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Old 06-15-2007, 11:48 AM   #225
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Caravan to Balloon Rally

Fellow FCU Balloon Rally participants,

The route and stops for the California/Arizona Caravan to the FCU Balloon Rally in Albuquerque is starting to take shape. Since the campgrounds/parks in the area around the Fiesta are most likely to book up first, we are starting backwards in making reservations...huh?

Since Grants, New Mexico is on I40 and within 100 miles to Albuquerque, it has been deemed our last stop (Thursday) on the caravan before the Balloon Fiesta.

The Grants/Cibola Sands KOA has been recommended and selected as the RV Park for Thursday night, October 4, 2007. As of today there are plenty of large pull throughs with full hook ups and Wi Fi for our group, but please call and make your reservation ASAP to be ensure you get a space.

To make a reservation call: Suzanne at Grants/Cibola Sands KOA at (888) 562-5608, tell her you are with the Four Corners Balloon Rally Caravan so that she can try to keep us together.

Barstow (Tuesday) and Williams (Wednesday) locations will be announced soon, so watch for the notice on this thread.

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Old 06-15-2007, 03:43 PM   #226
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is not Kevbo picking the Williams. AZ. Spot as he is a regular out there?

I looked at all the Parks in Barstow. Slim pickins...
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is not Kevbo picking the Williams. AZ. Spot as he is a regular out there?

I looked at all the Parks in Barstow. Slim pickins...
If Kevbo can't decide for Wednesday night I suggest either the Cataract National Forest campground on the west side of Williams( http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/recreati...cataract.shtml ) or the Kaibab National Forest campground on the west side of Williams ( http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/recreati...s/kaibab.shtml ). Both can be seen on the map at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/recreati...s/kaibablk.pdf

We have stayed at Cataract Lake. Nice view in the evening or at dawn.
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Goin camping and Motoman,

Great to see our ranks are forming up, loosely I hope I don't think any of us are gonna expect to much from Barstow, it is what it is, and for Williams, it will be about a 340 mile trek for some of us to Williams, some of it on Old Rte 66, so whatever is chosen probably needs to be easy to find, easy to park, preferably with pull throughs for some of the newbies and lazy ones and available for possibly a late arrival at night (dark???).

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Goin camping and Motoman,

Great to see our ranks are forming up, loosely I hope I don't think any of us are gonna expect to much from Barstow, it is what it is, and for Williams, it will be about a 340 mile trek for some of us to Williams, some of it on Old Rte 66, so whatever is chosen probably needs to be easy to find, easy to park, preferably with pull throughs for some of the newbies and lazy ones and available for possibly a late arrival at night (dark???).

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Full hookups would be nice. I'm thinking it'll be on the cool/cold side up there.

Motoman, Check your PM's.
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Don---Thanks for posting the info on the National Forest Campsites near Williams. I just checked with the folks in Williams National Forest Info and these campgrounds will be closing for the season on Sept 30 this year. Gates closed and locked means no overnighting within the camp, but day use permitted as a walk in. In in absence of fire restrictions, the national forest is open for boondock camping after the campground has closed for the season. We could be near the campground, just not in it. Perhaps that's all we really need for one night? Remember the night on I-10 West of Goodyear?
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got our reservations for the Grants KOA the 4th yahoo, and a free continental breakfast to hold us over to the casino!!
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Great...but you better leave me a danish, cause as ya know, you are always the first one to rise in camp..so I am depending on you to hold down the continental for me.

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Balloon Rally Caravan Oct 3 Williams Stop

Mr Kevbo has spoken and the Williams location for the Wednesday, October 3, 2007 way point for the caravan to the FCU Balloon Rally is:

Railside RV Ranch, 877 Rodeo Rd, Williams, AZ

If you are joining us, make your own reservation with Pat or Tamara @ (888) 635-4077 and tell them you are with the "Airstream Group". the rate is $29.95 and they will discount 10% with AAA. They have pull throughs with full hook ups and WiFi so we can maintain our addiction to the forum.

Hopefully, we will see some AZ folks join the Cal folks in Williams. The Barstow stop is still being considered and should be announced soon. Rumor has it that some of the Cal folks are going to make Williams their first stop on the way to Albuquerque....now that is a long drive....sounds like something a cowboy would do!

PM me if you have any questions.

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Diana & I have made our reservations for both Wed and Thur nights at the group sites in Williams and Grants. We will not be overnighting in Barstow since it doesn't have a Kevbo recommendated Cowboy Bar.
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Diana & I have made our reservations for both Wed and Thur nights at the group sites in Williams and Grants. We will not be overnighting in Barstow since it doesn't have a Kevbo recommendated Cowboy Bar.
Bob,

Look forward to catching you at Williams....have a safe journey from Whittier..I spent 20 years there growing up in what was once an orange grove. Mid-century California was a great place.

And there is a Cowboy bar in Barstow...in fact I think they all are! And I bet Kevin has been there more than once.

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