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Old 10-03-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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Finally pulling out for our trip!

Oh, boy, do we need this trip! It's going to take a while to get to Chaco Canyon and beyond, but at least we're leaving!





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Are you related to Richard Farnsworth as in the "Straight Story"? Have a great trip, post
lotsa pics. I like to read books about the areas we're in; try "House of Rain", by Craig Childs.
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WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make sure and keep us posted. BTW, its just my opinion, but you may want a different TV. It will be slow going with that one.
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WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make sure and keep us posted. BTW, its just my opinion, but you may want a different TV. It will be slow going with that one.
Yep, that's why I sort of felt that it was going to take us quite a while to make it over to our destinations! But Maria prevailed: I went out and bought ~$670 worth of tires for the truck just a couple of hours ago, so I guess we don't really have to tow with the tractor after all!

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Yes, we're really looking forward to it! We're planning to leave on Sunday; however, the weather forecast for Sunday is snow. Argh! We may have to delay until Monday, but we'll just play it by ear (and how slick the roads are).

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Are you related to Richard Farnsworth as in the "Straight Story"? Have a great trip, post
lotsa pics. I like to read books about the areas we're in; try "House of Rain", by Craig Childs.
Hey, House of Rain sounds really good! Gonna have to buy that one!

Oh, and no relation to Farnsworth. The lawnmower, hefty as it is, just won't tow the Airstream.

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Get the book. Then, if you have hole-up along the way,reading about the mystery of the Anasazi will prepare you for Chaco.
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That's happened before! We got stuck someplace a couple of years ago, so I got The Monkey Wrench Gang. Needless to say, I didn't try to drag it in past the Homeland Security types guarding the dam at Lake Powell.

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Lynn,

Good luck and have a safe trip. please use larger tow vehicle. The tractor could have problems if you come up on a hill!

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I just read in Gene Crawford's trip thread that he saw a few tractors being used as TV's for SOB's . I'd be checking the tire pressure on a regular basis though and the passenger is going to get awful tired of standing beside the driver. But snow shouldn't be a problem other than the lack of wipers, heck, even a windshield.

You have a fun time in your travels. When you mentioned snow it suddenly occurred to me that it is that time of year. OMG, I can't believe this one has gone so fast. How long are you intending to be out and about? Any 4CU events included in your travels?

Take care, may all the roads you travel be worthy of aluminum
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Yep, the tractor does pretty well as a tow vehicle as long as you're moving forward. Stopping isn't too fun since brakes on old Ford 8Ns are not supreme. And backing up is a real pain without mirrors!

But, Marie, you're right: Maria wasn't too keen on riding beside me by sitting on the fender. So now the truck's all ready to go.

Alas, the snow looks more and more likely, so I figure we'll leave Monday. Of course, if we'd known about the weather, we'd head south to the FCU rally at Balloon Fiesta instead of northwest. That would take us to lower altitude and warmer temps, too. Alas, we don't have any reservations, so the chances of finding any place to park down there are next to zero.

I am looking forward to the high country part of the trip, though. The area between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla (near Chama) is absolutely stunning. Regardless of need, we always pull off up there and just stare for a while. Unless they get a tremendous amount of snow -- not expected at this time of the year -- the state will have plowed that road by Monday.


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