Life on the Road with Paul & Kathleen: "Not bad for two dumb kids from Ohio" - Proving once again that it's never too late to have a happy childhood
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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

7/25/14 -- Ready to Roll????
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We've been in Nacogdoches since the 18th and expected to be here only a few days. We planned to drive down to Livingston to the Escapee's park where we'd pick up our mail and stay until tomorrow (7/25). That was Plan A. It didn't work out the way we planned, so now we are on a "floating plan" - we will leave Nacogdoches when the motor home is "road ready."

A number of Foretravel owners have written on the Foretravel Forum about a certain mechanic in town who is "top notch." Paul had written to him and secured an appointment for Monday the 21st. On Sunday we drove past the place to make sure we knew where it was. The following morning we left our place at the first RV park and headed for this fellow's place. We found the right street - East Main St.\reet, and pulled into an empty lot next to a large building.

And we waited. He was late. Or we had the wrong place! After about a half hour's wait, Paul called the fellow on his phone, and guess what? We were at the wrong place! Paul had a wrong address.

We quickly pulled out of the empty lot (much to Kathleen's relief, as it did not seem a place ready to work on motor homes.) About 2 blocks down the road we came upon the correct address - one that had Foretravels and other motor homes parked in the large lot.

We met the owner and his two workers and in no time flat he had us in a bay in the garage and things began to happen ... oh no, not "things began to happen" good --- things began to happen sort of surprising.... Before the owner (Bernd) even stepped inside, he noticed our "air bags." "Those need to be replaced. They are dangerous." (Surprise #1) "The fuel lines are bad. We need to replace them." Surprise #2 .... and so it went. This guy is very conscientious and his workers are the best we have ever seen. No wonder so many FT owners come here!

So our thoughts of being here on Monday, and out on Tuesday have changed dramatically. Here we are, Thursday night and there is still more to be done. On Monday, thinking we might even be "out" in the afternoon, we spent the afternoon in the waiting room.

When we found out the rig wasn't ready, we spent the nights here in the motor home, in the "bay." We are here during much of the day and have watched these guys.

We have no intention of asking them if they can't get done at a certain time and/or on a certain day. They don't cut corners, and we have been able to watch them work. They know what they are doing, and when the work on our rig is done, we feel confident that we will drive away in a safe, reliable and working motor home. It's 15 years old, and after that length of time, things wear out. We are just glad it has been caught before we had an accident.

So that's why we are uncertain of when we'll get to Houston and take our grandson on the NASA tour as well as to other points of interest. We may have to drive the Honda down to Houston on Saturday to pick Zane up and bring him up here until the rig is ready. We feel pretty certain that the work is nearly done, and guess that perhaps tomorrow evening all will be done; time will tell!

We have had lots of work done on our present rig, and over the years have kept up the necessary yearly maintenance on all our motor homes. These services aren't usually done often - but for our "ATK" (the name we've given her) - these things have shown up just about now!

But we haven't spent ALL the time here at the shop. Last Sunday, our last day at Forest Glenn RV Park, we drove down to Lufkin, TX (about 30 miles south of here) to see the film "Chef" - the theater was in one of the most god-awful places. It could not be seen from the street, and the way into the area was circuitous, to say the least! But we found it, and enjoyed the comical respite.

While we have been here, the other day we took a nice walk on a trail fairly close to the Stephen Austin University (the gem of Nacogdoches.) The trail runs about 8 miles and is in a beautiful area, running along a stream.

When we headed toward the trail we came upon this interesting foot bridge (Goodman Bridge.)

It is one of the few warren truss bridges left in the state of Texas. The original was built n 1932 - it was a one lane wood and metal conduit between Nacogdoches and Cherokee counties over the Angelica River. In 2010 this was created as a foot bridge and transferred to Pelican Park.

The F.E. Abernethy Lanana Creek Trail is a peaceful trail.

In one area, the only way we could see was over these multitudinous tree roots!

On the return trip, we noticed the trail ran closer to the stream and was much easier to navigate!

The trail follows the stream and took us under roads.

Although it was a warm day, the trees kept us in shade most of the time and we enjoyed our sojourn!

Along the way we came upon this memorial/historical marker that told about a certain Fr. Antonio Margil de Jesus (1657-1726) who ministered to the local Indians both here and in other area of the "New World." He is best remembered for his actions while the area was suffering a severe drought in 1718 where Fr. Margil, at a spot close to this sign, with his staff, struck an overhanging rock and water gushed forth from that spot and from a second spot. Indians who had deserted the drought plagued area, hearing about this phenomenon, returned to the area, and for years claimed that the two water sources were the "eyes of Fr. Margil." Today the stream dries up in the hot, dry summer and begins to run again after winter rains.

We also came upon this interesting area. It chronicles the African American Pioneers of Nacogdoches.

On the land close to the sign are a number of grave stones. The dates go back to the 17 and 1800s. There are a few markers from the early 1900s. Many graves do not have a marker (probably lost over time with forces of nature.) However, those graves are now marked with fairly new grave stones that read "UNKNOWN." So those long dead pioneers are not forgotten!

On the way out of the park we noticed this plaque

and stood back to view the tree that was planted to mark the occasion.

We,ve been trying to get a "blood draw" for Kathleen (keeping a check on her PT/INR.) We tried to have it done in Nashville. Even though the woman at the Admissions desk was ever so friendly, our request for a blood draw was denied. Why? Well, it seems that the great state of Tennessee requires a Tennessee certified medical doctor to write a new order (just like the one we have from California!) We were not inclined to find a Tenn. doctor who would agree to write a new order.

So we ended up here in Nacogdoches, and presented ourselves to the admission office. Great Texas hospitality - the order from the CA doctor was accepted and the draw was made (at a cost of $150.00!!)

The hospital (Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital) was rededicated in 1976 and the plaque reads:
"To all men and women who have served in all wars - and a lasting memorial to all who gave their lives to our country."

Outside, we came across this interesting statue of a doctor going out "on call" - makes us recall those days of yesteryear when doctors regularly made "house calls."

One local place we have found and enjoyed is this "Fish Place." Paul has been wanting some Cajun food for several years! When we travel through the "south" for one reason or other, we have not found a restaurant dedicated to Creole or Cajun food. Well, we found one right here in Nacogdoches! We visited several times and became friends with the new owner and several of his employees! Good gumbo!

Oh, and today we celebrate the wedding anniversary of Christina and Chet! Congratulations and many happy years yet to come!

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