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Moving west

October 8, 2018

We traveled on the next day still driving on the little “red ” roads through the small towns and countryside. The United States has a lot more countryside than most people realize, and we find it beautiful! And usually the people are so friendly as well!

Today we drove through southern Illinois. We traveled about 200 miles and took time out for lunch along the way.

We often meet people interested in our rig and carrying our small car on the back of the truck.. it is fairly unique and many people take pictures of us or stop by to ask questions. This happened today at a rest stop. Some trucker came up to Kent and had all kinds of questions. Kent is so patient and answers their questions. I think Kent is a bit flattered as he did a lot of the work and most of the designing of this unit. So he has a right to be a bit proud of it!

At the end of this night we had found another Walmart which allowed people to stay overnight not to far from St Louis, Missouri. Another good night of sleep! We enjoyed the fields of corn and soybeans as we traveled along. Some of the farmers were out harvesting their fields as well. If you look closely at my pictures, you can see they were taken through our trucks windshield while driving… and as the day wore on we had more bugs hit the windshield so they somewhat obscured the view! Hah!

The next day we traveled through Missouri. We have many, many times traveled this highway. We were on a major road now as it was the best route. We are coming to our final long stop along this journey. We were heading for Kansas City, Missouri.

Gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

We had a fun time visiting!

September 29, 2018

After our momentous arrival, we have had a blast with Kent’s brother Ron and wife, Jan. We have done so many things with them.

So we enjoyed the sights around Lexington, Kentucky as well as the fun things we did together! We ended up staying longer than we had anticipated because of rainy weather and wanting to see our son and family one more time before heading west.

Lexington is a Horse town! I have loved horses since I was a little girl and my family had a few of them!  The 450 horse farms around town are beautiful and scenic on the rolling bluegrass hills. The area is just so pretty and makes me feel so refreshed as we drove around with Ron and Jan.

 

 

We also got to see the Thoroughbred Park downtown which has life sized horses running a race. Apparently the town used to allow a race through downtown, so I think this commemorates that. Anyway, just looking at these lifesized figures makes you want to be on one of these animals in the race! I could almost “feel” the horse under me as I looked at these figures.

 

 

We also happened to be there when Keeneland racetrack was having their September sales of horses. We got to go there for that as well as seeing the horses train on the track as well. This was not the time that they were racing just now.

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After seeing Keeneland one day it was a pretty day so Ron took us to a lake, with his jet ski. We all got rides before it started raining. It was exhilarating! Can you see how hard it rained on the guys for the back window of the truck.? You can hardly see them as they were tying the tarp down.

 

 

They also took us to a play one evening. That was a fun date night!

We did get to see their two daughters..but missed their son and all the 4 grandsons. But we were grateful that their daughter Julie who lives further away had a reason to come to town. Yeah! Great to see all of you!img_9790img_9753

We also stopped in a fifty’s style diner.. Burgers, fish, fries and shakes. We each had something delicious and in the end had no room for the shakes or floats. Ohh so sorry!

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It had all kinds of signs around that reminded us of our youth and the cars that were used then. And the one about Indian motorcycles reminded us of Kent’s parents now in their 90’s, when they were dating.. Fun!

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We mostly hung out together and talked, visited and just enjoyed each other. The guys did a lot of talking about finances and also all the jobs they’ve had over the years. Who knows when we would be able to do this kind of visit again? It was a real treat!

Thanks again Ron and Jan. It was such a fun time!

Gratefully,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

Leaving North Carolina in front of Hurricane Florence

September 24, 2018

We left North Carolina about the time Hurricane Florence was hitting the coast. We went over the mountains and ended up near the Smoky Mountain National Park. We had Sunday there so we went to a very friendly and sweet old time church. We enjoyed being there and hearing the gospel preached!

We then took a day to drive around the Smoky Mountains. Beautiful scenery and a peaceful day! We saw a lot of old houses and of course lots of mountains. It was a bit hazy but still beautiful!

One of the things I liked about Smoky Mountains National Park was it was entirely FREE! Apparently the folks that donated some of the land..which I understand was there ancestral land…wanted anyone at any income level to be able to come to the park anytime! I loved that and what a heritage they left! I felt very relaxed and lifted up in my soul after this day! Thank you Kent for taking the day off to do this!

On our way to the National Park, we drove right through Chestnut Hill, Tennessee where we saw the Food processing plant for Bush Beans and the visitors center. So we decided to stop for the video and to see the visitors center. It was so nice. I liked the attitude of the Bush Family staying in their home area and helping and employing the local people. How nice!

Check out the video of the park too!

 

It was a nice quiet stay!

gratefully,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Some other friends come to visit

September 23, 2018

We met Ruth and Mike in Arizona as we both owned the same make of Fifth wheel and pulled them with big white Volvo’s.. it was so exciting for us to meet someone in the same model of RV and living on the road too! We seemed to hit it off from the first day. We have kept in touch and visited them once on the Oregon Coast and once before at their house in North Carolina.

Since we were close by, we wanted to see them and so also invited them to come to the same RV Park. They were willing to do that. Ruth has been through a very traumatic and scary health situation this past year. After having both knees replaced ( at the same time) she had a heart attack and the subsequent heart vale replacement within a few days of the knees. She looked good for all she had had to go through. I was glad she felt well enough for the drive to where we were.

We visited and they had brought soup,  Ron muffins and peach pie for dinner so…very thoughtful! The next day we co tinted visiting and also went back into Asheville when Ruth thought she would enjoy the trolley ride around town. I think we might have pushed her a bit, but we did ride and got off a bit too.

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They did come back to our place for some more visiting. It was great to see them again! Ruth, hoping this year is a much better one than last year!

Grateful for friends!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

And some more visits with dear friends, we are blessed with a lot of them!

September 22, 2018

Sooo another great visit. These friends Logan & Eileen we had met in Bristol at our church, 42 years ago also. They had moved back home many years ago after several company moves. So now they lived near Atlanta, Georgia. They always loved to camp… so I suggested we might be able to camp together, they liked the idea sooo that is what we did!

We reminisced about our one camping episode with them years ago, that ended a bit short as we were tenting it and the neighbors at the campground were more than noisy! Hah,

I picked a place this time that was a drive for them but less for us, near Asheville, North Carolina. We had a great facility but Hurricane Florence decided to come near us. We were blessed that we weren’t in the heavy rains while together though.

Again it was a great visit, but felt TOO short as we had not seen them for 9 years. They took us to Asheville and we all did a city trolley tour. It was a jump on/jump off kind of thing. We had a fun time going from site to site. We got to go to the Grove Park Inn, which is a fabulous resort where many famous people have stayed. We had lunch there and really enjoyed that as well!

So another great visit and sorry to see it end. Hoping we can see these guys somewhere”along the road” in the next few years.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers

More visits with friends, family and supporters!

September 7, 2018

Our last month in Pennsylvania was filled with many more visits. 36 visits this month alone but in total over 75 visits while parked in Pennsylvania. We are so grateful for this time.

We also made a few more short trips. One to visit friends in New Jersey…the farming part. Our friends there had moved to a different house and we were glad to see that and be able to see two of their grown up kids.

We also go to visit some old family friends of my whole family. My family had lived beside this family before I was born, as my father worked in heavy construction and had helped build the older portion of the New Jersey turnpike. But we also had visited them throughout my childhood. Our whole family would come for the July 4th weekend and have a blast together. I had reconnected with this family back in the 90’s and have kept in touch since. It is always fun to meet up with them.

In driving from one friend to another we also got to stop and see the ocean for a bit.. we also stopped in Ocean City, NJ where I went a time or two as a teen. I had a lot of fun but also went because Youth for Christ had meetings and I grew spiritually too! Good memories!

We also had lived in central New Jersey when we were first married…on our way back to our RV house we drove by our first house. We also had worked with a small church in a rough section of Philadelphia while we were students at Philadelphia College of Bible. We went through that area of the city as well and were glad to know the church is still doing well. So this trip had a lot of nostalgia in it.

You can see that Kent took a picture of me standing by the ocean… it was so pleasant! I just love the ocean and enjoyed this little respite!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A very special conference

July 10, 2018

This past week Kent and I flew to Denver. Then spent a few days with Kara and family.

We then boarded a bus with many of our WorldVenture missionaries for a ride into the Rocky Mountains. It was a blast mingling and getting to know some of our young and also retired missionaries. There was one couple that had served in a remote part of the world, now retired. We’d only ever heard of them but had not had the opportunity to meet them. It was a pleasure!

We all had gathered for the 75th anniversary of our mission. The program consisted of lots of stories showing the history of our mission, much of which we didn’t know  and how many of our people had to overcome obstacles and where they ended up. At one point, we were asked to stand if you had served on two different and diverse fields… there were many of us!

It was a fun time gathering around the tables for conversation and hearing and sharing of how God has lead us in ministry. It was exciting to hear about new ways of doing ministry! Also hearing of the many who have come to Christ and many churches and schools established. God is still building His church!

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Beautiful venue, blessed conference and wonderful fellowship! Happy 75 years old WorldVenture!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

A fun excursion

June 29, 2018

My mother’s siblings have gotten together for lunch once a month for about 10 years now. It is always fun to meet up with them at these lunches. Several of the siblings are finding it harder to come as my moms closest sister is over 90 and one brother too. So these special lunches are a real treat!

I did mention to my two aunts present at the last lunch that I wanted to know if any of them liked gardens like my grandmother, their mother did. My aunt Ethel immediately said she did! And in fact there was going to be a garden tour near me the next week! I said “ let’s go together!” And so it was settled.

We had a great time and went to 8 different gardens. I also enjoyed the older stone houses on the properties. There are so many old houses from around 1700’s in this area. We were a bit disappointed that there were less flowers blooming but that was due to the rainy weather this spring and not the owner’s fault.

We still had an enjoyable day with lunch in the middle to visit a bit more! I was so glad as I haven’t had time over the years to get to know Aunt Ethel all that much so this was a treat!

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jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

Traveling east and finding fun places to stay

June 10, 2018

We have been traveling along many red or country roads for the last few weeks. Kent and I really enjoy that. We both were raised on farms and so really enjoy these drives.

We are always on the look out for low overpasses and small bridges and places to pull off the road safely due to the weight of our RV house and the big truck so we can enjoy all these places. Just the same we do find all kinds of fun places to stay.

Kent has an app for his mobile devices that helps us find some of these places to park overnight for free. Yes, that is right for FREE! Now some of you know that Walmart’s often allow an RV to park overnight in their parking lots. I am sure some of you have seen RVs parking at some Walmarts near you. And we do park at some Walmarts. But there are lots of other places to park for free.

Of course, having friends or family with big enough property for us to park on has been one of the biggest blessings on this trip. And when needed they gave us electric…so we can use either heater(when it is cold) or air conditioning when it is hot or humid! We also got some fresh water from some hosts and several have allowed us to wash our clothes too.

Some of you are wondering what do you do about dumping our tanks? Well, we look for places like campgrounds, fairgrounds and other places that will allow us to dump either for free or a few dollars. Now we are not unwilling to park in a RV campground or other places where we have full hookup BUT we feel like it is like a treasure hunt to find places where we don’t have to pay…to stay.

So here is a collage of some of the places including friend’s houses where we have parked for free… you can see some of them were in the country and some more in the city but all interesting and fun!

We have now traveled through the following states…leaving Arizona, traveling through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania.

We have driven on a few major highways but many more smaller red or side roads..we try to avoid dirt roads as the stones might damage our RV and truck😒! We love driving through the small towns… some have been as small as less than 100 and of course some large cities as well.

We have met many wonderful people on our way. We have been in churches and even a Cowboy Church in Colorado. We have met people in parks, in parking lots, some stores, in a few restaurants.

And we have seen lots of scenery along the way. From the red rocks of Utah to the rolling hills of Iowa and Nebraska to the flatter farmland of Illinois and Indiana to the beautiful scenery in Michigan and finally the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. We have seen all kinds of crops being raised…corn, soybeans, northern beans, wheat, and alfalfa…this only what we could see from the roads. We heard about hydroponic tomatoes being raised in a huge greenhouse in Nebraska.

We have seen all kinds of herds of cattle, goats, alpacas and a HUGE sheep herd that we had to slowly drive along with them as they were being herded by horse and sheep dog around us and other motorists in Colorado. And in Pennsylvania have seen the many herds of dairy cows.

We have had a lot for fun, finding places for lunch along the way…we try to find a place to stop and have lunch in our RV but often meet some locals in the process. One day in Nebraska a local came to see if we had broken down or needed any help? Kent chatted with him and got to know a lot about the little town we had stopped in! We really enjoy the small towns and don’t mind slowing down to enjoy them.

We also have had tons of people slow down their vehicles as they drive past us. So they can take a picture or video of us and our unusual rig carrying our little smart car…

We find the people of America to be so friendly and helpful! And we love traveling through it to find those people. We feel so fortunate to be a citizen of this great country and able to travel from state to state and meeting all these wonderful people and many of them are our dear friends who have supported us through these 40 years of ministry!

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Our final day driving for some time

June 7, 2018

We drove our last day in our RV house for some months. We drove into Pennsylvania and overnighted at a Walmart parking lot for our last night on the road. Then we did some office work in the morning and took our time driving to our destination.

We so enjoyed our drive through the rolling green hills and valleys of north western and central PA. It is beautiful as they have had lots of rain and everything is very green!

We were wondering if we would have to drive in a rainstorm, but were very grateful to get to Lancaster and get parked and even electricity for our rig before a summer down pour pelted us! We were so glad to be off the road and parked before that. It rained hard for several minutes but continued to rain for several hours.

It was so good to get off the road and get settled. We are parked on some new friend’s property. We met Lee and Pam in Arizona this winter and when we told them our dilemma to find a place to park our rig for the summer… they offered to host us! How very nice! We all went to church together and then to lunch and met some of their friends. It was so nice and a warm Pennsylvania welcome!

Last night we went to see our dear friend’s Jack and Jean and also Joyce another dear friend came. We all had a wonderful first visit! We are now planning many other visits. Many friends to visit and so we will be here for several months. So thanks for those who have prayed for us along the way!

And for those concerned about our truck… I am writing this blog from a truck repair place today…so soon our truck will be even better!

We are praising God for His protection on the road and provision of a place to park.

Looking forward to seeing many more friends in the next weeks and months!

May God Bless you this summer too!

Jan

For the Roaming Reimers