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Mansions and Rocky Cliffs

Day 3 in Newport, Rhode Island

semi-overcast 63 °F
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Julie was our hostess this morning and made us a wonderful hot breakfast. I had a veggie omelet and Wynn had a variety like a farmer's breakfast. It was a fun group of people we met. There were only 5 or 6 rooms in this bed and breakfast and everyone was so nice. We packed up early and left around 9am for the day. We drove to the parking lot across from the Breakers and took our Cliff walk. It was quite rigorous in places and we walked around 6 miles. I took a million pics but I will try to keep myself in check. You’ll have to come visit if you want to see them all…

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I was pretty tired at the end of the walk, but we still were planning on bike riding Ocean Drive. I included a couple of pics from Newport Harbor. (Very windy there) We drove and parked at Fort Adams State Park where we unloaded our bikes. I went and got a couple of pics of the old sailing ship and then the bridge into Newport! We were glad that the bikes made the trip without any harm. I rode my e-bike and Wynn rode his old faithful. It was a ten mile ride of absolute beauty and of crazy beach houses, I should say mansions. We saw Jay Leno's compound and many others we did not know who owned them. I loved riding with the spray and sound of the ocean!

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Once we finished and had the bikes packed away, we went into the fort and got some yummy hot chocolate…hit the spot for sure! Then we punched in the next hotel's address and drove the 1 hour 45 minutes into Cape Cod, MA. We are staying in a little cottage at a family resort called Veranda in South Yarmouth. It is quaint and clean and right on Rt 28. We found a place to eat just a mile down the road called Hearth and Kettle and we had a lovely meal. Wynn is finally getting to eat as much fish as he wants and I am finding other lean and greens to enjoy. We did split a petite dessert tonight! .

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Now we are back at our room, getting ready to plan our lighthouse trip around the cape tomorrow. It is suppose to be sunny and in the 70's. So day 3 comes to a close. Biking, hiking and rock climbing(not really) has Wynn and Me ready for an early bedtime, hoping we won't be too sore to get out of bed in the morning. Good night to all…

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Over the Bridge and Up the Coast

Day 2 of Northeast Adventure

rain 60 °F
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Welcome to Day two, where nothing happened that we had planned, but still such a wonderful day. So thankful that we built time in to just do something we find with no schedule. We left our room at Quality Inn Mystic and headed downtown. We got our 3000 steps in as we waited for the Knot Shop to open. It was wet enough out for our rain gear but mostly just an annoying drizzle. We enjoyed the shops downtown and the walk along the boardwalk.
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We decided to head to Newport a little earlier since we couldn't bike today. We connected with Ryan's former soccer coach and set up to meet him for dinner tonight. Our schooner ride in Newport was cancelled. But we didn't feel too badly since we got one in last night. What we did find to do was take a tour through The Breakers Mansion, home to the Vanderbilts. All I can say is Wow! Pictures sure don't do it justice. We downloaded the app and listened to the tour guide through our phone…never did that before. It was very well done and we could move at our own pace. We walked along the grounds too and saw where the Cliff walk goes through that we plan to take tomorrow. My favorite spot was the outdoor balcony overlooking the water!
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Then we found our way around the city and got ourselves to the Ocean Drive…10 miles of beauty that we hope to bike tomorrow. I will throw in a few pics to whet your appetite. Hopefully the sun will peak out tomorrow so the pics will be more vibrant. We will start at Fort Adams.
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We wound our way down the city streets to a little bed and breakfast, called the Admiral's Inn. Comfy bed, little bath room and free breakfast in the morning. The hostess is quite a trip and really puts herself out for us. She is a firecracker! We are right close to downtown.
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Now time for a short rest before meeting up with Bill tonight for dinner. Carmen is in Ohio caring for her Mom, so we won't get to see her (go figure) but hopefully we can catch up with her the next time she comes home. Prayers for her Mom, please. We met Bill at the Brick Alley for a wonderful dinner. I had chicken piccata and the guys had scallops. What a visit we had! Bill was heading out fishing and we headed back to our B&B. Thank you, Lord for forever friends! And I am soooo mad at myself for not getting a pic together with Bill!

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On the road again

First stop: Mystic, CT

overcast 64 °F
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My first time in Connecticut and loving it! We started out on the road at 6am. It was cool and drizzly but we enjoyed seeing the trees starting to turn in PA. We drove straight across on I-80. Traffic was light for the first 6 hours.

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We got a call from our schooner ride in Newport, RI on the way saying that the ride tomorrow was doubtful because of pending rain, so would we want to ride tonight at 5pm. We tried to move along (I was driving) but there was stop and go traffic and a couple of accidents that slowed things down. We called her back and decided to pass on tonight's ride. On a whim, I tried to call Argia Sailing and see if they had any tickets available for a sail ride tonight in Mystic and they had two left. We found out where to park and walked the short distance to the wharf. Here are a couple of pics from our walk downtown. We passed Mystic Pizza and of course took a pic there. We also saw the big drawbridge drawn up.
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We got there at 4pm for a 5:30 departure. It was a wonderful adventure. We got a little damp on the way home, but we did get to see a wonderful sunset and be out on the water for 2 hours. Here are a few shots from the boat.
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We saw the lighthouse where the the first woman was the light keeper. We also saw the lighthouse on Dumpling Island. And of course Fisherman Island where all the rich dudes live.
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Upon returning we stopped at Texas Roadhouse for steak and ribs along with salads and broccoli…yum! We are staying at a Quality Inn in Mystic and are looking forward to a good night sleep! Tomorrow we have plans to do a few inside things and hope to get a visit in with Bill Smyrnow! Newport, RI, here we come…ready or not!

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Northeast! Yes, please!

First Retirement Trip together -October Fall Foliage

Trip has been planned, reservations made and packing has begun. We have always wanted to go to New England and see the lighthouses along the coast and see the trees in all their glory in Vermont and New Hampshire, but I have always been coaching volleyball. This is the year. Wynn is retired and just returned from a trip with two of his brothers to California in a Baseball Adventure to 4 parks in 6 days, watching the Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants, LA Angels and the San Diego Padres. I gave him a week to recover and now we are ready to start another adventure- this time together! We leave on October 3, 2021 at 6pm.

We are driving my red van with a rocket box on top. Our bikes will be tucked inside and we are looking forward to hiking, cycling and taking lots of pictures. And yes, I will be taking my e-bike so I can keep up with Wynn. We are hoping to cycle in every state. We also should be receiving our Lighthouse passport so we can start collecting the stamps. I sure hope it comes before we leave on Sunday. We are anticipating a Schooner Ride in Newport, RI and a Rail Bike trip in the Adirondacks which is a new thing to me.

So come along with us as we traverse the Northeast and see God’s glorious Fall in person.

Gerbers on the Move…

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And the Journey Begins

Let’s tour east coast before going across

So the bags are packed and ready to go. Ryan is taking us to the airport and he was on time. ????????????????

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Got to the airport at 9:45 and were greeted by these happy faces. Tim and Jill Cook and Linda Varady and Jacki Hopkins.

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Brian And Sharon Gardiner joined us about 15 minutes later and ourhappy group of eight we’re ready to board.
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Our flight was delayed by about 30 minutes but finally we got on and had an easy flight to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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This is the first blue sky we’ve seen in a few days. Flying above the clouds is always part of the trip that I like the most. So we arrived in Charlotte and then had lunch at Chick-fil-A’s and will soon be boarding to go back up north to Newark, New Jersey. I will take the crazy flying schedule because we saved $1000 on each ticket by doing it this way.
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The three Grammies are already getting in trouble
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Landed in Newark NJ and then had to go through another 45 minute process to get through a different security and TSA. Ready to put my feet up.
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So we are on the flight to go across the big pond and I will check in with y’all tomorrow.

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