2005 - Fulltime - the road back


2005 Was a year of travels. We took Almost to all the truck shows this year and took a little more time off to get away.

We started the year off in Maimi. There was a show at the Museum there that Sheila really wanted to see so we went down for a long weekend to catch the show. The weather forcast was for gloom (it does rain a bit in Florida) so we took the car and left the bike at home this trip.

Miama, Fl 1/16/05


1/22/05 (below)
The following weekend we took off again this time for a little state park in the middle of the state. They allow horses there and it wasn't very crowded. This was a early morning shot. I saw Almost in the fog when I went out for my morning run and thought it would make an interesting shot.

foggy morning






We set out this year to see as many of the state parks as we could and this was the
next one on our list. Fort Clinch state park, Fernandina Beach, Fl was a really neat park with big spaces and a short bicycle ride over to the fort >

fort park


The site on Amelia Island at the entrance to the St. Marys River and the Cumberland Sound has been occupied by various military troops Since 1736. Construction of a fort, later named Fort Clinch, was begun in 1847. A pentagonal brick fort with both inner and outer walls, Fort Clinch was a safe haven for blockade runners during the Civil War. Briefly occupied by Confederate forces, its recapture by Federal troops in early 1862 gave the Union control of the adjacent Georgia and Florida coasts. The fort was used in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, but was abandoned until the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) restored it in the 1930s. fort clinch





March is the MidAmerica Truck Show in Louisville, Ky, so that was our trip for March. At this show they have parking/camping right on the grounds and we park just outside the entrance to the south wing where our booth is.

Louisville Truck Show




Our booth - manned as always by the better half of this team :))

Louisville 2005





After Louisville it's time to start thinking about the Vegas show and to start preparinf for it. This will be our first year taking the RV to the Vegas show so I reworked the rack removing the tray that was there and replacing it with a full aluminum deck plate floor. The new wheel lock in the front now made it possible for me to load/unload the bike by myself and with the heat in Vegas Sheila wasn't going to be able to come help me get it down there.


We also had come to the conclusion that the satellite on the tripod was not going to work when we were moving every night. The 15 minutes the hype said it would take to set it up was in reality more like 45 minutes and doing that every night while we were enroute was just not practical.

dish install






and here's the finished product - park, level, push a button and by the time I get back inside from hooking up the water/sewer, etc. we're on the internet.




As I mentioned earlier 2005 was a busy year, so we're breaking this year up into 2 pages.


2005 PAGE 2