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Old 04-24-2010, 12:16 AM   #15
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Well we made it for one day. We kept the cat in this morning during final preparations. I have heard many stories about how the cat figures it out and bolts. He actually did pretty good. We did let him out for a bit during the drive. The quickly ran under the brake pedal and stretched out. That took a bit of coaxing we retrieved him. Would have hated to squash him in a panic stop.

We are in a great Camp site in Pendleton, Utah. Very nice, very easy to get in and out. Only did 300 miles today but thats what you get when you leave at 3 in three afternoon.

So far, we have lived in the AS in our driveway for a week. The house sale is almost complete. Felt weird driving away with a house under contract. A lot can go wrong in the Real Estate World.

Tomorrow, we are shooting for Ogden, Utah. If anybody has a suggestion for a nice campground, that would be most appreciated.

In the meantime, enjoy the pics.

John and Alison
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Old 04-24-2010, 12:27 AM   #16
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300 hundred miles is about all we ever want to do in a day. But we are generally not on a schedule, thankfully. Hopefully for you all goes well on your trip.
Cute little kitty. And do hope that it will stay out of under your brake pedal. That could get ugly.
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:16 AM   #17
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When I was a kid we had a yellow cat named Tiger. He would always ride in the car and go camping with us. He rode on the headrest. When we got to the campsite he would climb trees, attack things etc....he was happy as long as he was with his people.
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:31 AM   #18
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I see you will be passing through Memphis. If you need any help while in the area, just post or PM. We have 30 amp and water if you want to overnight.
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Old 04-25-2010, 10:04 PM   #19
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Travel updates from the Alumawomb

First of all, God Bless Propane and Propane accessories. It is 32 degrees here is Fort Collins CO and we are safely passing the evening in the Alumawomb.

We got in to the campsite about 7 after a 500 mile day. We change the route almost daily. Right now, the plan is to head south to Route 40. Just how we get there is anybodies guess but we are thinking of heading down 25 or 35. Or a smaller red line on the map. More will be revealed in the morning.

In the meantime, I am applying the Goiter-be-gone cream to the back of my neck to relieve the bump that grew there as I was driving on route 80 through Wyoming. The winds were 40 to 50 plus from left to right and the snow got a little hairy. They have the very cheerful signs: Dense fog, next 20 miles, stuff like that.

The Airstream did great, the Kayaks on top of the truck were another story. The rack was bending and groaning. All held together though. When we turn south on CO 25, we had a viscous tail wind from our 6 o'clock position.

Thanks to Zep and all the others who have lent advice to this project. I a adding a few pics, all in all, it was a great day. 300 miles on day one, 500 and 500 on days 2 and 3.

More tomorrow.

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Some pics from today
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:20 AM   #21
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Ah it is the next morning, I meant vicious tailwind, not a viscous tail wing, it was not gooey and sticky.
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Love your thread...keep it coming! It reminds me of traveling with my family when I was younger...dad was in the AF for 30 yrs and in those days we moved every two years...mostly by car! Oh yea...those were the days!! Coulda written a very funny book...mom,dad, three kids and usually two dogs....wouldn't have changed a thing. My hubby is retired AF and we also had some interesting moves...always liked driving because you get to see so much of the country. We are new to AS'ing and are having a blast!
Great travels to you and yours...and thanks for your service!
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... Right now, the plan is to head south to Route 40. Just how we get there is anybodies guess but we are thinking of heading down 25 or 35. Or a smaller red line on the map. More will be revealed in the morning....

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I can recommend 287/82 thru north Texas all the way to texarkana then down to I-20 EAST of Sherveport (the west side of Sherveport is HORRIBLE).
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Have a safe trip. Our son-in-law is with the 5/2 SBCT out of Fort Lewis... He'll be making a similar trip (minus an Airstream) later this year.
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Thanks for your service! Great looking cat! Sounds like you're being flexible and having a good journey. We like the shorter miles in Winter and a bit longer, 400+/- in Summer as it keeps the trip and us fresh and relaxed but then again, we're retired. Have a safe trip and have fun as well.
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We had a great adventure today. There is an old expression, experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. I got some experience today Did you know winds could gust so hard that they can break a Yakima J Bar? Read on....

The day ended well, beautiful sunset, 500 more miles down. BUT the best news is: The Chevy 2500 HD and AS had absolutely no problem in the wind. Ate it up.....


From my wife today

We fought a cross wind all day today. Easily 35 to 40 miles per hour with big gusts. Weather fortunately was sunny in the mid 50s. As we were getting ready to leave Colorado into Kansas on I 70, a huge gust came out of no where. Thanks to John's diligence and skill he was able to keep us on the road. We heard a loud thud and saw the NC's bow make a right turn despite a bow line.

If you look closely at the inside clamp on the J-bar you will notice that it is torqued. The bolt actually bent letting the bracket rotate. The boat was very securely tied down and had been recently checked. Despite the straps being on tight the boat was rotated in the J bar and pushed the rubber tips off the bracket. The metal brackets then impaled the boat.

We rapidly pulled off onto the shoulder of I-70 to assess the damage. We were still in the cross wind making it impossible to rearrange the boat. Also on the shoulder is a very dangerous place to be. We threw and extra strap on the front and drove a very long 3 miles to the next exit.

found a pull out on a frontage road and pulled the truck into the wind. We untied the boat and it remained impaled on the j bars. A very sick feeling. Fortunately we had an extra set of foam blocks with us. We had to cut the blocks to fit since it is a very tight fit on the truck rack with two boats side to side. We were able to retie it and then spent the next three hundred miles watching the boats more than the road.

My advice.....If you choose to carry your boats vertically, know that plastic clamp with the bolt that holds the j bar or center post is vulnerable.
We did really put the rack to the test two days in a row. Yesterday with ten hours of 45 mph cross winds and again today. However, you never know
what is going to be the last straw. (i.e.: crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge with high wind warnings in effect).

I sent this picture to my wife's brother. He reminded us that he is qualified as an expert to work on aircraft grade fiberglass building and repair. He also was quick to point out that it looked like a sunny day today......always the optimist. I restrained myself from sending back a non lady like comment accompanied with a picture.

Overall we were extremely lucky today. The boat could have come off and hit a car or caused an accident. It could have damaged the AS. We could have been hurt. Getting the boat off the rack in 40 mphs winds without incident was also fortunate. We are settled in for the night in an RV camp in Salina KS. Despite the debacle we covered another 500 miles today.
We will reassess in the morning with a fresh perspective and plan the next few days.

Alison and John
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We would like to add our thanks for your service to our Country. It is greatly appreciated. You travel in good company. We also travel with our 2 extended family members. They have been doing this for 4 years and are great travelers. As you can see, they are big time bed hogs.
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