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Kevin's Coast to Coast Hobby Shop Adventure

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 13, 2019 6:22 PM

Day 24:

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I decided to extend the hobby shopping by one day... so this should be the last update for this trip. The remaining days will just be lounging in the sunshine (hopefully) on the beach.

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The stop for shopping today was Sky Craft Surplus and Parts in Orlando. If you ever get to go to Orlando on Vacation, tjhis shop MUST be on your to-do list. They have everything you need to build the mechanical/electrical portions of the layout at great prices.

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I made it to Daytona Beach! It is cloudy and overcast, but that is not the worst of it.

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The worst part is the love bugs! I don't know how many other states have these horrid creatures, but there is a serious bloom in progress here in Florida right now. They are disgusting, and they have infested the beach and hotel.

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My room is on the tenth floor, and they are all over my balcony. I had no idea love bugs could fly 100 feet in the air.

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Of course, there are lots of flying things that are not awful love bugs.

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Since I am at the same hotel for four nights, and no need to drive... I get to enjoy some beer on this part of the vacation.

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Take care! This has been a blast.

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-Kevin

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Posted by tstage on Monday, May 13, 2019 7:07 PM

SeeYou190
If you ever get to go to Orlando on Vacation

Now there's two words I will never use in the same sentence. Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by drgwcs on Monday, May 13, 2019 9:06 PM

SeeYou190

 

The five STRATTON AND GILLETTE boxcars in the back were brought along to "donate" to hobby shops for their in-store layouts, but very few of the hobby shops I visited had in-store layouts. I gave away 5 or 6, but I wanted to leave these all across the USA. I have tried to spread the SGRR all across the land.

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It was quite an adventure!

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-Kevin

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Meant to post this earlier- was down in Spencer, NC at Little Choo Choo and happened to see this on the tail end of the train sorry the pic isn't better but the Stratford and Gillette appears to have expanded into North Carolina. I remember letting you know about the shop.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, May 13, 2019 10:21 PM

drgwcs
Spencer, NC at Little Choo Choo and happened to see this on the tail end of the train sorry the pic isn't better but the Stratford and Gillette appears to have expanded into North Carolina.

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THANK YOU for sharing that... it put a HUGE smile on my face.

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I loved that shop, and I also loved the museum across the road.

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Thank you for the tip on the visit. I try to make excuses to get to North Carolina as much as possible now.

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-Kevin

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Posted by Track fiddler on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:05 PM

Ya know.  I just want to thank you once again Kevin.

A National hobby store tour is something that I would really love to do, but I know I never will.  In fact I would have never even thought about it until you did it.  To see it through your eyes was the next best thing.

For you to take the time out to share it all was such a very unselfish act for you to do while you were on vacation.  So again,  I just want to let you know you are appreciated.

It was a lot of funYes

Track Fiddler

 

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Posted by Attuvian on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:52 PM

Track fiddler

Ya know.  I just want to thank you once again Kevin.

A National hobby store tour is something that I would really love to do, but I know I never will.  In fact I would have never even thought about it until you did it.  To see it through your eyes was the next best thing.

For you to take the time out to share it all was such a very unselfish act for you to do while you were on vacation.  So again,  I just want to let you know you are appreciated.

It was a lot of funYes

Track Fiddler

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:18 AM

Thanks guys. It was a blast to have everyone along for the ride.

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Everything is great on Daytona Beach now. The clouds went away, the sun came out, the sky turned blue, the love-bugs are gone, the pool is clean, and it is a perfect day.

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This is my last day in Daytona Beach, then back to the real world again!

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-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, May 16, 2019 3:04 PM

I used the Breadcrumbs feature on the GPS to record my actual route.

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We most certainly did not take the most direct path on this trip at all.

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-Kevin

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Posted by sschnabl on Friday, May 17, 2019 12:25 PM

Not bad.  If my math is correct, you hit 22 states in one vacation! 

 

Thanks for taking us along for the ride.  I read this thread each day.

 

Scott

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