Come along for the Ride!

I am so glad you are here. Stay with us as we travel everywhere. I hope you will enjoy the ride.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Below Zero

Little Rock, AR to Niagara Falls, ON  1,076.6 miles

Yes, we are going back into the cold. It is calling for single digit temperatures or below. Oh my. The sunshine and semi-warm temps over the weekend sure felt good. And we for sure, did not miss the icy roads and snow.


Noni and Pops
Today is our 35th wedding anniversary. 
We are still madly in love with each other.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Going south

Well maybe it will be a little warmer in Alabama.
Cleveland, OH
10 hours 53 mins
Lincoln, AL

728.1 mi
157 ft
318 ft
0.1 mi
0.6 mi
0.3 mi
1.3 mi
248 mi
81.0 mi
165 mi
3.6 mi
17.1 mi
83.3 mi
6.3 mi
11.0 mi
80.2 mi
29.9 mi
0.8 mi
384 ft
56 ft


Williamsport, MD
4 hours 36 mins
Cleveland, OH

295.8 mi
217 ft
7.0 mi
40.6 mi
0.3 mi
1.6 mi
0.4 mi
184 mi
0.5 mi
31.0 mi
14.4 mi
8.2 mi
0.1 mi
0.6 mi
6.0 mi
0.6 mi
0.3 mi
0.3 mi
0.4 mi
16 ft
184 ft
We left Buffalo, NY to do this trip. We had very cold weather and snow the whole way. It is snowing like nuts in Cleveland right now. We have seen several accidents.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Designer handbags

We got a load that picks up in New Jersey and is going to Toronto. Of course this is taking place during the second "Polar Vortex" of the winter. 
The east coast got hit with a massive snowstorm just as we were leaving NJ. The roads were really bad because it was snowing so hard the crews couldn't keep up. We saw several bad wrecks.
The temperatures are horrible as well. In most places single digits or below. Pops and I had to get out a change a headlight. I seriously thought we each might lose a finger. Mine one finger is still numb on the tip and burnt feeling the rest of the finger. It is pink though so I am not too worried.
We were hauling a load worth over $200,000. It was handbags. Would you ever consider paying $2495.00 for a handbag? Apparently people do, a lot of people, all the time! 
I really don't even think they are nice looking. Oh, well, supply and demand. It keeps us moving.
We are back out of Canada and waiting in Buffalo, NY for our next load to come. Oh, how I hope it goes south.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Toughman competition

Drew was in the Toughman Competition. It is the second year that he has done this.
He drew a bye on Friday evening so he didn't fight until Saturday evening. 
His first fight began around 8:10. He won that fight and moved on to the next round.
He won his second fight also.
But he lost the third fight by decision of the judges.
We are very proud of him. It takes a lot of training and hard work to compete in these fights.


Pops and I are in the midst of Amish country. It is always interesting to catch a glimpse of a different lifestyle. I love the good cooking of Amish women. It is filling and hearty and simply delicious. Here are a couple of my favorite Amish dishes.
Amish recipes
Cabbage Casserole
Amish Cabbage Casserole 
is a simple hearty dish that will fill any appetite. Made with fresh cabbage, every bite brings the comfort of home. Amish cooking is always perfect for a simple yet delicious dish.
1 medium green cabbage, cut into thin wedges
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chili sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
 Combine cabbage wedges and water in a large saucepan; cover and cook over medium heat 15 minutes. Drain well, and place cabbage wedges in a 12 x 8 x 2-inch baking dish.
 Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook over low heat 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in the salt and pepper. Pour mixture over cabbage, and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. 
 Combine cheese, mayonnaise, chili sauce, onion, and green bell pepper; stir well, and spread over cabbage. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Shoo Fly Pie 
There isn't anything more classic than Shoo Fly Pie recipe. You'll adore this recipe and be sure to add it to your collection of easy pie recipes.
Cooking Time: 50 min
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell in a well-greased pie plate
Thoroughly combine boiling water, molasses, corn syrup, egg and baking soda. Let stand about 15 minutes. 
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
 In a medium bowl, combine next 6 ingredients and stir with fork until crumbly. 
 Stir half the crumbs into molasses mixture. Spoon into pie shell. Cover with remaining crumbs. 
 Bake 45 to 50 minutes at 350 degrees F. 

Amish Buttermilk Biscuits
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons shortening
1 cup buttermilk
Combine the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly. Add the buttermilk and mix just until combined. The dough will be sticky. Turn out the dough on a floured surface. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter to cut about 10 biscuits, rerolling the dough as needed. Place biscuit on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Back and Forth

Allentown, PA
10 hours 4 mins

Brooks, KY

Danville, KY
8 hours 39 mins
Harrisburg, PA

572.0 mi

We seem to be going back and forth in this area. It is cold, snowy and gray. I sure would prefer heading south again.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We took a load from DeRidder, LA to Augusta, KY. It was a good load but we sure hated leaving Texas. In all truthfulness, if we could get all of our kids to move there we would. If they would just go visit, they would love it too.
From there we drove up to Chicago for a military run going to New Jersey. 

Of course, we are not enjoying the gray gloom and cold weather of being in the north. 

My heart does belong to Texas.