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Austinburg, Ohio
The Great Lakes Tour
Day 3 - Friday, August 15, 2008
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Perrysburg, Ohio

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Today was a nice traveling day. Nice temps, lots of views of Lake Erie (see pix below) and just one speed bump.

About noon, as we were traveling down US-20, the battery icon idiot light came on in the truck. Typically this means the battery is not getting charged which typically means the alternator has died. This happened as we were driving through Geneva, Ohio. I found Geneva Quick Lube and there I found George, Ace Mechanic, who tested the alternator and it was dead.

George ordered a rebuilt alternator and had it installed in about an hour and a half. Can't beat that for service. I'm very grateful he could work on it as soon as I drove in. No waiting. $300 later, The Navigator and I were driving down the highway.

Thank you George. You are a blessing. I gave George the address of this web site. Maybe he'll take a peek.

The Navigator has expressed a lot of interest in the lakes. He has noted, correctly, that each lake has a unique name. Given that, he can't understand why all the lakes look alike. Poor Navigator. Some things just exceed his ability to understand.

Tonight we are camped at a (c'mon, all together now...) Flying J truck stop. This one is just east of Toledo, Ohio.

Tomorrow we should finish Lake Erie and begin with Lake Huron. But first we have to get through Detroit. Thank goodness for I-75 and I-94. I hope we don't run into the Mayor as we drive through his city. (The local radio talk show hosts are rabid about this :)

Quote For Today

No matter when you try to recycle today's newspaper, your spouse will not be done reading it yet.
               ~ Peter Scott

Questions and answers about Australian tourism
Background information is here

From the UK:
Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane, Cairns,Townsville and Hervey Bay?

A: What did your last slave die of?

From the UK:
Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia?

A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

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Here are your obligatory views of Lake Erie. The Navigator wants to know how I know this is Lake Erie since it looks just like Lake Ontario. He is insufferable! The pic that has everything; the lake; a speedboat; an American Flag, the Cross, even whitecaps! It took hours to bring all those elements together in one pic.
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Click here for colorful, comprehensive daily trip statistics hosted by Google Docs.
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Bill in Louisville offers this cultural* lesson on the differences between the North and the South:

The North has coffee houses,
The South has Waffle Houses

The North has dating services,
The South has family reunions.

The North has switchblade knives,
The South has Lee Press-on Nails

The North has double last names,
The South has double first names.

The North has Indy car races,
The South has stock car races.

The North has Cream of Wheat,
The South has grits.

The North has green salads,
The South has collard greens.

The North has lobsters,
The South has crawfish.

The North has the rust belt,
The South has the Bible Belt.

* at, we spare no expense to make your web visit worth it.

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From Denise in IN:

The Power of Education

A mother mouse and her three children crept out of their hole into the kitchen and began feasting on some delicious bits of food.

Suddenly, out of the corner of her eye, Mother Mouse saw a cat slinking toward them. The cat was between the mice and their hole. The mother mouse puffed up her lungs and went, "Woof! Woof!" And cat turned tail and ran.

With that, the mother quickly led her children back to safety in their hole. When they were settled, and breathing normally, Mother Mouse said to her children, "Now, what's the lesson from that experience?"

"We don't know," the baby mice squeaked.

"It is this," said Mother Mouse. "It's always good to know a second language."

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