Hi and Welcome to our “Bailey” blog!
Our travels so far:
Our names are Allan and Mary-Ann.
Koodos to Glenn Rodger Photography for the impromptu photo.
We both choose a driver at the beginning of the IndyCar season. The driver who finishes the race ahead of the other gets first place status on the dash, until the next race.
It has been our dream to travel. More specially we are IndyCar racing mega fans; it is our goal to travel to every race.
First step done, Bailey has been purchased we are anxiously awaiting pickup on November 2, 2018.
Wake up, have breakfast and head out. We are still anxiously hoping the repair shop is open. We arrive at 930 and YES they are open.
Some of the coach friends that will keep Bailey company.
Waiting for our Uber, I see a huge spider. Not a good photo cause I was afraid to get too close. When I said to Allan “my shoe could take him”, Allan responded with “this type of spider eats through shoes”. He’s so supportive!
Get to the airport when it hits me. I forgot our snacks (cheese, pepperettes, roll ups, etc) in Bailey’s fridge. Gosh darn! Our flight leaves at 250p. It is now about 10am. Columbus is the super small airport. No bar but you can get limited beer/wine in the cafeteria style eatery. What the heck are we going to do here for all these hours! Allan suggests we Uber back to Coachcraft, pick up our goodies then head to a mall to kill a few hours. And that’s what we do.
Our driver recommends Peachtree Mall so that’s where we go. They have one restaurant, Allan is happy – they have Dos Equis Ambar on tap.Trivia follows: Dos Equis Ambar (Amber) is a Vienna style lager originally brewed by the German-born Mexican brewer Wilhelm Hasse in 1897. The brand was named “Siglo XX” (“20th century”) to commemorate the arrival of the new century, and the bottles were marked with the Roman numerals “XX“, or “Dos Equis” (two X).Allan’s beer is pouring when, whoops the keg is empty. The waitress give the 1/4 full mug to Allan to drink while they change the keg. Just like our day is going, there is no replacement keg! Allan has a glass of wine, we pay, and walk the mall. We go outside and spot an . They do not disappoint, Allan gets his full mug. We drink up, time to head back to the airport. Wish we’d be nicer to our military!
This is in the restroom; my first..
We’re flying flight is delayed 🙁 Take off about 1/2 h late but arrive in Toronto about 5 m earlier than the original scheduled arrival time. How does that work!
We arrive in Toronto about 5 m earlier than the original scheduled arrival time. How does that work!
Uber home, now the long wait until we are reunited with Bailey and another
Today is a do nothing except chill & laundry kind of day. We have a lazy start then get at it.
We hear on the radio that tomorrow is Columbus Day. We do a google search and determine Georgia is one of the States that honours it. Allan did call the service depot last week t confirm we’d be in on Monday but how often have any one of us forgot the following Monday was a holiday.
Allan sent an email but no response yet. Hopefully there will be an easy drop off and lock box if they are indeed closed.
We walk into town, Pine Mountain, to see the sights. Not many to see.
Hummm what’s this
Would not want to weed this cacti patch.
This is the colour of the dirt, reminds me of PEI
Another fun time hot tub night meeting new people and of course the necessary fire.
Travel day to where we will spend the weekend. Drive time 4h16m. Start time 1023a; km 58,754. Bailey drop off is on Monday.
This is the sign we encounter leaving the Clinton/Knoxville KOA. Not our best travel day, just traffic
And more traffic
Atlanta is likely a very nice city but we will attempt to avoid even the bypass in future travels. Crazy nuts traffic, makes Toronto’s seem mild.
305 Finally through, traffic clears up and its a pleasant balance of the way drive. GPS estimates arrival at 410.
Looking forward to the temp.
Allan makes up some time and we arrive at 355. Happy to be here, there is a hot tub and fire pits.
We are here until Monday when we drop Bailey in Columbus.
After a great sleep we leave at 720; 57,861 km
Today’s discovery? Where the fog light on/off switch is. Allan is happy he got to use it, fog was heavier than the photo depicts. Yes we’re on the correct route, roads narrow!
Infinitis on display
Getting closer 🙂
440 – Almost there only another 11 minutes.
We’re here and set up.
Tomorrow a day of rest 🙂
Happy because we get to drive Bailey,
Sad because we are bringing her to Columbus, GA.
This trip’s schedule
Why @VisitColumbusGA & Coachcraft by MacDonald as the final destination? Time for Bailey’s annual checkup! Allan searched for a place that could service all of Bailey’s needs. Engine, Generator, Aqua Hot, filters. Coachcraft has good reviews so fingers crossed.
Allan must work for a few hours; the plan is to leave 1030ish.
We end up leaving home at 130.
Head to the park to pick up Bailey; leave the park at 238; km 57.419, to go back home to drop the car off. Finally on the road at 320 singing “On the road again, just so happy to be on the road again!”
We will not make the scheduled Walmart, not enough time and specifically too many deers at night. We see some sleeping on the road side. (Not pictured)
We’re on the section of highway that has increased the speed limit to 110 km We stop at Love’s for fuel and find the next Walmart. It’s a bit off the highway, we quickly determine we are heading to Lapeer’s Walmart. This is the very first Walmart we stayed at during our first ever Bailey trip last year!!
Arrive at 720; km 57,861.
Pick up some staples at Walmart. Wine & creamy coleslaw to have with our imported Costco’s delicious rotisserie chicken.
Weather isn’t looking very good, no sun, super overcast, sprinkling. See the rain on the windows 🙁
Rain stops :)We’re off to check view the track!Oh those skies!
Qualification is rain cancelled.The skies do clear up and we’re good.Race is to begin at 730p. We’re all in the stands but whoops the track lighting is not working. They assure us they are frantically working on it. FINALLY, a long hour later the lights come on. Now
Was a fun, exciting lots of passing race!
Now a fire with the other neighbours, here from Sarnia.
Bill and Wally
Another racing season over!
We leave Sutton 10ish and head to Jukasa Motor Speedway in Hagerville for the NASCAR Pinty season finale. This is a very short oval so should be an exciting race. We were at the season’s opener in Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and are happy to be here now.
We have our ETR transponder now so the drive should be quicker and less traffic.
We’ve never been to Jukasa before so relay on our GPS. Hum, which GPS to follow?
We follow Google Maps and make it! This is widest gate we’ve been through. And we’re in Our street And set up, find the Caesar and beer 🙂Tonight’s show is Larry Berrio. We are not country & western fans but head out anyways. It ended up being a hoot! Dancing galore.
Then the neighbour’s fire.
Sky has been dreary all day and the forecast for tomorrow is not much better. Fingers crossed!
Afternoon gathering at Charlene & Rod’s. Games and merriment 🙂
Kelvin introduces a game called “Washer Toss” that he made earlier in the week.
The cows are coming home…
Fun time even though Charlene did not sing. Next gathering karaoke for sure!
Friday night begins with what else? A campfire… Allan has a new poker a Margaret generously donated 🙂
Thank you Irma & Tom for taking us back to Los Algodones! The above hoodie is officially Allan’s favourite.
Wish I’d remember to take photos of the folks who join us for the campfire.
Saturday afternoon: Karaoke at next door neighbours Charlene & Rod’s
My favourite! Charlene singing “Harper Valley PTA” click Harper
Sunday: Off to get our 10k steps, heading to Jackson’s Point. Some of the sights.
Here’s what’s coming
Finally, I take some photos around the fire. Heather, likely telling us where to go, her Mom, Margaret (Allan’s poker donor). Poor Kelvin got cut off 🙁 I got to get better at this.
Hummm, what’s going on with these slides? Think a scrap guy will be pleased to obtain this trailer.
A walk around the park, Elmgrove
Cap the evening with