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Organizing, Catching up, and Small Miracles

Organizing and catching up

Our lives have continued to be full of organizational and catch-up issues. While I wrote blogs and culled our photos for the photo albums, Chelsea set up our Traveling Roses Facebook page and put photos in our blogs.

I squeezed in time to work on deleting programs, photos, and music from

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James Gayle and Solving Computer Issues

Chelsea had been having problems for almost two years with settings on her laptop. She’d tried any number of avenues looking for help. She finally stripped her hard drive and reinstalled her operating system, only to discover she couldn’t get drivers for her internet, audio, and video. Her wireless had gone out too.

James

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Gueydan – Getting There and Getting Settled

The following morning in the Super-8 motel was heavenly. Though I was sliding downhill fast, Chelsea came to the rescue and headed out to the breakfast bar, bringing back breakfast goodies. Combined with the juice from the night before, we had a feast.

We moved slowly after breakfast, getting things ready for our ride to

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Getting to Shreveport

Twenty minutes down the road we met up with Sherry Bell and her silver Dodge minivan. Chelsea, Pat and I worked like well-oiled machine, shifting the bikes and gear in under five minutes. After quick and heartfelt goodbye hugs with Pat, Chelsea and I settled into the middle two seats in back with our gear

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St. Pat’s Day, Ear Piercings, Birthday Dinners, Butterfly Tattoos

Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day. We wanted to get the makings of a car bomb, Guinness and Baileys, but it was way too problematic, so we settled for wearing our St. Pat’s Day earrings that Alex’s girlfriend Amanda had given us two years before.

We felt very festive! Thank you again, Amanda Kincade!

We

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Gueydan, Making Plans to Leave

It’s time to back up now and fill you in on an ongoing thread that was about to change our lives. In November last year, an old friend of mine looked me up online and got in touch with me.

I’d only known him for three years, thirty-four years ago, but it was a

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Gueydan, Bike Rides and Sailing

Our Only Bike Ride

Since we’d not been riding for a couple of months, we spent time in Gueydan gradually getting the bikes ready. We’d also ordered a pair of Ortlieb waterproof front handlebar bags.

Chelsea had eventually figured out how to install them, while dealing with those appallingly awful Ortlieb instructions and fighting

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Gueydan, Chee Weez and Cajun Wedding

Our first day back in circulation was a memorable seven-hour endurance marathon to Lafayette with Kenneth and Krisy. What we’d expected to be a quick trip to Wal-Mart turned into visiting eye doctors, health food stores, grocery stores, beauty supply shops, friends in hospital, and last but not least, Wal-Mart.

Krisy drove most of

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Gueydan, getting oriented

It took two full weeks before we were in circulation again.

Weather Shocks

Having spent months in gorgeous, stable eighty-degree weather in South Florida, we suddenly had rapidly fluctuating weather, frequently going from warm spring-like days to bitter-cold and windy days overnight, then back again. It wreaked havoc with us, given how tired we

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Gueydan, tree frogs and trailers

By the time we got back to Gueydan that Mardi Gras night, we needed to be alone. We’d been sleeping in living rooms and spare bedrooms for five days, with incredibly on-the-go days and very little sleep.

So as tempting as it was to take the comfy bed in the house at Kenneth and

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