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Road Trip -2016

There are a few differences this year. The first half I'm travelling alone - Texas to visit my sister, Nashville to visit Franny and DJ, Indiana to visit Bill and Becky, and finally Ontario to meet up with Carol. At that point the we start 3,000 miles of quilt shops.

Now that sounds like a lot of fun but this is Carol's maiden run on a long road trip, As much as she's excited about hitting stores like Kansas Troubles, Missouri Star, Three Dudes and The Christmas Goose, she has no idea if she will enjoy day after day of driving. Karen has already filled her in. Carol is the navigation, food and entertainment director and there are several specific duties she has to perform. The most important is to make sure we are on the right road. Secondary duties involve cleaning the windshield, emptying the garbage, and most important - making sure the driver is well fed and watered! Entertainment - do not bring out a deck of cards and definitely - no Frank Sinatra!

I told Carol if she really hated it, not to worry. Home is only as far as the nearest airport. That triggered a whole bunch of visuals from our fellow quilters - like a spaghetti western train scene, toss her out the door at about 80 miles an hour; drive away while she is in the roadside potty; and the most humane idea - sneak out of the hotel before she wakes up. Whether she likes it or not - there are going to be some pretty good stories to tell.

References and Maps

Highway 65 Colorado - Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway

Ladybugz Quilt & Company - Montrose, Colorado

Highway 550 Colorado & New Mexico - The Million Dollar Highway
Trail of the Ancients - San Juan Skyway

Trinity Site - Manhattan Project - Bingham, New Mexico - July 16, 1945

Valley of Fires - Malpais Lava Flow - Carrizozo, New Mexico

Smokey the Bear Historic Park - Capitan, New Mexico, 20252

Lincoln New Mexico Historic Site - Lincoln State Monument

Lukenbach, Texas

Johnson City, Texas

Hartford City, Indiana

Cotton Candy Quilt Shoppe -Muncie, Indiana

Owen Sound, Ontario

Historic Leith Church - Tom Thomson

Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop - Seaforth, Ontario

Kalidoscope of Quilts - Exeter, Ontario

Colasanti's Market - Highway 59, Highland Township, Michigan

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Irish Hills, Michigan

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Sew Creative Threads - Elkhart, Indiana
Lolly's Fabrics & Quilts, Shipshewana, Indiana
Yoder Department Store - Shipshewana, Indiana
Das Dutchman Essenhaus Hotel - Middlebury, Indiana

Elkhart County, Indiana - Heritage Trail Quilt Gardens
Ace Hardware - 1981 Indian Sunburst
Dutch Country Market - 1841 Hearts & Flowers
Weaver Furniture Sales - 1930 Indiana Puzzle
Glory Gardens - 1930 Nine Patch Star
Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds - 1933 Friendship Circle
Elkhart County Courthouse - 1906 Goshen
Old Bag Factory - 1930 Old Windmill
Das Dutchman Essenhaus - 1937 Indian Star
Elkhart County Historical Museum - 1914 Duck Paddle
Downtown Elkhart - Premier Arts
Back Home Again in Indiana Inspired by 1920 Dogwood
Ruthmere Museum, Elkhart - 1895 Crossed Canoes
Downtown Wakarusa - 1895 Star Puzzle
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Hannibal Missouri
Lovers Leap
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Mark Twain Boyhood Home

Sew Sweet Quilt Shop - Brunswick, Missouri

Country Chick (Somewhere Between Brunswick & Hamilton, Missouri)

Missouri Star Quilt Company - Hamilton, Missouri

Material Girls Quilt Shop - Abilene, Kansas

Kansas Troubles Quilters - Beddington, Kansas

Farm House Bed & Breakfast - Broadwater, Nebraska

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