Words of wisdom

Words of wisdom

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Charles Kuaralt was quoted .....

...saying that “thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” How true that statement is, and it's the main reason I have chosen to travel as much of my 10K mile trip off the Interstates as possible, driving only the small highways and scenic byways, while meandering my way literally around the edges of the U.S. at my own pace.

And while I am enjoying the every-changing landscape, I will also be working (if you can call what I have been asked to do 'working.') I have been hired to conduct interviews, blog, write articles, take pictures and explore this great country at my pace for a great sponsor - 365 Days of Sewing. My assignment is to find and stop at every fabric store along my route, interview the owner and customers and learn who and what it is America sewing today! It's a terrible job, but someone has to do it. And that someone just happens to be lucky me - a person with a lifetime passion for fabrics and sewing, and who will no doubt return home with her little Jeep overflowing with new fabrics & notions.

The 365 Days folks will be setting up a separate blog just for me where I will post my thoughts, interviews and pictures of the fabric store owners and customers that I meet with. This blog will remain my place to ruminate and share with you all the other experiences and people I encounter and the photos I take of the fun and unusual sites and places I find along the way. I'm predicting that the entire trip will take a total of 3-months.

I can't wait to get started and I hope you all will visit my blog now and again. I will try and make sure you 'enjoy the ride!'

Until next time.......

Monday, June 6, 2011

Let's Get Started..

The first portion of my route is set, so I thought I would share with you where I'm headed when I 'wheels-up' on August 8th. From Wilmington, I will travel up into the mountains to Asheville, NC.

From Asheville, I turn a wee bit northeast and drive to Burnsville, NC - a total drive-time of about 6 /12 hours. Burnsville is near where my first NC house was located and where the fabulous The Penland School of Craft can be found. I plan to spend a few days with good friend and sewing buddy Karen and her darling hubby in their fabulous guest house.

Karen and I will 'play in her fabric stash and wander around my ol' stomping grounds' for a few days before I head off into the West.

My next stop will be to visit with my cousin Mary who lives in Marysville, TN, near Gatlinburg. This is now the 'my relatives' portion' of the trip as when I leave Marysville I will travel to Paducah, KY and Metropolis, IL to spend time with other cousins, Robbie, Max and Rex, and see how they faired after being flooded out of their homes when the Mississippi rose and they opened the levees in Cairo to keep that city from being underwater.

From Paducah, my next short drive is to Marshville, MO to stop and visit with Ralph and his wife Gretchen. Ralph and I grew up next door to each other in Danville, IL. I can't remember a day in my life as a young girl when Ralph wasn't a part of it. Normally he and the other neighborhood boys were either hitting me, chasing me, yelling at me and never letting me play with them...but he grew up okay:)

Then the next couple of days will be spent crossing that great, big, flat state of Kansas. I'm going to check out what there is to see in Wichita and Dodge City. After some sightseeing in the flatlands of KS, southern CO sounds cool and lovely. My sister-in-law Stephanie has for years been telling me I really need to see Creede, CO where her sister Cindy lives. Creede has a huge artist colony and a very well-known repertory theater company. Sister Cindy was nice enough to volunteer to be my tour guide and let me bunk in her guest bedroom for a couple of nights. The photo ops looks fantastic and I'm looking forward to attending a play while there.

Next - Santa Fe and the fabulous Indian Market.

After a week shopping, sightseeing and white water rafting (I actually agreed to do this!) and spending quality time with my best friend Ellen, its a short drive to Bernalillio, NM where my good friend Jami lives. This is now the "Danville High School" portion of the trip. Jami and I had such a good time catching up the last time I was in New Mexico that she invited me stop by again.

Plan to try to talk Jami into hoping in the Jeep with me for a day's drive, because from her house its onto Prescott, AZ. There our mutual, good friend Carol, also a DHS alum, recently retired and decided to invite all the female alums living in and around the Phoenix area to her new house for a mini-reunion weekend. She has found 6 others who are planning to attend and we have one who is considering flying in from WI! So if you hear reports about a wild & crazy group of women doing weird things in Sedona the end of August, you'll know I was one of the instigators!

So by now I have driven 2597 miles since leaving home!. The big question is where to do I go from here? I am still trying to find work-along-the-road and have a few possibilities that might work. Since the price of gas is not going down, I sure hope I can find something that will put fuel in the tank and keep me going. Of course, if any of you know of anything, be sure and give me a shout!

Until next time.....