Homeward Bound

Earlier this week we were still feeling the dregs of the flu, so decided to take our germs and go home. Just north of Knoxville we got news that Nor’easter #4 was due to hit our hometown of York PA midweek, so we stayed put for three days, waiting for the storm to pass. Tonight will be our last night on the road for this trip. Thanks to all who have followed us – it’s been great having you along for the ride, and we loved your comments! Until next time…

Silos stand as sentinels over our campsite in Dumplin Valley TN
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Snow in the Shenandoahs
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Ollie, the Igloo – caught between winter and spring


Nashville TN

Russ and Grady

Russ and Grady were AF Academy buddies, and have recently become reconnected as they plan be a part of the USAFA Class of ’70 Hood to Coast relay team. The good news is that Grady just set the World record for the M70 4x400m relay! He and his wife, Kathy, now call Nashville home, and they spent the day showing us the sights and taking us to one of the best BBQ joints in town.

Lunch at Edleys BBQ


Honky Tonk
The streets of Nashville were packed with revelers this sunny Saturday.
We only did a drive-by this time around, but we’ll be back to give this full-size replica of the Parthenon a closer look next time.
The wall
The history of the state is interspersed with quotes and poems along this 1400-foot granite wall at the Bicentennial State Park right by the Capitol.



Nashville Nudes
“The Nashville Nudes” aka “Musica” was a controversial addition in a revitalization project.
A parting gift – Grady autographs a copy of his book, 200 Tips Every Runner Should Know.

Ollie – Inside and Out

While Ollie was being checked out in the shop, we took the opportunity to go on a factory tour.  It was pretty amazing to see all that goes into making this sweet little camper – double hulled fiberglass with plenty of insulation between the layers.

Inside and outside bottom hull, before insulation
Top inner hull with insulation
Bottom outside hull with plumbing and wiring
Aluminum frame
Welded gussets for extra stability
Finished product (That’s Ollie in the middle)


Detour to Hohenwald TN

We had noticed an odd noise with the inverter that changes battery power to a/c power, and since we were relatively near the factory where Ollie was built, we decided to have it checked out.  We were hoping it would be a quick fix, and we’d be on our way, but alas, we had to leave him in the shop overnight.


We spent the afternoon revisiting the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway, driving the northern section we had missed when we were here last spring.  The leaves are just beginning to change here, and we loved hearing the rustle beneath our feet as we walked along the Old Trace.




Hopefully we’ll be on our way tomorrow, stilling planning to be home sometime this weekend in time for the neighborhood block party.

First Night

Ollie & Big Red

Today was pickup day for our Ollie, and we spent several hours with Richie, Jamie, Anita and Tommy getting checked out on all the bells and whistles.  Thanks to everyone who made this a wonderful day!  (We spent most of the day with Tommy, but were so busy taking notes, we didn’t get a photo of him.)

After lunch (prepared by Anita ♥) Tommy took us to Fall Hollow Campground and helped us set up.  The night before we had stayed in one of Fall Hollow’s  Bed and Breakfast rooms inside the restaurant that’s on site, and found our host, Noel, to be friendly and accommodating.  He even joined us for breakfast this morning!  Now we’re all tucked in, ready for our first night in Ollie.