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"Final Story Before We Hit the Road Y'all!"
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We are thinking of you all as we travel and meet the innmates from this forum! Wish you were coming along with us, but in this way, we hope you will be! Follow us on Facebook for on the road updates and photos...

Follow us on this Innspiring Road Trip: https://www.facebook.com/InnspiringRoadTrips

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It seems the appropriate time of year to share this photo from last year's Innspiring road trip. Left to right, GillumHouse (telling it like it is), Ice, Innkeep, and Joey Bloggs (or that last one may be Willie Nelson). 

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Arks wrote:

It seems the appropriate time of year to share this photo from last year's Innspiring road trip. Left to right, GillumHouse (telling it like it is), Ice, Innkeep, and Joey Bloggs (or that last one may be Willie Nelson). 

How did you get it unbeknownst to us? Our radar must have been on the fritz.

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Ha, ha...all smiles.  What's in those cups anyway?  Some special brew no doubt!  wink

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Ha, ha...all smiles.  What's in those cups anyway?  Some special brew no doubt!  wink

Indiana wine.

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Arks wrote:

It seems the appropriate time of year to share this photo from last year's Innspiring road trip. Left to right, GillumHouse (telling it like it is), Ice, Innkeep, and Joey Bloggs (or that last one may be Willie Nelson). 

Don't make us come out there again! 

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I guess I've been home almost a week and I'm still floating on air.  It is possible to do a road trip like this and still be friends - even better friends at the end.  I can't say enough to thank all the innkeepers who participated.  We sometimes were late on arrival (Bob, K9, etc.) and never had enough time to see all each area had to offer, but by golly it was fun.  Glad JB was along to chronicle our adventures.  Ice could have her own stand-up comedy act, and Gillum made sure to spread the name of Shinnston far and wide.  I was along for the ride, with the go go mobile, which used to be the mulch mobile (next year we'll be going back to mulch by the truckload, BTW).

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Innkeep wrote:

I guess I've been home almost a week and I'm still floating on air.  It is possible to do a road trip like this and still be friends - even better friends at the end.  I can't say enough to thank all the innkeepers who participated.  We sometimes were late on arrival (Bob, K9, etc.) and never had enough time to see all each area had to offer, but by golly it was fun.  Glad JB was along to chronicle our adventures.  Ice could have her own stand-up comedy act, and Gillum made sure to spread the name of Shinnston far and wide.  I was along for the ride, with the go go mobile, which used to be the mulch mobile (next year we'll be going back to mulch by the truckload, BTW).

Someone has to - we are way too small to be on a map!

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Next road trip might want to look at staying at this place...

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Arks wrote:

Next road trip might want to look at staying at this place...

We could get a group rate!

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Me too. When do we leave? I even promise to not mention Shinnston!

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gillumhouse wrote:

Me too. When do we leave? I even promise to not mention Shinnston!

Ok, I'll pay to see this!

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Madeleine wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

Me too. When do we leave? I even promise to not mention Shinnston!

Ok, I'll pay to see this!

yes me, too

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Arks wrote:

Next road trip might want to look at staying at this place...

If you're buyin' I'm in!

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Arks wrote:

Next road trip might want to look at staying at this place...

 

yes

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The Innspiring Road Trip has come to an official end. Big Mike and Carol just left for St Louis. I have much more to say but it will have to wait. I have lots of photos to post on FB since our official photographer left the trip. Stay tuned innmates. 

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I can now tell you that...

  • Innkeep can boast about, and provide, some excellent Indiana wines.
  • Innkeep can hold her wine fine, but soon gets a bit silly and will freely stretch the rules in a game of Botticelli!
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Arks wrote:

I can now tell you that...

  • Innkeep can boast about, and provide, some excellent Indiana wines.
  • Innkeep can hold her wine fine, but soon gets a bit silly and will freely stretch the rules in a game of Botticelli!

I think an accurate term for that would be "Punch drunk" crying

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She does an excellent imitation of the Statue of Liberty

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Arks wrote:

I can now tell you that...

  • Innkeep can boast about, and provide, some excellent Indiana wines.
  • Innkeep can hold her wine fine, but soon gets a bit silly and will freely stretch the rules in a game of Botticelli!

And they are still trying to figure out how I guessed mine so quickly.

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First blog article... "Shellie Drives a Tank!" http://innspiring-roadtrips.blogspot.com/2013/12/shellie-drives-tank.html

 

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I didn't make many videos, I know there will be one from TANK TOWN of Blue Ridge Inn B&B innkeepers driving a tank, and also from today's bluegrass at DQ, but here is one from the road...nearly to Cherokee NC, driving along the country roads, alongside a beautiful river...speakers up!  http://youtu.be/aDWhM81eNn4

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Congratulations to Joey Bloggs for making it full circle and being back home safe and sound. Do you move on now with the rest to see egoodell or have you already been there? Asking this as I sip wine and wish I could sip it at egoodell's!

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Congratulations to Joey Bloggs for making it full circle and being back home safe and sound. Do you move on now with the rest to see egoodell or have you already been there? Asking this as I sip wine and wish I could sip it at egoodell's!

They left without me. Oddly enough the car was still packed to the gills.  cool I type this from my pc...at home. A few tears were shed, this has been an amazing time for all of us. Add Riki to your road trip plans Arks, her winery tour is bar none...you would love it, and Monticello is of course literally just down the road.

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So is Ash Lawn, the home of President Jame Monroe. Montpelier, Madison's home is also in the vicinity. I have been to Monticello and Montpelier but when we did those, we did not have time to go to Ash Lawn - boohoo!

We arrived in Shinnston about 9 PM last night. Jimmy's was closed so we did take-out Asian. This morning after Baked Oatmeal with vanilla yogurt, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, OJ and blueberry juices, and the fruit was cantaloupe, kiwi, and banana compote and Kona Blend coffee the ladies got the 50 cent tour of Shinnston, tour of the log house,  got to meet our City important people at City Hall. They were on the road by 9:05 AM with a light mist. With luck they will not hit REAL rain for hours. They have about 7 or 8 hours to go.

This was an awesome trip. It was wonderful to meet everyone. Thank you to those we visited for the great visits. It was a blast to meet everyone, see the inns, taste the awesome foods, and meet the even more awesome innmates and their families. Y'uns come see us. I have a great area to show you all.

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yep we have three president's home here, two of them 2.5 miles from me. They flew in and stayed long enough for a coffee and Christmas cookie and then took off for gillumhouse!~ We did exchange wine so they should have had a toddy before going to bed that night of our dessert wine from the vineyard!

Riki

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Duplicate.

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I am telling yall, you have mo idea how much richer our lives have become from meeting these innmates. Talk about a treasure trove!

We are at K9s and love this place and her beautiful innkeepers. I think I have squeezed in a brief visit with the three pooches tomorrow...K9 has a full schedule, and we are thrilled.

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Bet they aren't driving around in those short sleeves much longer!

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I don't know when they head back for VA. But it is supposed to be 60 here by Sat. CRAZY weather!

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And after a full day walking in the warm sunshine, listening to the sounds of the street musicians, lunch of fresh gulf seafood and of course the ever famous beignets and cafe' au lait; they are off to the beautiful north GA mountains.

(can't get the photo on here so have sent it to another to post for me) 

 

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Here ya go!

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I'm super excited to be the host Inn this evening.  I'm glad I was near the end of the trip, because now I have an idea what to expect.  I can clearly see you can't plan for that kind of crazy!  Wish us luck!  Blue Ridge might never be the same!  

 

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The gangs all here!!!  Lots of fun chatting last night, breakfast this am and then headed to the big city for a day of sightseeing! 

Consider me now WARNED what to expect at departure....lol

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Btw you didn't notice One Thing, or didn't mention...the knot i tied in your trash receptacle in the bathroom so the weight of something doesn't pull down the liner with it.

I've thought in the past about knotting the trash bags so they won't slip. OK, just one more thing added to the flip the room list. I can handle that! Thanks for the nudge!

Ps we were worried that your next guests would find the undies once they were in bed, and read the line

           "Thanks for the great time. Remember the post office!"

Yes, that might have happened, and not everybody understands that there's more than one way to play post office! Branson Bob got to play it one way, I another.

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Well gang, I now totally understand Stepford guests. I also understand guests who leave belongings behind. Clothing. For the last leg hasn't made it to Memphis. I think maybe the triptic map from AAA has shared the same fate. Have back ups for routing and Wally World for wardrobe reinforcements. 

Everybody's still talking to each other.  For that matter we're still laughing. Note to Arks:  be sure to look up when you're cleaning. 

 

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Yes Ark! You will want to look up for sure! Innkeep, I have looked for your things and have not been able to locate anything yet. I can check with our laundry service and see if they might of been placed with sheets. But Ark, you really need to look up! You might need a few more therapy classes...

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Note to Arks:  be sure to look up when you're cleaning. 

I’ve occasionally been compared to Jerry Seinfeld of Seinfeld situation comedy fame. Jerry is a bit of a neat freak. I have been described as meticulous, and as obsessive. Describing me, while here, Joey Bloggs used both terms in the same sentence.

Indeed, Joey also commented while here, “we’ve done this to you,” meaning the stories by the innkeepers here have marked me for life. Part of that comes from a post I remember by one innkeeper here who had to give a full refund to someone who'd just arrived because the guest claimed to have found a piece of dental floss in the bathroom trash can, and it grossed her out and she couldn't stay there.

So when I’m warned to "be sure to look up” when cleaning up the road trip’s Friday night accommodations, I’m reminded of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry is in his apartment bathroom and accidently knocks his girlfriend’s toothbrush into the toilet. He manages to fish it out, but, being traumatized by that act, he’s too speechless to say anything as his girlfriend comes in and begins brushing her teeth with it.

He finally gets up the nerve to tell her what happened, at which time she locks herself in his bathroom a while, then comes out and, as she walks out the door for good, lets him know that “something” in his bathroom has now been in the toilet, but she won’t tell him what. So Jerry has to throw away everything in the bathroom, and have the room steam disinfected.

That’s where I am with this “be sure to look up” message. I found something, but how do I know it’s the only thing they put up high somewhere? Or down low, or in the back of a drawer. I may have to close the apartment and remove everything in it just to be sure.

So what was “up”? See the photo below of what I found hanging on a blade of the ceiling fan over the bed. A petite pair of bloomers with a nice note written on them, and a little Christmas ornament penned to them.

Also, in the bathroom I mentioned to them that I’ve recently put in a new toilet paper dispenser because it seems the old horizontal one was too hard for people to figure out. Nobody ever changed the used up roll, they just got a new roll and stacked it on top the dispenser. So my new dispenser is vertical. You just slip off the empty tube and drop a new roll on. Sure enough, like any typical guest, it baffled the four innkeepers so they left the original empty on the dispenser, left another empty beside it, and stacked a third roll on the grab bar above the dispenser. (It’s a handicapped accessible room.)

To make up for it, they fanned the Kleenex coming out of THAT dispenser. Also they left a bar of soap that wasn’t one I provide. They must have stolen from Branson Bob’s.

I can tell you, with Joey Bloggs’ recent topic here, “a really gross question” I was really hesitant to raise the toilet lid after this visit by practical jokers. But all was well there.

The amazing part, where the true innkeeper comes shining through, is that the bathroom trash can was completely unused. Never seen that before! Indeed, of the five trash cans in the apartment, they only used one. Nice innkeepers, very nice...unless later I find bras stuffed under the mattress or something. We’ll see. The pressure’s still on.

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Tonight (and tomorrow night) I'm hosting a B&B owner from Pennsylvania. She's not on this forum, but she's a native of my town who I've known for years. She's in town for her high school reunion and staying in the apartment that housed the 4 wild Innspiring innkeepers on last year's road trip. She insisted I show her the panties those innkeepers left on my ceiling fan. Now I'm worried about what she may leave me! Innkeepers are a rowdy, bunch, especially when they've been in the wine!

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So what was “up”? See the photo below of what I found hanging on a blade of the ceiling fan over the bed. A petite pair of bloomers with a nice note written on them, and a little Christmas ornament penned to them.

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Tell her to do us proud! yes

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I am shocked Arks! Truly and surely shocked! 

Btw you didn't notice One Thing, or didn't mention...the knot i tied in your trash receptacle in the bathroom so the weight of something   doesn't pull down the liner with it.

but overall i would give you a 97%

                7% is for accuracy, and 90% is for fun, clever witty, and obsessive fun.  

Cheers!

xoxo

Ps we were worried that your next guests would find the undies once they were in bed, and read the line

           "Thanks for the great time. Remember the post office!"

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Oh this is so hilarious!  Laughing Laughing Laughing.  Just spent some quality time on the FB page and now reading this.  Enjoying so much.  May the memories linger on into next August!

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Arks all is well. Please don't dismantle your apartment. No other surprises. 

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Innkeep wrote:

Arks all is well. Please don't dismantle your apartment. No other surprises. 

...she says with a twinkle in her eye. Do I believe her? Would Jerry Seinfeld believe her? OK, a former princess and now queen would not lie to me. I hope. I believe her, I think.

By the way, after a glass of wine or two, Innkeep cheats at Joey Bloggs' version of Botticelli

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Well gang, I now totally understand Stepford guests. I also understand guests who leave belongings behind. Clothing. For the last leg hasn't made it to Memphis. I think maybe the triptic map from AAA has shared the same fate. Have back ups for routing and Wally World for wardrobe reinforcements. 

Everybody's still talking to each other.  For that matter we're still laughing. Note to Arks:  be sure to look up when you're cleaning. 

 

i wouldn't look up if I were you Arks...

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The four innkeeper-travelers-tourists on are the road again, leaving Pocahontas, Arkansas about noon central time and taking the 90 minute hop to Memphis as pure tourists, wanting to see the famous Peabody Hotel Ducks, eat some Memphis BBQ, and perhaps wander the blues houses along Beale Street this evening before heading WAY south tomorrow.
 

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I have seen the pics on FB. I'm pretty sure I can out run three of them, but that Virginian is pretty quick!

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Arks wrote:

I have seen the pics on FB. I'm pretty sure I can out run three of them, but that Virginian is pretty quick!

   

You may run but you can't hide!  

 

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Sounds like everyone is having a great time!

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Is anyone's ears burning?devil

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I bought an iPad & it took 2 days to hit wifi to set it up. As if I know what I am doing. Trip so far is awesome. I am back logged 4 days on everything!! It is now 12:30CST. Nitie nite

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