2014 Great Circle Tour travel blog

After spending the last 3 weeks at Lake Raystown RV Resort working, The Great Circle Tour has come to an end when we arrived home this evening. Since leaving home on March 25, we traveled 7,782 miles with stops in 22 states (23 if you count my flight to New York back in May). It took about 975 gallons of gas to cover the distance. With all that travel we added two new states, Mississippi and Washington, to those that we’ve visited in Winnie. We experienced about every weather condition that you could imagine as we traversed the country. Snow in Delaware when we left and again in Montana and North Dakota in May, freezing weather in northern California, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, dust storms in west Texas and New Mexico, a tornado warning in Illinois, just missing the tornado that devastated the Tupelo, MS area, and plenty of rain and thunder storms over the last 3 weeks in Pennsylvania. Fortunately we didn’t run into any of the scorching heat we experienced in 2012.

After hiding in Winnie’s dashboard for several days in Alabama and Mississippi, Ringo finally got used to traveling and was spending more time roaming around Winnie, mostly at night. He likes to sit on the dashboard now early in the morning and watch what going on in the campground. It even got to the point where he would come over to me and let me scratch his head and neck. I think he doesn’t like change. When we brought him into the house tonight, he decided he was going to hide somewhere and we haven’t seen him since. Lots more places to hide here in the house.

We continue to be amazed by the beauty and diversity of these United States. Driving through the southern pine forests along the Natchez Trace in Mississippi. Crossing the “Big Muddy”. Blue bonnets blooming in the Texas hill country. The dry dusty oil patch in west Texas and New Mexico. Sunset in the White Sands National Monument. A drive along the Pacific Coast Highway with spring wild flowers in bloom. A late spring snow storm at Crater Lake. Early morning on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. The “man camps” of North Dakota. Ice covered Lake Superior. Nostalgic sights along Route 66 in Illinois.

Best of all this trip though was that we got to spend some time with our new grandson, Finn, and his Mom and Dad, Annie and Kyle, along with the rest of our family, Shane and Jess, and Jared and Annie's Mom and Dad at Big Spring Farm. What a beautiful place the farm is in the spring.

It looks like we’ll be home through July for some repair and check-up work on Winnie, Vince and Sue before we’re on the road again. We’ll be going to Pittsburgh for the 87th Infantry Division Legacy Association Educational Forum and Reunion at the beginning of August and then a short stay for relaxation at Raystown Lake. We’ll eventually wind up in California again in October, but what happens in between is open. On the way back, I’ll be attending a photo workshop to do some photography in the “big 5” National Parks in southern Utah. Stay tuned.

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