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Old 06-14-2004, 10:16 PM   #43
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better not scratch yourself when you think you're in private, because you're NOT.
Heck, I'll make doubly sure to scratch myself ...and pick my nose, or anything else I can come up with that's disgusting! If Smokey is watching, I figure he's less likely to want to handle my license if it has ear wax smeared all over it.

Okay, I just grossed myself out.
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Old 06-14-2004, 11:08 PM   #44
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My, my it has been busy since last night hasn't it. Oh well here it goes....

Those who arrived early were treated to nature's wrath of tornado warnings and were asked to visit the shower house for protection. Friday arose with none the worse for wear other than Ron spending the night catching water from the inside. The rain I was told, was torential. Ron and Tony win the award for spending the most time on the road, relative to distance traveled. Seems like the karma stank cloud was over them Thursday.

We drove up Friday with Panub following up the rear. You would think I would have remembered the way since I've been there before, but I missed the turn at Casey's. So after a few blocks out of town I realized the error of my ways and telephoned Panub, that we missed the turn and I'd find a place to turn around. A couple of miles later I found the perfect turnaround which proved to Panub than you can spin a big van and 31' Airstream in minimal space.

We get to the campground only to find the entry road layered with fresh gravel. The 30 MPH speed limit will do nasty damage to pretty aluminum so my speed limit instantly drops to 20. I'm sure Panub loved the slow speed and dust cloud I left. We backed into our site and shortly after Twink pulls in with that slick Caprice. I opened the electrical box only to be met by a wasp who was working hard on a decent size nest. Gladly only one is there and I knocked the nest out of the box and get things plugged in.

Next to Twink is Tracy Lawrence's spot. As we were standing there a pretty good side limb crashes down on her site. Luckily no one is there. So much for good karma. I look up and another limb is hanging way way up, between Twink's site and mine. I pray for calm winds.

Zamboni has the signs out and folks are slowly filling in. It seems like everyone has honed their backing skills.

Panub's mom is with here and she is greated by a giant banner wishing her happy birthday. She is surprised and probably wonders what else awaits her for the weekend.

Humidity is tremendous and for the first time I see the condensate tube from my A/C dumping a stream of water.
The big sites that we used for the pot luck are awash and are swamps. I find high ground next to Honhe's for dinner on Saturday.

Air conditioning is the "hot ticket" and some find that theirs is missing the boat. Breaker blowing or compressor failures seem to be occuring too often. Power is good at the campground so we can't blame it on that. Twink wins the prize for the most BTU's per square ft. We declare that his trailer is the official meat locker for the rally.

All kinds of good stuff is being given away. Rally/concert style shirts from Tracy, Trailer Key Chains from Jack, Site signs from Zamboni, and Tin Can provides Whirlygigs and Flamingos. Even Zamboni supplies a special prize for furthest distance driven which is won by Eikel1we who drove over 450 miles from their outpost in Michigan.

We canceled out the Friday movie due to lack of equipment and as it ended up we had some light showers which would have ended the movies early if we had tried.

Tours were Saturday and everyone got a chance to see the vintage and new units there. Lots of questions and some of us had some flea market items for sale.

Dinner was great and we probably could have had double the attendance and still had enough food.

The evening campfire was enlightning with our resident pyro Silvertwinkie, with assistance from assistant pyro Hohne getting the fire off to a good start. Zamboni supplied the color and we all marveled at how copper and garden hose provide such good effects.

Sunday came early and with the forecast for possible heavy storms, most got out by noon.

Another great time, too short by many's standards but most of us have jobs and I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.

Attendance was down by two in the count but we did pick up two that were unexpected so 26 was the final number. Thanks for all who participated and special thanks to those who supplied the goodies. This is going to be a high standard to meet for future rallies.

By the way, here is a picture of the tree next to Tracy Lawrence's site. I see the face of the devil here.

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Old 06-14-2004, 11:24 PM   #45
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This is going to be a high standard to meet for future rallies.
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Old 06-14-2004, 11:34 PM   #46
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With Tracy's good fortune of not getting hit by falling debris, and our bad forutune of leaks, crimped propaine hoses, leaking water tanks, missing windows....

It goes to show that Tracy's voodoo dolls work. Good thing Tony can sew up a good prototype.....Tracy, every last hair folicle (sp?) will be hurting you next rally....LOL

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Recap 2004 Moraine View Midwest Rally

It never ceases to amaze me how much fun a Rally can be at Moraine View. The first rally in 2003 was great and this year's follow-up was fantastic! As others have posted, the people really make this rally, and that is certainly true. It is always fun to be able to put names with faces and have the opportunity to visit at leisure.

As was the case last year, the companionship of this rally was fantastic! The event made for one very enjoyable weekend - - in fact, I extended my stay and didn't depart until Monday - - had the central part of our rally area to myself Sunday night. I guess that I may finally adapt to back-in sites, but they are generally my last-choice. When traveling alone, I rarely choose to stay at a back-in only campground.

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I know that is what the sign says, but in IL, we go by the plus 30 rule which is simply adding 30 to whatever the sign says. I think you will find that most State Troopers in IL won't even bother anyone if you are going near 55-65mph, trailer or not. Our family has lived in IL for perhaps 3 or 4 generations. Few times, unless you are really pushing Mach 1, do they even bother....and even if they did, the fine is something like $75 or $100? Compare that to WI where the fines are $267.00 for 15 over..........
I can't comment much about Northern Illinois (other than to say that I always look forward to getting South of Interstate 70 where the pace of life is less harried), but I know where I am from in Southern Illinois (fourth generation) there is much less leniency - - and the fines + court costs are evidently higher - - as posted in my county's newspaper - - 1 - 10 MPH $85.00; 15 - 20 MPH $110; 21 - 25 MPH $200 - - and each week there is in excess of one column of speeding fines.

Personally, I am a proponent of the 55 MPH limit for trucks, RVs and vehicles towing trailers. I rarely write to my legislators, but did when there was recent discussion of changing this law - - I just wish that it was more strictly enforced state-wide. Part of the joy of Airstreaming is being able to enjoy the adventure and the stress involved in taveling in excess of 55 MPH with a trailer removes much of the travel enjoyment (IMHO). My parents' probably helped me to learn this lesson (plan ahead so that it isn't necessary to exceed the speed limit) as their rule while I was living at home was that car priveleges would be suspended for two years if my name were ever published in the roster of speeders - - this also included my years in college as I lived at home and commuted to save money (this was during the energy crisis so the maximum speed limit was 55 MPH).

I frequently travel the length of the state (from Galena, IL to Union County, IL) both with and without my trailer - - with the trailer the cruise is set at 55 MPH and I rarely have to adjust the speed except when exiting or negotiating an interchange - - when traveling without the trailer the cruise is set at 62 MPH on the Interstate and I can typically maintain a consistent pace passing possibly a dozen vehicles in the 490 mile route.

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Old 06-14-2004, 11:55 PM   #48
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Here are Jack's picture's. Be sure to check out the comments on each picture.

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Very cute commentary Jack...sorry, I mean Mongo....
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PS- I too went slower than 20 on that new gravel road and I still found a few small coating chips on the front. I was pretty bummed about it, but nothing can be done about it now I suppose.

Mud flaps going on soon!
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Nice photos, Jack...

Uh... Tracy... any chance of waking Jack's voodoo doll? Can you do requests?

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By the way, here is a picture of the tree next to Tracy Lawrence's site. I see the face of the devil here.

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(this was during the energy crisis so the maximum speed limit was 55 MPH).

gosh,coulda fooled me, wasnt it supposed to be 90 KMH?
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I was only HALF a "No-show"

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Attendance was down by two in the count but we did pick up two that were unexpected so 26 was the final number. Thanks for all who participated and special thanks to those who supplied the goodies. This is going to be a high standard to meet for future rallies.
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We were only HALF a no-show, and I feel terrible that we missed so much fun!

I would have brought the trailer even with the air and fan knocked out, except for it was literally knocked out; removed.. and laying on the garage floor. We can't tow the unit in THAT condition!

We have an appointment Monday at an Airstream dealer for a new AC unit.
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By the way, here is a picture of the tree next to Tracy Lawrence's site. I see the face of the devil here.

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BTW.. that tree is FREAKING ME OUT!!!
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WOW! Back on Sunday afternoon, cleaning out the mud and moisture, washing the sweaty clothes and by Tuesday there's 3 pages of posts. What a prolific bunch.
We can't thank everyone enough for the organization and the hospitality that made us first timers feel so welcome. The park was much better than we expected and surprisingly free of the little bloodsuckers so commonly found in Wisconsin and the UP. Maybe that tree does have an effect. I will admit, like others, that I took a few laps through downtown LeRoy until I found the right road to the park.
Being able to see the other rigs I learned what I've done right and what needs to be redone, and, what's possible with a little insight and imagination. Whirlpool tubs and all. Maybe find a early 70's 22 footer, rip out the rear bath, stuff a queen sized bed in there, center bathroom/shower.... Oh Well. If it ever dries out it's back to work on th GT. (Another 2.7 inches of rain fell while we were gone.)
Thanks again to Jack and everone who made this rally such a success.

Hope to see you all again,

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