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Old 05-06-2011, 01:27 AM   #29
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Brian, have safe trip and please keep us informed. I see on the news that I 40 in Ark. is closed. Watch out, be safe but have a great time! jim
Yes, we found that out.

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Hi from Ga. . .enjoying your travels already Brian, thanks for the posts. Where was that detour, in OK or ARK ? We've been across I-40 several times, I think we stopped in that rest/picnic area with the teepee deals too. We'll hit the road on May 29 and head for the Badlands of SD and Yellowstone etc. We're going to cross the Big Muddy near St Louis, if we can. We still gotta try that 4CU/East get together one these days ! Are you going to get to see the 4CU folks this trip ? OK<OK enough questions , sorry. Be careful out there and regards, Craig
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Hi from Ga. . .enjoying your travels already Brian, thanks for the posts. Where was that detour, in OK or ARK ? We've been across I-40 several times, I think we stopped in that rest/picnic area with the teepee deals too. We'll hit the road on May 29 and head for the Badlands of SD and Yellowstone etc. We're going to cross the Big Muddy near St Louis, if we can. We still gotta try that 4CU/East get together one these days ! Are you going to get to see the 4CU folks this trip ? OK<OK enough questions , sorry. Be careful out there and regards, Craig
The I-40 detour started just west of Forrest City, Arkansas. It took us up to US 64 as US 70 is also closed. It took us west to US 167, and then back down to I-40 near Little Rock. We continued on US 64 to Conway as we were west bound to Oklahoma and avoided the dip down into Little Rock. This detour added five hours to our trip. We got into Enid at 9:30 PM. We had to do our all to usual making camp in the dark.

We're not specifically planning any 4CU encounters, but you never tell.

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If Lucy happens to be "in the neighborhood" the weekend of May 12-15 (TH-F-S-S) she might be heading for the Fort Collins Lakeside KOA! Rumor has it there's a big DenCO Unit Maintenance Rally going on which somebody (uh, me!) is hosting and somebody else (Aerowood + 43 others, many of which you will recognize from AirForums) are gathering.

Maybe Lucy would like to meet Birdy, et al...

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We're not sure of our schedule yet, but in case that will work for us, are there any sites available at the KOA?

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We camped in the Bighorns last summer and had a wonderful time. It was our first trip to that part of the world and we loved it! We did our best to find some moose, but no luck. The locals said that for some reason moose spotting was a bit slow that summer. But we plan to get back there again soon. Maybe we'll have better luck. But even without the moose the Bighorns were spectacular. I'm looking forward to following Lucy's latest adventure!
Last spring we camped in Buffalo, Wyoming, and went into the south end of the Bighorn National Forest (for some reason the Bighorn National Forest one word and the Big Horn Mountains is two; go figure). We had over 100 Moose sighting in ten days. This was before the hot summer set in. When we went Moosing in Maine late last summer, there was few Mooses to be found as the hot dry summer kept them in the high country.

The Bighorn National Forest is where we are headed after Denver.

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We're not sure of our schedule yet, but in case that will work for us, are there any sites available at the KOA?

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I'm not sure...I know our reservation was made months ago and we are up to 45 trailers. I think that was the most they could give us as a group - but the campground is quite large - you'd have to call them to check their availability once your plans are known...it's a pretty popular spot on a weekend though, so you will most likely need a reservation to stay.

Stop by even if you can't stay for the night. I know as rally host, I will be parked next to the pavillion....you can't miss us!

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Where do you place your generator when over nighting at Wal-Mart? Also, when traveling do you place the generator in the Suburban or in the Airstream?

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I'm not sure...I know our reservation was made months ago and we are up to 45 trailers. I think that was the most they could give us as a group - but the campground is quite large - you'd have to call them to check their availability once your plans are known...it's a pretty popular spot on a weekend though, so you will most likely need a reservation to stay.

Stop by even if you can't stay for the night. I know as rally host, I will be parked next to the pavillion....you can't miss us!

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We may be able to stop by, even if there are no camp sites available.

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Where do you place your generator when over nighting at Wal-Mart? Also, when traveling do you place the generator in the Suburban or in the Airstream?

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When we overnight at Wal-Mart or at a truck stop, we put the generator(s) on the ground between Lucy and her tow vehicle. I usually stick the control panel side of the generator slightly under the bumper of the tow vehicle to keep direct rain off of the controls and outlets. I lock them to Lucy with a cable lock.

While we are underway, Amos and Leon (the generators) ride inside the Suburban right by the back gate. This allows me to move them in and out pretty easily.

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Lucy is camped in Enid, Oklahoma. We took it easy this morning after our long ordeal of yesterday. Lucy is going to lay in here for a couple of days while we visit our an old friend.

We toured around the area with our friend today. We visited the McCully sod house near Cleo, Oklahoma. It is the only remaining sod house intact on its original site in the United States. It was built in 1893 and lived in by its builder, Marshal McCully, until 1909, when he built a wooden house nearby. He continued to use the sod house as an out building. McCully had claimed this land in the Cherokee Strip Land Run in September, 1893. He descendents still own and farm this tract of land today.

We also visited a number of the small towns in the area. We didn't get back to Lucy until after dark.

Tomorrow we are headed to the Rattlesnake Roundup in Okeene, Oklahoma. This promises to be quite an event. We will report tomorrow.

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Oops, forgot the pictures.

Note that the State of Oklahoma built a building around the sod house to preserve it.

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My maternal grandmother was born and lived in a sod house in Owl, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. (current day Centrahoma, OK)

I've spent time on unbroken prairie in the Black Hills. Such sod is tough stuff! I can see why someone would use it for a building material. [Hey ma, open the door and let a few bugs out, wouldja?]
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