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Old 05-01-2009, 10:33 PM   #15
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We love reading about your adventures on the road, and learn much from your posts.
The prettiest drive would be to come up 1 from Morro Bay to Big Sur and Carmel to Monterey, and then head on out to 101 and onward to Sacramento. It's much slower, but a world-class drive.
Doing 101 the whole way is also a lovely drive, and far more relaxing while you cruise by acres and acres of vineyards in full leaf.
A detour to Lodi would be easy and scenic. And I suspect the kayaking experiences will pale in comparison to the wine tastings ... Not that I know what I'm talking about...
Have a great trip!
Five years ago we drove California State Road 1 northbound from the Mexican Border to the Oregon State Line. It took nine days and was a great adventure. We thought that this time we would look around the middle of the state.

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Old 05-01-2009, 10:40 PM   #16
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What is your route west? Are you passing through Oklahoma?
We're heading out I-20. Our first planned stop is in Roswell,New Mexico. We've always wanted to see where the space landed in 1947. Then, it's on to LA, so I don't think that we'll see Oklahoma on the way out. We may try to stop in Enid on the way back to see a dear friend, but it depends on how the Moose hunting goes.

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Old 05-01-2009, 10:51 PM   #17
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The Central Valley has so much to offer, and I'm sure you're doing your homework! It actually makes for a very peaceful and relaxing drive. I love the almond orchards and fields of lemon trees and orange groves (and the views of viaducts diverting our precious water to Palm Springs golf courses...)
We get kind of spoiled out here on the left coast...
Be sure to stop in Corning for some of the most amazing olives you'll ever sample.
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Thank you for sharing your adventures with Lucy! Makes for enjoyable reading and dreaming of adventures in our own AS some day
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:16 AM   #19
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Lucy Made It To Texas

We spent last night in Tyler, Texas, at Texas Rosa CG near Tyler. We're shooting for Abilene tonight.

Here are some photos. That concrete post was so long that we could see it flex when the truck hit a bump.

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Old 05-02-2009, 10:10 AM   #20
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No, it's not an Outfitter, it's an Oasis. We almost got the Outfitter, but ordered the Oasis at the last minute. We like the foot blocks for paddling; the Outfitter does not have them.
Our full timing friends who we Kayak with have the Oasis. We tried both but opted for the Outfitter. We both equipped ours with ST Turbo fins and the large "sailing" rudder. What a difference in speed and handling!
We've just returned from wintering on the lower Colorado River. Pedaling upriver was a lot faster with the turbos.

Airstream content: We're paranoid about tying down the Kayak securely so it doesn't slide off the TV and smash the front end of the trailer.
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:26 PM   #21
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.. That concrete post was so long that we could see it flex when the truck hit a bump.

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That may be the exact same truck I passed on I-20 just east of Vicksburg! He had to slow waaayyy down from Edwards to the Big Black river, the concrete sections of I-20 have moved and caused the pole so start whipping and flexing.
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As an aside I noticed my favorite computer helper web site on the side of Lucy! I LOVE my Moosetags. I have one on each end of the bazillion things running into the back of my computer. I also tagged the power cords. My computer geek friend was most impressed

Thank you for the Texas update!
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Our full timing friends who we Kayak with have the Oasis. We tried both but opted for the Outfitter. We both equipped ours with ST Turbo fins and the large "sailing" rudder. What a difference in speed and handling!
We've just returned from wintering on the lower Colorado River. Pedaling upriver was a lot faster with the turbos.

Airstream content: We're paranoid about tying down the Kayak securely so it doesn't slide off the TV and smash the front end of the trailer.

We also use the sailing rudder, but not the Turbo Fins. We kayak a lot in shallow water. Even the rudder has to be leveled out quite a bit.

We are also paranoid about securely lashing the kayak to the TV. We use ratcheted bow and stern lines, straps through each Hullavator unit, and a ratcheting cable lock. Violet (the kayak) has about 20,000 miles on top of Daisy and Olivia (our tow Suburbans) without the slightest shift of position.

Here are a couple of photos of the rigging.

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We spent last night at the KOA in Abilene, Texas. Nice CG and great local chicken dinner place, Belle's, right up the street.

This morning we broke camp and headed out toward Roswell, New Mexico. We had a nice drive US 380 into New Mexico. We arrived at the Red Barn CG in Roswell at about 5 o'clock. This is a rally nice family CG with only 15 camp sites. They 5 point hook ups, so we're happy. We rode around Roswell a bit before dark.

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As an aside I noticed my favorite computer helper web site on the side of Lucy! I LOVE my Moosetags. I have one on each end of the bazillion things running into the back of my computer. I also tagged the power cords. My computer geek friend was most impressed

Thank you for the Texas update!
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Thank you for your kind words about Moose Tags.

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campers village outside the Grand Canyon nice, internet only if you are close to the office. Moabi on the Colorado river on teh 40 full hook ups reallly nice.
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If you are going North on I-5 to Oregon you will pass thru the Lake Shasta area which is beautiful. Worth a stop.
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I thought I had missed your thread! Glad I was able to find it this morning while goofing off. Got to get my head back down though. Anyway, thanks for posting your adventures and photos to share with those of us that are tied down. I have begun a blog of our trips, but haven't got it caught up yet. When I do, I'll post the address in my signature line.

Again thanks for sharing your trip with us.
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