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Old 06-23-2008, 08:04 PM   #29
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........you will both need steak dinners and cocktails of choice. This is a fun place very close to where you are staying: *** Pomona Valley Mining Company *** Have fun while you are here. And gettin out of LA you may want to take the 210 to the 126 to Ventura, you will bypass a lot of traffic.
Ron,

Thanks, once again, for the good advice for both a place to eat and a way out of town. I was just going to take the 10 to the 101, and head north. Now I know a better route, great.

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:17 PM   #30
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Glad to hear that you are doing the TRIP I'm sure it will be one of many memories. I agree with str8strm regarding Pomona Valley mining company high on the hill and with a window table a view of the valley and freeway. Only mention freeway ie the 10 on a friday is grid lock oh I forgot you will be in it, breath deeeeep. We will be at East Shore RV park just around the corner from KOA from Friday to Sunday, stop by there is always a cold one with your name on it.
Friday I will be coming into LA from Victorville - 56 miles from the RV park. So, I plan to leave for LA around 10AM. I hope to pull into the park before 2PM. I just hope this is an exaggeration and not reality.

My wife is supposed to arriive Saturday evening around 7PM or so. Again, call me a rube, but I'm hoping the freeways will not be too heavy on a Saturday night. I can probably coax her into moving sometime Sunday. Not sure though. Saturday she has to attend the graduation ceremonies, finish packing, get to the airport and hope that it leaves, and leaves on time, at 9PM their time. I hope she can catch some sleep on the plane.

I may just look y'all up Friday, if I ever get off of the fwy.

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Old 06-23-2008, 08:32 PM   #31
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Hi Tom,
Sounds like a great trip. Will you be coming through Santa Cruz on your journey north? If so, we'd love to say hello. We had a wonderful trip to the Oregon Coast last year and would be happy to share our experiences/travel tips, although you do sound very well-prepared!
In fact, if any other forum members are in the vicinity this summer, please feel free to PM us for local info., a desperate need for a glass of wine, etc.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:59 PM   #32
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Hi Tom,
Sounds like a great trip. Will you be coming through Santa Cruz on your journey north? If so, we'd love to say hello. We had a wonderful trip to the Oregon Coast last year and would be happy to share our experiences/travel tips, although you do sound very well-prepared!
In fact, if any other forum members are in the vicinity this summer, please feel free to PM us for local info., a desperate need for a glass of wine, etc.
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Hi Janet,

We will be staying in Marina on 7/6 & 7/7. From there we head to Petaluma. Maybe we could meet somewhere. My wife has friends somewhere up there. I'll need to coordinate with her.

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Marina is less than 30 min. away, so once you know whether you'll have time for a brief hello just give me a PM.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:29 PM   #34
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Walnut Canyon National Monument

Today I went to see some old cliff dwellings. The canyon was only about 10 miles from the trailer, so it was a short trip. The cliffside dwellings were home to the Sinagua indians some 800-900 years ago. They raised crops and hunted small animals.

The canyon walk was closed due to a landslide that was being removed. I did take the walk along the rim, and found it to be very pretty. The canyon is 20 miles long and 400 feet deep. It has 5 plantlife zones where you may see cactus varieties and black walnut trees.

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I hope that the multiple space are visible here. I enjoyed the trip, and would recommend it.

I'm fueled up, 4.67 p/g, and ready to head west in the morning to Kingman. I'll stay there over night to prepare for my desert dash the next morning into Apple Valley. I will stay in Victorville psychhing myself up for the freeway onslaught I face Friday morning on I10 to Pomona. I've got to pay for the relaxed traffic I've face up until then. Deep breathing all of the way for me, and a cold beer(s) at trip's end!

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Old 06-27-2008, 06:35 PM   #35
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Made it to LA

I left Victorville this morning with all sorts of visions with me stuck on some LA freeway for 8 hours and worse. I was at the RV park in Pomona by noon!! Wow, the traffic was light and similar to the traffic from other cities. I know I was fortunate, and I credit that to all of the Karma y'all have given me for this trip. The drivers tolerated me, and made allowances when I needed it. Amazing.

The trip to Kingman, AZ went smoothly with no crosswinds and light traffic. Fuel there was 4.50 p/g. The trip in to Victorville went equally as well, and the city park was nice. Fuel here was 4.99 p/g, or $120 for a tad over 1/2 a tank.

The whole trip has been a good one. Not much in the way of bad weather, and I was parked when that came in. No mishaps with the trailer or the Ex. I've been lucky, and hope that it continues. Driving from this point on will be easier because I'll have my navigator with me. There have been times when I really could have used one.

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Old 06-27-2008, 07:32 PM   #36
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Welcome to LA

Glad your trip was so smooth getting to Pomona and hope you have a great time in LA. The freeways generally are marked for the cities (Sacramento or San Diego) rather than directions (north or south) which can be confusing or annoying when you have to make a choice. I think Cal Trans assumes everyone driving our freeways knows which direction the cities are located.

The 210 is one of our newer freeways so that route will be kinder to your rig. Keep us posted on your progress. I enjoy reading about your adventures. We are wishing you the best. paula
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Glad the trafic was light, ya never know...

I'm not sure if your travel route included Hwy 1 or not, one current problem you need to be aware of is that Hwy 1 is closed between Cambria (Hwy 46 W) and Monterey - due to a large fire burning. You will need to go East on Hwy 46 to Hwy 101 then north. You can cut back over to Monterey and continue north on Hwy 1 if you wish.
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There are alot of fires burning in central and northern CA due to over 8000 lightening strikes resulting in over 800 small fires. There are parts of HWY 1 closed near Big Sur, and I am sure there are other areas affected by the fires. Check for road closures before you venture to far north in California. Have fun, be safe!
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Morro Bay

I got my DW, but lost my wireless connection. Fair trade. We navigated through LA just fine, and have made it to Morro Bay. Checked in and no wireless - it's down. Came to a internet cafe to take care of things. Will post pics and stuff later.

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Smoke & Morro Rock

The drive to Morro Bay went off like a clock. We left Pomona at 8:45, and did not encounter any real heavy traffic. Diesel in LA cost $5.09 p/g, The trip to Morro Bay was a good one; even more so now that I have my navigator back. Lots of vineyards passed along the way, and it was neat seeing them growing on the flats and into the hills.

Got to Morro Bay around 2:00 and the sky was blue, and the air was a crisp 67. Morro Dunes is a very nice RV park, and we have a nice wide space. This pic shows the campsite with Morro Rock in the background.

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There are wildfires to the north of us that have the PCH closed just south of the Monterey area. As of today we'll have to return to the 101 to Salinas, and then back west to Marina. It's a shame about the fires and their destructiveness. I wish the fire fighter well; they certainly have their hands full. The last pic is Morro Rock taken this morning shrouded in smoke. I'm told it should clear this afternoon.

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Off to see the area.

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Hi Tom,

The smoke is particulary bad here today. Glad to see you had a nice afternoon yesterday and your site is nice. When you leave Morro Bay, you can take HWY 1 North to HWY 46 East. That will take you right to HWY 101 in Paso Robles. Too bad you can't go through Big Sur. Here is a Forest Service link to the Indians and Basin Complex fires that are plaguing the area if you want more information. If Morro Bay gets too cold, take a drive over the hill to Atascadero or Paso Robles where the temps will be in the 90's during the day. In the meantime, enjoy Morro Bay!

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By Scott Lindlaw, Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO — Authorities on Tuesday ordered new evacuations on a strip of coast near Big Sur where firefighters were battling one of hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires burning across Northern California.

The mandatory evacuation order covered a roughly 15-mile stretch along Highway 1 where firefighters planned a controlled burn Tuesday evening to help contain a wildfire that has burned about 74 square miles, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Rolf Larsen.
The fire closest to the tourist community of Big Sur continued to grow this week and was just 3% contained — the same as last week — as it expanded away from populated areas. The mandatory evacuation affected about 200 people who live in an area from Partington Ridge to Limekiln State Park.
I would also recomment going up the coast to Hwy 46 and then east to 101. It's a nice drive up the coast, then as you go east there are some nice wide pull-outs that overlook Morro Bay and the surrounding coast. If it's clear enough it's a great view.
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