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, March 30, 2015

Havelock, NC

We have enjoyed a wonderful weekend in North Carolina. Our pickup is not until Monday afternoon so we had all weekend to get there and just enjoy the journey.
We stopped at a truckstop in Dunn, NC. It is in the midst of a big renovation, but we good a clean, hot shower and spent the night there.
In the morning as we were eating our breakfast we noticed a black dog roaming the parking lot. Soon he came near our truck so I fed him a leftover hamburger and some of the eggs that I had been eating. Then I got him a bowl of water. He was very timid and would only allow the least little touch. If I tried to pet or touch too much, he would circle away.
We watched all morning as several people tried to coax him in. He was offered a variety of food offerings and hungrily ate them all. But would not let anyone actually ever pet him. One lady, from Maryland, patiently tried to catch him. She wanted to take him home. 
When we left there he diffinately had a full belly, and everyone else still had empty arms and a sad heart for a dog that just did not understand love and trust. That is too sad.

Then we found a church in the directory and called them for information. The preacher gave me the information and gave us permission to stay in the parking lot.
Later in the afternoon someone knocked on our door and it was Preacher Logan. He was very nice and very hospitable. It was nice to meet him and we were looking forward to services the next day.
We spent the remainder of the day cleaning the truck and watching movies on TV.

The next morning we gathered with the members in worship. It was a small but very warm and gracious group of people. 
We both were inspired and challenged by the message.
It was so cute to see the kids swinging palm branches in the air as we sang, Hosanna.
Afterward we were included in a fellowship meal. Food was carried in from KFC and we got to get to know more about the people there. 
It was a nice time and we hope to get back this way again.

In the afternoon, we took a short drive to the post office and a nearby store for supplies. Havelock is a small town, mostly on the map because of the military base nearby. But it sure is peaceful, friendly and pretty.

It was a relaxing, refreshing weekend. Now time to get to business. We are hoping and planning to get home later this week. We haven't been home since leaving right after Christmas. We will be home about a week, but we have so much to do that I am sure we will be busy.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

West Burlington Christian Church

Last Week

Pops and I gathered with the people of West Burlington Christianchurch. It was a great visit. We were very warmly welcomed. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

So, so close, but no cigar

We got a load that picked up near Salt Lake City and going to Phoenix, AZ. We checked the routes and we would be traveling a route that we never have before and several spare hours too. But better yet, we would be less than 20 miles from the east rim of the Grand Canyon.
Oh boy, visiting there is on our bucket list.
The scenery was fantastic the whole way. We were traveling art 143. 
Here are just some of the highlights.

By the time we got through all of that prettiness, it was dark. So driving the 20 miles to the canyon was of no use. Pops said, "next time." 
I was disappointed, but I sure don't want to have to see it in the dark. We'll get there one day.

But Pops did see something else.......a roadrunner. He has never ever seen one before and while parked at our delivery, it ran right past our truck.

I was excited for him to get to see that.
But then....
A whole family of quail came by.

Here is a map that will get you to all 48 states and most all of the famous landmarks.

I love this flag and what it stands for.

So, it's spring training for baseball teams. We really debated going to see our favorite, SF Giants, but it was 91 degrees and I must avoid the sun with the skin spots. Oh well.
We did drive past the Angels stadium.

Then we had a strange trip to San Jose, CA. We had to take a load there, drop it off, then wait 24 hours to pick it back up and the 24 hours later deliver back to Phoenix, AZ. So we enjoyed the 70 degree temps, the flowers and blooms, the singing birds, the rolling hills, and the time to sit still and still get paid.
I watched TV and saw a show called Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. They were highlighting an Italian Deli in Scottsdale, AZ called DeFalco's Italian Grocery and Deli. Pops and I paid close attention because we knew we would be near Scottsdale on Sunday.
They make their own sausage and most of the cheeses that they use in their foods. They made a calzone called, The Centurian with their meat, cheese, tomato and basil and their homemade sauce. It looked really good. Then they made a sandwich with their homemade sausage with peppers and onions with cheese and sauce, yummy. 
It is also a grocery so they sell many Italian foods and groceries.
That place looks fantastic.

 Not too far north of Los Angeles on I-5 is a gorgeous Lake. We always enjoy looking at it, but this time we saw so many fishing boats that we were a little envious and now are looking forward to getting our boat fixed up so it is ready for us, whenever we can go.

Pops told me I was A rhinosaurus. I told him I was Ryan awesomeness.

After we delivered on Sunday, we still had time to get to Church. We went to Chandler Christian Church in Chandler, AZ. We have been there before and like it.

After church we went to DeFalco's Italian Grocery and Deli. Yep, we did! And we ordered the sausage sandwich and the Centurian calzone. I also ordered us each a cannoli. Pops had never had a cannoli. So too bad we didn't order 2 for the road because that's all he talked about for 2 days.
This place is small and cluttered, but oh so worth it. If you ever find yourself in Scottsdale, AZ go there, but remember, cannoli, 2 for the road.

This is Chandler Christian Church.

Praising through song.

The outdoor baptistery.

After church we saw these people enjoying the lovely day in the air.