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Old 09-18-2016, 05:11 PM   #2983
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5 hours from Bend to Ontario, OR on Hwy 20, which is largely...and surprisingly...desert.

Waiting at the rather inhospitable Pilot Truck Stop for Bob and Page...smallish, oldish, dusty, and very noisy.


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Old 09-18-2016, 09:42 PM   #2984
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Hi all... hope you're friends arrived Maggie... Lili/TinCrumpet emailed today.. asked me to share that husband Hans is recovering well from surgery and she will be on this thread later in the week to say hi to all.... ok,everybody keep having fun!!! Hugs and love...gail
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:10 PM   #2985
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Will wonders never cease. Here I am tucked in for the night...Mikki and me....at the Walmart in Rock Springs....same one I stayed at on my way to JH KOA. I have a signal, so, thought I might just try for the forum again!

Drove 400+ miles today, and I am very tired. The route that I took, across SE corner of Idaho and NE Corner of Utah...field of hay, fields of grain, and not much else. Lots of big trucks, (they apparently think the 75-80 mph speed limit is a loosely translated suggestion, as they fly by me .... While I am Going 75-80 ..... As if I were standing still.)!

Then there is lots of construction zones on the hwys, and I also seem to be the only one alive out here that reads the ever changing speed zones for those construction areas! Truckers are taking 55-65 mph curves at 70+++! I have seen 2 really terrible truck crashes off the sides of some tight curves...one still in flames, with several police, EMTS, ambulances, fire trucks....all in attendance. The other was obviously a futile recovery action...as nothing could have survived the absolute devastation.

One might think the truckers and other speed demons might pay a bit of caution....but, no, they just kept on speeding, each, seemingly trying to beat some sort of deadline. Passing each other on tight curves, etc. I back off and let them fight it out among themselves.
My goal is to get home in one piece, safely.

Hopefully will be on last day of my long journey tomorrow, or perhaps the next day. No hurry....this adventurer hopes to live for many more trips in my future....safely.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire adventure, meeting some really nice folks, seeing and experiencing new and exciting places. One bucket list trip .... Checked off!

Night-night, all! Evelyn.
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:31 AM   #2986
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Speed kills. You are correct in driving as you are comfortable and not faster. Be safe, be happy, be careful.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:21 AM   #2987
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Good to see you and Lily again! Glad we could meet up. Safe travels and I hope our paths cross in the future.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:43 AM   #2988
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Great to see you and Bob, as well.

Safe travels, and have a wonderful time exploring the country.


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Old 09-19-2016, 08:39 PM   #2989
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Hey Maggie...hope you're day went well...where are you now?? And where did you stay last night.. I'm sort of tracking your progress... keep having fun out there!! Hugs and love from Oregon...
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:35 PM   #2990
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Drove the back roads yesterday morning out of Ontario, OR, and into Idaho...lots of onion fields in these here parts, trucks full to heaping of onions, and smashed onions on the roads ...to the Cove BLM campground near the Snake River south of Grand View...I love the Snake River.

A beautiful and well maintained campground, each site having a cement pad including fire pit, with a steel shelter and picnic table, shelter walls specifically placed to shield campers from late afternoon sun.

No signal.

We were the only ones here until late evening, when two other rigs pulled in. Shaded shelter notwithstanding, the Interstate in full sun late day was very hot well into late evening. Was going to stay a second night, but did not.

I gathered left firewood from empty sites for a campfire this morning, Lily and I had a good walk....tho she ran ...did a little housekeeping and headed into Mountain Home to find a tire place and bicycle repair shop.

Lug nuts tightened and tire pressure checked, multitudes of smashed to smithereens insects washed off the windshield , next will be a bike shop.

Heading to a city park in Buhl for tonight.

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Old 09-20-2016, 04:21 PM   #2991
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No open bicycle shop in Mountain Home, but had a beautiful drive on 30 into Twin Falls, whose City Park I decided to head to.

Did make a stop in Buhl at the Cloverleaf Creamery ...it called to me as I drove by, with its old neon sign and looking like it had been there for 50-60 years.

There are lots of Sportsmen turnoff sites along the Snake River...the ones I saw were paved, well maintained, and seem to be much used.

Such a beautiful, bank full river, but looks like it doesn't flood often as there are many homes quite close.

I drove down one turnoff that had a camping sign, hopeful for something lovely on the water, but it was nothing but an open, paved area...too hot right now for full sun and no electricity.

The Rock Creek City Park in Twin Falls is beautiful, however....covered with lush grass, by a creek, RV's only, with W/E sites for $15 a night.

And, signs that sprinklers are on Mon-Thurs night.

Lots of irrigation going on out here, creating beautiful oasis of green amidst the dry and arid other.

Good internet signal, and basic TV Channels.

Twil do nicely for tonight.


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Old 09-20-2016, 04:29 PM   #2992
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I was wondering if you would be passing thru there as we followed along. Have family there. Nice, not so little town anymore.

Enjoy your evening.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:37 PM   #2993
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I'll poke around here some tomorrow, before I head out.

The campground was right off 30, as I came into town, so I haven't seen the town at all, really.

Lots of signs for hot springs in this area, too, and some interesting looking Historical Centers/Museums.

The Oregon Trail came thru here, so pioneer imagery and reference abounds.


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Old 09-20-2016, 05:03 PM   #2994
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I know that I have done steadily better over time, minus my sweet hubby these past 2 1/2 years, but I have particularly noticed another shift to the forward as I have been heading toward home these past few days.

I believe it is, again, the confidence that comes from doing, and having done successfully this trip some things that I feared.

It is also about being willing and able to carve out my own path, my way of travel that suits me best, in widowed life.

In the beginning...I tried to do everything exactly as Doug and I had done it, whether at home or on the road, as it felt the only thing to do.

It was rote behavior, is what it was, me on automatic pilot....my way of doing what needed to be done as well as memorializing and honoring him and our life together.

I've come more into my own this year, becoming more comfortable in my widows' skin, and traveling by myself, making changes to do what works best for me.

I think of Doug every day, talk with him and tell him I love him, but I am gradually creating a new life....one which I feel he supports and encourages and participates in as needed.

A good thing.


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Glad to to hear from you... that last post brought a tear to my eye.... you're doing good on great campsites!!! Ok, enjoy the journey!!!.. hugs and love to you both...
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:31 AM   #2996
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Thinking of you, Maggie

Last Sunday I drove through Normal on I-74, albeit the time was about 4:30 AM. I was on my way from North Carolina to South Dakota...1300 miles in two days.

Each time I head up through Illinois, I do think about you, Maggie, and your inspirational thread here on Air Forums. And, as you are a very convincing advocate for the Interstate, I may head that direction in a year or so, just to get more flexibility to my traveling.

Anyway, keep up the good work. And, if by chance you are going to be at Palmetto Cove 12-16 October, I will see you there.

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