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Old 03-19-2007, 06:26 PM   #155
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I am coming from the south and east. My plan is to pick up 101 as soon as possible. I think this will be I-40 to I-15 then 101 but I have not taken a good look at the map yet. I am expecting to be there mid day thrusday. I could be there Wednesday depending.
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:47 PM   #156
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Safe journey Michelle, glad you are enjoying being back where its warm!

Hey western sisters, hope you have a super get together! Please post pix!!
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:26 PM   #157
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Thanks Steph, and Vickie and Carol!
It's going to be especially fun to have Michelle there as our Silver Sisters' liason. A great connection to the rest of the contingent! And I'm sure we're going to have plenty of photos to post.
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Old 03-19-2007, 08:51 PM   #158
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Okie doki, it's up the pass then! Thanks for the encouragement, girls. We live close to the bottom of San Marcos Pass, so I guess it does seem silly to drive all the way around. The closer the rally gets, the more I seem to be freaking myself out with all the "what if's."
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:04 PM   #159
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Meredith is the road far from you? Perhaps you could take a drive to feel it out before you tow. Just go at your own pace and do not worry about holding anyone up behind you until you get to a place you are comfortable to turn out in. Don't let anyone pressure you to move any differently than you are comfortable doing. They'll get over it and you surely would not be the first rv to ever be ahead of them.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. You will do famously and I bet you a quarter you'll enjoy the drive.
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Old 03-19-2007, 09:07 PM   #160
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You and me both, Meridith. You're truly "not the only one..."
I did a little practice run last Sunday, hooking up, towing, docking etc. and it was a bit hair-raising, but mostly just because it's all such new info. On the road, it feels fine, but we detoured through Salinas to have a little "maneuvering" experience and that wasn't so fine. The driving was ok but the neighborhood we ended up in was beyond sketchy. And making a quick uey was just not in the cards. But I survived, and amazingly enough Terry survived (I can't believe I'm making dinner for him right now) but I'm ready to rip those honey-toned vocals right out of the nav. system.
But I did get home with lots more experience under my belt and much more confidence. No city driving for me, but I think I'm freeway-ready.
Still not consistent with the backing though, and am going to count on some significant help at Cachuma.
My admiration for all those women who tow with such adventursome spirits just grows and grows!
See you soon!
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:26 PM   #161
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Meredith is the road far from you? Perhaps you could take a drive to feel it out before you tow. Just go at your own pace and do not worry about holding anyone up behind you until you get to a place you are comfortable to turn out in. Don't let anyone pressure you to move any differently than you are comfortable doing. They'll get over it and you surely would not be the first rv to ever be ahead of them.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. You will do famously and I bet you a quarter you'll enjoy the drive.
Hi Carol and Janet -

Thanks for the encouragement and support. Someday I know I will master the art of towing, but until then, I'll take my time...

I have driven this mountain pass a zillion times in my vehicle, but just never pulling a trailer. In fact, I've only towed ONCE on our way home from purchasing our Safari last year. And, it was on a looooong stretch of lonely, flat highway in the middle of nowhere USA!

Your advice is the best, however, and I will try and not let the other drivers get me rattled. I guess I was worried about inconveniencing other drivers when I'm driving reeeeally slow and cautiously around those curves. But hey, how many times have I been behind a slow moving vehicle and just had to sit back and relax until there was a safe opportunity to pass?! I'll bet you a dollar it's been plenty! So I'll make a vow right now that I will focus on being safe - and not the line of cars behind me!
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backing takes time. It is just coming easier to me. I backed the "rig" into a slot at a truck stop this morning. Got it strait and between the lines the first time. I got a couple admiring looks from the truckers.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:28 PM   #163
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Steph,
thanks. so far i have been keeping it out of the ditches. Good thing they are really deep here. It is actually too hot. 95 today. Fortunatley I am parked where I have eletricity and can run the A/C.
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Old 03-20-2007, 12:23 PM   #164
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Good morning ladies, I have been reading your emails about the Women’s Rally and am so envious. We live in Venice, CA and store our trailer in Thousand Oaks so we aren’t that far away…..but we have only taken the trailer out 2 times and I am in no way ready yet to solo without my husband—he will be out of town so he can’t even take me there and drop me off……so I am tempted to find a place to stay near the campground…..and drop in on you gals…….are any of you familiar with the campground area to tell me if that is doable????……thanks, pj
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Old 03-20-2007, 02:10 PM   #165
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Happy & Safe Travels, Silver Sistas! I'll be seeing you soon...(Thursday).
You can do it Michelle & Janet! (Remember to b-r-e-a-t-h-e).
Also, do yourself a favor clean the inside of your windshield (as well as outside) to cut down on glare.

pj- Come on over & hang with your sistas! I don't know of any places to
stay (other than in my Caravel, but that may be a lil' squishy).
Maybe someone else has a suggestion?...

To all of the Trailer Chicas nationwide, we'll say a toast in your honor!

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Old 03-20-2007, 03:43 PM   #166
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You will hit less traffic if you take the 15 to the 210 and stay up along the foothills. It merges into the 5, go thru Santa Clarita and take the 126 to the 101. There are a lot of small fruit stands on the 126 near Santa Paula if you need to stock up. You could take the 101 thru town and pass by Hollywood but that is usually a parking lot! 126 is much more scenic. Have fun. We will be in Baja but will salute you Friday night when we arrive. Knowing Ron he will spend some time up next to the restuarant on WiFi......getting his forums fix. Debbie
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:11 PM   #167
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Good morning ladies, I have been reading your emails about the Women’s Rally and am so envious. We live in Venice, CA and store our trailer in Thousand Oaks so we aren’t that far away…..but we have only taken the trailer out 2 times and I am in no way ready yet to solo without my husband—he will be out of town so he can’t even take me there and drop me off……so I am tempted to find a place to stay near the campground…..and drop in on you gals…….are any of you familiar with the campground area to tell me if that is doable????……thanks, pj
Hi PJ,
it would be great if you could come and hang out with us at Cachuma. The more the merrier! There are accomodations fairly close by. I think the closest hotels would be in Buellton and Solvang, but you would actually have to drive past the campground to get to those areas. Santa Barbara is about 20 minutes away and there is a nice Best Western near the 101 and 154 exchange. Here's the link:

Hotel in Santa Barbara, California | Best Western Pepper Tree Inn | Santa Barbara, CA

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Hi PJ,
it would be great if you could come and hang out with us at Cachuma. The more the merrier! There are accomodations fairly close by. I think the closest hotels would be in Buellton and Solvang, but you would actually have to drive past the campground to get to those areas. Santa Barbara is about 20 minutes away and there is a nice Best Western near the 101 and 154 exchange. Here's the link:

Hotel in Santa Barbara, California | Best Western Pepper Tree Inn | Santa Barbara, CA

I hope you can join us!
Thanks for the information....I will check it out and let you know if I can make it.......paula
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