Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
61Trip End Jul 11, 2013
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Small Town, USA
The next 100 miles was a quick transition from growing beets and beans to lattes, internet cafes and the urban chaos that most people consider normal. Back on the Interstate heading for Minneapolis, we were pleasantly surprised by gas prices which had dropped about .50 since we embarked on our journey. Pulling the trailer has cut our gas mileage in half, which is creating a little urgency to finding work, but our friends and family are taking very good care of us.
One nice thing about the metropolitan areas is having health clubs to go to. We both have had lifetime memberships to Bally's Health Clubs for 20 years, and they have been bought out recently by LA Fitness, so we now have these beautiful new clubs to escape to. In fact, we spent 2 nights in the trailer parked on a side street that was walking distance to an internet cafe and an LA Fitness. I guess we're becoming totally citified again!
We arrived on a Wednesday and while catching up, in the conversation MaryAnn asked if we wanted to "join them for Mass tomorrow" and thinking I couldn't remember that last time I was at church on a Thursday, she shared that the service was being offered in her late husband Stan's honor so there was no hesitation about sharing that with her, the family and their parrish at St. Charles Church. In fact, giving her a comfortable "out" I hinted that Billy might perhaps not go, but I most certainly would love to be with the family for the service. To my mild surprise, Billy interjected with an acceptance of her invitation.
It had been a truly difficult year of heartache and loss as they buried five of the Vipond brothers; Stan Chub, Les, Bob & Dick. We attended the service at 8:00 Thursday morning and were invited to "coffee" at Joanne's house, one of MaryAnn's daughters, who live "in Town" next door to the church. And in retrospect, it comes as no surprise that everyone in St. Charles Church that morning was invited ... 20 of more of us... with a spread to rival any Sunday Brunch.
So as Billy mentioned the church is the epicenter of community life
One of th.ire "traditions" is Friday evening Happy Hour at "The Legion Hall" where MaryAnn took us after a tour of the Greater Herman area.
Larry Vipond and his wife AnnJean invited
Pride and prejudice our common theme once again. And magnificent desserts that AnnJean packed up for us to take on the road. We
We missed seeing three of "the kids" Colleen, David and Robin, as they all live with their families in or near Fargo, ND. Hi you guys - if you are reading this. We missed you! I know there was a lot more I wanted to say about this stop but perhaps it will come to me one of these days...
Hope all of you are well and not OD-ing on my personal, introspective details.
Love& Best, Mare