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Old 06-11-2016, 09:33 PM   #1
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My sister, an actress, invited us to see her stage performance in the San Francisco Bay Area, near San Jose. For reasons that are still unclear to us we decided not to fly or drive a real car, but to take our Airstream Interstate. So we left Louisiana, headed west across Texas, then turned right for a return visit to Colorado, driving across scenic 50. Then Utah, Nevada, and finally California, where we actually stayed at a campground for more than one night, in the Santa Cruz Redwoods, near the University. Saw a fabulous production of "Gypsy", had breakfast the next morning, then headed home. We headed east through Yosemite, camping at Mammoth, then down 395 to Las Vegas and I-40, and across Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. We covered 4650 miles in 9 days, camped in 7 different states, and didn't turn the radio on once the entire trip. I can't say enough about the Interstate, we had no problems at all, even cruised for an hour in Utah at 80mph, the legal limit. The van was quiet, got very good mileage, and comfortable. This is our sixth trip in six months, and we are already talking about a return visit, but at a slower pace.Click image for larger version

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Old 06-11-2016, 09:40 PM   #2
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Sounds like a cool trip!

Those redwood forests near Santa Cruz are beautiful. Haven't seen them since 1984, but they really left an impression on me.


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Old 06-11-2016, 11:42 PM   #3
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Averaging over 500 miles a day, every day, for over a week is a grueling pace. Glad to know your Interstate was up to the task.

May I ask, what kind of fuel economy did you get for the trip?
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:49 AM   #4
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Averaged 16 mpg for everything, including at least 2 hours in traffic at less than 20 mph, in California of course. I also averaged my highway consumption at cruise speeds between gas stops, did 18 plus there. A drive like this was not something we usually do, preferring of course a much slower pace. But it was a fine test of the Interstate, and when we got home we both commented that this was one of the most enjoyable trips we have taken. We are seasoned air streamers, having owned a 16, 23, 25, and EB. This is our first motorhome.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:55 AM   #5
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Sounds like a grueling trip, but wasn't it fun having everything you needed for life on your back?

Natchitoches is one of our favorite places in the world. Been there many times, and will go back as many more.

If you've ever seen a silver Interstate with grey and black stripes parked down on the riverbank....they would be me.


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Old 06-12-2016, 05:57 AM   #6
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A comment about California roads and traffic: In Louisiana the roads are bad, and traffic in most places not so bad. In California, at least where we were, the roads and traffic were both horrible. For those of you that travel these roads on a regular basis, God bless you. It didn't matter what time of day we were traveling, around the Bay Area, it was crowded, and FAST. A note: I found California drivers to be courteous, frequently opening gaps for me to make lane changes. That was a surprise. The jams were often caused by road crews, so at least they are trying to keep the roads up, but it seems to me to be a losing battle. I didn't see any crashes in the time we were there, but lots of high speed, low speed, and zero speed on the interstate.
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Maggie, if you make it here I will know it. I help run the sheriffs office here, we have 225 deputies and somebody will call me. My guys are always messing with me about my big whale Van. So you might as well let me know you are coming so I can keep you out of trouble!
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I'll do that.

I spent a month in Louisiana, December-January 2014-2015, when Lily and I ran away from home.

Spent Christmas Eve, Day, and Christmas night on the riverbank, where we have overnighted many times...the lights festival and booths popped up around us, which I didn't know to expect, no one bothered us or asked us to move.

It was a rough year for me....I needed to be gone from home, but also in a beloved place where I felt close to my spouse who I had lost suddenly earlier in the year....and Natchitoches was it.

I'll never forget it, particularly how frigging cold it was that Christmas.

Temps overnight in the teens, as I recall.

I'm sure I'll be back there in the next year or so, will let you know I'm there and perhaps we can share a coffee.

Enjoy your buggy....I am at 171,000 miles, and still loving it.


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Old 06-12-2016, 07:43 AM   #10
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Well, there is one other advantage. We drove the interstate directly to the theater, parking in back with the equipment trucks and stage set vans. We arrived in cutoff shorts, sweaty t-shirts and flip flops. Jumped in the shower, cleaned up pretty good, wife emerged in this fabulous slinky outfit and we walked down the alley around the corner and made our entrance with the limo arrivals just like we owned the place. After the show we mingled with the crowd, made the required small talk, talked to the celebs, then eased out like we were headed to the limo, went around the back where the set crews were, got back in the Airstream, started shedding all the fancy clothes, laughed at our nakedness as we re-clothed ourselves with shorts and t-shirts, and headed back to our campground! Is this a great country or what?
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