Journey Through North Carolina – Part 3 ~ By Tom and Audrey ~

Hello and welcome to part 3 of our journey to North Carolina.

With all the plans in place and chores done it was time to pack daisy and head down the road.  We are finally getting the hang of what and what not to pack.  We look back on earlier road trips and are amazed at the needless stuff we brought under the pretense we might need it, like a whole set of dishes and cookware.  Before you know everything was neatly packed into Daisy and the three of us belted in and were driving down the road.  We laughed because we wanted to leave the area to get away from the cold and wet weather but this day was sunny and temps rising to the 70’s.  Oh well, they always say if you don’t like the weather around Rochester just wait a minute and it changes.  Little did we know we would be heading into interesting weather in NC but more about that later.

We made several stops along the way to enjoy the scenery.  On one stop we had fun watching a gentleman fly fishing in the town of Hornell, NY.  It was fascinating watching him cast out the line as it rippled through the air and gently laying on the surface of the water with the fly at the end touching down and then snap it back to repeat all over again.  We couldn’t help wondering how much practice had gone into mastering this skill.  We mused over the fact if we had been the ones doing it they would have to call the rescue squad to untangle the mess of fish line from around our bodies and the hook from one of our ears.

 

From here it was back on the road seeing many other sites and traveling almost 14 hours covering 531 miles before settling in for the night at Raphine, Virginia.  We always cover long distances our first day in effort to position ourselves in a location where the real journey begins.  All along the way there was a sea of mountains around us and the scent of honeysuckle filled the air.

Well this is it for today.  We hope you come back tomorrow when our journey really begins and as we share more of the USA Through Our Eyes.  Until then be safe.

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  1. houstonphotojourney

    Aw, I love your pup!!! How sweet!! Seems like y’all have a great van setup! Liked seeing the fly video too! I’ve been out of town a few days so really enjoying catching up now!!

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  2. Light Ministry Blog

    Wow, 14 hours and 531 miles is a good long haul! We tried to keep ours to no more than 6 hours max at one time…just as long as we make it to the planned motel we booked for the night. Sounds like you are having some great fun however! May the Lord bless and keep you along the way!

    Steve

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Yes it was a long haul Steve. It seems we are always so excited on our first day and as the post notes try and get close to that point where the realness of our journey becomes reality. We too like to keep our drive times much shorter and leave precious time to see the wonders of God through the scenery and people. So nice having you along with us and your comments are always filled with grace.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Wow you will be doing some serious drive time also. We can’t wait to hear how the journey develops and all you do along the way. Please take lots of pics to share with us.

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  3. TheresaBarker

    Really lovely visuals, as usual! I love the observation that now you know what to pack and what to leave home. That’s the beauty of becoming experienced, finding out what you really need and letting go of what you don’t. I loved Emma’s enthusiastic romping into the vehicle, that was so fun. Also the “before” and “after” shots of the in-vehicle cabinets. Looking forward to reading more!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Gosh yes we have are continuing to learn so much. This like everything else is a wonderful learning process. When we’re loading Emma is right there to supervise and make sure her Frisbee and bone are on board.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      LOL. Whew, 531 miles in 25 days hiking is 21 miles a day. Those are some long Gabe. We got it easy in the van with captains chairs, fridge, running water bed and air conditioner (purely platonic, LOL). That is so awesome that you have done the complete AT in one swoop. It was once a dream of mine. A buddy of mine did it and would share stories when we were on our long bicycle travels. I was in awe of the moments and scenes he described. It changed his life to newly appreciated levels as you note in your post. It is so good to challenge the body and mind.

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  4. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    Woo hoo – a new journey – and to a state with SO much beauty. I loved catching a glimpse inside Daisy too, and how excited Emma was to begin the trip. Can’t wait for more!

    Meanwhile I’m off to catch up with parts 1 and 2.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thanks Madelyn. Yup another journey and we discovered so much again… About self and others. It’s all good. Its great to have you along with us to share in the excitement.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I could never do what Gabe does during his hikes (blogging his experiences from the trail), so I completely understand why you wait until you are home to catch us all up. I sure wish you had a reporter along, however – or somebody making a documentary

        Not that it really matters to MY experience, but it would help me keep the timelines straight in my head.

        I shall try to be patient (and remain extremely grateful that you share at any time at all) as I await each succeeding NC post.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Yes, it is very difficult to blog from the trail. There were many a day or night, computer in hand, when we sat at a picnic table, in the tent, driving down the road, McDonalds parking lot or latter in our journeys the van putting together our blog and videos and photos. Finding the balance is hard especially when there is so much to see and people that are interesting. Its funny but we never go anywhere without one of us carrying a camera and the digital recorder around our neck.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        It’s a lot to carry, but much quicker to snap a picture or record a few sentences or ambient sounds as memory-jogs than to stop and write a few lines (especially if you first have to dig out a laptop – lol).

        Plus, we LOVE to see the photos and the videos, and hear the sounds you heard (once you get to McDonalds, of course). 🙂
        xx,
        mgh

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  5. Ann McDunn

    Again very nice to see the videos, Emma was looking of there was enough food for her, and it was 😉 Also the fisherman is great, On this first day it was a very long trip, but Always there is something to see.

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  6. Heide

    Figuring out what to pack (and what not to!) plays a *huge* role in happy travels, doesn’t it? My husband was telling me over the weekend about a mutual friend who brought a cast-iron pan on a backpacking trip, not fully realizing how heavy it would become after the third or fourth mile. 🙂 As for that fly-fisherman: Beautiful photos/video!

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Heide. That is so funny… a cast iron skillet on a back packing adventure. They are great to cook on but lugging it over hill and dale… well that’s another story. Thank you for your encouragement of our adventures and photography.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      She somehow knows its time to go. Each time she gets in she does the check of what’s where and if her bone is there. Then she jumps on the seat as if to say its okay to cast off. Thanks Anne for being with us.

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  7. King Ben's Grandma

    Our road trips always started around 3am with the intent of putting lots of miles in the first day. I guess we weren’t the only ones. Looking forward to joining you for the rest.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      This is good to hear you say this is how you started off your road trips too. I wonder how many other folks do this also. So happy knowing you are with us on this road trip.

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