Drive to Mexico

Day 8

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August 6 – Laredo, Texas

Last night we met up with Dan Chapple and Moises Ruiz here in Laredo, TX.  Tomorrow (Friday) morning we travel to Puebla, Mexico with them.  We spent most of today inside to avoid the heat!

Morning Coffee ... you guessed it!  Starbucks across from Claire's in the Mall.
Morning Coffee … you guessed it! Starbucks across from Claire’s in the Mall.

 

7:30 PM – Dinner

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Moises
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Dan
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Phil
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Carolyn

Day 7

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August 5 – Laredo, Texas

 

We have arrived!  We made it to Laredo, TX!  Besides the extreme heat in this town, we are glad to have made it this far.  We will be here for 2 nights and head across the border early Friday morning in hopes that we will make it through Customs and all the necessary things to be on our journey to Puebla in good time. 

Please pray for:

  • Rest during our stay in Laredo
  • Our crossing the Mexican Border on Friday morning
    • Favour with all Officials we encounter
    • Smooth transition/import of our Dog, “Bear” and our car
    • Quick process for our Visas
  • Safety as we travel

Here are a few pics from today’s trip:

Park where we walked Bear this morning!
Park where we walked Bear this morning!
Had to take the Toll Road to not get caught in the major construction and traffic through Austin, TX - This road is fast!
Had to take the Toll Road to not get caught in the major construction and traffic through Austin, TX – This road is fast!

 

Always a welcome!!!
Always a welcome!!!
And now ... it's even faster!!  Must have been the Coffee!
And now … it’s even faster!!
Lunch at a Rest Area near San Antonio, TX
Lunch at a Rest Area near San Antonio, TX
And, we're in Laredo!
And, we’re in Laredo!

 

Day 6

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August 4

Tomorrow we have a shorter drive from Round Rock, TX to Laredo, TX and then staying put for 2 nights as we meet up with Dan Chapple and Moises Ruiz and head through Mexico!

How high are these roads?
How high are these roads?
Neat - O !
Neat – O !
Look at the Muffler on that Van!
Look at the Muffler on that Van!
Green Sports Car
Green Sports Car
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Bear being his usual cute self!
Bear being his usual cute self!

 

Day 5

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August 3

Today we left Jackson TN and headed down I-65 to I-30 and ended up in Mt. Pleasant TX.

Tomorrow we Head for Round Rock, TX – They say you can Drive 85 MPH in and around Austin, TX – Carolyn is so excited!

8:30 AM

This wind chime has got to be the Grandmama of all wind chimes!

For those of you who like fast, cool cars … 

Way Cool!  Or, should we say, "HOT!"
Way Cool! Or, should we say, “HOT!”

Pass on the Right! Pass on the Left! Weave in-and-out! No Problem!
Pass on the Right! Pass on the Left! Weave in-and-out! No Problem!

 12:15 PM – Lunch

Neat Rest Area - Stop for Lunch!  Restrooms we like a deep freeze - very cool!  Ha Ha!
Neat Rest Area – Stop for Lunch! Restrooms we like a deep freeze – very cool! Ha Ha!

 

Bear in his Air Conditioned Comfort!
Bear in his Air Conditioned Comfort!
Finally the sign we've been waiting for!
Finally the sign we’ve been waiting for!
Dinner and a very hot walk around the park!
 6:30 PM – Dinner and a very hot walk around the park!

 

 

 

Today in Mt Pleasant TX
Today in Mt Pleasant TX – It’s SCREAMING HOT!!!

 

 

Day 4

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August 4

9:00 AM

Today we drove from Edinburgh, IN through Louisville and Nashville to Jackson, TN.

Packing the car from our hotel room window!  What a great idea!
Packing the car through our hotel room window! What a great idea!
We missed taking pictures of the other state signs
We missed taking pictures of the other state signs
Seems we missed more than just Dinosaurs. Zip lines through caves sounded cool too!
Seems we missed more than just Dinosaurs. Zip lines through caves sounded cool too!

 

12:15 PM – Lunch

Thanks to a good friend from Lion's Head, we enjoyed lunch at Subway.
Thanks to a good friend from Lion’s Head, we enjoyed lunch at Subway.

 

This is not just a video of some tree tops!  Listen carefully!  We think it’s Cicadas

Cicada of Tennessee
Cicada of Tennessee
Pretty sure this isn't referring to our Dog, "Bear".
Pretty sure this isn’t referring to our Dog, “Bear”.

 

That’s all for today folks!  Tomorrow we head to Mt. Pleasant TX.

Day 1 & 2

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July 30, 2015

Wow!  The Day finally arrived and we were off!  After several very long days of trying to get things finished up, the house ready, storing things and packing up, we left home July 30 heading on a week long adventure to Mexico.

Our First Day on the Road was long. The photos and captions below tell the story!

7:30 AM

Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 4.22.12 PMOur PAC Team from Bethel Church which consists of 7 people (plus some of their children) arrived at our home to prayer with us and see us off. Of course the car was all packed, we were very tired and didn’t get any photos of this vitally important part of our trip!

9:30 AM

We finally pulled away from our 155 Lakewood home.  Wow! So many things to take care of at the last hour!!

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Sometime Later …

Quick Stop somewhere before London!  Hmm ... now why can't we remember!!!?
Quick Stop somewhere before London! Hmm … now why can’t we remember!!!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 PM

Teen Challenge, London.  We drove through London to drop off our Red Mazda 3 at Teen  Challenge – they take car donations!  We have been impressed with the ministry of Teen Challenge and know some people who have worked with them.page_banner_donatecar

3:00 PM

Tim Horton’s – Strathroy.  Met up with Phil’s brother Stephen to head across the U.S. border and onto his place for a couple of nights in Big Rapids, MI.1297182132274_ORIGINAL

 

 

4:30 PM

Crossed the Bluewater Bridge at Sarnia to the United States.  Thanks to the fervent prayers of our Ministry Partners, this was the fastest, smoothest Canada/US border crossing ever!  So fast, we didn’t have time to get our camera out!!  How awesome is that?!!

6:30 PM

Dinner in Imalay City, MI

First Pit Stop – it only classifies as a pit stop if you stop for more than a few minutes.  “Nachos” – Are we like Heading to Mexico or something!
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Dinner in the Park!
Dinner in the Park!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:30 PM

Fuelling Station: Saginaw, MI – Cool Sunset, even cooler full moon over the McDonald’s Golden Arches.

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10:45 PM

Big Rapids, MI – Here we stay for a couple of nights with Phil’s brother, Stephen!

The Long awaited … Night, Night!

July 31

Great sleep last night!!  Much needed! No travel day – just seeing the sights of the town where Phil’s brother Stephen lives and works:  Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.

Tomorrow … we have a long driving day – on to Edinburgh, IN – Heading through Grand Rapids (hmm … just how grand might they be?) and Indianapolis.

Friday Morning Market - Big Rapids!
Friday Morning Market – Big Rapids

 

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Morning walk into downtown
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Not always a good thing! It’s Free, but … just give it a try! Go on! We  dare you!
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The Official Office of the … Big Cheese!
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On stage! To an audience of …
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Hi Bear! We got an email that said to say, “Hi!” to Bear! Oh, wait … not that Bear!
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That would be his name beside his head!
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Stephen treated us to dinner at the “Blue Cow”, doesn’t sound so good, but it was … outstanding!
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What an amazing sunset on our walk along the River Path!
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Blue Cow, Blue Buses … We sense a theme going on here!
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The Big Rapids!!!!
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Astonishingly Beautiful!
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And then … we got rained out of our walk along the river!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Cow!  Who Knew!
Blue Cow! Who Knew!