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The World according to Richard Klaus..Trains, Planes, Cars, Wales,Scotland.

It’s been a rough couple years.

Took a bit of time to put things back together. A few of you may be aware that on May 23 of 2017 my wife June Klaus passed away.

Some of you may be aware that those last few years were marked by a degree of tension between the two of us. June had for years a very untrusting nature, and probably in part due to the same Keltic background responsible for her flaming red hair, she had something of a temper.

Well during May last year, her health began to suddenly fail. Actually, it had been headed that way for some time, but she stubbornly fought every step of the way, not even asking for help until the last three weeks.

During that last three weeks a, for me, life-changing moment took place. I had taken a step back from my driving job to spend more time trying to make her situation better, although frankly by then there was not much anyone could do. On one visit to Falls City to try to help, when I was ready to leave June stopped me.

She said, “Love you.”

I responded, “Love you too, always have.”

June. “I’ve been wrong about the past, haven’t I?”

Me, “Well yes.”

June. “Can you ever forgive me.”

Me. “Already done.”

Ten days later she was dead.

Several people have asked me a couple questions about those last days.

Question one: “How long does it take to get over the loss?”

Answer: “Don’t know, but I’ll let you know.”

Question two, “Would it have been easier for you if that reconciliation had not happened?”

Answer: “Well that’s a tough one. It was a more painful loss, but I would not have traded one moment of this pain for her death not knowing I loved her.”

So there you go. Heavy stuff I know, but now I begin to slowly go on without her.

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November 11, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

OK, really back this time.

Yeah I know, been gone for a while. Working on my first, well second book of Science Fiction. The first was a very A. Bertram Chandler type of work, the main character sort of a space going, free trader. Never finished that story, but it has potential in the future. Of course after all these years it will probably be seriously rewritten.

The current work, tentatively titled “The Dayton Letter” is a time travel work. Very near done, at least to the test read point. This story was spawned by an incident in the past that I did not hear about until much after it had happened.

Several years ago I began to look for some friends from my very early years. Found some but Janet Crouchley was elusive. Not just a name change, it was like she had dropped out of existence. Turns out I was tragically correct.

We had been really good friends in grade school but went separate ways in our teen years.

Finally found a newspaper article that mentioned a Janet Jewell in Oklahoma City. A victim of a serial killer. I dug in deep and yes it was Janet. The details of her kidnapping rape and death are more than I’ll share here, but suffice to say horrendous.

That led to a conversation at the local pub, where Jody, the bartender at the time asked, “What if you could go back and change that day.”

Thus was born “The Dayton Letter.”

Since some of you might be test readers, I’m not going to get into details of the story here, I think that could ruin the whole point of a test read. At this point, what I’m looking for is about 10 people that would like to read a rough bound early version of the story. Maybe for some of you a PDF file for your computer?  Then get back to me with anything you don’t understand about the story. Of course, the problem is that myself and a few people that have been in on the early development know so much about the characters that we might unconsciously fill in the blanks, and let the book come out with gaps in the background.

Now the warning. A few of the characters get a bit adventurous in their adult behavior. An early reader of the first bits said I was very close to writing 50 Shades of Dr. Who. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing, but there you are. It’s not a kiddie book.

Anyway, I’m starting to look for those first readers, if anyone’s interested.

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Look forward to hearing from you.

November 11, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Freightliner

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A couple people have asked about the Freightliner. Well here it is.

September 20, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cessna Caravan

Cessna Caravan

Vancouver B.C. Canada

October 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

I’m back

Sort of forgot about this site. Have a ton of new photos, and notes from a recent trip to London, and Dublin to share.

Being on the road most of the time makes updates a little difficult, but I’ll have something at the end of the week.

September 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Update on the Jeep.

A bit of tinkering and the Jeep is coming along quite nicely. Little electrical problems are done, and the air conditioning came back with a simple recharge of the system.
The mileage could be better, but it’s not bad for a V-8 4X4.

October 11, 2010 Posted by | Cars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Wheels

OK I know it’s a little bit “Show and Telly”,but. A few weeks ago I was returning for a delivery in Halsey, Oregon. Coming north though Salem, I decided on the spur of the moment to take Highway 99, instead of I-5 back to Portland. Just south of Oregon City I spotted a Jeep Cherokee for sale at a towing company.

Turns out it was an impound (Driving without a license), and he never came up with the storage fees. Well $1475 later and it’s ours. Runs great, doesn’t handle quite like the Intrepid, but also doesn’t drag the underside on rocks on the way to the quarry.
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A few little things need looked at, but I think it’s a keeper.

September 16, 2010 Posted by | Cars, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

One more post on the 747-8

Just in case there was any doubt about the new 747-8 being possibly the prettiest big airliner ever. Case closed.

June 23, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Airline Stories, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Latest travel deal. $6 a day train travel!

Just an update to those that might travel in Wales.  The railcar on the right in this photo is on the Conwy Valley  Line, a delightful ride from the North Coast to Blaenau Ffestiniog .

The little train on the left is on the Ffestiniog Railway and a great way to get to Porthmadog on the coast. And of course as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, later this year the connection with the Welsh Highland Railway.

The new news is the price. A full day pass on the Conwy Valley Line is (drum roll please) 3 pounds sterling, less that $6.00 for the whole day.

Considering the area served by the Conwy Valley Line, this might be the best travel buy on the planet.

Thanks to John for pointing this out.  The Cambrian Coast Line “One Day Ranger” pass is 8 pounds sterling, or in U.S. terms. A little less than $16 for a days travel.

April 7, 2010 Posted by | trains, Uncategorized, Wales | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wales without a rental car.

Just a quick taste of Wales.  This particular photo from Arriva Trains Wales web site.

I’m working up a sample trip from Manchester to Llandudno Junction, then to Blaenau Ffestiniog. There transfer to the Ffestiniog Narrow gauge to Porthmadog.  In Porthmadog a person could ride the Welsh Highland round trip to Caernarfon, taking a few hours to see the huge castle at that end of the line. Remember that also in Porthmadog there is the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway a short ride with a stop at the shops working to restore some of the old engines. Very nice “Tea Room” as well.

Back on the standard gauge line south to the Talyllyn Railway. This little railway is a great ride, well worth the time.

The Talyllyn also hosts a very nice museum.

On to  Aberystwyth and the Vale of Rheidol. A first rate operation although lacking in some of the personality of the Ffestiniog or Talyllyn, the Vale of Rheidol runs deep into dense forest, clinging to hillsides, up to Devils Bridge.

Back at Aberystwyth, it’s an easy connection back to Manchester.

This trip could be made without the use of a rental car or bus transfers. The airport at Manchester has a train station in the terminal, that has frequent service to Manchester Piccadilly (that’s the main train station).

April 6, 2010 Posted by | trains, Uncategorized, Wales | , , , , , , | Leave a comment