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Tom Week – Beach Land

beach street

10/24/19 – Myrtle Beach

Yes, we are once again in Myrtle Beach. Were are parked about 50 yards from the ocean. The guy at the campground gate gave us a standing ovation for our funky RV. He even took our picture. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that it isn’t as old as it looks.

10/25/19 – Fuddruckers!

I forgot there was a Fuddruckers here. I was looking for restaurants online and saw one that described itself as, “Like Fuddruckers.” Then I remembered. Why to go to a “like” when you can go to the real thing. Best bread in the universe.

Oh yeah; Pat and I got married 22 years ago today. Seems like yesterday and forever ago.

10/26/19 – The Golf Cart Parade

Every evening here at Pirateland the people cruise around in their golf carts visiting with neighbors and scoping out the strangers. Having an odd RV we get a lot of people stopping to take pictures.

Went to Bass Pro Shop today and bought flannel shirts. I am such a guy! The we went to Michaels and Pat bought yarn. She’s such a girl.

10/27/19 – Not Raining

The weatherman lied. We had prepared for a full day of heavy rain. We got a small sprinkle last night and that was it. So I got to go for a nice bike ride. 15 miles. I have a shot at making 100 miles for the month. Haven’t done that in a while.

A quick note on my 100 word posts. They are fiction. They are based in reality and day-dreams, but they are fiction.

10/28/19 – Where To?

When we move on a regular basis it’s pretty easy to pick the next move. But when you’ve settled in for several days it gets harder. You want to prolong the current experience, but you also want something new. In the morning there will be inspiration. I hope.

10/29/19 – Wilmington

We’re escaping the weather. Here the rain is going to be less than elsewhere, and the temperature should be lower. We are severe weather wimps.

10/30/19 – Still Wilmington

Our neighbors are the ultimate Americans. They are sitting outside their RV in lawn chairs, drinking beer and watching Andy Griffith on an external big screen TV.

Good bike ride today. I lubed the chain before the ride and it helped. Great bike paths. 14 miles.


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Tags: | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 30, 2019

100 Words – Broken Beauty

water - broken beauty

Across the water, a skyline of trees. The sunset makes rainbows in the river. There is a highway somewhere out there. The traffic noise fades with dying light. To live in such beauty and still be miserable. My soul is truly broken.

In the morning the sun will return. If I sleep I will greet it with hope. If not, acceptance of another day of not living up to expectations. One of these days the big switch in my head will click and all will be well. I will go forth and fulfill me destiny.

Till then, I will wait.

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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 26, 2019

Tom Week – South of the Border

south of the border

10/17/19 – Fayetteville

We’re in a cute little park run by a cute little couple. They remind me of my parents.

The ground is sandy somehow.

10/18/19 – More Fayetteville

Did a pile of laundry today. The adventure never ends.

10/19/19 – Sprouts

There was a Sprouts in Fayetteville. Pat bought bunches of produce.

Today at McDonalds a man asked, “What kinda pies do y’all have?” The south.

We are at this very tacky roadside place called South of the Border, only it’s raining too hard to enjoy it all. Maybe tomorrow.

10/20/19 – Happy Birthday

Today I am 58, which is weird because I’ve been telling people I’m 58 for some time now. I managed to do almost nothing today. Played lot’s of doom and watched a documentary about some abandoned race tracks.

10/21/19 – Lake Marion

We are up the hill from the beach in a beautiful park. Lot’s of squirrels and not nearly as much wet sand as the last place. We are moving south faster than I expected. Soon we’ll be in Georgia. A couple days after that, Florida. Yikes.

10/22/19 – On the Shore

Mega relaxing day. I had a good bike ride, a good nap and got to stare at the lake for an extended period of time.

10/23/19 – Still Here

We decided to sit for another day. I had another good bike ride, another long nap and another wonderful sunset.


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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 23, 2019

100 Words – Time of Night

time of night, late

My favorite time of night. The bars are just shut and all the happy/horny couples head for bed. Groups of failed hook-ups laugh off their failure as they wait for the bus. Then, there he is, the lonely loser walking home alone. No one will ever miss him.

His fancy shoes clip clop unsteadily down the empty sidewalk. My sneakers squish in the last remnants of the earlier rain, but he’s to drunk to hear or care.

Then I curse myself. A nearly silent electric car passes me and slows near my meat. He stumbles in. God, I hate Uber!

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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 19, 2019

Tom Week – Rehoboth to Enfield

Big bug in Rehoboth

10/2/19 – Rehoboth Beach

Road the bike to Enterprise in Rehoboth to pick up the rental car. It was hot, but the ride was much easier than last week’s hillfest.

10/3/19 to 10/6/19

Bad stress and depression. Nothing to write.

10/7/19 – Feeling Better

Today, I have words in my head and they made it all the way to my fingers. We are in Virginia.

I’ve driven in most of the states. So it is with some authority when I say that Maryland has the worst drivers in the country.

10/8/19 – Somewhere in Virginia

Two days ago we were in the North. Now everyone is saying y’all. The amount of change in so few miles is startling.

10/9/19 – Lost in VA

My sense of direction was off today. I kept making wrong turns. Not sure why.

We did eventually arrive at the correct campground. A KOA at King’s Dominion amusement park, which is closed for the season. The amusement park, not the campground.

Abigail got to meet an army of Totos. She ran at them, barking. Then got nose to nose with the bravest of the four little dogs. Then they both just kind of wandered off. She’s so viscous.

We’re finally near roads with big wide shoulders so I’m hoping for a good bike ride tomorrow.

Last night I dreamed I was in Worcester, standing on a corner wearing a shark costume. Pat drove up in Dad’s old Chevy Impala wagon and asked me what I was advertising. I didn’t know so I woke up.

Speaking of Dad, my sister Mary found a six-pack of his old favorite cheap beer, Black Label. In his memory I bought myself a six of my favorite cheap beer, Mickey’s. Yes, the one with the picture puzzles under the caps. Yee Haw!

10/10/19 – Bad Hip

It seems I hurt my hip when I tripped over the gas hose yesterday. I wasn’t able to ride my bike because it was pulling on all the wrong muscles. It didn’t hurt that much but I figured I should take it easy. Getting old sucks.

Many more people came to the campground today. Turns out the amusement park is open Friday-Sunday.

10/11/19 – Virginia Beach

We were here late last October but it is much warmer now. It’s a biker weekend so the campground is full of angry old men grasping the ghosts of their youth. Makes we want to join them.

10/12/19 – Virginia Beach Beach

I had a good bike ride this morning. Ten miles.

Then we went out to lunch and to the beach. We took Pat’s scooter. She road up and down the boardwalk while Tonya and I played in the accessible playground. Last year it was cold and we had it to ourselves. This year it was covered in kids.

10/13/19 – The last Sunday

I overheard a conversation while riding today. It seems that Columbus Day is the last day for most of Virginia Beach. Nearly everything seasonal will be shut on Tuesday.

10/14/19 – VB Squished Pennies

We ventured out today in search of squished pennies. This task has become much easier since Pat found a website that lists where the machines are and what designs they provide.

Other than that I got a pile of writing done.

10/15/19 – North Carolina

If the North Carolina Welcome Center wasn’t closed for renovations we would have gone to a different WalMart.

10/16/19 – Cotton Comes to Enfield

We are at a camp on a dinky back road outside Enfield North Carolina. Looking at the road on the map you would not, and I did not, expect much traffic. The trucks are constant, day and night. Something weird is going on around here. Unfortunately the roads are too narrow and busy for bike riding.

The local news suggests it’s the late cotton crop. Seems there aren’t enough people to handle the harvest. Something about immigrants being scared away by ICE raids.


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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: October 16, 2019


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