Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (45 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
On the road again...a new and exciting adventure!

Thursday, October 08, 2015

This Event Not So Much Fun…

We know many times a wrench gets thrown into the fan to just mess up the good times and that is exactly what happened this week but of course we made it through and are still loving this work.

This event was a roll off which means we do not work out of the trailer and EVERTHING in the trailer needs to come off and get set up inside. Which was a heaven sent since it rained ALL DAY Saturday and the temps were frigid, not getting above 50…brrrr! Usually on the roll offs we are able to unload the day before but since there were football games at the stadium we had to set up on Saturday morning which meant since doors open at 7:30am we would need about 3 to 4 hours to set up but we could only arrive at 5:30am, which was going to be a long day anyway. Two hours to set up did not give us enough time to tweak our set up so we had to live with what we had, it was doable just not exactly how we wanted it to be but we began selling.

This was supposed to be one of the higher goals to reach and we felt we were running behind all day. Then at these event around 6pm there is about an hour break where they empty the stadium and we get to recoup for a short time. Instead of it being just a break they cancelled the finals due to weather. The funny thing was that the weather was the same as it had been all day long, frigid and drizzling. Why they cancelled we have no idea but it was time to pack it up and head out. A few hours later around 9pm we were packed and on the road back to our hotel and not coming close to our goal so no bonus this week, only our salary. Boohoo…we really wanted to surpass our goal every week but looks as if that personal goal of ours is out of the running already.

No big plans for the week except to get to our next location in Winston-Salem, North Carolina which is a little over 400 miles and all we can hope for is good travel days. We never go too far on Monday’s since that is usually errand day and because of the rain in the area we are heading we do not want to head in that direction too fast. The weather seems to be fine where we are going but just a few hundred miles south of us is where all the disastrous rain and flooding is occurring but luckily we do not have to go through there.

We stayed in Jeffersonville, Ohio at the Fairfield Inn & Suites and was quite impressed. It was a brand new hotel and it was nice, but looking at Google as we always do to see the parking situation we were surprised that Google’s Street View showed the empty lot but that was because it was back in 2012 that they entered the information. Luckily there were NO cars in the parking lot when we arrived so we were able to maneuver the trailer into a position where we could just pull out in the morning. The shower stall was heaven, so much room and our entire stay was fabulous with superb customer service.

We ate next door at Werner’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que and it was the best ribs we have eaten in a long time, they fell off the bones and they melted in our mouths and the sides were fantastic too. If you are in the area and want some great barbecue food this is the place to stop and eat.

On Tuesday we finally left Ohio and headed into West Virginia, we still try to take the roads less traveled and this day was no different. 

We drove around 150 miles and made it into West Virginia and to the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham which was the smallest room we have been in and because it only had a Queen bed it felt as if we were back in Maggie. The front desk allowed us to check in early and were very accommodating, the room and area was clean. They did not offer a hot breakfast, only microwavable sandwiches, cold cereals and Danish.

On Wednesday we headed to Wytheville, Virginia and stayed on the Interstates all the way, through mountains, tunnels and seeing the changing of the leaves is getting good but we know the best is yet to come.

We stopped to eat at Sagebrush Steakhouse which was just a few blocks from our hotel. The steaks were awesome, grilled to perfection with the fantastic flavor of charring. The sides were wonderful too and Jerry was really hungry and waiting for our dishes to arrive.

Our hotel was not as we expected, first customer service was lacking at check in. We do not want to hear about the issues of past guests and want to be treated as if we are not there right in front of you and not having to wait while you rewrite down a message given to you from a guest who has already left. From the photos online it looked as if this hotel was a single floor hotel but once we arrived we seen it was 2 floors and of course there was NO ELEVATOR…ugh…AND our room was on the 2nd floor and he could not or would not change it to another room on the first floor because of several excuses he made. The room was not the cleanest, dust everywhere as if it had not been used in a long time, a bit outdated and because of not having an elevator, we would not stay here again. Also the doors to enter the building throughout did not have room key access only, they were open to anyone to enter, not a safe feeling at all.

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Time Really Does Fly…

When you are having as much fun as we are having and we are having a blast.

Finished our 2nd event and this time we were solo…nobody onsite with us like the first week but they were all available via phone, text and messaging and we crushed it. We passed our goal by a bunch and have a little extra bonus on our paychecks…life is pretty darn grand!

We are now once again taking the roads less traveled since we are not pressed for time to get anywhere and these country roads filled with fields of corn and other crops make for some pretty spectacular views. Not to mention the cute little houses with their porches, basements and opened fences to your neighbors.

Our stay in Bowling Green, Ohio was better than words can describe. Bowling Green is a quant little town with the best people, food and lodging imaginable. It’s a college town that has a real small town flair to it that seems so friendly and safe.

Upon our early arrival our room was not ready yet so we went into the downtown area where we ate at SamB’s. It is located on Main Street where the parking is premium but we found a parking lot where we could park the truck, thank goodness we dropped the trailer or there would be no way we would have been able to hang out here and have lunch.

We started with the Black Bean Soup which was absolutely the best tasting soup we had both ever tasted, even better than mom’s chicken noodle. 

Jerry had a burger which tasted like steak with melted crumbled blue cheese and it was delicious. 

I had the Reuben which the corned beef was sweet and tender that melted in my mouth served on grilled marble rye to perfection.

We shared a Peanut Butter Chocolate desert which was really yummy.

The event went marvelously…we had great help especially because we were short staffed but the ones we had stepped up to the plate and helped us surpass our goal with flying colors.

We reluctantly left this marvelous area to head to our next destination. We stayed in Canal Winchester, Ohio area for a few days at a Best Western which once again was a great place with some really great workers who were very accommodating.

Our first day we stopped at the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) Hall of Fame where Jerry got to see all of his childhood heroes. Jerry and his dad many years ago shared this passion of motorcycle riding and racing and he was like a kid in a candy store exploring all the great stories inside the museum.

You can see many more photos at our Google + Web Albums.

On our 2nd day we called a cab which in itself was an adventure all of its own. It was like an amusement ride gone wrong, Jerry almost ended up upside down in my lap and it was NOT because of the wine we tasted. We are definitely going to check into Uber for any future cab rides since normal cabbies are getting crazier with each ride we take.  The ride was under a mile to the Hidden Lakes Winery, Ohio’s Newest Winery but since we never drink a drop and drive and it really was too far for us to walk, we opted to catch a cab, next time Uber.

We had such a great time at the winery, tasting all sorts of wines and noticing how much sweeter many of the wines here were, so much so that we were having a hard time deciding our favorites.

Tasting wines...

Sampling appetizers...

Meeting some wonderful people and having the best conversation between Jerry and myself made for such an enjoyable afternoon.

In the Ohio area they have a pizza place called Donatos that makes a great pizza, the wings have a slight tanginess to them and they also make a Brick Street Bread that is a pull-apart bread that is simply scrumptious.

We are now in Dayton, Ohio for our next event and thank goodness it is a roll-off which means we have to pull everything out of the trailer and into a building so the high prediction of rain will not sabotage our sales at all and we will not get wet like we did in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Hopefully Joaquin will be long gone before we have to head to North Carolina and then Delaware in the next few weeks, but we will deal with that then, for now we plan to just hang out here until mid-next week and work this event.

We can honestly say, we have not enjoyed ourselves as much as we have in these past few weeks since we began traveling full time ten years ago, it is so refreshing to be driving good equipment, working hard for only one day, being able to travel so much and being paid so well.

Life most certainly is the grandest it has ever been for us and we continue to pray that this is our turning point and that life will continue to be this good for us for many years to come.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Much Nicer Week Two

We had 4 days to get to the next event which was only 250 miles so we had time to relax and check out some of the sights along our way.

On Monday we had errands to run along our travels and chose to drive under a hundred miles to Austintown, Ohio and stayed at Sleep Inn where we took advantage of the Jacuzzi tub in the room and even though the customer service was fantastic there was a time during our evening when the smoke smell was overpowering for a short time and for this reason we choose to stay in totally non-smoking establishments.

We ate one night at a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Austintown and it was so good that when we were in Canton, Ohio the very next night we enjoyed another meal there and both visits we experienced fantastic service and really delicious food. 

I had…
Southwest Avocado Salad – Blackened Chicken, black bean corn relish, tortilla straws and Chipotle Ranch dressing.

Ragin’ Cajun Big Bowl – Cajun-seasoned medley of smoked sausage, shrimp and chicken, all grilled together with peppers and onions then tossed with a spicy creole sauce and served over herb rice.

And Jerry had…
The Tangler - Cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, crunchy Onion Tanglers®, bistro sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles.

Steak Medallions with Mushrooms - Tender medallions of beef with mushrooms and onions, all topped with garlic butter. Add fried shrimp for an additional charge.

On Tuesday we decided to drive to Canton, Ohio to check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it did not disappoint. We were ok with the price of $24 per person but we were not happy with the additional charge of $10 for parking. If we were just shopping at the store there would not be a parking charge…for some reason we felt that was reversed.

Besides being a bit pricey, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves taking in all the movies and all the exhibits. The photos were exquisite and some were just so breathtaking. After checking out the first floor at first we thought it was not going to be worth the price but the second floor there was a lot to see and well worth the charge. Be sure to check out all of our photos on our Google Photo Albums.

After visiting the Pro Football Hall of Fame we drove just a short few miles to our hotel for the night and ate our second meal at Perkins. We stayed at Ramada and had a King Size Bed Suite and the customer service again was marvelous, the room was clean, the bathroom was smaller than a closet and the bed had another padding on top which made it the most comfortable bed we had so far. The only complaint we had would be that in the morning while we were enjoying our coffee and relaxing in our room the neighbors decided to have some sort of argument which got a little heated and threatening which made us pack up early and leave. We know that is NOT the hotel’s fault but it was unnerving for us.

On our Wednesday drive, a little over a hundred miles as we headed to the shores of Lake Erie to spend a few nights we stopped at a Walmart in Sheffield, Ohio and just because we are anal about traveling still after all these years we do an inspection of our vehicles and I seen a nail in the truck tire. Perfect as usual since this Walmart was able to take care of it for us without any incident. Life is Grand!

Spending a few days on the water was just what the doctor ordered…the water has always been a calming factor in my life and since I introduced the Great Lakes to Jerry he feels the same and it doesn’t have to be the ocean for him anymore.

We got a really great deal on a room for two nights at the Best Western in Port Clinton, Ohio located across the street from Lake Erie and the view and sounds are fantastic, especially since the weather was perfect to leave our window open all night. The customer service, especially from Joel was over the top. It was also perfect since the entire hotel was non-smoking so breathing was wonderful.

We had lunch the first night at Jolly Roger’s Seafood House which had great reviews and we can see why. The perch was the best I have had in such a long, long time, the shrimp was firm and big pieces, the coleslaw was diced with a slight taste of pickles and the tartar sauce was creamy with a superb taste. Jerry had the Walleye and it was juicy and flavorful.

Our second day we had lunch at Big Boy’s and we were disappointed. They did not have Slim Jim’s and the so called Big Boy Burger was not big, nor was it served on a sesame seed bun and the sauce was more like a tartar sauce then a thousand island sauce that I have always had. We did order desert and the Hot Fudge Sundae was excellent.


Just enjoying our evening with a glass of wine, window open and watching Lake Erie calming and preparing us for our second weekend…Life most certainly is the grandest it has ever been for us!

For more photos, check out our Google + Web Albums.