Road Trip

Spending the night at Cracker Barrel somewhere in Virginia

Sue and I recently completed our first RV road trip.  This was the 23 foot vehicle we bought in October on a whim.  We originally went out to buy a sectional couch for our living room and came home with an RV.  It could be the ultimate impulse buy.

Our adventure took us to visit family in the southern part of the US.  Atlanta, Georga, Ocala, Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach in Fla, and Cullowee, North Carolina.  We also stopped by to see friends in St Augustine, Fla for a day.  This highlight of course was getting to spend time with our grandchildren in Atlanta.  Second to that was being able to attend a surprise birthday party for Kate. Kate and Fabio lived with us for a few months while they were making seaworthy their tiny home, Tranquility, a 28 foot Columbia sailboat.  We fondly refer to them as the “Italians”.  We attended their wedding in the Italian Alps two years ago and that was an item on our bucket list that makes all the others pale in comparison.

Photo session falls apart after a couple of minutes
Kate and Fabio.  The Italians

We parked on the property of those we visited and either bunked in their home or in the RV.  Our two dogs determined weather we stayed in or out of the home.  Not everyone is a dog person.

While on the road we were able to stay in the back lots of Cracker Barrel restaurants.  That worked out much better than we had anticipated while planning this trip.

Cracker Barrel camping in Pennsylvania

All of the photos are   HERE

2017 Winter RV Road Trip from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

Moving On

Lucy keeping my seat warm.

After a wonderful week in Atlanta with #2 son and family, it’s time to move on to the next stop in our Road Trip. Ocala, Fla is our destination and we plan on getting there today, Saturday.  We also got to spend a lot of time and got to know two of our three grandchildren.  The third being a week old probably won’t remember this visit.  Or he won’t admit to remembering.


Ella and Owen
Photo session falls apart after a couple of minutes when Liam is added to the shoot.


Football, Music and Bike Rides


Spent mid week in Atlanta with both boys at #2 sons home.  We gathered for the Gold Cup semi finals and watched the US get beat by Jamaica in front of 72,000 screaming fans in a sold out Georgia Dome. My first US Men’s National Team game was in some small college field in Indiana back in the mid 80’s with less than a thousand fans packed in sitting on portable stands.

Leaving the house in our US outfits.
Leaving the house in our US outfits.
We  changed into our Panama shirts for the second match.
We changed into our Panama shirts for the second match.

The second game was how I remembered playing football back in the 20th century, with all the controversy, bad fan behavior and the general craziness of the atmosphere. This is how it’s done in the Southern Americas and it’s very entertaining.

On the music side of things.

The Friday night concert series on Pier 3 in New Bedford will feature a send off celebration Samantha-Johnsonfor Samantha Johnson. She has been performing all over the county and abroad for a long time and she is now being recognized as a trained, well polished, professional vocalist.

The concert proceeds with Brass Force Funk band.  I’ll be packing my bike with a couple of cold ones and riding from Fairhaven at around 5:30 ish.

Biking this weekend

Bike Fall River will hold 2 rides this weekend
Saturday – July 25, 2015 – Portsmouth – Tiverton – Little Compton Ride
The riders will meet on Park Avenue in Portsmouth, park on the road near 501 Park Avenue (Grazianos Restaurant)
*** See Attached Map for the Ride***
Ride will start at 8:30am – this ride is for experienced cyclists – all on-road – 27 miles with some hills.
This is a beautiful ride that will go over the new Sakonnet River Bridge bike path into Tiverton along the water front.
Once in Little Compton the group will ride inland toward Route 177 and then back to Park Avenue in Portsmouth.
Helmets highly recommended, make sure to bring along water and a snack.
Sunday – July 26, 2015 – East Bay Bike Path — For those who want to ride at a leisurely pace on a flat route this is it!!!
Riders will meet at 9:00am. Take Route 103 into Warren and take the first left after Dels Lemonade (Railroad Avenue) Park on the left
*** This ride is perfect for beginners!! ***  Ride will start at 9:15am – come and enjoy the scenery along the bike path.
This will be a leisurely ride. Helmets Highly Recommended – bring water and a snack – who knows, maybe we will stop for ice cream along the way!!!
All rides are weather permitting
Any questions contact Brian Pearson at
– NBW Cafe Ride (weather permitting)
East Bay Bike Path
– from Fort Hill to Bristol Bagel and back (27 miles)
Leaves Fort Hill Parking Lot at 9:00 AM
Contact John Nery for more details.