**A little something about the trip from Mark**

Well, we've been on the road for just over two months now and much to my surprise we've put about 9,000 miles on the Roadtrek. I had measured the entire trip at 10,000 miles before we left but had not thought about all the local touring we would do.
The Roadtrek is doing great, we had the oil changed in Virginia and there was no oil burn between changes, we had one check engine light that was caused by soot build up in the diesel particulate filter, the dealer who changed the oil thinks the previous oil change was done with the wrong oil.
I'm a bit tired of driving and also getting somewhat homesick. We're headed to Savannah, Georgia then Florida to visit a cousin then it's time to plot a course back to Fremont. I think we're going to hug the Gulf Coast since it's October and lord knows we don't want to go too far North and hit cold weather.
Can't wait to get home, we have some GREAT Thanksgiving plans with Paul and Bev, heading to the Benbow Inn together with their four dogs!
Dixie has done a great job with this web site and I hope you all like it, don't forget the guestbook at the bottom of the page, we'd love to have your impressions.

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss - I don't think you can see it hanging from the trees. But, this is such a beautiful image I had to include it.



Farmers Market

Early in our day in Charleston we discovered a Farmer's Market.






Fresh shrimp


There was a vendor selling fresh shrimp, with or without the heads!





Shopping street After leaving the Farmer's Maket we discovered King street - it reminded me of Santana Row in San Jose.





Closeup dixie
A closeup





Charleston Place

Mark in front of Charleston Place, we had an excellent lunch there.



Confederate MuseumThis building has a confederate museum on the top floor (we did not visit) and a craft market on the first floor (we did visit).






Cookie diet

A sign in a cookie stand - a diet I could get behind.




After lunch we decided to take a carriage tour. Since we were only going to be in Charleston one day I thought this would be a good way to see the high points.


Equine activity
A notice inside the carriage company.







A surrey with a fringe on top.




The horse which pulled our carriage, Earl. Such a handsome boy!

Our guide told us the horses are well cared for and their care is regulated by law. They can only draw carriages 8 hours a day and if the weather is too hot, the carriage business if closed down until it gets cooler.

on the tour

Going down the road.







A cobblestone street. Our tour guide told us that there are no local stones available and the stones were brought in as stone ballast on tall sailing ships from England.





Rainbow row

Rainbow Row, a long row of Georgian row houses.

The early residents of Charlotte considered brick to be low class, so they covered their brick houses with stucco.



Private door

A house with a "Private Door" which opens onto a veranda for cooling.






Early House

An early house in Charolette, it has a brick lower level to protect the floors of living quarters from flooding which was common.





A Charleston street.






End of tour

Earl at the end of the tour as the carriage empties.




Bike Taki

In addition to the normal tour buses, and horse drawn carriages there were also a lot of bike taxis. The riders must be in really good shape.





To end, some beautiful coleus leaves.





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