Category Archives: Kentucky/Carolina/Virginia

Day 8, Charlotte, NC, Oct. 29th, 2016 with Campbells

715 RV miles (11 hours) today, 2892 total

“Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” — Lois Wyse

We left the “Big Easy” New Orleans & traveled all the way up to Charlotte, NC to see our grandchild, Ellie June Campbell, staying the night in Thumper, Jr in their apartment parking lot area. Back in North Carolina, m&b

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Day 59, Homeward Bound, Fayetteville, NC, Final Day, June 1st

202.7 RV miles today, 10,107 total

Homeward Bound. We left Lynchburg after a fun morning at the downtown Farmer’s Market, celebrating 230 years founded in 1783, “Old as Dirt.” Purchased a BBQ grill for Victoria & Colin at the consignment store for a whopping $10.50. From the hills of Virginia through the piedmont of NC to the sandhills of Fayetteville we traveled. It was surreal pulling back onto our Longleaf Drive & home. It’s hard to imagine we have been gone over 2 months on this fascinating journey across America. We arrived late afternoon Saturday to find a baby opossum in our bedroom closet. After catching it in Toby’s crate, we freed it into the wild of our great country!?!

We have seen many things, experienced many places, smelled many aromas, visited many friends & family, & gotten to know our great country even more over these last 10,000+ miles. What a blessing! Epilogue to follow…Welcome Home Millers! From Longleaf Drive in Fayetteville, North Carolina, m, b & t

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” –Douglas Adams

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci

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Day 58, Lynchurg, VA, May 31st

31.3 RV miles today, 9,904.3 total 

We spent the day helping Victoria pack up her school room to check out. We also took the time to refill our DEF (Diesal Exhaust Fluid), which is an aqueous urea solution (basically, processed cow urine?!?) required ~ every 3,500 miles in the newer diesal engine cars/trucks for cleaner exhaust (inconvenient rightly considered adventure). We had dinner at Benjamin’s in Forest, Virginia before heading to stay with Victoria & Colin at their duplex. From Lynchburg, VA, m, b & t

Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to be useful to the town of Lynchburg. I consider it to be the most interesting spot in the state.”-Thomas Jefferson –3rd President of the United States of America (1743-1826)

“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.” — G.K. Chestecton — British Writer (1874-1936)

“Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.” — Andre Gide–French critic, essayist, & novelist (1869 -1951)

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Day 57, Lynchburg, Virginia, Our Campbells, May 30th

 421 RV miles today, 9,873 total         

We are now complete having seen all of our children on this tour & all the Newman kids to complete the NewMillerman saga.                      

“Everywhere is walking distance, if you have the time.” –Stephen Wright

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                                                                                                                              “The privelege of a lifetime is being who you are.” –Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987)

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Day 5, MAMMOTH Cave, Kentucky, April 7th

312.7 miles today, 1,261.7 miles total

Incredible morning tour of a 2 mile portion of the 400 mile labyrinth of the largest cave system in the world…MAMMOTH. We went down to a depth of 400 feet to follow in the footsteps of previous men over the last 5,000 years here. Below is a spaghetti-like picture which is a 3-D representation of the caves…amazing stuff! Then driving 300 miles onto Memphis to arrive at Graceland RV Park at Elvis’ homeplace.  m,b & t

Advice from a Cave: “Breathe deep, Find beauty in unexpected places, Search inward, See the hole picture, Good things take time, Look beneath the surface, Hang tight.” –ilan shamir

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Day 4, Horses, Dogs & Rabbits in Kentucky April 6th

Day Three, 182.6 miles today, 949 miles

We visited our horse, George, strutting his stuff in Lousiville! Toby is seen in the saddle, so to speak, playing peek-a-boo in our horseless carriages! And we’re having fun times in the Thumper-mobile high tech wagon with Beth & Toby riding shotgun! It was a gorgeous day in Kentucky! Tomorrow we undertake to go underway undergrowth to undergo undercover underground…understand!?!? The “hollowed out” answer to this riddle tomorrow,  m,b & t

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”  –Thumper from “Bambi” 1942)

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Day 3, Kentucky Horses April 5th

Day Three, 164.4 miles today, 766.4 miles total. We are staying at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington for 2 nights. Toured the American Saddlebred Museum, International Museum of the Horse, Horse Breeds of the World, & Horse Hall of Champions.  Headed over to Louisville to see our two horses, George & Patrick, who got a workout in the ring.

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” Winston Churchill

“All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.” — Daniel Boone

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Day 2, Traveler’s Rest, Kentucky April 4th

Day Two, 329 miles today, 602 miles total. Today, we passed over the Great Smokey Mountains through Tennessee into Kentucky to visit my great…grandfather’s original Traveler’s Rest homeplace including the original summer kitchen from 1786 and the family cemetery. Isaac Shelby (whom our youngest daughter, Shelby, is named after) was the 1st & 5th Governor of Kentucky & one of the hero’s of the Revolutionary War &  the War of 1812,  receiving the Congressional Gold  Medal of Honor. Counties in nine states and towns in 11 states have been named in his honor. The residence & estate are now in the care of Roseann & David Downey,  Roseann was gracious to give us a personal tour complete with hot tea & cheesecake. After this memorable afternoon, we proceeded to the Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington. m, b & t

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Thumper Day 1, Asheville, NC, April 3rd

The Journey Begins!!! 273 miles today, 273 miles total.
Thumper, our RV,  began hopping down the trail settling in Asheville, North Carolina. Our campsite is along the banks of the French Broad River, the waters in which my father, “Daddy Rock,”  was baptized as a child. You can see the river in the background  of our site behind our 24 foot “Thumper” at  Wilson’s Riverfront RV Campground.  After hooking up electricity, water, & sewer lines, we took a nice 2 & 1/2  mile stroll along the river banks.
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We met my 1st cousin, Kathy, & her husband, David, to go visit our family’s Asheville Coal and Ice Company buildings down by the river. The ice plant is long gone with only the smoke stack still standing and the coal plant has trees growing from the roof!?!?
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After a Sunny Point Cafe meal in west Asheville, we returned for our honeymoon night of the trip. Heading over the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee for the Blue Grass of Kentucky tomorrow. m, b & t
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move.”  -Robert Louis Stevenson