Here are the Blogs in the Newfoundland Loop 2009 category.
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Saturday, 1 August 2009
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This 46 day loop started in Nashville with major stops in Charleston SC, Brooklyn NY, Greenport NY, Acadia NP, Medford NS, Newfoundland, Ottawa ON, Forest City IA, Brainerd MN, Woodbury MN and back to Murray KY. Click here to start at the beginning. ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/01/2009 10:59 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 31 July 2009
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The photo shows the huge oak trees at Ramsey State Park. We gave Maine the award for the Worst Roads. The best road was the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick.  Today was our last day. We had the View washed and waxed in Paducah. At the shed in Murray, we packed just about everything into the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/31/2009 3:55 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 30 July 2009
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We covered 390 miles today. Tomorrow it is just 215 miles to Murray KY where we put the View away in the "barn" probably until early 2010. We woke to rain and got soaked putting away the power cable and water hose and doing a "dump".  The rain continued all morning. Driving was nothing but rain, fog ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/30/2009 11:35 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 30 July 2009
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We have gone full circle back to the campsite in Oakdale, WI we stayed at on Day 34. It is 302 miles from Brainerd. There were no photos taken today of any interest; an out of focus large buffalo herd on a hill beside the Interstate and a really green colored river with green scum on the shore. Accordingly, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/30/2009 1:48 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 28 July 2009
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This was a relaxing day. I worked at the computer and then sorted slides while Mavis went into town with Susan. When Gary got home we trucked two kayaks to the Gull River dam and then paddled back to the house (see photo). It was beautiful and so quiet on the river. There was a strong current and we ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/28/2009 10:29 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 28 July 2009
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We drove 140 miles to the log home of our Nortel friends, Gary and Susan, near Brainerd. The house is on the Gull River which drains Gull Lake and empties into the Mississippi River at Crow Wing State Park. The photo shows the Gull River just below the log home. This area is a popular vacation spot ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/28/2009 3:56 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 26 July 2009
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The girls went to Cirque du Soleil under the Grand Chapiteau (tent) in St. Paul. The boys all went to the soccer game in Lakeport. Mark's team lost 7 to 1. They might have done better if it had rained like yesterday. We flew the kite from Cape Hatteras yesterday in the big field behind the house (see ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/26/2009 10:27 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 25 July 2009
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The day started out well with breakfast at the Not Justa Café in Bayport, about 16 miles east. I had one of the "Messes" which included hash browns, bacon, scrambled eggs, and cheese all mixed up. The place was packed as always. Our 6 year old grandson, Michael, had the 12" chocolate chip pancake with ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/25/2009 10:44 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 24 July 2009
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The RVs left the park in a very orderly fashion. A mile north is another park with 10 dump stations. Most of us headed there and dumped the holding tanks after 5 days. Driving north to the Twin Cities the sky was threatening (see photo). We missed all the storms but St Paul was hammered with golf ball ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2009 10:38 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 24 July 2009
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This was the last day of the Rally. Mavis took a class on convection microwaves and I learned about boondocking. This is about camping in your motor home with no access to power, water or sewer. There were long discussions on solar power, and conserving water. The most unique idea was using a macerator ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2009 3:57 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 22 July 2009
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We both took the friends and family CPR course this morning, then toured the cabinet making plant after lunch. There have been so many cut backs that there wasn't a lot going on the plant, but there was a high degree of automation and emphasis on quality. Our site has power but no water or sewer. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2009 10:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 22 July 2009
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I finished the second half of the RV Driving Safety course this morning. It was well worth the time spend. Did you know that in the event of a blow-out you should press the accelerator and not the brakes?  Did you know that the date of manufacture is on the sidewalls of your tires? If you buy a new ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2009 12:18 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 21 July 2009
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I attended the first session of the RV Driving Safety course today.  The instructor is a retired state trooper with 37 years experience. He is doing a great job, and I learned a lot. Such as the 5 tests you will be given if you are stopped for suspected DUI.  We had homework to do investigating our ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/21/2009 2:53 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 19 July 2009
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We are now at the Winnebago Grand National Rally. There are over 1,200 motorhomes and 2,600 attendees. The rally is superbly organized. On arrival you check in and escorted to your site. There is power but no water. We are in the View/Navion section in a pod with 3 other Views. It didn't take long ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/19/2009 10:56 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 18 July 2009
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Another long day driving 304 miles. The route took us south beside Lake Michigan's Green Bay, then southwest across Wisconsin. It was almost all 2 lane roads at 55 mph and the View achieved 19.6 mpg.  Central time starts when you cross the Menominee River into Wisconsin. Menominee MI is on one side ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2009 10:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 18 July 2009
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About all we did today was drive 359 miles and go through US Immigration & Customs. We crossed into the USA at Sault St Marie. Mavis was prepared with a long written list of provisions but the officer didn't even ask about meat, fruits, and vegetables.. We were delayed about 20 minutes. Tonight we ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2009 12:25 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 16 July 2009
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Last night we stayed with Nortel friends, John & Yolanda, in their driveway. They have a very interesting home in Ottawa. Many of the details are Frank Lloyd Wright. The photo taken out the kitchen window shows the unique eave troughs which are hung below the eaves. John is working with a group of former ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2009 10:37 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 16 July 2009
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It was a short drive to Ottawa from the campsite but made longer by wrong turns that took us through some lovely Ontario farm country. In Ottawa I went looking for the Rideau Canal to see if there were any Great Loopers tied up to the lock walls, but couldn't find the canal in the maize of streets ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2009 11:49 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 14 July 2009
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We set two records today; one for the longest distance traveled in one day 420 miles, (9.25 hours) and the second for having to fill up twice with diesel in one day. Traffic through Montreal was very heavy and as always the roads were under construction in the city. There wasn't a picture worth putting ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2009 10:48 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 13 July 2009
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We have been running over the due time for the View's 30,000 mile oil change. The job needs to be done at a dealer. We got lucky today and found a Dodge Sprinter dealer in Moncton, NB that would do the job. We were in and out in a couple of hours, so we are still on schedule.  The rest of the day was ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2009 11:32 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 13 July 2009
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The ferry left Argentia at 11:15 PM. It seems it is behind schedule as only 3 of the 4 engines are working. A part that never breaks in the almost new Caterpillar MaK engine broke. Since there was no spare, they have to wait for the replacement part to come from Germany. Since this part never breaks ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2009 12:20 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 11 July 2009
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There is a cod tongue in the center and another lower right. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2009 10:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 11 July 2009
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This is our last day on the Island. We did some shopping at the Newfoundland Costco where prices seemed to be 50% to 100% higher than on the mainland. The only bargains were the iPods which sell for the same price in Canadian $ as US$. Our next stop was the Railway Coastal Museum. It does a good ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2009 10:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 11 July 2009
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The St John's East Rotary Club met this morning 7:30AM at the Sheraton Hotel. It was the classiest setting I have seen yet for a Rotary Club. They served a terrific breakfast with 3 kinds of eggs, breads, etc. I didn't see any cod tongues on toast. We then headed for Witless Bay but found the whale ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2009 1:31 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 9 July 2009
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It's 158 miles from the park to St. John's via the Trans Canada Highway also known here as TCH. In most places the road is built very high, perhaps 8 feet above the ground. The ground is very marshy like tundra so it takes a lot of gravel and sand for support so the road will not heave in the winter. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2009 8:46 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 8 July 2009
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Mavis decided that today was cleaning day so I had to make myself scarce. I used the time to climb a 200 ft high headland near the RV Park. Then we drove out to the Long Point Lighthouse at Devils Cove Head which offers spectacular views from a height of 330 feet.  The view over the cliffs looks a lot ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2009 10:51 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 8 July 2009
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The spectacular view from the Durrell Museum....Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2009 1:16 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 7 July 2009
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We made the right decision yesterday to come to this village, it is the most scenic place yet and the real Newfoundland. I also learned that yesterday's weather was a true Northeaster with winds of 35 knots. The claim that this is the Iceberg Capital of the World was fulfilled. It turns out that there ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/07/2009 9:08 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 6 July 2009
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The weather today was the worst ever in the View. Rain, fog, high winds, and a temperature that started at 43 and is now 39 degrees F in Twillingate (twillin-gate) With the weather so poor, I couldn't face an extra 420 miles (round trip) of driving to St Anthony to see the authenticated place where ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2009 10:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 5 July 2009
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We drove 194 miles to Green Point Campground in Gros Morne NP. It was raining all morning and the temperature dropped to 54 degrees F. Gros Morne is best known for its wilderness and spectacular mountain views. We stopped at Lobster Cove Head and toured the lighthouse (see photo). At Green Point ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/05/2009 11:51 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 4 July 2009
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Up early we arrived at the Marine Atlantic ferry dock at 6:45AM only to wait till 9:15 to board the ferry as it was running behind schedule. Built in 1986 the MV Caribou was named after the original S.S. Caribou ferry that was sunk by a torpedo from the German Submarine U69 on October 13, 1942 with ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2009 9:48 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 4 July 2009
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Colin and Jane's Cape Cod style home was built in 1834 on a pioneer farm (see photo). The stone wall was built about 1790 from rocks on the fields when the farm was started. The chestnut trees are probably just as old. After breakfast with toasted home-made bread we were on our way 350 miles to North ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2009 12:29 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 4 July 2009
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The KOA Campground turned out to be excellent and had the cleanest and best equipped laundry yet. It also had a guy who rents a space and steams fresh caught live lobster and corn on the cob for about $20 each. We went for it and had an excellent dinner. This morning we were second behind a tour ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/04/2009 12:26 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 1 July 2009
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As I had only booked the Park campsite for 2 days we moved to a KOA closer to the Yarmouth Ferry. We parked in downtown Bar Harbor and saw the sights (see photo). Lobster is big here and just about every boat in the harbor is a lobster boat. I found out at the Visitors Bureau that the Bar Harbor ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2009 11:16 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 1 July 2009
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Today the weather forecasts were completely wrong. Instead of rain, we had sun; instead of 70's we had 60's. Acadia is on an island called Mt Desert Island. There are free propane buses sponsored by L.L. Bean that take you all over the island. We took advantage and went to Sand Beach. We then hiked ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2009 11:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 1 July 2009
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At Searsport we stopped at the Bluejacket Shipcrafters Model factory. It has been in business since 1905 and manufactures model kits sold through catalogs for about $250 each. Assembled and finished they are $2,500-$8,000. They also reluctantly offer a few finished sailboat models made in China for ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2009 11:11 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 1 July 2009
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Fog and rain would describe the weather for the day. There was only one place where the fog cleared up for a few miles. I selected US-1 which took us around the coast of Penobscot Bay.  There were numerous beautiful historic towns all along the route. We stopped in Rockland and toured the Farnsworth ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2009 11:06 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 28 June 2009
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Last night at dinner we got to know Michael and Lorna from Aberdeen, Scotland. They flew over for the weekend to attend TrawlerFest. They have purchased a 75 ft wooden fishing boat in Scotland and will either restore it and sail it across the Atlantic or buy an equivalent boat here. They want to do ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/28/2009 10:14 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 27 June 2009
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The seminars were held in an old movie theater that is still in use. There are at least 3 screens. The acoustics in our theater were very good and people had no trouble hearing without a microphone. About 50 people attended my talk which was very good considering the rather low turnout overall. My slides ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/27/2009 9:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 27 June 2009
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The ferry across Long Island Sound was booked for 1:00PM. We got there early and got lucky to be the last vehicle loaded on the 12:00 noon ferry.  This gave us an extra hour in Greenport. This is a beautiful old town on the eastern end of Long Island. We found a place to park downtown near TrawlerFest ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/27/2009 9:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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