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Old 07-06-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
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2009 Cross Country Trip

Hi,

We are on our first of 5th or 6th week of a cross country trek w/our safari.

We started out in Bishop, CA. then went to Pahrump, Nevada, then to Flasgstaff, AZ, Albequerque, NM, and today at Amarillo, Texas. We'll be heading to Odessa, Junction, Corpus Christi, Dallas, then to Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and over to Pennsylvania, then N.Y. .We'll go to D.C. then make our way back to CA and return by mid August.

We've got our maps, an aircard for the laptop, and a gps that is interesting to use, though not always accurate! Sometimes our gps guide named Samantha does not always find the best route and we have to go the way we want to..but I'm glad she can be flexible and can say " recalculating'!!!

More to come, stay tuned!
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Sounds like you are geared up for a great time - keep us posted
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...a gps that is interesting to use, though not always accurate! Sometimes our gps guide named Samantha does not always find the best route and we have to go the way we want to..but I'm glad she can be flexible and can say " recalculating'!!!
If your GPS is like ours, you can set it to offer the fastest route, or the most direct route. The better would be the fastest route. Ours (we call it Garmenia) still occasionally sends us to some strange places. When I went to Borrego Springs a few months ago, it tried to send me overland through the desert, and will try sending me down an off-ramp, then proceed straight ahead back up the on-ramp...
We especially like the "Recalculating (you moron!)" comment when we don't go where Garmenia wants us to.
Have fun on your adventure.
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I have found that I get the best results for my rig if I tell the GPS that I am a truck. Then the GPS will not try to send me downtown to save a few miles.

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Old 07-06-2009, 02:58 PM   #5
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Hi,

We made it to Odessa, staying at the Odessa Oil Patch RV Park..looks kind of like a KOA, with the cabins and office..but it's a Good Sam's one.

Seems a lot of the parks get bought and sold by different company franchises.

The a/c is on, and we're just relaxing under clear blue skies..

Terry, yes, I saw the different options on our garmen: faster, shorter distance, etc. even off roads w/this 255w model. Samantha is her name, and sometimes I think she's on something!!..Steve and I will just look at each other when she's taken us down the road and landed us in some areas quite questionable..hahah..and she can get quite insistant, make a u turn, make a u turn..we have learned to trust our own sense of NSEW directions, then see what directions she comes up with!!..tomorrow, Junction..,
Planning to do some fishing for Guadalupe bass in the Llano River either in rented kayaks or canoes..
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ps: Hi Pat, yes, I chose the truck for our vehicle..I think she just likes to play with our minds sometimes1
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:26 PM   #7
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Hi Codybear,

Please post pics of stuff so I can vacation with you. Work is horrible and I can't get away but I'd like to feel I'm there with you and Steve.
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Im tracking you on facebook and now here you are! Enjoying your pictures.

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Hi,

We made it to Odessa, staying at the Odessa Oil Patch RV Park..looks kind of like a KOA, with the cabins and office..but it's a Good Sam's one.

Seems a lot of the parks get bought and sold by different company franchises.
I can second that I stayed there on my way west Winter of 07/08. I want that little oil well pump out front of the office!
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Sounds like a great adventure. I see your profile says you are from Sacramento. I have family that live in Sacramento and Folsom. I hope to one day soon make a road trip in that direction with our '63 Tradewind.

All of us stuck in the real world will be watching your progress so keep us all posted!
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Hey Paula & Steve...you have a great trip and travel safely...what a wonderful journey! Have a blast...and most of all, enjoy yourselves... Take notes and lots of pictures!

Envious in Tucson...
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Hi,

We're now in Junction, Texas..hot, hot, hot..the KOA is right in front of the North Llano River..we were doing a practice w/the canoe and paddles for tomorrow when we do the real thing down the South Llano River for a few hours..hoping we'll catch some Guadalupe spotted bass or anything else and also hoping we don't tip over..I really don't want to get wet
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If it is hot, hot, hot.... maybe a little dip wouldn't be too bad. Looking forward to pictures.
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Hi,

While I've got good connectivity, just a couple of updates:
We spent 2 nites in Corpus Christi visiting the Texas State Aquarium, took a long walk on a long pier called the Bob Hall Pier, which was very fun to see cool surfer dudes riding the waves, and also seeing catfish and bonnet head sharks being caught..talk about humidity!!!..we left yesterday and stayed at the Houston RV Park near Brookshire, and today we're at our last stop of Texas staying at Mt. Pleasant..still warm but not nearly as humid..tomorrow, Little Rock, Arkansas..
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