A fun Maui Style weekend
Trip Start Apr 29, 2010
26Trip End Nov 30, 2010
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Luckily, there wasn't any traffic to worry about and he slowed us down, which was a little bit easier because we weren't going very fast and there was a slight rise. However, we did have to stop mostly in the right lane because there wasn't a very good or wide shoulder. I got out and ran back to the car to put the brake on so we could then unhitch it, etc.
Terry then called to locate a dealer where he could buy a replacement tow bar system, which turned out to be only about an hour's drive away in West Point, GA. So, after paying several hundred dollars and a quick exchange of the old, for a new, heavy duty Blue Ox system, we were back on the road.
Our friend Jessica, who used to work for me on Maui, was in the process of moving out of her cabin in Landrum, SC, so we landed up going there to have dinner with her at her favorite Mexican restaurant. We had a good meal and lots of catching up conversation. Then we went to her cabin for a soak in her jacuzzi. Then we spent the night parked at a nearby rest stop.
The next morning we continued driving north towards Lynchburg, VA. Our former next door neighbors on Maui now live in Forest, on the west side of Lynchburg.
It was like going home to family. In Hawaii we consider good friends to be part of our 'ohana' (family) and it certainly felt that way with them. Their house has lots of Hawaiian decorations, Hawaiian music and lots of Aloha. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to do more than talk about our favorite Hawaiian foods.
Their daughter Shelby had several of her high school friends there, enjoying the pool and their large trampoline and all the coming and goings of 17 and 18 year olds.
They landed up having about 75 teens and a few adults to keep things from getting wild, etc.
Steve also helped me tremendously to learn how to use my new iPod Shuffle with my new laptop. He is also a talented singer and musician and has a humongous music collection. Even though they only lived about three years on Maui, they both really embraced the Hawaiian style and Steve even has studied the Hawaiian language, sings many Hawaiian songs and chants, and speaks some of it, too, which isn't easy.
They also have another friend, Paul, who used to live in Brazil and of course, speaks Portuguese. So he came over Monday evening to swap stories about Brazil and dust off our Portuguese speaking, which was fun for both of us. Whenever we make a return visit there, we will cook some delicious Brazilian foods, especially, the 'National' dish, Feijoada, which is mainly a black beans stew with pork and beef meats, plus collard greens, rice and orange slices.