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Old 07-26-2015, 09:42 PM   #57
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Brian,

Nice photos, as always. Your second Fox theater.

Yesterday was Moose Day on Grand Mesa. They estimate 400 with a very healthy population.

About those photos—when I click on Go Advanced, then Manage Attachments, I only get space in that little box for 4. What am I missing?

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Hi Gene,

You'll see a third Fox Theatre later tonight.

Thank you for the Moose Day information. With that many out there, hopefully, we will see some.

When you post your first four photos, they will take several minutes to load. Your should them see another box the post four more photos. After they load, you will see another box to load two more, for a total of ten.

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Old 07-26-2015, 10:13 PM   #58
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Lucy is still camped in Halstead, Kansas, enjoying a day of rest in this heat. It was another hundred degree day in central Kansas. We toured around the area for the day. We went over to Hutchinson which is one of the larger towns in the area (population: 42,000). Hutchinson's skyline is dominated by a giant grain elevator (2nd largest in the world) that is 24 stories tall and over one half mile long.

We also visited several of the small towns in the area before heading back to Lucy to start preparations for departure. We plan to continue west in the morning. We have settled into Lucy for the night.

Today's pictures include:

- Main Street, Burrton, Kansas. Most of the stores are vacant.
- 1903 AFL-CIO Union Hall in Hutchinson.
- 1920's Hutchinson filling station living a new life as a pharmacy.
- Flag Theatre, Hutchinson.
- Kress Building, Hutchinson.
- Fox Theatre, Hutchinson
- 1929 Reno County Courthouse, Hutchinson.
- Half Mile long grain elevator, Hutchinson.
- Prairie Dog who graciously posed for us.
- Fred and the Girls at the campground.

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Old 07-27-2015, 05:17 PM   #59
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Will be doing our own Western swing down the Oregon coast from Portland down to northern CA and the Redwoods. So I will be interested if you get into that country and what your thoughts are......

I'm guessing you will be ahead of us as we will not leave Canada till mid September and travel through to end of October / November. Our plan after the coast trip is to head inland and find a good place that we can store our trailer for a few months till we come back in January. Last year we left it in Vegas and that worked out well, so we might do the same this year. Mind you I hear Tucson has good storage places also......

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Enjoyed the photos of Hutchinson. My former employer had a factory there and I used to visit once or twice a year. Nice folks, very hard working and very clever. I enjoyed my time there.

I hope Lucy is keeping her cool.

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Lucy broke camp in Halstead, Kansas this morning. We were actually rolling a little after
9 o'clock. We headed west on US 50 through the Kansas countryside. It was another hot one, reaching 101 degrees by the time that we crossed into Colorado.

Even with the heat, it was a good travel day. We visited several small Kansas towns, and made a stop to look around Dodge City, Kansas, the famous cow town of the 1870's. We continued into Colorado and got a lakefront campsite at Martin Reservoir State Park.

We have settled in for the night, and will head out across Colorado tomorrow.

Today's pictures include:

- Old Theatre in Stafford, Kansas
- Traffic on US 50
- Palace Theatre , Kinsley, Texas
- Wind mills, Dodge City
- SuEllyn posing with Doc Holiday
- Commercial building, Cimarron, Kansas
- Feed lot along US 50
- State Theatre, Garden City, Kansas
- Northup Theatre, Syracuse, Kansas
- Campsite at state park

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I did the route you are following to New Mexico a month or so ago, and just returned that way last week.

There are old highways that cross this country....50, 36, 24....without being on the interstates, which are such a great way to see and explore this country.

Not the fastesf way to go, but certainly the most scenic, and small town America is where we came from.

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Make sure that you check on the status of Glacier. They are having some serious fires there this year.

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I did the route you are following to New Mexico a month or so ago, and just returned that way last week.

There are old highways that cross this country....50, 36, 24....without being on the interstates, which are such a great way to see and explore this country.

Not the fastesf way to go, but certainly the most scenic, and small town America is where we came from.

Have a great trip.


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Hi Maggie,

We are making a concerted effort to stay away from the Interstates on this trip. It is a little slower going, but we get to see so much more of America.

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Make sure that you check on the status of Glacier. They are having some serious fires there this year.

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Thank you for the reminder. We are following the wild fires. Fortunately our camping vacations are usually very flexible as we tend to slowly wander on our big yearly trip. Our firm goal is to "go north or northwest or maybe just get to the left coast".

We have been reading your posts since we settled on an AS this spring. After 25 years of RV'ing, the decision to change is never easy, but we are loving our 25' FB. Adjusting the WD hitch has been our biggest issue -- so far.
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Lucy had a long day today. She covered 300 from Hasty, Colorado, westward on US 50 to Sapinero, Colorado, on the Gunnison River. About a quarter of the distance was on the section of US 50 that goes through Monarch Pass that reaches 11,312 feet above sea level. This section of US 50 is slow going with the truck traffic having trouble with the 7% grades.

We stopped along the way to visit the small towns. As we got into the mountains, the temperatures dropped significantly. When we stopped at Monarch Pass late this afternoon. The temperature was 64 degrees! It went up again as we went down the western side of the mountain, but only got to 80 degrees.

We got to Lucy's campground just before dark, and got her all set up as darkness fell. We are settled in for the night.

The temperature here right now is 63 degrees, and the forecast low for tonight is 55. Lucy is relieved to be out of the oppressive heat.

Today's pictures include:

- Lucy's view this morning.
- Barn along US 50.
- Fox Theatre, LaJunta, Colorado
- 1915 LaJunta Post Office.
- Fowler State Bank Sign, Fowler, Colorado.
- Rockies in the distance from Pueblo, Colorado.
- roadway view US 50.
- Monarch Pass.
- Runaway truck ramp on US 50
- Lucy's campsite on Gunnison River at Sunset.

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Lucy's nice campsite by the lakeshore is why Airstream created front bedrooms and panoramic windows in the rear. No need for a view while sleeping. Even Fred's rear end doesn't bother while sleeping with the blinds down. I imagine it was nice having breakfast looking at the lake.

Old Fred had his work cut out for him on those steep uphills and downhills. Any good tips on navigating steep downhill grades (other than going good and slow)? I read some say using the diesel exhaust break and not the trailer brakes could result in the trailer pushing the tow vehicle. I never really thought about that. Possibly the Hensley hitch keeps Lucy in line anyway.

Love those cool mountains.

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How was monarch pass? Any snow up there still? I'm headed to Glenwood Spgs. and then Steamboat Spgs. Sans trailer unfortunately.
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Lucy's nice campsite by the lakeshore is why Airstream created front bedrooms and panoramic windows in the rear. No need for a view while sleeping. Even Fred's rear end doesn't bother while sleeping with the blinds down. I imagine it was nice having breakfast looking at the lake.

Old Fred had his work cut out for him on those steep uphills and downhills. Any good tips on navigating steep downhill grades (other than going good and slow)? I read some say using the diesel exhaust break and not the trailer brakes could result in the trailer pushing the tow vehicle. I never really thought about that. Possibly the Hensley hitch keeps Lucy in line anyway.

Love those cool mountains.

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Hi David,

I agree on the rear view. We have found that the best view is out the back of the trailer at least 60% of the time.

Fred has been great with Lucy on these significant grades. Fred can accelerate up a 7% grade carrying Ethel and towing Lucy. His torque is amazing.

As far as Fred's exhaust brake is concerned, it works great on significant downgrades. I don't use Lucy trailer brakes at all.

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