Friday, October 31, 2014

Shot In The Dark

We visited the Indian motorcycle dealership that used to be the Harley dealer before it moved to Ormond Beach. The Honda Helix looked great next to these other huge bikes.

Did you notice the signs? They are advertising for the brand new Slingshots and we just had to see one in person. Unfortunately there were none to be found inside or out.
Oh well, they and we will be ready when these futuristic vehicles are released.

As for us? Sunday we fly to Abaco! We're anxious to get settled in for the winter! More from across the Gulf Stream...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dream Cruisin'

We took the Honda Helix to the car show at the Halifax Marina last Sunday. What a great day to see some gorgeous and very unusual vehicles. A few were even on our bucket list! Here's a small sample:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dandy Heads 'Home'

Our Winer Malone Abaco dinghy is headed back to Hope Town where she was conceived and built many years ago. Dandy (named after another dinghy from way back in history) will be shipped to the Abacos on a freighter, then fully restored thanks to Heinz & Jacqueline and all the volunteers. Then she will have earned her rightful place in the Abaco dinghy fleet. What a great project for everyone interested in these classic wooden boats. 

Here is what we looked like going down the road from Ticonderoga to Daytona, and what Dave looked like as he left this morning to drive to Stuart, Florida to begin the shipping process.

See you on the other side of the Gulf Stream Dandy!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I was told at our last 'Rally in the Woods' trail ride yesterday that it was time to get my feet off the blog. ;-)  There isn't much to report since we are packed and ready to head south. We will be towing our Abaco Dinghy down so it can be shipped back to Hope Town where it belongs (which may prove to be an interesting post all on its own). Our departure has great timing since I think there are snow flurries mixed in with the cold rain today. Before we depart though, I wanted to post these photos that I just found after seeing a similar one on Facebook. I have so many photo albums from all the fun things we did back then and it was great to reminisce. This is the Riff-Raft that we made in 1992 while living in an RV for the winter at Knight's Key campground, in Marathon, the Florida Keys.  Chuck, Bonnie and Arlyne joined us for our famous DINK & SINK get-together (Dual Income No Kids & Single Income No Kids) and the raft was a big hit that year. Dave and his father and our mini dachshund Scooter were party animals for New Year's too.
"Those were the days!"

Now it's time to go make some more great memories. We're outta here....

Thursday, October 9, 2014


I'm escaping the cool weather up north and visiting my family in Daytona for 10 days. I guess you could call it the pre-vacation before we head south for the winter. Meanwhile Dave is working hard back home.

Oh well, at least I am in my sandals and swimsuit!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trucks, Tractors, and More

This year's Antique Truck Show was fantastic, with more vehicles than we have ever seen. It was their 25th anniversary celebration and not only did fleets come from our local area, but also from other states and Canada. As always, there were also vendors, tractors, engines, cars, and many other types of vehicles that participated. Dave and John brought up several of Dave's creations that we use around the property during our trail rides, including Dave's bicycles, the manure spreader driven by the Farmall tractor, the ever famous Cyclops, and this, the latest invention...the Jolly Trolley pulled by the David Bradley.
 (Thanks cousin Chuck for this great photo!)

Here are a few more photos of our favorites:
This Worthington Chief had two seats!

Chain driven early 1900's dump truck.

 Look close at this photo and you will see that this Sterling still has chain drive and it's from 1947.

 This fleet came all the way from Ontario Canada to be a part of the festivities.

A classic hit at every show is this fleet of petroleum delivery trucks through the years.

This is the way to go...two trucks for the price of one! (FYI it only costs $1.00 pp)

 How would you like to keep this spectacular trailer polished?

Our manure spreader that Dave turned into a cart (aptly named the 'Party Pooper'), also doubled as a picnic table!

Photo op of the day. This senior citizen stopped to rest on the Jolly Trolley. This show brings out so many people of all ages, but seniors led the pack.  I'm sure this annual event brings back many memories.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Property Projects

Fall has its share of fun events, but it also means cooler temperatures for maintenance and projects around the property. Dave and Jim started out by reorganizing what was once the motorcycle showroom, but has now been aptly dubbed the museum.

Then the two of them loaded up Jim's trailer and took a trip to the scrapyard. This put closure on the re-possessed house (it has been sold...yay!), since a lot of the junk was from replacing items there this spring.

Dave and I just completed the drainage ditch on the side of the house, which will hopefully help this winter. Last year we had many gallons of water that seeped into the cellar (thank you again Jim and John for sopping up all the mess!).

It's hard to believe that Dave dug the whole trench and five foot deep drywell hole by hand...and shovel, of course. I had the easy job of running the New Holland, removing bucket after bucket load of dirt, then pouring in the gravel over the drainage pipe that leads to the new drywell. I even found a foundation block joint that had no concrete which added to the water intrusion. All the cellar window wells will need to be covered so the snow and ice don't accumulate, and hopefully this issue will be solved.

Our concrete sidewalks behind the house still need to be replaced and repositioned, along with another drainage ditch, but time is growing short here in the northeast, so it may have to wait until next year. We'll soon be wrapping things up and heading south!