Our website design and hosting business is still thriving, thanks to our many loyal clients. We have added a few new directories to our sites as additional ways to help them advertise. We have done some restaurant and other reviews locally, and will also be starting to do more in a few months, so if you are interested in a review of your business or product......let us know!

Long before anyone heard of a "blog", we were detailing our travels throughout the US & more and sharing them with our readers. Travel with us from now....back to the beginnings of our travels in 1998!

December, 2007:
Happy Holidays from Cruising America! And this will be the last time we will be able to wish you seasons greetings as "Cruising America"....yep...we have been made an offer for the domain name that was just too good to refuse! After 11 years, we are changing our name to A Winding Road and will CONTINUE our website design and hosting business as well as expanding our involvement in the upcoming World Massage Festivals. More big changes are coming in the months ahead, so be sure to stop by often and "travel" with us!

November, 2007:
Back to work on our websites and planning for the 2008 and 2009 World Massage Festivals. And what a lineup of instructors we have in place! In 2008, the Festival will be held at the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida with over 73 hours of workshops to choose from! In 2009, the Festival will be held at the T Bar M Resort & Conference Center in New Braunfels, Texas!

October, 2007:
October 20-21...The World Massage Festival was a huge success! We had over 150 therapists attending who took advantage of the workshops to earn their required CEU credits. Many more therapists attended the Festival to visit with the vendors and participate in the Hall of Fame Ceremonies.

Mike's Mom, Dad & Aunt came down from South Carolina to help get things rolling and to work in the kitchen during the Festival. Nell & Scott Carrol and Vickye Jared came from Texas for the second year in a row. We actually had therapists attending from 12 different states....even as far away as Massachusetts!

Although Pensacola suffered the touchdown of a tornado on Thursday, October 18, and it rained cats & dogs all week prior to the Festival and all week afterward.....once again it did not rain on Mike's parage.....the weather was gorgeous Saturday & Sunday during the Festival!

December, 2006 through September, 2007:
After recovering from the 2006 World Massage Festival, we immediately began planning the 2007 World Festival & Massage Therapy Hall of Fame for October 20-21, 2007. We added CEU workshops to the lineup and moved the location from the Pensacola Fairgrounds to the Hadji Shriner Temple, in Pensacola.

November, 2006:
On November 4, 2006, Mike created and promoted the World Massage Festival and the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. The event for 2007 will be held October 20-21, 2007 at the Hadji Shriner's Temple in Pensacola.

The Pensacola Massage Center is still going strong....we did over 3000 massages in 2006!

October, 2005 through October, 2006:
During this time, Mike was asked to serve on the Advisory Board at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers and also began a one year stint as the Editor for the Florida Journal, the newsletter publication by the Florida Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

In October, 2005, we finally realized that we had outgrown our 3 therapy rooms....so we leased a unit in the same shopping center that more than doubled our space! The Pensacola Massage Center now has 7 themed therapy rooms, a steam sauna, an infra-red sauna and many new modalities available to clients. We now offer not only Swedish/relaxation massage and deep tissue massage, but Lomi Lomi, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Thai-Yoga Massage, body treatments and much more! Check out our website and take a look at our relaxing, escape-into-another world Center!
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August, 2004 through August, 2005:
We opened the Pensacola Massage Therapy Center in a 1200 square foot building in a shopping center here in Pensacola.
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The Center had 3 therapy rooms and about 10 therapists met their clients here for therapy. We opened just 2 weeks before Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast! We had no damage to our building after the hurricane, but were without power for 2 weeks. The Army Corps of Engineers moved in rapidly after the hurricane to put up the "blue roof" coverings to tide folks over until they could make arrangements with contractors to repair and replace roofs. The aftermath of the hurricane brought about 20,000 additional workers to the area.....many of whom needed massage therapy after working so hard all day.

During this time, Mike was featured on several radio programs discussing the benefits of massage therapy and we handed out hundreds of "free massage" cards to folks in the area, offering them a free one-hour full-body massage. Our therapists are so good, that once they get someone on their table....they get them back!

The Pensacola area was hard hit by Hurricane Ivan, with the loss of thousands of housing units and a HUGE amount of yard work to be done by residents. We stayed open evenings and on weekends so that we could be there to help these folks with their sore muscles, and thus were able to build a loyal clientele.

January through July, 2004:
We arrived in Pensacola, Florida on January 23, and on February 4, Mike started school at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers. While he attended school, Cindy kept up with the website work. Mike graduated in July and began his massage practice then.

January, 2002 through December, 2004:
We spent these two years in south Texas, trying out "retirement" and dealing with some family issues. Cindy lost her brother, Barry Earl, to pancreatic cancer and her Mom's advanced Alzheimers came into play during this time. But, in the end, we decided that retirement in Texas was not for us.....so we headed out to Florida!

December, 2001:
December 1-4
Brownsville, TX
December 5
Brownsville, TX
December 6
Brownsville, TX
December 7
Brownsville, TX
Matamoros, Mexico
December 8
Brownsville, TX
CC Wings
December 9-13
Brownsville, TX
December 14
Brownsville, TX
December 15
Donna, TX
December 16-31

November, 2001:
November 1
Progreso, Mexico
November 2
Brownsville, TX
November 3
CC Wings
Brownsville, TX
November 4-12
On the road
November 13
Brownsville, TX
November 14-18
A Ray of
November 19-25
Brownsville, TX
November 26-29
Brownsville, TX
November 30
Brownsville, TX

October, 2001:

October 1
Brownsville, TX
October 2
Matamoros, Mexico
October 3-4
Brownsville, TX
October 5
Rio Hondo, TX
October 6-9
Brownsville, TX
October 10-13
Bike Fest 2001
Harlingen, TX
October 13
Brownsville, TX
October 14-18
Brownsville, TX
October 19
Brownsville, TX
October 20
Brownsville, TX
October 21-23
Brownsville, TX
October 24-25
Brownsville, TX
October 26
Brownsville, TX
October 27
Brownsville, TX
October 28
Pumpkin Painting
Brownsville, TX
October 29-30
Brownsville, TX
October 31
Brownsville, TX

September, 2001:
September 1
Brownsville, TX
September 2
Brownsville, TX
September 3-6
Brownsville, TX
September 7
Brownsville, TX
September 8
Brownsville, TX
September 9
Progresso, Mexico
September 10
Brownsville, TX
September 11
September 12
Los Fresnos, TX
September 13-15
Brownsville, TX
September 15-30
Brownsville, TX

August, 2001:
August 1-7
Stateburg, SC
August 8-15
Brunswick, GA
August 16
Kingsland, GA
August 17
Chattahoochee, FL
August 18-19
Lillian, AL
August 20-21
Perdido Key, FL
August 22
Robert, LA
August 23-24
Texas Bound!
August 25-26
Corpus Christi, TX
August 27
Port Aransas, TX
August 28
Corpus Christi, TX
August 29
Corpus Christi, TX
August 30
South Padre Island, TX
August 31
Los Fesnos, TX

June - July, 2001:
June 1-12
Stateburg, SC
June 13-30
Stateburg, SC
July 1-4
Stateburg, SC
July 5-16
Stateburg, SC
July 17-22
New Castle, PA
July 23
Elkin, NC
July 24-31
Stateburg, SC

April-May, 2001:
April 1
Williamsburg, VA
April 2
Williamsburg, VA
April 3
Williamsburg, VA
April 4
Charles City, VA
April 5
Staunton, VA
April 6-8
Staunton, VA
April 9
Scottsville, VA
April 10
Charlottesville, VA
April 11-14
New Castle, PA
April 15-16
Washington, DC
April 17
Annapolis, MD
April 18
Queenstown, MD
April 19
Lewes, DE
April 20
Princess Anne, MD
April 21-May 4
New Castle, PA
May 5-31
Stateburg, SC

March, 2001:
March 1-3
Stateburg, SC
March 4
Asheville, NC
March 5
Asheville, NC
March 6
Asheville, NC
March 7
Asheville, NC
March 8-10
Stateburg, SC
March 11
Asheville, NC
March 12
Weaverville, NC
March 13
Weaverville, NC
March 14
Asheville, NC
March 15-16
Stateburg, SC
New photo of Haley!
March 17
Stateburg, SC
March 18
Asheville, NC
March 19
Candler, NC
March 20
Asheville, NC
March 21
Asheville, NC
March 22-24
Stateburg, SC
March 25
Asheville, NC
March 26
Asheville, NC
March 27
Barnardsville, NC
March 28
Weaverville, NC
March 29
Durham, NC
March 30
Petersburg, VA
March 31
Williamsburg, VA

February, 2001:
February 1- 6
Sumter, SC
February 7
Stateburg, SC
February 8
Poinsett Park, SC
February 9
Latta, SC
February 10
Stateburg, SC
February 11
Williamston, NC
February 12
Outer Banks, NC
February 13-16
Stateburg, SC
February 17
Hendersonville, NC
February 18
Flat Rock, NC
February 19
Waynesville, NC
February 20
Asheville, NC
February 21
Asheville, NC
February 22-24
Stateburg, SC
February 25
Amelia Island, FL
February 26
Green Cove Springs, FL
February 27
St. Augustine, FL
February 28
Stateburg, SC

January, 2001:
January 1-12
South Carolina
January 13
Orlando, Florida
January 14
Orlando, Florida
January 15
Disney's Magic Kingdom
January 16
Disney's Animal Kingdom
January 17
Disney's EPCOT
January 18
Disney's MGM Studio
January 19
Orlando, FL
January 20
Orlando, FL
Jan 21- 31
Sumter, SC

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