Overland Express Tour

The Keeper of Old Glory
NASHVILLE- 593 miles -  In the City Cemetery of Nashville, Tennessee, is an unusual gravestone.  Here, 650 miles from the nearest ocean, is the grave of Captain William Driver, the American skipper who named his ship's flag "Old Glory" and carried it to Nashville with him when he retired from sailing. After hiding the flag…
Travel By The Numbers
With apologies for the unplanned silence en route, we're glad to announce we're back at home base now, with The Overland Express Tour of 2011 successfully completed! For those who like numbers, here are some initial figures that surprised even me: We travelled 8034 miles.  That includes 97 miles on a tow truck from Gilroy to…
Hal and some of the children at the Bonneville Salt Flats
Bonneville
Bonne Ville means "good city" in French, but without a doubt Bonneville, Utah, is the most inhospitable, uninhabitable place I've ever seen, including the Arabian Desert. It was named for Benjamin Bonneville, a French-born Army officer who explored the region in the 1830s. It certainly is no place for a city, good or bad. 'The…
An Exciting Adventure for Your Lawn Chairs
CONWAY, AR - 963 miles  -- That was the subject line of this email that we sent last week to our homeschool and church email loops: Dear Friends, Have I got a deal for you! For absolutely no charge, we will take up to 7 lucky collapsible lawn chairs (you know the kind) on the…
Our Cup of Joy Runneth Over
KNOXVILLE - 413 miles:  We were amused and delighted to see this complementary coffee cup in our hotel room last night. Of course, it was just unusual and funny, but it really fit the situation, too! Our cup of joy does run over with God's blessings! Some of you will remember our plea for thoughts…