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Old 04-26-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
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"On The Road Again" aka Vintage Trailer Academy Or Bust!

We left Friday morning bright and early on our journey to Albuquerque, NM. It started sprinkling early on and advanced to some heavy rain. I washed Lola's outside skins on Wednesday so she'd look "ready for the party", and was going to wash Bart's too (our tv), but heard about the rain coming so decided against it. That was a good thing because we drove through construction in Kentucky during the heavy rain, and now they both look as though they have limestone dust on them -- we've been looking for a truck wash.


We stayed at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in the area of Kentucky called "Land Between the Lakes", and it was a real treat. A special is going on now for $12/night for seniors with electric and water. This is an older state park but was well maintained and very much a family campground. We discovered we were parked next to a MOHO that was from about one hour's drive from our home, and the family was super nice. They were there so that the wives could go to the large quilt show in Paducah, KY.


From there we travelled on the Western Kentucky Parkway which then turned into Purchase Parkway and later the name changed again, both in Kentucky and Tennessee; all were super roadways, very smooth and not heavily travelled at all except for a short piece which was being repaved.


Tonight, our second night, we are staying at a lovely COE campground around Ozark, Arkansas; with senior pass, it is $10/night with electric and water. This campground is so well maintained, nicely mowed, each site has a firepit; small grill on stand; and over the picnic table is an awning, and our site is on the water within sight of the dam. Extremely clean! We'd highly recommend this campground. We believe all sites are paved and our section has a paved area for your tv as well.


We are really looking forward to meeting everyone in Albuquerque. We've had a problem with one of our stainless steel rock guards -- the aluminum frame around it broke and allowed the rock guard to vibrate against our skin. We tried to rerivet the frame together, but it still vibrated. DH thinks it may have been put onto our trailer incorrectly when new, as we had a problem with it before but thought we had fixed it. We're hoping someone at the Academy will know something about them and give us some ideas.


Our camp hosts here told us we may have some severe weather to drive through tomorrow and to watch the forecasts -- very nice of them to alert us.


For those other who are travelling to the Academy, looking forward to meeting you and safe travels.


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Old 04-26-2014, 10:28 PM   #2
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:40 AM   #3
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Thanks, Robin. It is a little dicey around here. We're headed towards Oklahoma City on Rt 40 & just passed the storm chaser vehicle you see on tv that drives around or into the storms. It looks the same in person -- like a tank or armadillo (sp). Our camp host said this am to get under an overpass or go to a truck if we see a tornado; at a truck stop any survivors would be able to offer help if needed.

Hoping to get into the Texas panhandle by late afternoon.

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Old 04-27-2014, 09:19 PM   #4
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Keep us updated - safe travels - we look forward to seeing you - there are several who are headed this way from the east - hopefully the storm will pass - it's looking like great weather for us next weekend
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:59 AM   #5
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Thanks Ken. We tried posting last night, but either the intense winds or the dust clouds knocked us off and we lost our post.


We were very fortunate to have been able to travel on I-40 yesterday and get through before the storms wound back up for the day. We heard on the tv last night that a small girl was killed in one of the tornados, and that I-40 was closed in both directions due to debri on the roadway.


We drove yesterday through rain; unimaginable dust clouds which went from the sky to the ground and we drove through for miles and miles; and winds which were unreal. We had difficulty finding a campground as it seems there just aren't that many in this area of Texas. We finally stopped at Oasis RV which is just west of Amarillo, and it was a welcome haven after the day we'd had. The winds were blowing so strongly that we had difficulty walking outside, nearly knocked me off my feet a couple of times, and had to tarp-strap down our "Tailgator" (our portable satellite dish) so it didn't get blown away.


Sometime around 10pm the winds seemed to die down and we were able to get a wonderful night's sleep.


We think we only have about 5-6 hours to drive to Albuquerque today, can't wait! We're taking our time getting started this morning.


Hoping others who are out travelling are staying safe.


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Old 04-28-2014, 09:04 AM   #6
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Whew - should be smooth sailing the rest of the way ! Oasis is very Airstream friendly :-) - yes you are about 5 easy hours to Albuquerque ! Be safe !
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:34 AM   #7
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Excited to hear someone is almost there. Sorry to hear about your driving conditions. Hope you have fair sky's today. We leave Thursday morning. Trying to get a broken window repaired today might be cutting it close. Looking forward to meeting all later this week.
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We arrived here yesterday afternoon, and stopped by the Camping World next door to see if they had a self-serve rv wash, but they don't. We also decided that since it is so windy, we may as well wait to wash the dust from the dust storm off. While there we picked up some items to try to get our antenna working properly -- we have a Tailgator for satellite, but if in an area with tree cover, it doesn't work well.


We awoke to brilliant sunshine and extreme winds again. This is the day, or evening, we were hoping to be able to go to an observatory, but found that Chaco Canyon is really remote and a good distance farther than we (I) had thought. If timing works out for us, we may try to go to the UNM observatory this Friday night, but that is secondary for us -- Academy takes first priority.


It was rather cold last night and we ran our little ceramic heater, and still have it going, it's 9:28am and 43 degrees.


Last night we went to a Mexican restaurant in Olde Town, which was recommended by someone here at Enchanted Trails and it was a real treat. The food was very good, the area seemed to be a little artsy and upscale; we did notice that many of the patrons who came in while we were there were seniors, although in other rooms there we some families with children, etc.


One last thing about our stainless steel rock guards -- the other one did the same thing early yesterday. The aluminum trim broke on top and allowed the guard to rub on the skin, so we had to find a piece of Styrofoam to place behind the guard to stop the vibration (taped it in place so it didn't fall out).


Well, time to go out to explore the area for the day.


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Glad you are enjoying it so far and got there safely. Just wondering if there are picnic tables at the sites.

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Yes, there are picnic tables, but no fire rings. The wind has calmed down some, but we still haven't sat outside yet, the air was a tad cool.

We went to Camping World again today & picked up new latches for a few of our cabinets, it will be nice to have those working correctly.

We also stopped by Rudy's Country Store & BBQ for dinner. Good food; we especially liked the sides: pinto beans; new potatoes; & three bean salad.

This has been a beautiful day.

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Thanks for the picnic table info. One less thing to bring.
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Ummm - not sure what you need a picnic table for - you won't have time to sit down lol!!!!! - see y'all there
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Deb - No updates, observations, photos??
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We had a chance to stop by today for a quick visit. It was great seeing friends at work. We made it to Tucumcari this afternoon.

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