Holiday USA 2016
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Day 1: Chicago, Mission "free Hollie" Day 1   (Sunday 31st July 2016)
Day 2: A visit with our Amish friends.   (Monday 1st August 2016)
Day 3: Mission Hollie Complete !   (Tuesday 2nd August 2016)
Day 4: Today was mostly about churches (by Hollie).   (Wednesday 3rd August 2016)
Day 5: Lake Itasca to Lake Superior.   (Thursday 4th August 2016)
Day 6: Feeling Superior   (Friday 5th August 2016)
Day 7: Sleeping Bear Dunes & 100 yrs of Coast Guard Aviation.   (Saturday 6th August 2016)
Day 8: Meet me in St Louis   (Sunday 7th August 2016)
Day 9: Six Flags (Part 1)   (Monday 8th August 2016)
Day 10: Six Flags (Part 2 )   (Tuesday 9th August 2016)
Day 11: Grand Ole Opry , best seats in the house !   (Wednesday 10th August 2016)
Day 12: Nashville   (Thursday 11th August 2016)
Day 13: The lost sea to Davy Crockett.   (Friday 12th August 2016)
Day 14: Ocoee wild water   (Saturday 13th August 2016)
Day 15: Hen pecked in Georgia on the way to Albama   (Sunday 14th August 2016)
Day 16: Some bald old rocks & another lake.   (Monday 15th August 2016)
Day 17: Panama city beach   (Tuesday 16th August 2016)
Day 18: Dolphin encounter.   (Wednesday 17th August 2016)
Day 19: New Orleans here we come !   (Thursday 18th August 2016)
Day 20: Oak Alley Plantation & The Natchez.   (Friday 19th August 2016)
Day 21: Airboats & baby alligators   (Saturday 20th August 2016)
Day 22: New Orleans & Ghostly happenings...   (Sunday 21st August 2016)
Monday 22nd August 2016

Race to the space shuttle.

06.30 we left Place De Armes our New Orleans home for the last 4 nights.
We were on the freeway when this taxi pushed us across the carriageway. It emerged from a filter lane into a queue of stationary traffic , clearly going too fast.

Our car door was severely damaged as you can see, as well as our drivers side front quarter.

This Hyundai was travelling in the right lane & we were pushed into it , creating the door damage you can see on ours.
We waited on the hard shoulder for a State Trooper to arrive. he quickly got us off the next exit ramp & interviewed all participants in a gas station parking area, which was to be our home for the next 3 hours.
The taxi driver denied responsibility suggesting we had veered one way and then the other , causing all the damage...The Trooper made no secret of the fact he didn't believe a word the taxi driver was saying.
A tow truck eventually arrived, with an unbroken car for us.

We had no chance of getting to The Space Centre for our pre booked 2pm tram ride.

However the 4pm space shuttle tour was for a while a possibility.

A phone call to the reservation line secured us a spot on the 4.15.

We arrived on site at 4.15 to the second, thanks to Ians fabulous driving.

A well needed space loo... Fortunately we had a moment to go before the exhibit.

The Boeing 747 stripped out & used to launch the " reusable " shuttle, required 7000 pounds of pea shingle to act as ballast.

Many of the exhibits offered an insight into the development of the shuttle & its many crew members from 16 countries, to its decommisioning in 2011.

The replica shuttle is the newest exhibit at the space centre.

These 2 are a temporary exhibit : )

The best view , oddly is from the car park !

This  is our new car.

Finally a curry for our hero. Saw a roadside advert for a funeral dirctor today .."Drive carefully , we can wait. " very prophetic !

Thankfully we are all well & have a nights sleep in our Days Inn before the long haul home.

Goodnight all xxxxx

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Day 24: A fond farewell from Houston   (Tuesday 23rd August 2016)