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Old 09-04-2015, 04:25 PM   #295
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The last 110 miles home were pretty easy, but we were tired anyway. The conclusion of a long trip is usually a desire to do nothing. After Green River, the Utah desert continues—fairly flat with mountains to each side and ahead. Federal law requires an interstate to have exits every 15 or 20 miles (unsure just how many miles) and thus in empty places, you see "ranch exit" or some such name for Nowhereville. That stretch from Green River (and before too) to the Colorado line (about 80 miles) had a few ranch exits. Now there are more exits, all are named and there's even a gas station. The reason—oil and gas drilling. You don't see much evidence of that because it is back from the highway though.

Picked up some bread and a double chocolate muffin in downtown Grand Jct. and drive home. We have a relatively small area in front of the garage to maneuver and there's no room for expansion because of a hill on one side and sharply downhill on the other. Moving the hill would cost a lot. In the past, turning the trailer 120˚ to fit in the area next to garage would take 10-20 minutes of back and forth. All that backing into campsites on the trip proved to be a good education. I did it in one minute. I feel like I deserve a medal.

We unloaded things we needed right away and I took a short three hour nap and felt like new. Barb kept working away, but is sleeping away the afternoon today catching up. We took showers that didn't require us to turn the water on and off and we could stretch our arms out. After a meal where we didn't run into each other in the kitchen, we watched the next to last Daily Show; tonight we watch the last one. We have a bunch of other shows we recorded to watch for the next week.

We made a list of 20 things needing to be done on the trailer for maintenance, improvement and winterizing. Have to fit that in between house painting. One thing that has been annoying for years is the window at the head of the bed. You can't prop up your head with 2 pillows without crushing the blinds. The solution will be something that will look like a flower box on the inside. the blinds will fit inside and a pillow can lean against it. I'll make it out of maple to match the dinette table I made. I hope I can rivet it to the wall, otherwise I'm not sure how I can attach it securely.

Our discussion of whether we will go to Newfoundland next year and how to do it given we are older than we were before will continue over the winter. It is also very expensive to do a 10,000 mile trip, about a dollar a mile.

I'll soon see what other photos I took and upload them. Maybe I should unload more stuff now.

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Old 09-05-2015, 12:17 AM   #296
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Another one for the log book.

Well done, Gene!
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Old 09-05-2015, 01:33 AM   #297
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We are glad that you and Barb made it home safely. We really enjoyed reading of your travels and experiences. Thank you for taking the time to share your adventures.

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Old 09-06-2015, 12:54 PM   #298
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The numbers are in.

We towed the trailer 3,631 miles on this last trip of the year. 4,837 miles in four trips this year. Total since we bought trailer: 54,750 miles. I'll have to outlive Moosetags by 30 years to catch up to them.

Total truck miles are usually about 50% greater than towing miles. I never understand how so many more miles can add up so fast, but it usually does. We both forgot to note the start mileage on the truck and early on we could have compensated for that on the first or second day, but we continued to forget. The truck is close to 105,000 miles and was over 100,000 when we left, so the 50% rule may not be in effect.

The truck did fine except gas mileage has dropped. The usual cause on a high mileage vehicle is the oxygen sensor that controls engine performance (there are many oxygen sensors, but everyone usually says "oh, that's the oxygen sensor" without mentioning there are lots of them). About $55 for a original equipment Denso one and looks fairly easy to replace. You can get one a lot cheaper if you want to splice wires instead of getting one with the plug attached. The plug is better; less chance of contact corrosion, especially under a truck. On the Tundra it is under the truck where the exhaust pipe drops down from the manifold. Better than buried in the engine compartment. Looking this up I found much incorrect info, often about pre-2007 Tundras, other engines than the big V8, location and how many oxygen sensors there are and what they do. Ordering them is also confusing and I cross checked with Denso's information to make sure I had (hopefully) the right Denso part number to order on Amazon. Looks like a dealer would charge many times more for this.

Feeling well rested and unloaded mostly everything from the trailer and everything from the truck. Will drain the fresh water tank, pipes and see what is left in the black and grey tanks. Even though we drained them 110 miles back, more stuff shakes lose coming home. The black stuff is not pretty and somehow Barb doesn't want to be the drainer. Winterization later. Maintenance and improvements even later. More photos sooner.

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Old 09-07-2015, 05:10 AM   #299
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Thank you for sharing your trip. I greatly enjoy the travelogues on Air Forums. You, Moosetags, and SilverEagle6 have helped add to the bucket list this year.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:05 AM   #300
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A rainy day that was supposed to be sunny today. Our neighbors below us appear ready to harvest their lavender experiment—income for when they retire. They are thwarted. So am I—want to go and open some more more drains I forgot yesterday.

I read an article several weeks ago when we were struggling with me feeling lousy that said people get more excitement from planning a trip than going on a trip. Maybe that is true. Imagination glosses over the strain of driving thousands of miles, looking for good restaurants, lousy campgrounds, breaking trailers and all that money going into the gas tank. But documenting it on these threads (besides being somewhat narcissistic) helps put it all in perspective. One issue I have written about is whether we can keep traveling all over North America as we age. We have friends who travelled full time or 10 years in a MH and loved it. Mention a town or campground and they've been there. But they had to give it up when his body just couldn't do it anymore. He is only 5 years older than me. We can think young, but we get new pains and strains and they have to be surmounted. Attitude is important, but a sore butt throws attitude for a loop. The illness I experienced had the same profile as a mild salmonella. Food poisoning, usually e-coli contamination, lasts 24 hours, so I knew it wasn't standard food poisoning. I ate no cucumbers (latest food borne illness problem with salmonella), so can't be sure what it was.

The two stoppers for a trip to Newfoundland are the high cost and the strength needed to do it. Last time we went we did not have a trailer and we made it to the ferry at N. Sydney, NS in a week or so (3,500 miles), not counting a side trip to Halifax and Peggy's Cove. Our first day was a record 700 miles—Pueblo, Colo., to Iowa. Not so many miles per day after that. That was 11 years ago. Most of the way until we reach Maine is interstate highways and the miles do go faster if the boredom doesn't drive you nuts. When towing the trailer hundreds of miles, I sometimes wish I were unencumbered by 3 1/2 tons of metal behind me. Towing does require more attention and is more tiring. But then I remember all the bad restaurants and motels we have been at and the trailer looks like a blessing rather than a dead weight.

Rain stopped, drains to open.

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Good observations, Gene. We will all have to confront (or are confronting) those issues related to body, mind, and trailer travel.

My issues are related more to the psychological vs physical. A woman trailering solo is not a piece of cake. I'm not too proud to admit that a trip "across North America" would be challenging and scarey. I also find the actual act of pulling a trailer to be somewhat exhausting. It can also be lonely. RV'g is a couple/family activity, generally.

However, your last sentence summed it up perfectly: But then I remember all the bad restaurants and motels we have been at and the trailer looks like a blessing rather than a dead weight.

Our vintage aviation group will be taking an airplane to France in 2017. I will be covering the event for the magazine. My first thought: I won't have the FaN. I'll have to sleep in a strange bed and eat in restaurants. Most people would think I'm crazy; she's not looking forward to a trip to France? The sights! The grand hotels! The food!

Fact is, I like to live relatively simply in the driveway woman cave.
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FaN, I haven't seen many women alone with RV's, but I've seen a fair amount of RV's with two women. A road trip with an RV cross country can be scary and challenging for anyone. Barb knows how to do everything regarding hitching and set up and break down plus she drives a lot (except backing up), but I don't expect she would want to take a trip by herself. I doubt she could pick up the hitch head either, but they solution to that is leave it on the truck. I have no doubt she could do it if she had to.

Being with your best friend on a trip is great because you can share your experiences plus one of you might know where you are going. But you share your thoughts here and could continue to do so.

Many decades ago when alone, I wanted to drive cross country and for the first time did not have a companion for a road trip. I feared the unknown, did the trip and felt better for the accomplishment. A friend in the same status had exactly the same experience at the same time and he was certainly no namby pamby (just never get the chance to use those words). And Barb was really proud of a road trip she took alone before she met me. I am sure you can do it and will feel better for it. It is a quest after all. They're not supposed to be easy.

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Old 09-08-2015, 04:12 PM   #303
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Painting of the house resumes this week. I was checking out the paint to see if any open cans resulted in solid paint, but all is good. A painter comes this weekend to do two walls (we have many walls) that are the hardest ones. Trying to get into home stuff. We'll have some more to paint in the next week or two (or more, it always takes longer and costs more). We'll have done about 60% ourselves. After that I can back to interior work and try to make myself do maintenance on the trailer.

More photos:

1. A well restored 1950's MG on the top floor of a Victoria, BC, parking garage. This was one of the foreign cars that caught some people's imaginations when US cars got garish and drove like a sofa with wheels. Driving a full sized truck in that parking garage was an adventure as it was built for smaller vehicles. Some "parkades" have a low roof and our truck would not fit; always check the height before you make the turn into those garages.

2. An older building in Victoria's Chinatown. I thought it had been a school, but I was wrong and can't remember what it was.

3. Detail on a Chinatown lamp post.

4. An entire lamp post. Behind the tree is the entrance to Chinatown from the east even though part of Chinatown is east of the entrance.

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Hi, glad that you had a nice trip. Rent an excavator and remove that hill so Bob, Lee, and Dusty will have a place to park on our way home; Looks like you will have plenty of time to get it done as we are back in Maine again.
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Bob, mount a blade on your new Ford and blast your way in. Not sure how we'd get you in the driveway, but if you could back into your driveway in Cal., I'm sure you are up to the challenge. If not, we take your trailer apart—no big deal.

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Back in Chinatown, Victoria, BC.

1. The entrance gate from the east. Very busy area only blocks from downtown Victoria. There is one gated block, but Chinatown is bigger that that.

2. The detail of that gate from underneath. The frequent use of reds and other vibrant colors make for lively designs. In my mind I see a connection with the BC and Alaska coastal Indian art as regards color and maybe some parts of the designs.

3. The Don Mee restaurant is on the 2nd floor—they refused to cut down that tree, so I had to accept it to get a street view from above. This is the one block center of Chinatown.

4. The very professional and helpful waiter at Don Mee.

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Gene, what me worry?

p.s. Nice photos of Victoria's Chinatown.
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