan came to visit. We've been online friends for a while now, they also ride motorcycles. They finally got out of the snow and cold and made it down here to Florida, staying in a park not too far from us.

We found we had a lot in common, especially Stu and Dan since they both have a history as mechanics and like Chevy products. LOL! We chatted for hours and before they left we made plans to go for a motorcycle ride on Thursday since the weather forecast is for upper 70s.

Friday we will be packing up the rig to get ready to move to Lazy Dazy Retreat in Lakeland on Saturday. We've really enjoyed our time here at M RV Resort in Moore Haven and wouldn't hesitate to return.

I'll try to nab a few photos tomorrow, know I've been remiss. LOL! Be sure to check out Sadie's blog today....we got a short videotape of her pulling Stu on the bicycle. She LOVES it and it's encouraging us to ride more.



Not much else is new....I've really enjoyed lazing in the sun and reading the last couple of days. Trying to clean out the last of my paperbacks and then move on to my Kindle backlog. January and February will be busy months while in Lakeland.

March we plan to move over to the east coast of Florida, staying at Breezy Palms RV Park in Palm Bay.  That will put us in a good spot to visit Daytona (Bike Week), Cape Canaveral and family in both Vero Beach and Ft Lauderdale. Another busy month...we wouldn't have it any other way!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cleaning Out & Sharing for the New Year

Next time you are in Wal-Mart, K-mart, Target, any of the Dollar Stores or chain drugstores, spend a few dollars and pick up $10 worth of trial size shampoos, conditioner, liquid soaps, powder, lotions, razors, toothpaste, etc. Then find out where the closest abused women/children or homeless shelter is located.

They will love them because their residents are often short term. Another good donation to shelters is liquid soap, dish detergent, paper towels and toilet paper. A few extra dollars each week goes a long way and at the end of a month you'll have enough to donate.

If in your travels you find some discount or free 2011 Calendars, box them up with your old magazines and books and send them somewhere they will really be appreciated, M/C Mags for the Military. They also appreciate playing cards, puzzles, snack packs, toiletries (even full-size), note cards, stationery, pens, etc. Nothing to send, then mail them a donation to help with mailing costs.

M/C Mags for the Military
829 Avenue M
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Think of all of these items as you clean out your rig (home) in preparation for the New Year. Diet changes? We donated all our canned and boxed goods to a food bank. Old coats, hats. gloves? Many cities have programs just for this, if not find a shelter. Old towels, blankets and sheets? Find a pet rescue or animal shelter.

Did you acquire a puppy this year? Got an assortment of outgrown collars, leashes, dog beds, crates/kennels. baby gates? Dog rescue facilities and shelters can use them if they are in good condition.

I'm sure there are more items around your home that you no longer need or use. Time to find them a new home!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Settled in with full tummies....

Thursday Stu took his motorcycle to the Ft Myers Harley dealer for service. He had noticed a small oil leak in the engine and wanted to get it checked out. While there they found a problem with his emergency brake...it has always slipped out of position, needing frequent adjustment. There was a bolt missing and to fix it meant removing the rear tires. So that got fixed as well as the rocker box gasket that was leaking. He also stopped at PETCO and PetSmart for dog food, poop bags and to pick up Sadie's rabies paperwork which they had left out of our packet last week.

Christmas eve we watched A Christmas Story as well as a special on Christmas lights. As a child one of our traditions was to go out Christmas eve and look at all the lights. The was a decent substitute...at least for me. LOL!

We had a nice Christmas day, the weather was perfect. Hit the mid-70's with lots of sun and little wind. We took several dog walks as well as two nice bicycle rides....great exercise....well, at least for me and Sadie. She LOVES to pull Stu along on his bicycle....not sure how much exercise he's actually getting. LOL! I hope to catch this on video at some point...she really loves it.

We watched a couple more Christmas movies while we waited for 3pm and the dinner at the clubhouse. We chatted with family via phone, text and Facebook...got caught up to to date on all the news. Read wonderful holiday blogs from our friends and caught up on email.

The campground provided the turkey, ham AND lasagna and the residents provided all the rest. What a spread it was...plenty of choices for everyone, even if you were dieting (I think I did pretty well except for not passing up the lasagna). We had a good time chatting with our neighbors here in the park.

Our evening didn't go quite as well. I had an attack of vertigo that put me to bed early and then Stu got another bad sinus headache. We're both better today and we think both were caused by the front that moved through late last night bringing a little rain and today, a LOT of wind and cooler temperatures.

We have no major plans for this week other than Stu installing the replacement inverter that arrived on Friday. They replaced ours with a brand new one. Thank you, Xantrex! I'll do some cleaning inside to get us ready to move to Lakeland and the Lazy Dazy Retreat in Lakeland on Saturday. Thursday is the next day with temperatures back into the 70's. I know we'll take the motorcycles out then for sure!

Hope all our readers had a wonderful Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate or don't this time of year). And sending out wishes for a wonderful 2011 for us all!!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Friday, December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS



Wishing all our followers a happy holiday season. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Key West Life

Oh my....what a great time we had! I couldn't possibly write about it all without boring everyone to death so here are the highlights.
  • Drove down on Saturday in the rain for 75% of the trip. Sadie did great!
  • Hotel was amazing...would definitely stay there again. Gorgeous, large room, heated pool, nice breakfast every morning, comfortable bed.
  • Had great dinner Saturday night with JC & Bev at the Red Fish, Blue Fish restaurant
  • Walked our feet off on Sunday...perfect weather...lots of socialization for Sadie with people and pets. Many of the stores and restaurants are pet friendly.
  • Loved the old houses.
  • Loved the lush greenery
  • Loved the flowers and shrubs.
  • Loved the Christmas decorations.
  • Loved the quirky scenery and people!
  • Weather turned cooler for the sunset cruise on the catamaran but had a good time. Hey, free beer, wine, champagne and soda! Nice two hour cruise.
  • Repeated on Monday...even better weather. Lots more walking and socialization.
  • Visited Mallory Square for sunset entertainment and fun.
  • Headed back on Tuesday....absolutely perfect day for riding!!!

Here are a few fun photos...the rest are in our SmugMug album (although the order is messed up...LOL!). You can also read Sadie's view on the trip at Sadie Speaks.


Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Friday, December 17, 2010

Our bags are packed, we're ready to go....

Today we caught up on chores and housekeeping. Oops, guess I should have started out with...

Today is Stu's 60th birthday! Happy Birthday, baby. I love you! Okay...back to what I was saying...LOL!

Got our bags packed and our bikes loaded up with necessities so in the morning all we have to do is load the bikes and head to Key West. Oh, yes....and get dressed. LOL!

Yesterday we headed over to Ft Myers where I got my 1k service done at Harley-Davidson of Ft Myers. We were both impressed with the dealership, the service, the professionalism and the friendliness of the staff. Stu already made an appointment for the 23rd to take his bike in to get an oil leak checked out.

When we arrived, Stu parked and took Sadie for a walk while I got my bike checked in. They then walked over and into the service area. No less than two employees immediately came over and loved on her. Then Stu and Sadie went on to run errands while I browsed the store and waited for my bike.

They headed out to Sam's Club for some strawberries and blueberries as well as PETCO and PetSmart to look at folding portable crates for our trip to Key West and later for other hotel adventures.

They got back maybe 20 minutes before my bike was finished. The dealer has a large waiting area with free coffee, soda and snacks and the area has a hard surface (not carpeted). Stu brought Sadie in and sat down with me. Again, she was inundated with employees and customers fawning all over her. She was petted, kissed, hugged and served several treats. Nice!

Once my bike was ready we headed back over to PetSmart to look at the folding crates and to wait for Sadie's 3:30 shot appointment. We found a crate that we thought would work and picked up a few toys as well (Sadie will tell you all about that....).

Then we waited for her appointment for her last distemper shot, her first of another Lepto something, and her rabies shot. We finally go out around 4:30 and headed back to Moore Haven. When we got off I-75 onto US 80, I spotted a Cracker Barrel. Knowing how tired Sadie was and adding in the drowsiness from her shots, we knew she'd sleep while we ate.

Back home around 6:30, later than we would have liked but all our errands DONE!

Back to today...as I said, it was chore day. I did laundry, packed my bike and my bag, cleaned and Stu cleaned his bike, packed it and his bag. All we have to do is load up our bags and the crate and we are set to go!

Unfortunately something is in the air today...it was warm enough to run the A/C. My nose has been running all day and Stu got a bad headache after dinner. He headed to bed at 9:00 and I'm sitting here blogging and watching WALL-E.

Again, no computers on our trip but will try to at least email a few photos from our phones...maybe. Otherwise....c ya on Wednesday!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

GPS for Big Rigs and Big Trucks

A reader wrote in a little while ago and asked what we use for navigation to avoid roads that aren't suitable for big rigs and in our case, big trucks. She got some good replies that I will post here after telling you what we use.

Stu purchased a Garmin Streetpilot 7200T both for it's larger size as well as the truck route setting. It's done pretty well by us and if we are in the truck alone, we can change to auto routing. Last year we purchased the lifetime update service and try to update it at least twice a year. That model is now discontinued, I found one at Amazon...pricey!
In addition we have the following books that help us double check any routing ahead of time.
You can download POI (points of interest) for your mapping software and GPS devices for low clearances, truck stops and a lot more. Some of the places to check are:
There are a lot more out there, I'm sure, but these are the two we've used consistently.

Here is the text of the emails received by our reader in response to her plea for help:

I use a GARMIN nuvi 465 T. It can be used in car or truck mode. In truck mode you enter your height, weight, width and length and the gps will keep you off the narrow streets and you don't have to worry about height / weight restrictions. ....and if you heed it's warnings you will have room to turn around.
 
and

I use two software programs to plan our trips. I use the Trailer Life Directory CD program which allows you to set:
  • Length, width and height limits for your type of RV.
  • What type roads you prefer to travel on.
  • The amount of hours you want to drive daily, plus the length of time for breaks.
  • It also will give you a cost of the trip when you set up mpg, meals & accommodation costs.
  • Of course it also lets you find campgrounds and POI along your route.
The Trailer Life program also allows for a USB GPS receiver so it can become your GPS device. This requires a computer operating in your vehicle. Right now I use my HP 17" laptop on a Truck installed desk stand with an inverter plugged into the auxiliary power, but am looking at Netbooks which are smaller and easier to deal with while traveling.

Before knowing the Trailer Life Directory supported GPS I bought the Delorme Street Atlas with the Earthmate GPS receiver. It does some of the same things the Trailer Life Directory does, but does not have settings for the size of you RV.
I like it because it has better a better GIS base, nice graphics when in GPS mode plus it has aerial views available for the maps.It also has a voice feature so you can ask it for your next turn without having to enter anything on the computer.

I have not tried using the Earthmate GPS receiver with the Trailer Life program, but it is compatible.
 
and

Cobra makes a full fledged truckers GPS. Although I have not used this GPS unit I have read good reports about it. This is GPS used by truck drivers.

So, hope this helps some prospective RVers decide how to help navigate with a big rig!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Freeware, Shareware and Phoneware

I promised I'd write a blog about software I use a lot, especially freeware and inexpensive shareware. I decided to add phoneware into the mix because more and more RVers are opting for smartphones.
  1. My number one, top freeware application is IrfanView. I have used this for almost 15 years now. It continues to grow in capabilities and still remains free. There is a DONATE button and a couple years ago I did donate $25. Seemed only fair since I use this program daily, usually several times a day.

    I use it to view photos and other images. I can resize (dimensions), optimize (JPG file size), crop, add text, auto adjust colors in photos and a lot more. I use maybe 20% of what is offered. It is my default image viewer. Oh, once you've downloaded and installed it, be sure to download and install the Plug-ins to enhance the functionality.
     
  2. I discussed password keepers not too long ago and LastPass is the freeware program I use. I am still learning all it can do for me. No more keeping credit card information unsecured...nope, store it in LastPass and use that to fill in the forms, as well as billing, shipping and other information. Oh yeah, it also stores all my passwords. My next mission is to upgrade to the Premium version and sync the information on my phone (still secured). All I have to remember is my main LastPass login password!
     
  3. Foxit Reader is my default PDF reader...I no longer keep Adobe Reader on my computer. Over the years Adobe Reader has become more and more bloated in size. I just want to be able to read a PDF. Foxit Reader does that very well...and it has nothing to do with FireFox. LOL!
     
  4. Need to share information easily between computers? Want to share it with your smartphone? Then Evernote is for you. I have found so many uses for this amazing piece of freeware. You decide which notebooks get synced...you determine how often to sync. Easy! I can now update my shopping list on my PC or my phone. I have I.C.E. information on both.

    Since I like to write, I have a notebook for writing ideas. We are looking at things we might want to sell while traveling...thoughts and websites go into that notebook. Web pages, images, photos, text and more. I love it!
     
  5. If you use chat a lot and have more than one type (MSN, Yahoo, Google, AOL, etc) then Pidgin is for you. It allows you to set up multiple accounts and use one interface to chat with folks. It recently addded Facebook which is now the only chat I use and I still prefer Pidgin.
     
  6. For a browser I use Firefox although I am trying out Chrome as well. I have Firefox set where it works well for me (add-ons for Firefox could be another blog by itself.) For email I use Thunderbird with the add-on of Lightning for contact management.
     
  7. "Print to PDF" is a must have piece of software and I actually have several installed. The one I use the most is Bullzip PDF Printer. Once it's installed, it will appear as a printer choice. Slick and easy to setup and use.
  8. Want a great way to talk to family and potentially see them as well? Skype is the answer for you. Phone calls between Skype users is free...no restrictions. In addition for a small charge you can call landlines when you have Internet but no cell coverage. We love actually seeing our grandkids using the webcam on our computer and them using theirs.
     
  9. The last two pieces of software are used online, not downloaded. The first is used to scan your computer for viruses and mal-ware. It's Panda ActiveScan and although you will have to download some ActiveX controls, the software runs online. I use Eset NOD32 anti-virus (not the security suite), run Lavasoft's Ad-Aware, scan with Malwarebytes and Panda still found a few things I needed to fix. Try it!
     
  10. The last one is Picnik.com and it is truly amazing. I've used it to remove red-eye, both human and fur-ball. I've also used it to fix Christmas photos taken at night. Once you've tried it, I think you'll be as hooked as I am. 
For the phones I'm going to share two links: 10 indispensible iPhone apps for RV'ers and 10 Must Have (Free) Droid Apps

Well, that should be enough food for thought....hope at least one of these solves a problem for you, or helps you be more productive in some way.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Not much new....

We stayed hunkered down yesterday, alternately watching tv and napping. It was COLD...Stu only ventured outdoors to walk Sadie. I stayed on the recliner, keeping my knee elevated. I postponed my bike service till Thursday.

The knee is a bit better this morning...after watching the season finale of Biggest Loser, I put a Post-It note on the bathroom cabinet to Walk Before Eat. I've been spending way too much time on the sofa...got to get moving. We can't use the Wii unless Sadie is outside...she gets way too frenzied and thinks we are playing with her. LOL!

Today is Sadie bath day and chore day. Stu is doing miscellaneous chores and I get to give Sadie her first bath in the shower. She's done so well in the sink, I think she'll be fine. We plan to go for a bicycle ride this afternoon. That's easier on Stu's knee than walking so hoping it will be for mine as well.

We'll run errands in Ft Myers tomorrow and then Friday we'll be sorting through what we need to pack for the trip to Key West. We'll unload everything on the bikes in order to find room to carry what we need.

I doubt we will blog while in Key West but might use email to post a photo or two. We'll see...we'll back back Tuesday night. Right now we plan on dinner Saturday with JC and Bev. We had hoped our friends Nick and Terry would be coming down but their plans have changed. Looking slim that we'll catch them before they start their westerly trek.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

PS to Ella: I have gotten a jury duty notice twice from Lake County, SD. Both times I filled out the form and told them I was a full-time RVer and had no plans to be in SD in that year. I got back an exemption letter both times. So far Stu hasn't gotten called. LOL!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wet Windy Weather and more...

Well, it was wet yesterday and boy is it windy today. Accuweather says 19-20mph but it sure feels higher than that to you. We feel like we are back in Arizona or Wyoming. But let's backtrack to Saturday...

We met up with friends JC and Bev around 11:30 on Saturday. They showed us around their motorhome (love the custom desk setup) and after lavishing a little love on Sadie, we climbed on our motorcycles for a ride around Lake Okeechobee.

Sadie was loving the ride even though this was the longest she has ever ridden. It was a little over an hour to get to JC and Bev's, the day ended around 4pm at our rig. We stopped for lunch somewhere on the east side of the lake...the fog we had left at home was settling in again. Strange day... We stopped once to put on warmer gear and around 2:30 we stopped at McD's for coffee and ice cream. Yes, Sadie did have a treat....LOL!

Sorry, no photos...I was too busy riding. LOL! When I rode on the back with Stu, it was easy to take pics. But have to say, most of the trip around the lake wasn't all that scenic. We did pull into a couple of little state parks that were nice but didn't stop.

Yesterday we loaded up in the truck and headed into Clewiston to get some groceries at the Super Wal-Mart. Stu decided to try the zip-line for Sadie in the back of the truck while the folding bicycles and lounge chairs were unloaded. It worked out great except for the short leash part tangling around. So our first stop was at Tractor Supply for a swivel clip. Worked like a charm and she loved the room....even when we loaded in the groceries.


We stopped for lunch at Beef O'Brady's across the street...enjoyed a beer and some good food before heading back to the rig. Between the day long motorcycle ride and the walking around Wal-Mart, my knee was sore and swollen again. Not sure what I've done to it but hoping rest, Aspercreme and Tylenol will help. Suspect it's just good old arthritis flaring. LOL!

Today has been a veg day so far...I did start some laundry and make a few phone calls. Later I'll make some turkey chili for dinner. Did a post office run and mailed some kids gifts to M/C Mags for the Military. Came back and checking the tracking for our mail forwarding. OH NO!!!

Messed up again...sometimes I wonder where my brain is at, it's obviously in reverse lately! I ordered our mail but forgot to put in our new forwarding address so it all got sent to Jamestown where they are out trying to deliver it today!! Hoping they can forward it down here...think you get one free forward at the Post Office. Four boxes of stuff!!! EEEEK!

On to better news....LOL! Got an appointment for the 1k service on my motorcycle over in Ft Myers tomorrow. We'll head out at a reasonable hour and Stu will run errands around town while I wait for my bike. Petsmart, PETCO, Sam's Club and Costco are all close by. I'll take my Kindle and read.

Oh, and Saturday we will take Sadie and the bikes on a trip to Key West for three days...a birthday present for Stu. We found a great deal called the Sebago Sunset Sail Package. Three nights and a sunset sail on a catamaran...for $329. We'll be staying the Chelsea House since that is pet-friendly...glad they could get it approved for us. We'll be doing a lot of walking since we will be close to downtown!

Well, time to get off the computer and finish up the laundry and chili. Still windy although a little warmer now that the clouds have been blown away.

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Saturday, December 11, 2010

What's that bright ball in the sky?

The day started slowly....I slept in till 10am and shortly after I got up, Sadie and Stu took a nap. Eventually we all got moving. Stu set up our lounge chairs, put out the rope lights, fastened down the garage awning and unloaded both the bicycles and the motorcycles.

We headed out for a ride after lunch, riding into Clewiston where I hoped to get a haircut. We came across a Super Wal-Mart and the hair got cut (short, but it will always grow...LOL!). We then headed over to McDonald's for a treat and to continue getting Sadie used to sitting and waiting for us. She did really well...you can read her view of the day at Sadie Speaks.





We got back around 5pm and sat outside for a bit, reading and relaxing. We keep missing the mail pickup times of 4-5pm. Oh well, it will wait for us. LOL!

I have a request from some newish RV motorcycle friends. Please read below and reply to her directly if you can help. Thanks!
We are looking at an upgraded gps for the motorhome. Now that we are 40 foot long plus 20 ft boat trailer with height and weight restrictions we figured we need a "truckers" model. I'll be following in the dually truck with the 22 ft car hauler (with motorcycles inside.)

Since we are in different vehicles there is no chance to communicate and look at maps, etc. other than walkie talkies. I'm looking for something where you put in your stats and it avoids low bridges, narrow turns, etc. Have seen several at truckstops in the past. some on the net, etc.

What do people who have them like best? What works the best? They can reply to my email - dottieshines@gmail.com Thanks!

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chores and catching up on stuff...

We woke to rain yesterday...hard pouring rain with wind that finally slowed down to just rain. It was afternoon before we finally started to see a little blue sky. We all slept in till after 8am...nice!

After breakfast, Stu dug out the solar information and found what he needed to call Xantrex about the error code on our inverter. They had him disconnect from the batteries and leave it that way for at least 15 minutes, then reconnect and see if the error code was gone. Okay, easy to do....done....looking good....no error....never mind, the error code came back.

Another phone call and we get an RMA to send it back to Elkhart for diagnosis. Well, with the rain we figured that was going to wait till today but as the afternoon cleared, he tackled the project.

He got it out, typed up all the necessary information while I researched the closest package store. Turned out to be in neighboring LaBelle, about 30 minutes away. They were open till 6:30 so we bundled the three of us into the truck and headed west.

The sun had just set and thanks to the rain and lingering clouds [edited from: crowds], the sky was gorgeous. My phone camera doesn't begin to do it justice!


We didn't see much of the town but at night it's quite Christmas feeling. I snapped a couple of shots of the Town Hall but the County Courthouse was decorated as well.


The inverter was packed in less then 5 minutes and on it's way to Elkhart via UPS Ground, to the tune of $81, in less than 10 minutes. The owner was VERY personable and we asked him about a good place to eat. He recommended the Log Cabin across the street, said they had the best burgers in town as well as good BBQ.


He was right...nice family run, small town atmosphere. Excellent service and the food was good. We'll be back again I suspect.

We headed to bed around midnight. Sadie and Stu slept till just after eight but I slept till ten. The damp, chilly weather has set my arthritis zinging and that causes my Fibromyalgia to kick in. I've been taking Aleve every night, just to sleep. Hoping the warmer, sunny weather and some nice motorcycle riding will help that!

Today we will unload the motorcycles, lounge chairs, bicycles, Christmas decorations and get set up. I suspect a short motorcycle ride will be in order, just to clear out the cobwebs. Tomorrow we are meeting RV riding friends, JC and Bev, for a ride around Lake Okeechobee.

Sadie is breaking in her new coat...the old one, cuter and warmer...is just too small now. She is growing fast!


Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

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