Sunday, September 28, 2014

Back to the Breachway - The Endless Summer

It was a spur of the moment decision.  The decision ingredients - a perfect weekend forecast and an RV that needed to have a test run.  The alternative was to stay home and paint the pool house.  I hate to paint.  And, its not too often that you get warm summer weather at the end of September, so I said the heck with painting.  Also, my RV was just back from the dealer and I wanted take it on a long drive to make sure all was working properly. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The RV Breakdown Blues - Paralyzed by the Dashboard Lights

Breakdowns are the part of RVing that most of us would just soon forget.  These marvelous wonders of modern engineering provide such joy when they take us on journeys to outstanding places.  But, these mechanical beasts can bring us frustration, delays, and budget busting expenses when a problem occurs miles from home. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pedaling Across Hog Heaven - The RAGBRAI Experience

RAGBRAI – Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.  It's a bike ride that crosses Iowa from the Missouri to the Mississippi. It's the largest organized bike ride in the US, typically drawing over 10,000 riders each year. It started over 30 years ago. It’s so large, riders/participants are selected by lottery. For serious bikers, it a right of passage. I rode it for the first time in 2006, doing  471 miles on one of the hilliest routes they've ever had.  As a serious cyclist, it was a bucket list item for me.  I was in great shape for the ride, but little did I know about what I was to experience with such a large group riding 70 mile days in the Iowa summer heat. What follows is my daily journal about the ride and the RAGBRAI experience.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My Winnebago View Profile - Living Large in a Small RV

*** Update - May 2015 ***
Thanks so much for finding my blog and reading.  You are welcome to keep reading here.  I've moved all the content, including this entry, to my new site at: jdawgjourneys.com.  All new articles about my RV and travels are being posted there.  Thanks for reading and following J. Dawg.
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I'm guilty of some RV adulation here, but I wanted to write an entry about my 2014 Winnebago View motor home.  I bought it new in January, when I traded up from my Class B Roadtrek.  I wanted something a little bigger than a camper van that would be more comfortable for stay put camping, but still had the nimbleness of a small vehicle.  And, after 17,000 miles and 140 days of traveling, its met all my expectations.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Allons Danser! - The Rhythm & Roots Music Festival

Yeah!!!!  I made it back for my 15th year attending the Rhythm & Roots Music Festival in Charlestown, RI.  This is an annual festival of roots music with a heavy leaning towards music from Louisiana.  I attended last year but was not feeling all that well.  At that time, I was anemic, had no stamina, had lost a lot of weight, and my colitis was flaring.  In car terms, I was a wreck, tore up.  But a year later, the anemia was gone, I got my weight back, and I had lots more energy.  The colitis was still acting up on some days and I know when my "witching hours" are, but I was determined to come to the festival and have a good time.