Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Dear Readers

I'm sure you have been wondering why George has not made a post recently. I have some very sad news to report to you. George passed away last week. As a regular reader, you may have noticed that he had been struggling to complete his truck renovation project. His deteriorating health had been frustrating to him and of increasing concerns to his family and friends, and it finally caught up with him.

George loved his life, solving problems, meeting challenges, and seeking out the next adventure just around the corner. He experienced great joy sharing this on his blog and his readers became like family to him. He is considered the "Grand Daddy" of using the internet to connect with people and sharing his travels. He loved you all, and will be deeply missed by many. Now he is on his last great adventure.

George wished to have as little fuss as possible be made upon his passing so there will be no public service for him. I know that many of you may wish to say goodby, so I am making an effort to open the comment section on his blog so that you may have that opportunity to say a few words about him and communicate with each other.

228 comments:

  1. This is such a shock. So sad to hear. I enjoyed following his adventures.

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  2. I have followed George since the beginning of his blogging days. He was an inspiration to so many and all of them will be sad to hear of this news. Thank you for letting his readers know.

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  3. Such sad news . . . I, like many others, I'm sure, have been checking here several times a day hoping to see another post from our friend, George. It is sad indeed, that we will no longer have his joie de verve to look forward to every day.

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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  4. Thank you so much for letting us know! I was so worried that this might have happened. I wish you had told us a little about what happened to him. As it is, we will always have that last post about his not needing
    Scampy. Then he just stopped posting. How I will miss George! During all the years, since he first started blogging, I have followed him daily.
    Laughed and cried with him. Many things he said have become part of
    who I am. One of my favorites: " often people like to sweep their mistakes under the rug, but, since I tell all here on my blog, I can't do this sweeping! ". Also. "perspective". How important that concept is when we
    look at the world. He may be gone, but his influence remains. Also, great respect for how he kept on going, no matter how many times he hit a wall, so to speak. Rest In Peace, George.

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  5. Such very very sad news. I read all of Tioga George's blog posts and he inspired me to take my own RV journey.

    He had the courage to get back to the life he loved on the road.

    RIP Tioga George

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  6. A lot of people have been worried and wondering. Some even contacted me, hoping I knew something. Thank you for logging in here and posting so we all know. George was definitely a legend in the RV blogging world. I'm so glad we got to see him earlier this year. here's the post I wrote: https://geeksontour.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-legend-of-tioga-george.html
    If there's anything we can do, please let us know. I'll follow these comments.

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  7. Oh my. I've followed George since the beginning of his RV adventure. He's always been an inspiration, not just in RV'ing but in how to live life. He died doing what he loved, never letting a day go to waste, he gave all each and every day. I'll miss him. May God Bless.

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  8. Rest in peace, hero. You inspired so many of us. You will be greatly missed; the Internet RV community will never be quite the same. Thanks for all you shared with us.

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  9. I want to thank whoever it was who posted about George's passing. I too was wondering and was very concerned about why he stopped posting. I live in San Diego and had met George a few times. I had followed his blog for over 12 years. I will miss checking in on him. George was an inspiration.

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  10. We can all wish to live life at its fullest as did Tioga George. He was an inspiration for all of us by showing what we can do if we are not afraid. Rest in peace, Tioga George.

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  11. RIP George. We had a very nice visit with George last summer. I always liked his blog because he told it like it happened.

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  12. Although I never met George, I followed his travels and shared his life through his blog for more years than I can remember. His death is like losing a very close friend. I will miss him. May he rest in God's eternal peace. No doubt George is changing the hinges on heaven's gates as I write this!

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  13. This is very sad news indeed! I only found George's blog about 2 years ago when I started researching full timing RVing but I have been going back and reading all his entries and keeping up with his daily ones as well! He was certainly prolific and such an inspiration to so many people, myself included! My condolences go to George's family and those who were close to him. I know his loss will be felt by so many people all around the USA and probably around the world. Rest in peace, George. I am sorry you didn't get to finish your Box Van.

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  14. Like others posting here, I felt that George was a friend and had been concerned about the absence of posts. He had been our inspiration to get a Class C RV and travel the country. One of my daily needs was to check in to see what George was up to. His was a life well lived and, through the miracle of the Internet, an inspiration to many. He will be missed. - Joe B.

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  15. Now Mr. G is on the ultimate camping trip,,, free to roam free to travel.
    No campground fees
    Yo did,it Little buddy,,,,, now you can rest RIP

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  16. Shalom,alav ha-shalom,George.You were and always will be the inspiration of all who wander.

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  17. Who made this Blog entry?

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  18. RIP George. I share the loss expressed in the previous comments especially that this is like losing a close friend. What a guy....What a life!

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  19. If I may add, it would be wonderful if this blog could remain online and visible in the future. I would think of it as George’s legacy to his readers.

    I will also miss many of you who comment here, Mr Ed, etc. Some of you who publish blogs were introduced to me via George’s blog.

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  20. R.I.P George. You are a true inspiration for those of us living life on our own terms. you will be greatly missed.

    Ray
    Annapolis Md

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  21. Many concerned people contacted me through the link to my website on this page. This is what I just emailed to them all:

    I am finally free to tell people the sad news that George passed away last week. I have known for most of that time, but had been asked by family to hold off until they had a chance to catch their breath and get into his blog and post an announcement there, and open it up so people can comment. You will find a nice write-up there...

    It was hard to be the one person that concerned readers could contact, but not be able to say what I knew. Some had even launched search missions, driving around San Diego looking for a box van, so I started saying only that his whereabouts were known, knowing that some would take this as reassurance that he was alright. Couldn't think of any other way to allay people's fears that George was isolated and disabled in his truck, in need of rescuing.

    I had the pleasure of knowing George since early in his traveling and blogging career. We got together whenever we were in proximity - George stayed at Frederika's and my place when we were up in Sonoma; George drove up from deep in Mexico to attend our wedding 8 years ago. He was definitely one of a kind, but he was a great inspiration to me. He just kept going; nothing really stopped him. He took a cancer diagnosis, and made a life of adventure out of it. I will miss him...

    Much love to all his readers and friends...

    P

    All of us here are kind of a family, aren't we...? Kindred spirits, I guess.

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    1. Thanks for this note Pete, I hope George didn't suffer in the end and this family were near.

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    2. Thank-you Pete. Much appreciated. You served your friend well.

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    3. Mr Olson please accept my deepest condolences for your dear friend George. His respect and love for you during the years was often written about on his blog. When David passed, you gave him the strength and encouragement to understand and cope (as one never gets over the death of their child) which he was forever grateful. This past week had to have been so difficult as folks, including me, were concerned about his welfare and reached out to you. Knowing the details, you handled it out of respect for his family...which George was always protective of! The manner in which he passed is not anyone's business..period. Honestly I believe George indirectly or perhaps directly, knowing him, set up the "in the event of my passing" how the "word" would be deseminated...and once again looked toward you! Truly a testament to the friendship you both shared. May he rest in eternal peace and you find comfort during this difficult time. Again I a sorry for your loss. Thank you for all you have done.

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    4. Thank you for updating and verifying that indeed George has passed on. It is how we would all wish to go, so far as staying active right up to the end of life. I have read his blog for many years. Elizabeth

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    5. Thankyou Pete for filling us all in.....He will be missed....Happy box vanning in Heaven, George.

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    6. Thank you Pete for letting us all know that George had left us. I had emailed George asking if he was okay but got no response. I was worried as the rest of the readers. My condolences to his family and friends.

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  22. Dear Sweet George,

    Thank you for everything, all along the glorious way. I will never forget you. Vaya con Dios, and may your angels walk you all the way home.

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  23. After the third day of no posts, I feared this may have happened to George. It just wasn't like him not to post something almost every day. I've also been following him on a daily basis for years, he inspired me to start a blog. Tioga George will be missed, I feel he has now started his best Adventure. RIP George.

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  24. Rest in Peace George on your last long journey. you have been an inspiration to all of us bloggers and rv travellers, Your stories and information has been so helpful.

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  25. I will miss the old bird!

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  26. It's wonderful, and inspiring, that he spent his time doing what kept him happy and free for as long as he could. Vaya con Dios , George . -N

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  27. I emailed George in 2009 and told him he was the inspiration for my buying a motorhome. I'll miss him.

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  28. RIP George. I hope your passing was peaceful. I will remember how you were always looking for the next adventure and sharing your joys, pain and sadness with us. Shalom my friend.

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  29. We are so sad to hear about George's passing. He was a inspiration to so many vagabonds and vagabond wannabees. We regret that we never crossed paths during our 12 years on the road. Be at rest George.

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  30. I, too, have followed his posts since the beginning. I will miss him very much.

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  31. Sad news indeed. He was a character. May he RIP.

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  32. RIP Georgie, you kept us entertained.

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  33. RIP George, you will be missed. We are so glad that we had the pleasure of meeting up with you several times over the years. You have been an inspiration to us and to some many others.

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  34. Sorry to hear about George. He will be missed by the many that followed his blog.

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  35. You will be missed George. Have a great adventure in your new world.

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  36. Oh George, I hope you had a gentle peaceful passing. Now you are with your beloved David. I will miss your daily thoughts and observations. RIP

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  37. We bumped into George three times during our travels over the past ten years or so. Once in Mexico, once in San Diego, and most recently in September in northern Washington. He was an interesting guy who marched to the beat of his own drum. We're glad he passed away still living the vagabond life and not wasting away in an old folks home. We hope you are still searching for adventure, George!

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  38. I have followed Tioga George for many years. I rarely post but I felt George was part of my life. Certainly I am saddened by his loss here on earth. I shall miss his posts, pithy comments and his adventures in life. Prayers for his family and friends. Rock on George in another dimension.

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  39. Godspeed George. Thanks for the adventure

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  40. So sad to see he has passed away. So happy to know he did doing what he loved and on his own terms until the end. Rest in Peace George.

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  41. I'm so sad to hear this! At the same time, I'm happy for George that he died living the vagabonding life he loved. I always appreciated his candor and openness. Authenticity and purpose filled his days and as such was a great role model for all of us. Prayers for his family and close friends that God will comfort them and give them peace.

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  42. That was one hell of a ride. We've been with you for the past 15 years. You told me a couple of months ago that you were leaving with your boots on. And so you did.

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  43. Rest In Peace George

    I only knew George through his blog and rarely commented on his travels and projects. But it was a great experience to live some of the travels and experiences through his posts. He was an inspirational figure to many of those on the road and those that dream to get out and explore.

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  44. Rest In Peace George! Your life has inspired many to live a free life. We will miss you daily!

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  45. As I said in my last post to George, "I miss you". I felt in my heart he was no longer on this earth. Thank you for posting to let his blog family know of his passing. George, I hope you can now forever wear short pants and t-shirts. Blessings and rest now, your work is done.

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  46. Having followed George from the beginning of his blog I quickly came to realize what a gentle, kind and genuine person Geoge was. He will be truly missed, Rest In Peace George.

    Doug

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  47. So glad you posted. We've know George for several year and have spent many hours with him talking about everything. We met him first in Aticama - soon after we'd both lost sons. It help us and him to be able to talk about it. Throughout the years we've met up and exchanged emails and phone calls. I posted on my blog
    http://travelinginrvandlivinginlasvegas.blogspot.com/
    a lot of pictures of when we were having fun together. We will miss him. But always have our memories of a good friend.

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  48. This was the first RV blog I followed, will miss this and George, RIP

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  49. Wow, just wow.
    I learned so much from George.....Will really miss him. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
    If any one wants to talk about it with me JackMessing@comcast.net. Not sure what else to say.

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  50. Rest in peace George. You were quite the character and we enjoyed your blog every morning for many years.

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  51. Oh, that is so sad to hear. I have followed him for years and been inspired by his courageous spirit. RIP George

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  52. Rest In Peace George. So glad I had the pleasure of meeting you this past summer in Montana. You lived life your way, which was a great adventure for all of us.
    Otto

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  53. Rest In Peace, George You will be missed by many.
    Prayers for your family and loved ones.

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  54. Rest in peace George. I hope you weren't in pain and that you were with family. You are finally living in the perfect RV for you with the many friends, family and pets who passed before you. Thank you for your entertaining blog that I read over the last year. It made me laugh, cry and sometimes even yell at you. But above all it made me feel like a part of your story. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

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  55. And thank you to whoever wrote the post on the blog letting us know about George's passing.

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  56. Goodby George it was a pleasure to follow you

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  57. I was afraid this may be coming as George never missed posting. I've been reading George since the very beginning, he inspired my wife and I to take to fulltiming in our 40's. He inspired us to create internet income as he was and pursue freedom. Thanks George, you will be missed!

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  58. RIP. You will be missed.

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  59. Good bye George, you will be missed.

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  60. Thank you, George. You will never be forgotten. With deep respect and gratitude, I bid you farewell!

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  61. Thank you for the inspiration, George! I'm a full-time RVer of 11+ years, and your honest posts were so helpful. I'm sure your son David was waiting for you with open arms. Bless you both!

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  62. So sorry to hear this news! We have been regular readers since the beginning and were lucky to have met George twice in Mexico. He has been a great inspiration to us and to many other RVers.

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  63. May he rest in peace and I will miss him.
    RV John

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  64. I can’t really add to the previous comments as they are all spot on, but while I will miss his posts, we can all only wish to be as active as he was right to the very damn end.

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  65. RIP George. I will miss you greatly. Please I hope his blog stays on the internet so that we can go back and read his adventures from the beginning again. I tell my granddaughter about George and I'm sure many young folks would love to read George's adventures too. He wrote a book, a best read novel of his life. I traveled with him through good times and very sad times, I laughed and cried with him and best of all I traveled to places I've never been. Thank you George. Rest in peace.

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  66. George, may you travel in the next life with the joy and wonder that you traveled in this one. I will miss your can do attitude, and your appreciation of the beautiful world around us.

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  67. RIP George. I have followed you for years and you will be missed...

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  68. Thank you so much for this post. I, like many others, have been following George from the beginning and was concerned when he stopped posting. It was so unlike him. He persevered through all of the trying times, keeping us informed and letting us share a bit of his life. Rest in peace George.

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  69. RIP Tioga George! I have followed him for years. I will miss his posts!

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  70. Rest in peace my friend, many travels for you ahead in heaven. You will be missed.

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  71. RIP George. You did things your way and made many of us appreciative of the the things you saw and did. Your RV travels were informative and made many of us want to be out there with you. You have earned the rest you so longed for. No more aches and pains. RIP.

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  72. I loved traveling with you. Vaya con Dios, Jorge.

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  73. RIP George- you will be sorely missed.
    Wouldn't it be great if one of his followers could buy the Box Van and finish the project?

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  74. First words this morning “OH WOW” when checking for an update on George. Having relatives in San Diego we especially enjoyed reading his blog. Condolences to family and friends......RIP George��you will be missed!

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  75. I am so sorry to hear this. I have followed George for years and will miss his daily posts. Prayers for his family.

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  76. The end of an era! We were fortunate to have met George here in Mexico. He was and will continue to be an inspiration to many. George you will live on in our memories.

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  77. Dear George you will be missed!

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  78. Thank you George for inspiring us to hit the road and blog about it to help others. Your little ripples made their way around the world and inspired so many. You will be missed. x

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  79. George's blog was an inspiration to us when we were stuck behind our corporate desks. Rest in peace George, you did a wonderful job helping people like us. Jay and Ju

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  80. I too was with George from the beginning and enjoyed all of it. RIP George.

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  81. Very sad news, I have been a follower for more than 15 years. He was a true pioneer in RV blogging and will be missed by his many readers. RIP George... Thanks for all the adventures..

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  82. I am so sorry to read this. George was an inspiration to me. He met each challenge with enthusiasm and such a positive spirit. Thank you for letting us know. May his family and friends find comfort in good memories.

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  83. Thank you for letting us know. I and my husband have followed George from the beginning and frequently posted on his forums. For those that wish to keep in touch another way, I have created a facebook group called tioga george. Please let me know you followed george and I will add you to the group. I will miss reading this blog..RIP george.

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  84. I remember talking to George after we set up his first satt connection to do VOIP phone calls.
    (Very soon after he got the first big dish on top.)
    His efforts are legendary. No other word for it.
    The open thoughts of a real person, warts and all were captivating and prompted the Mrs and I to buy our own rig.
    He inspired SO MANY retirees to get off their asses and start living again.

    Hope you see your son again and you actively give those Rabbis a load of shit up there. :) If there is a heaven, you're surely in it.
    Vaya Con Dios indeed. Life well lived George!

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  85. R S P George and thanks for the all the trips and experiences you shared with us.....

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  86. RIP in George. Thank you for sharing with us every day. Will miss reading about your adventures.

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  87. I've been a fan of George since close to the beginning of his blog, at that time I was living close by in Concord, CA and I think I saw Miss Tioga once in the Orchard Supply parking lot as I drove by. But I didn't get a chance to meet him until several years later after I had married and moved to Port Townsend, WA. I tracked him down while was passing through and we had a very nice conversation inside Miss Tioga.

    George was very gracious and friendly to this interloper, for which I am still grateful. I'm glad he was able to lead his life the way he wanted until the very end in spite of all his setbacks.

    I'm just starting my retirement journey and I hope I'm half as fortunate as he was in my coming years.

    RIP George, you've earned this new adventure!

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  88. I will miss knowing George is out there on the road. I hope and pray he is reunited with his son, somewhere/somehow.

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  89. Oh my goodness. I so enjoyed George's posts and reading of the little bird. My prayers to George on his last journey on the open roads of life!

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  90. Sad news indeed.
    I'm so sorry to hear of us losing one of our family.
    I loved reading Georges posts and travels.
    George has enriched us all with his kindness and sharing of travel adventures.
    RIP buddy.

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  91. So many years with George through his blog. I will miss reading about his adventures. RIP George.

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  92. RIP George, thank you for showing us the way. Albert.

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  93. Wow......just Wow.....
    I knew something was wrong as his posts just went dark. I'm saddened by his death.

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  94. RIP George!Your heavenly adventure is now beginning!

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  95. What a shock to learn of George's passing. I have followed his blog for well over ten years. He was responsible for the first rig we bought that served us so well for so many years. His guidance through his blog was invaluable. His stories and adventures, trials and travels were always a treat to read about. I shed tears when he lost his son.

    I'd like to think he's up there in the clouds, traveling around still. Thanks George, for all you did, especially for people you never met.RIP

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  96. It’s been great being able to share George’s adventures through the years.He made the choice to do his thing until the very end. My condolences to his loved ones.

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  97. RIP George. I followed him from the beginning and in about 2005 he came to visit us in Chico. He was an inspiration and helped me solve many problems with my old Winnebago. He’ll be missed. I have lost a good friend ‘

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    1. Bill, I will miss your's and George's banter. I always enjoyed your comments. Being I live down the road in Durham, I found it interesting.

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  98. Our sympathies go out to George's family and friends. Thank you for letting us know of George's passing. Reading his blogs was like getting a letter from a friend every day telling us details of what was going on in his life (both good and bad) and about his RVing adventures. When he was happy about a particular outcome, he had a saying which I will always remember; he would add the words "with double sugar on top" to his words of happiness or praise. We will miss him, and may God bless him on his next journey.

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  99. So sorry to hear this sad news. Our heart goes out to his family and his internet family. He was definitely a character. Only met him once in Casa Grande Arizona and have been following him for years. He will be missed by many. RIP George


    John & Ann

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  100. Awww...gee. I had the thought randomly pop into my head this morning, "I better check George's site, and see what he's up to..."

    Now, I know why.

    R.I.P. George...you will be sorely missed

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  101. My most sincere sympathies to George's family. I have followed him for years. He was truly one of a kind.

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  102. so sorry about George. He did live his life the way he wanted to, great for him. He will be missed by his followers. He was an inspiration to us all. Happy trails George.

    Your friend,
    Florida Mike

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  103. rip George I have read your blog from the uk you can finaly meet up with your son david now so long my friend

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  104. Oh, what a sad day this is!!! George's blog was first one I started to read years and years ago. I know he is up there with more adventures to persue. I will miss his hour by hour time line. God bless his family and friends. I will miss him

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  105. My wife and I were also very sad to encounter his passing. We were good friends, and would meet when traveling - as far north as Washington State and down to Aticama, Mx, one of his favorite haunts. We both loved to RV, and he provided lots of good advice and ideas. Sometimes I think he composed the Frank Sinatra song, "My Way" in his approach to life.

    He touched soooo many lives in a positive way, including ours. George, if you can hear me, "Thanks!". You will be sorely missed ! Vaya con Dios, mi amigo. Y hasta luego...

    John & Mimi

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    1. John and Mimi, if you are the John and Mimi who befriended and helped George so often in California, you are the ideal model of a true friend; you are and will be truly blessed and loved.

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      Know that you both held a special place in George's heart..forever grateful. Thank you for all you've done and continue to do. Sincere condolences on the loss of your friend.

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  106. A few years ago I stumbled upon Georges blog and started reading from the start. And kept reading until is last blog. I'm sad to hear he passed away, although I'm glad it is 'in his boots' and not 'to sit behind the geraniums' (a Dutch saying for growing old).
    His positive spirit and honest telling of his live was very inspiring for me. I hope to grow old in an similar spririt and attitude and stay active.

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  107. So sorry to hear of George's passing. he was a true RV Vagabond and will be missed.

    Doug and Dolly

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  108. You will be missed, George.
    RIP, my friend.
    If any of his family is reading these comments, WOW! He was loved by so many!

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  109. A message from the past on this blog written by Tioga George on Sunday January 31, 2010. He of course knew that this day would come when the blog would end "

    These monthly logs seem to be coming and going faster now. As the February, 2010 log was being prepared this morning, MsTioga and I were thinking about the pile of logs that represents our time together. All of the todays that have gone before! It is a tricky thing putting perspective on this stuff. Living in today, in the moment. Yet remembering the beginning. Knowing that there will be a last log someday.

    Yes, someday. But not today!"

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  110. I have followed this blog for a few years now and loved reading what George was up to. Its a sad day, but I know George is up there looking down and trying to figure out where this new journey will take him. You will be missed by many George. Thanks for the Blog and the adventures.

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  111. So sad to hear of George's passing. We followed him for many years as we ourselves lived the RV life. Always enjoyed his posts. He was a unique individual. RIP George. You were an inspiration for many.

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  112. What an inspiration to all. RIP George.

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  113. This is not necessarily for public comment, but I hope there is some way you can preserve these 15+ years of George's blog, perhaps in the form of a CD for purchase. He has written a truly awesome compendium in celebration of the human spirit and it would be a shame to let it disappear into the ether.

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  114. Wow...what a huge sad surprise. My last post was Jan 22 and then I called George on Jan 24 per a note to myself that I kept. He told me then he was not going to post as often -- but did not say why. I assumed he was just tired of the task as his computer had been in for repairs.
    If anyone read my prior posts you know he was truly my RV hero. He ought to have been given honors by FMCA and the RV Museum in Indiana as well as most other RV organizations.
    George did more for the RV community than any other person or organization, or company, or manufacturer! I have no doubt.
    I am 80 too, just a few months younger than George. We both survived cancer. We both named a son David. Similar dispositions. We both had our own businesses. Uncanny.
    We differed in my rv is a 2001 diesel pusher and my wife and I are together after 57 years.
    George went through many things that would test the best of us but conquered each. He loved his kids and was able to be friends with Evie. He loved his faith. He truly enjoyed each day and shared openly his life... what a man!!
    God bless George and his family.
    They have his blog -- more than most of us can ever leave our own families. What wisdom.

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  115. God bless you and your family George, I have followed you for many years and will miss your life as lived in your blog.

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  116. RIP George. I was there at your first post and enjoyed traveling with you on your journeys over the years. You lived your life fully since that fateful cancer diagnosis. Life well lived. Farwell

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  117. Awww, this is so sad... enjoyed his fixing things up and chosing where to stay. I know he is sitting with his son talking of days gone by. God Bless and Rest in Peace...

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  118. I'm pretty sure there are RV's in heaven. Keep traveling George.

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  119. You lived your life your way, it doesn't get any better than that.

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  120. I sure hope our Hero George’s blog stays up. He was so happy when it was approaching a million hits, now it’s close to ten million. Would be nice to see it pass that milestone. What an insperation he was!
    Otto

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  121. I too was a daily reader of George's blog. I was enjoying his adventures from the start when he first walked out of the doctor's office and bought Miss Tioga and headed out. He was truly an inspiration to many of us full-time Rvers and we always had to check on George every morning since we met him. Rest in peace George, we will not forget you. Steve & Carol Dwyer.

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  122. Thank you for letting us know about George's passing. Rest in peace, George. May time being comfort and healing to the family.

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  123. RIP you will be missed

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  124. About 8 years ago, George gave me the courage to buy my Tioga "Lucy", a sister to George's though one year older. Because he gave me courage, I took a trip of a lifetime from SF Bay Area to Boston for 4th of July and back, with many adventures and not one breakdown. Then George became a friend, online, but I felt he was part of my family (who all followed his adventures from me telling them). We were so worried about him when he didn't post. I hope he left us easily and is enjoying David now. RIP dear friend. Thank you for letting us know.

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  125. I'm very sad to hear this news. George was one of the first RV Bloggers that I followed, what an inspiration he was to many. Condolences to his family.

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  126. George will be missed. We enjoyed his great adventure.

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  127. So sorry to hear this. I started reading his blogs way back when he started like in 2003. George was an inspiration to us all "going for it" was his thing. I raise a glass to you George you definitely made a difference!

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  128. Sad news. George's blog made me stop and think about life and how fast time goes, to stop and savor nature and friends.

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  129. RIP George. You will be missed.

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  130. I will miss you, George. RIP My condolences to the family and close friends. Please do leave the blog up so we can go back and reread about his life. He was such an inspiration to a lot of people, including me.

    Ann M

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  131. Oh, no!!! I am so saddened to hear this. George was such a determined and independent man, and quite the character. I learned so much from him about RVing and he was part of the inspiration that lead us to the RV lifestyle. I will miss him so. RIP, dear George.

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  132. All the best to you George in your heavenly travels. We will always remember the morning we met you in Ajo Arizona. Thanks for being an inspiration to so many of us.

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  133. I was heartbroken to read this sad news. George has been an inspiration to so many people, including me. I will miss him so much. Shalom, Chaver. You truly LIVED your life, and made it count.

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  134. George, it has just been confirmed what my heart has been telling me for a few days now. I pray you have the greatest of adventure now....

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  135. Sorry to hear about George’s passing. I’m a fairly new reader and enjoyed reading his blog. Rest In Peace.

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  136. Rest in peace George and I do hope your are enjoying your new RV up in heaven.

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  137. I too ms a long time reader and follower of George. Almost from the beginning. I conversed with him via email a few times. He was always very positive. I had recently moved from CT to Texas and emailed George that it would an excellent shake down trip for the box conversion. he replied that he would think about it Probably would not have happened but with George you never knew. He was an inspiration for living life that I can only hope to do. Rest in Peace my friend.

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  138. So sorry to hear this news. We will miss you George! Rest In Peace. Our condolences to your family.

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  139. Rest in peace George. You were a true trailblazer and a real cool dude 😎. You will be missed my virtual friend.

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  140. I think George was the original RV blogger we all followed for years. After a couple near misses, we tracked him down at his 'hill camp' in Santa Rosalia (?) Mexico quite a few years ago now, and had a good visit with him. He certainly never gave up and was always off on a new adventure. So sorry to hear of his passing. He'll be missed. :-(

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  141. I have followed his journey since the beginning. Thanks George. RIP

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  142. I knew something was wrong. :( George was like family. A total inspiration. We met in Mexico and gather several times in different places. He spent some time in my house and I even appeared in his blog a couple times!

    More than ten years following him and living his adventures through his lovely narrative. He showed me some tricks when I had my class C and now I full time in the US thank to him.

    Really hope this blog would stay open as a brilliant and beautiful legacy.

    You'll be missed, dear friend.

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  143. George, You will be sorely missed by so many……… your sense of fellowship and caring was special……… that shows in the comments and memories related.
    You were an inspiration on how to make retirement years meaningful, happy and content ........ on your own terms .
    I will never forget the court dates and the craziness in that parking lot mishap !
    Rest In Peace, George …… Your journey was a life lesson that was great to share. A sincere thank you to you !

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  144. I found this:
    http://vagabonders-supreme.net/contents.htm
    Dear Friend:

    Watching loved ones die.
    It seems to me that I am the luckiest person that I know. My life is a dream come true! The experiences that I've had, prepared me so well for living this great life.

    I had the opportunity to care for two elderly people during their last years, up to the day that they died. These two were my dear Mommy, and my Uncle Joe. During my cancer, I had the opportunity thru attending my cancer support group, to see people dying. These two experiences, intimately watching people die, formed my thinking about how to live my life.

    Loving Life or Fearing Death.
    My Mommy lived until she was 89. Actually, the last several years of her life, she existed. Her heart kept on beating, and slowly, she faded away. The same fate caught up with Uncle Joe.

    One Wednesday morning while I was in my cancer support group, it all came clear to me. I was not going to run scared from dying anymore. Instead, my life would be dedicated to living completely.

    I did not want to end up slowly fading away as had happened to my Mommy and Uncle Joe. I also did not want to cling to my life so much, that I would do anything to survive my cancer. At that moment, living became more important to me than clinging to life.

    Choices make the difference.
    I choose to live my life to the very end. If that means that I die earlier, rather than later, that is the way that I want it. I do not want to live so long, that I end up with dementia. Also, living in a senior citizen's home is not an option for me.

    Running after medical care was about to stop for me as well. Doctors want to save your life at any cost. I did not want to pay the cost, which may mean existing, rather than living a full life.
    Click [here] to return to MsTioga's Behind the Scenes.

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  145. He and David must have had quite a reunion. You will be missed as evidenced by the overflowing comments section here. My news feed just won’t feel the same without my daily dose of George Vagabonding.

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  146. So sorry to hear of George's passing.You brought enjoyment to a lot of readers and folks. Farewell sir, George you were an inspiration for many, and will be really missed, may you RIP.

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  147. George, thank you for sharing your life with us. I'm sorry you didn't get to complete the box van build, but no doubt you will find plenty to tinker with and tweak on your new journey. I wish you could tell us all about it! Until we meet again ...

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  148. I was so worried that this was why George so abruptly stopped posting. I will miss his sharing his daily life with me, I so looked forward to living vicariously through his travels over the years. He leaves behind a community of loving followers in which he sparked a wonderlust to follow and in some cases participate in his footsteps. I am one of those followers and will think of George when traveling in my MH with a “little sugar on top”! RIP George

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  149. I am so sad to hear about George's passing. My condolences to his family and close friends.

    I only found his blog recently and I started reading from the beginning. I'm only up to year 2006 so I hope his blog will stay on the internet so I can continue reading.

    I admire his courage and attitude. He was/is my hero! I loved someone's comment about him fixing the hinges on heaven's gate.

    May his spirit travel freely throughout the heavens and find endless adventures!

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  150. George was one of the original sources of inspiration for me - that if I built it, they would come. I started my website 12 years ago and they're still coming. Thanks George. Rest in peace.

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  151. I found this this morning during an entirely unrelated task. I had forgotten I had saved a copy. Great advice provided in George's written word: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Vjn2jaeiJBrtNQTAhkQfTKhiJjKEEfIu

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  152. I began reading George's blog over 12 years ago when I was thinking about becoming a fulltimer. I learned so much from his writings, and was inspired by him to take the next step. On February 1st, 2012 my wife and I became fulltime RVers, and just celebrated the completion of our 7th year living on the road. Like so many here I looked forward to his daily, sometimes several times a day posts. I sensed a few days before his passing that something was wrong, and then when he didn't post for almost a week I feared the worst. As I sit here writing there are tears in my eyes. Even though I never met him in person, I felt as if I knew him personally. He never held anything back. He will, and already is truly missed. RIP George....you were one of a kind, and there will never again be anyone like you!

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  153. I too have followed George from the beginning. His Blog was always the first one I read in the morning. So sad it has come to an end. My condolences to the Family and Friends. He has inspired so many.

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  154. George was doing what he enjoyed up till the end. Much better this way, than to be confined to hospital or nursing home. Wow what a unique individual, doing what he pleased and enjoying his projects. He will be sorely missed! RIP my friend.

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  155. Knowing George would very likely have informed his readers of this -- his dear friend Weng has started posting again. Here's her first post:

    https://wengs-journey.blogspot.com/2019/02/hello-everyone.html

    And here's the link to the front page of her blog:
    https://wengs-journey.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this too Fern! I so enjoyed reading George's words...and Weng's as well.
      Elizabeth

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  156. So many of us got into RVing because of his sharing of his travels for all those years. He gave so many the courage to go full time or just to head their rig south of the border to visit that beautiful country full of lovely people. To this day every time I see a Tioga Class C, I think of George. RIP fellow traveler.

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  157. I am heartbroken to read of his passing, George was a pioneer and influenced, inspired and provided valuable instruction to anyone with an RV... Like many others, I have followed him for years... George and I cooresponded after the suicide of his son, my daughter had died a few months prior and we gave each other comfort with our loss... George passed while doing what he loved best and i believe he is now fulltiming across heaven with his son, finding the best stars to set up camp... RIP

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  158. I wonder if all of his blog posts and comments were printed, like a paper book. How many pages would that book be. Will miss his on-going posts. As he would say 'thank you soooooo much'.

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  159. I am truly saddened in the loss of George, but blessed (as many have stated) to have found his blog many years ago. I only hope that I can continue to have choices that will allow me to live my life to the end as did George. Farewell my friend.

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  160. Safe travels George. Murphy

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  161. George was my inspiration and my friend, though I never met him in person. His blog will live forever to inspire many more. May he rest in peace.

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  162. Two things I learned and have put to practice from George are: always find "shorts and t-shirt weather" and when boondocking in towns, you need a "day camp", a "dinner camp", and a "night camp". By moving about you do not over stay your welcome. What did you learn and put into practice

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  163. He did it his way! Safe Journey Jorge.

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  164. Adiós George, felices senderos para ti. Que siempre haya una brisa en tu cara y el sol en tu hombro. Viejo obstinado: todos los que compartieron tu camino te extrañarán.

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  165. I was so looking forward to George getting out on the road again, but alas it is not to be.

    George never let anything get in the way of his goals. I hope that I am working on adventures in my 80s like George was.

    In my mind I picture George walking to that beautiful tree and David is sitting there and he says Hi Dad and they hug and head out.

    I am going to so much miss that bugger. If this blog does disappear, as it likely will, I have checked and it is archived on the internet wayback machine.

    Goodbye George. Your inspiration will live on in us who have been inspired by your never-give-up spirit.

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  166. George’s blog is historical in the sense he’s one of the first to ever use this medium to communicate his life with total openness and honesty while inspiring thousands to live their lives to the fullest.
    Bon voyage Tioga George

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  167. Ride-on George!..You were the 1st R.V. blogger I read and I've enjoyed your adventures for years..
    You are missed..
    Upriverdavid

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  168. Imagine....what if every star in the night sky was actually the soul of a person who has been lost to each one of us. Your star Mr. George would be one of the brightest and biggest stars we would see! I'll think of you when the next shooting star travels through the sky. Your highways will now be the universe! ~Pam in Louisiana~

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  169. It is with great sadness I have heard about George's passing. The RVing community has lost a great friend. He was an inspiration to me to go out and do my dream of traveling about by RV. I started reading his blog from the first beginning while I was still working. When I retired it made things much easier for me to know someone before me has done this. He showed me that you do not need a barrel of money to enjoy life on the road and adventure was just around the road where ever you go. I hope and pray that his blog can stay up as an inspiration to others. I will miss you George.

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  170. George did what he loved right up until the end. None of us can ask for a better life than that. I am sorry he had the sadness of his son, I hope they are not reunited. I would like to be a part of the facebook group mentioned above I did not find it when I looked. My sympathies to George's family. I also loved the comment about George fixing the latch on heaven's gate. He sure loved to tinker, he was a productive guy.

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  171. I saw George 3 times. First time in San Diego when he invited me and my wife over. My wife was unconfortable about boondocking and he turn her around about that. The two other times I took him to breakfast when he was traveling through Half Moon Bay. Always interesting to talk rving with him. More recently I was impressed with him going to the gym and eating healthy, something I should be doing more of.
    Can't help to be curious over what exactly happened medically.

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  172. I just sent an email to the Library of Congress encouraging them to preserve the Tioga and George blog for future historians.

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  173. So very sad... George, you will be missed but am sure you will be supervising the entire RV population from high above. RIP fellow RVer

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  174. I, too, read about George's adventures almost everyday. I'm not sure when I started reading but it was probably at least 10 yrs. ago. Back then, I went back and read his blog from the start and got a kick out of his monthly cost chart. He certainly lived life on his terms and he will certainly be missed. RIP George!
    Mark in Palm Springs, CA

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  175. As others have now opined, George's blog and his entire website are truly a huge part of roving lore and history. The basic question being does whomever has access to it understand that importance, and what can be done to preserve it?
    Can a legal Foundation be established whose main or sole responsibility be to preserve his complete website and blog?
    I suspect we readers could find such a Foundation. I would appreciate any feedback.
    What George wrote is truly significant. His life lessons alone, apart from the travel portion of his blog, are exceptional. Tioga George needs to be available forever to all.

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  176. Adios Amigo... You've had your trials and tribulations like the rest of us mortals... Now you can relax at that Great Campground In The Sky... My personal hope is when I follow you that they don't bury me with that never ending "To Do List"... You'll be sorely missed!!

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