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Old 12-25-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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RESTROOM STOPS- Oasis to Rat Holes

Guys, usually traveling alone can go the entire day without needing to find the a restroom... unless they are filling the gas tank and stretching their legs back into some sensitivity and have a passing thought about a restroom versus being hungry. Maybe due to dehydration, guys also suffer from leg cramps, foot cramps and a voracious appetite while traveling more often. The 44 ounce soda just barely fits into the cup holder's meant for... 12 ounce cans of warm soda, I guess. That tells fellow travelers this driver WILL be catching the next decent rest area, at the worst.

Kids and Wives... are a horse of a different color. They know every clean State Rest Area or Gasoline Station with a restroom that actually cleans them in some timely fashion. Restrooms seem to not generate much money at some busy restrooms by the look at them. If the gasoline pumps look filthy... do not expect the Clean Fairy to have visited their restrooms either.

-Smaller gas stations can be Rat Holes for restroom cleanliness. Even a rat would not spend any time at these places and if you see one, a Rat Hole of a restroom... you will remember to pass this place next time.

-Next. Truck stops. They usually are above average. Especially if they cater to a large number of truck drivers. Restrooms, showers and laundry stops... good indications of what to expect. Truck Drivers judge the cleanliness of the restrooms to the Grill in the food service area / restaurant. Dirt and grime does not say much about the hot dogs that have been turning for a week lacking a customer at the cash register. Does it?

-State Rest Areas... Oasis. Always well cared for and found often where there is nothing else except vacant land. The Highway department when building an Interstate will have, not always but often enough, money left over that needs to be spent... REST AREA PULL OUTS with or without RESTROOMS.

-Fast Food Restaurants are usually up into the Oasis level. Major brand names keep their restrooms clean. Go reread the "hot dog referral" again. I like the double, triple... and larger cheeseburgers with fries. We know where the restrooms are spotless and the food is "spotless" as well. If there is no grease stain in the bottom of the sack... I will take it back.

-For emergencies... find a pullout, pull off... something. Those that found the timing wrong for the Oasis, or the Rat Hole was too disgusting find themselves in tight spots from time to time. Now the driver has to sit along the road and "warn" for any oncoming traffic that might be curious as to what might be going on. For any chance of an embarrassing moment that 1,200 miles from home someone will recognize you behind a bush or rock exposure.

I guess... you could use the restroom in the trailer. That is hard to do if the door is locked and I am moving... Trying to travel, lean and mean.

Now before I have all of the fun, up front... I am sure there are some other opinions and advice made available to those weary travelers, eagerly watching the NEXT REST AREA turn out, or other options that might be on the list.
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Old 12-25-2014, 05:30 PM   #2
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I'm hoping to use the bathroom in the trailer, pulling over at rest stops or any other safe spot. Traveling with 4 kids and the wife.
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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We always use the trailer except for the trip home where we emptied the tank at the final campground.
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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Unless we've stopped for fuel at a decent looking place, we pull over in a safe spot, like an exit ramp, and use the trailer. Well, unless I'm traveling solo, in which case I can't resist the view of the great outdoors while in the act.
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Ray, judging by the number of posts you've made in the past week, I think you need to load up the AS and head down to AZ for some rockdocking and and clear your head of all these issues!
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If we can't find a clean public restroom we go in the trailer.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:36 AM   #7
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Ray, I'm beginning to think you are writing a book on practical travel advise, and these posts are the chapters. All good stuff.
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Lots of thoughts and ideas going through your head....I hope you had a great Christmas and have a safe and peaceful 2015. See you on the road. jon
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The ultimate rest room facility in the whole USA is BUCEE'S in Texas. One you go to one, everything else is second class.
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When not traveling with the trailer, I found a practical use for all the McDonalds everywhere, their restrooms.

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That is one of the benefits of driving a moho (besides smelling the fresh coffee being made while on the road)... I donít think I ever pulled over, while in transit, for anything other than diesel...
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If we can't find a clean public restroom we go in the trailer.

For some reason it took about 3 years for this to occur to me- I guess I'm slow-
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RESTROOM STOPS- Oasis to Rat Holes

Here in Oregon, native historical records show that winter was a time cherished for story telling. Is this also indicative of post-modern people who live in Oregon wishing that they could go AS camping, dreaming of spring? Is the arrival of winter likewise a tacit invitation to writing on the Forum? As for this topic, I do know that age is fast becoming an invitation to seriously read about where the next bathroom may be located.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:15 PM   #14
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Ray, judging by the number of posts you've made in the past week, I think you need to load up the AS and head down to AZ for some rockdocking and and clear your head of all these issues!
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The plan is leaving Castle Rock, mid January weather permitting and heading to Quartzite, Arizona to park on the BLM and see what kinds of fossils and rocks are being hauled in from miners and prospectors for sale.

Then... off to Sam's Town RV Park in Henderson, Nevada to park, see some shows on the Strip, play a bit of Craps, lay back, fatten up at the great buffets offered to those gamblers that the Casino thinks might come back and play after losing... Then maybe back to Tucson to the Gem and Mineral Shows that begin February 1st, or close to that date.

Retired Geologist, junk and treasure hunter and just get bored easy when the snow is deep at home and the temperatures are below 20 degrees for tromping the hills. Even a 39 degree morning at the Sandia Casino parking lot overnight in Albuquerque, NM is "refreshing". Off to Tucson to west Arizona and see what other bored snow birds are up to in the desert with their big finds for the year for sale.

My wife can lay back on the sofa, read a book. Me... I am working through my library of thousands of geology, mining, mineral, archaeology, fossil, metal detecting books... and dreaming of 2015 and what finds are out there waiting... I have discovered there is plenty of Airstream Money to be made in shiny and hard objects that can be found under your big toe.

So... you are absolutely right. "Cabin Fever has struck."

I was banned from posting on a "Fossil Forum" a year ago... because I mentioned... Evolution. A woman was upset as she was a Creationist and fossils were not more than 8,000 years old. After I put hundreds of dollars of fossil skulls that were 38,000,000 years old on the site auction to raise money to support the Forum to discover the administrators were Politically Correct and I was the sacrificial lamb.. I noticed that this lady, later, deleted her posts but now I have better things to do with my time... once I am on the road towing our Airstream!

I use to write for a number of publications concerning antique slot machines and jukeboxes decades ago, which kept my boredom in check... I would crank out articles as fast as they had blank pages to fill and paying me to do it!

I have to apologize for passing time on "your time", but as a Newbie in 2006 I found little information to fill in my ignorance of towing anything. With the passing of time, the Threads will fall into disuse and disappear from sight.

I have 15,000 geological science books on an internet website to keep me somewhat busy selling and packing... but that is like having Davy Crockett staying home and refinishing furniture... We load the trailer after New Years and I am watching the weather in the deserts. Then my Thread posting will come to an abrupt end and my attention is directed towards other back country adventurers concentrated in some sand piles near Quartzite, AZ.

Happy New Year 2015 to all the rest of you pacing for Spring. I am not waiting and hope that this 25 foot Ice Box finds some of you on the road.

Hmmm... that gives me a couple more ideas to work on.
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