TOUR AMERICA, 2021: AMERICAMPS RV RESORT, ASHLAND, VA

Road Signage - Picture of Americamps RV Resort, Ashland - Tripadvisor

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Rain, Thunder and Lighting, Temperature 93 Degrees

Travel Day, Leg Two, Going Home

It sounds so strange to say it, We’re going home. Until now home has always been wherever we have parked. Honestly, I don’t if I’m completely comfortable yet with this new chapter in our lives. Everyone tells me I’m going to love it. They tell me having a home base is going to be great. Could be.

Well, be that as it may, today was the second leg of our journey home. Once again the forecast called for rain in the morning and rain when we arrived in Ashland, VA. Once again they were wrong. No complaints from me. However, come evening as I’m writing this the thunder is booming and the rain is falling. Ok, bring it on we are set up and comfortable inside.

Today was a strange but interesting trip. We went down I-81, then took Route 66 to Route 17 to Route 95. We had some traffic but not much. The roads were so-so. As for the interesting part. On Route 66 an 18 wheeler pulled alongside us in the left lane laying on the horn and motioning to us to get over to the shoulder. What! To the shoulder I went. I opened the door and looked back down the passenger side and we had a locker door wide open. Thankfully, we hadn’t lost a thing. I slammed the locker shut and we were on our way. Thank you my trucker friend.

But wait it gets better. Later on I pulled into a truck stop to refuel. Just as I’m about to pull up to the pumps I hear a banging our our door. Outside stands a UPS driver. I didn’t remember ordering anything and do they really deliver at truck stops? Ms. Barbara opened the door and he said Your rear locker door is open. It turned out it was the same locker door as before. This has never happened before. I thanked him and we both went on our way.

Oh, but it gets even better. More about that in a minute.

Americamps RV Resort, 11322 Air Park Rd, Ashland, VA 23005, USA

We were only about ten minutes from our new home once we left the truck stop. The entrance is well marked and the office is right there as you pull in. Ms. Barbara went in the office to register and when she came back out she was not smiling. I called yesterday to confirm our site and to ask if it was satellite friendly, Our original site wasn’t but they assured me it would be changed to one that was. Long story short, it wasn’t changed. We were given three different stories as to why it couldn’t be changed but finally we just gave up and accepted what they gave us.

Here is our new home (can I still refer to it that way) for the next two nights. It is a pull-thru, reasonably level with FHU.

This is why we have no satellite. However, on the flip side the trees do keep the temperature down inside Elvira.

Then I spotted this right across the street from us. Yes, it is a large wooden turtle! How cool.

Now remember I said this trip would get even better later on. Actually, it just proves how small a world we live in.

Early evening before the rain began I went out to get something from the car. Standing across the street in the very same site with the turtle was this really tall UPS driver. We both looked at one another and said at almost the same time You look very familiar! Sure enough he was the very same UPS driver who stopped us at the truck stop. He is a permanent resident of the park. We spent the better part of the next half hour just talking about all things RV’ing. What a really nice gentleman.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement. All too soon our traveling days will be over for a bit. But mark my words, they are not over for good. Once I’m through with this speed bump in my life it will be back on the road. On that we both agree. To me this is sort of like time out for a spell. That’s all it is. OK, this leg is over and once again we want to say Thank you Lord for a safe trip.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Remember, take time to stop and smell the roses and live each day that God gives you to the fullest.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

TOUR AMERICA, 2021: YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK, WILLIAMSPORT, MARYLAND

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Abundant Sunshine, Brief Shower, 94 Degrees

Travel Day

They were wrong. Dead wrong. And I was oh so glad that they were. The weather report called for rain this morning and throughout the day. We had a five minute shower during the whole trip and nothing more. Fine by me.

But expecting rain I had disconnected the water and sewer the night before leaving only the electric to be disconnected on Tuesday. The slides were already in. We were, in essence, almost ready to roll.

Come Tuesday, 8:30 am, I disconnected the electric, the jacks came up, I hooked up the car, did a tug test on all the lockers and we were on the road.

The trip had some hills which were no problem. We also had some traffic as we passed through several towns on Route 15. The roads were generally in good repair. The only blip, we were run off the road by a semi going by in the left land on Route 81. Thankfully, the right shoulder was wide enough for me to use it. He went on down the road weaving between lanes for a bit more causing issues with others. I just hung back until he was well gone. Other than that we made the trip in good time with no other surprises.

Well, one more. When we arrived I discovered our shower door had fallen off! Thankfully the glass had not shattered and it was easy enough to put the door back on. I have to remember to lock it closed in the future.

Home - Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™: Williamsport, MD

So, we’re back where we were three weeks ago. We arrived just a little after 1 pm. This is the first leg of a multi-leg trip back to Florida to our new house. I’ll also be starting my treatment for prostrate cancer sometime in July.

This is our new home for the next couple of days. We’re in a different part of the park but this site is also a pull through with FHU. However, one thing hasn’t changed, this site like the one in May slopes toward the front. No matter, did you note what is up and working on our roof? Our DISH antenna has found and locked on to all three satellites! We have our TV back. Ah, life is back to normal.

Right now, this part of the park is really empty. There are maybe six or seven other rigs tucked in under the trees off to the right but that is it. I’m sure by this weekend it will be full but we’ll be long gone by then.

That was today’s travel day on The Road of Retirement. One nice perk about coming back to a familiar area, we knew exactly where to go for supper when we arrived. We went and purchased Chinese for our afternoon meal. It was just a few minutes away so we picked it up and brought it back home. It made it so much easier on both of us. Well, that was our day. Thank you Lord for another safe trip.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Remember, take time to stop and smell the roses and live each day that God gives you to the fullest.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

TOUR AMERICA, 2021: IVES RUN CAMPGROUND, TIOGA, PENNSYLVANIA

Monday June 7, 2021

Abundant sunshine, clear blue skies, Temperature 84 Degrees

Wellsboro Green

Packing Up

Well the time has come to begin the trek southward. But before we go we had one more place we wanted to visit.

This is Wellsboro Green which is located at the center of town.

Wynken, Blynken and Nod is the most notable statue or monument on The Green. The monument was placed on The Green in 1938 by Mr. Bailey in memory of his wife.

Perhaps you know the poem? In 1889 it came alive in the heart, mind and imagination of Eugene Field. Today, it is still considered the most perfect childhood poem. Field wrote over 500 poems and short stories about children. It was his belief that childhood was the precious time of life and therefore should be enjoyed to the fullest.

This is a monument to John Magee. Magee never actually lived in Tioga Country but he was instrumental in its industrial development including

the Fall Brook Coal Company and the Tioga County Railroad.

The oldest statue on The Green is The Civil War Soldiers Memorial that honors both Soldiers and Sailors of Tioga County.

The newest statue on The Green is The Veterans Of All Wars placed on The Green in 1982.

The two statues as seen on The Green.

Now our day on The Road of Retirement has come to an end. Our two weeks in Wellsboro has come to and end. It has been an absolutely wonderful time. We’ve done some sightseeing but more than that we’ve had such a beautiful time with my sister, Cindy and her husband, Charlie. Those times together are the best memories ever of our time in this area.

Time now to get packed up and ready to roll. So, if you’ll excuse me I’ve got some work to do.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Remember, take time to stop and smell the roses and live each day that God gives you to the fullest.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!

TOUR AMERICA, 2021: IVES RUN CAMPGROUND, TIOGA, PENNSYLVANIA

Sunday June 6, 2021

Abundant Sunshine, Clear Blue Skies, Temperature 84 Degrees

National Soaring Museum

Thanks be to God for the gift of this beautiful day. What a marvelous day it is, abundant sunshine and a deep blue sky. What a wonderful gift we have been given, a new day full of promise and possibility. Let’s live it to the fullest.

This being Sunday we were grateful for the opportunity of being able to attend virtual worship with our home congregation in Colts Neck, NJ. We sang songs such as How Great Thou Art, we listened to another inspirational message, and had the privilege or participating in the Lord’s Supper. A wonderful say to start the day and the week.

We’re going back now to the National Soaring Museum so that I can share with you some of what else we learned, and share with you some selected pictures of the many exhibits on display there.

In the very beginning gliders were pulled aloft by a group of people running down a hill. Back then you didn’t fly any higher than you wanted to fall. Then a new way was found to launch a glider, by using a bungee cord. Shot cord or bungee cord launching was used in Germany in 1928 and in America beginning in 1929.

The idea was really simple. A 200 foot bungee cord was attached to a hook on the nose of the glider, forming a V with two 100 foot lengths. Gipping the ends of the cords groups of up to 12 men when signaled by the pilot would start running as fast as they could in the direction of flight. Two other men would be holding onto the tail of the glider to keep it from moving. On a signal from the pilot the two in the back would let go. The result was a glider being slingshot into the air. It was said to be a very exciting experience.

Soon thereafter another way was found to launch a glider using a winch truck. This is a restored 1937 du Pont Winch Truck. Winch trucks and auto tows were the primary methods of launching gliders from the 1930’s to the 1950’s.

Glider Towing

Today, airplane tows are the common method used to launch a glider, though, in some places the winch truck is still used.

Some of the more notable gliders that were on display follow.

This is a Gross Sky Ghost. Designed and built in 1932 it was the first two place glider built in America. The aircraft featured dual controls and a conventional landing gear plus a wooden nose skid. Its fabric covered steel fuselage was painted in black because it was the cheapest paint available at the time.

This is a Bowlus Senior Albatross from 1932. It featured all wood construction with a fabric covered wing. It was the first to use a landing wheel, rather than a skid, to ease take off and landing. I kept thinking to myself as I looked at it, those who flew it must have been really skinny!

This is a Bowlus Baby Albatross. The kit built Albatross was among the most popular U.S sailplanes of the pre WW II era. Close to 100 kits were sold between 1938 and 1942. They sold for $425. The combination of the mahogany pod and wing leading edge, fabric covered wings and unique U.S. flag-style rudder, created one of the more attractive sailplanes of the day.

This is a Preufling. It became the Navy’s first manned glider in January, 1930. Believe it or not they called that single seat a cockpit! I believe I would want a little bit more around me if I was asked to fly it!

Lt. Barnaby said The most exciting part of the launch from the dirigible was climbing down from the airship into the cockpit of the glider.

This is a Schreder HP-18. It ranks among the best of all U.S. deigned homebuilt sailplanes. The HP first flew in 1975 and initially sold in kit form for just under $5,500. The average builder could complete an HP 18 in about 700 hours using only hand tools, an electric drill, a rivet gun and an air compressor.

One of the more fascinating displays in the museums was that of the WW II glider exhibit. Above is a Waco CG-4A. It was an internally braced high wing monoplane with a steel tube fuselage and wooden wing structure. Contractors with wood-working experience, such as piano makers and furniture companies built most of them. In all over 14,000 were built and it was the most common cargo/transport glider of WW II.

The cockpit was located in a hinged nose which when sung up

allowed access to a cargo area in the back. It could either carry one jeep or fitted with benches it could carry up to 13 troops. The most visible use of the glider was for the June 1944 invasion of Europe.

Unfortunately, because they flew low and slow while being towed they were easy targets for enemy gunners resulting in a great number being destroyed with a staggering loss of life. But even if they made it to the target area their problems were not over. The Germans were known to litter the suspected landing fields with junks of concrete and other large pieces of debris that resulted in many gliders being destroyed when they tried to land with the resulting loss of their crews and cargo.

The museum also has its own Restoration Shop. There were just too many displays here to include in this blog, but one display I found absolutely fascinating.

This is a Harley Chopper made entirely of wood. There was no plaque with any details but the detail is absolutely amazing.

They offer glider rides but because of the weather the day we visited they were not flying. So, I decided to climb into a simulator to see what it might be like. Well, I got in but getting back out was a whole other matter! I honestly thought that my sweetheart was going to have to go find someone to get me back out. It took me over ten minutes but finally I was able to climb out. The clue is, use you arms to push yourself out. When I said something to the woman in the gift shop later, she said, You are not the first that got stuck. On occasion we’ve had to get two men to pull whoever was in the cockpit back out. That made me feel a little bit better. But yes, someday I still do want to take a glider flight.

So that in part is the National Soaring Museum. There is so much more but space and time does not permit my going on. All I can say is, if you are ever in the Elmira area take a couple of hours to visit the museum – you’ll not regret the time spent there.

Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  We always appreciate your company, your comments, and your suggestions. Remember, take time to stop and smell the roses and live each day that God gives you to the fullest.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and her two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!