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Feb 9, 2017 - What is the Great Loop?

America's Great Loop os the longest 'safest' continuous navigable inland water in the world. You can boat over 6,000 miles and end up at the exact place you started without making a U-turn. It offers and additional connecting 23,000 miles of navigable Inland rivers and waterways for boating pleasure. The cruise will take us North to 24-degrees below the Arctic Circle and a distance South to 24-degrees above the Tropics of the Equator. We will cruise by: 59 Forts & Fortresses 10 Very Famous Southern Antebellum Plantations 52 National Parks...

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Nov 1, 2012 - King Neptune

Made it to our future home of Neptune Beach. We have owned a house 500 feet from the beach for over 13 years and soon our retirement place of choice will be our home. Neptune Beach is one of the Jacksonville Fl beaches. We fell in love with this place when we lived in Jacksonville in the late '80s when we were introduced to the "beaches" by Aunt Carolyn who has been documented in these blogs numerous times. Just a short stay at the Walmart in Jax Beach as we are on our way to Daytona for the Good Sam camper rally with.....wait for...

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Feb 27, 2011 - Gasparilla Halfathon

Sue has done very well in the few days following chemo. She has had no nausea and the only noticeable side effect so far is some insomnia. She is handling all of this very well and his my heroine! This morning I went running once again. I ran the Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa in a time of 2:14:02 that is good enough to qualify me for a seeded spot in the Gate River Run in a couple of weeks. Here is another medical note. I started with a new doctor in Dunedin and he upped my Thyroid medication again. It seems to have had an impact this...

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Feb 19, 2011 - Penn State Baseball

The Nittany Lions baseball team is in the area for the Big Ten/Big East showdown. They played West Virginia at the Phillies spring training facility in Clearwater and I took the opportunity to ride my bike down and take in the game. It was a good game with a good outcome. Both starting pitchers were sharp and WVU held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. To my delight and the delight of about 50 PSU fans in attendance, the Lions plated three in that inning to take a 3-2 lead into the ninth. Althought two WVU batters drove balls...

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Feb 13, 2011 - 26.2 with Donna Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer

Sue is doing very well. She has 80% recovered from her surgery and has been increasing the amount of walking that she does each day. I had planned to run the St. Louis Marathon in April. But our stay here through June meant a review of the calendar to find a substitute. It turns out that they don't run endurance races in Florida after February. So, I decided on Friday to run the 26.2 with Donna National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer in Jacksonville Beach today. I drove up yesterday and registered for the race. It was a really nice (if...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Jacksonville Beach, FL - a couple nights

The highlight of our Jacksonville Beach, FL stay was visiting one of the few West Marine Mega stores in the country. It is advertised to be as big as a Walmart (it doesn't compare to a Walmart). It was fun to drop a few $$$ while there. We notice that we have been seeing Eagles instead of Osprey for several days now. Guess we have gone through the demarcation line.

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Dec 15, 2009 - Finally Florida...in the fog

This section of our trip could be characterized by near continuous fog conditions. There were places where we passed beneath a tall bridge and never saw the bridge. It was really difficult to get the pictures to accompany this text and even the text seems a little foggy. And as previously noted Georgia's contribution to the ICW is particularly sinuous. From our anchorage off the town of Beaulieu, we entered the fog banks. It would clear slightly as we reached the bays and got closer to the Atlantic's cooler water. Other boaters along the...

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Mar 31, 2008 - Huguenot Park

Monday March 31…10:45pm We slept in this morning…we didn’t get up until 8am because we didn’t get to sleep until late last night. After breakfast, we went and parked near a condo building where I could get internet access. It was calm and warm already so Ruth went for a bike ride along the beach. Drove much of the day along the interstate…they are a BORING way to travel, but certainly the most fuel efficient if you do 55 mph or less. Now that we have retraced our steps to the Jacksonville area, we are going to stick to the side roads....

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Mar 6, 2005 - Last day of Delivery

Ok, the morning broke beautifully and made the slight hangover I had disappear. This was to be the last day of the delivery trip and the shortest leg, only 30 miles. The crew and I decided to take a leisurely 8-10 knot cruise and enjoy the sights and each others company at a slow pace. Up to this point we had not suffered any casulties either with boat or crew, but that was about to change. As we were heading into the southerly streches of Guana State park just north of the St. Augustine airport. The wind was a fairly light breese of about...

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