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Old 04-28-2016, 02:08 PM   #421
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Rain, sleet, hail, snow. Days of it and more through the weekend. Winter storm predictions in the mountains, though it may miss us since we are a little too low (6,900'). Managed to sanitize the water system yesterday despite yuck weather. Today the weather is worse and I don't even want to do anything. El Niño's revenge.

We will press on.

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Old 04-28-2016, 08:03 PM   #422
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Sorry to hear that you've been sick. Best to both you and Barb

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Old 04-29-2016, 11:32 AM   #423
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Rain, sleet, hail, snow. Days of it and more through the weekend. Winter storm predictions in the mountains, though it may miss us since we are a little too low (6,900'). Managed to sanitize the water system yesterday despite yuck weather. Today the weather is worse and I don't even want to do anything. El Niño's revenge.

We will press on.

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yes; we had reservations at James Robb arriving yesterday but moved to an arrival for today. We are still deciding if we are going to head over today or just cancel. It's wet all over.
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Might as well be wet on the road as at home, Steamy'. How long does it take you to get here from Steamboat? Which way do you go?

Precip in Moab as well as here through Tuesday. It'll keep the tourists inside while we own the outside. And maybe we'll catch up on reading (ha!, never have, but I keep hoping).

There seems to be a bike race downtown Saturday in GJ as well as some other stuff sponsored by the bikers at the local college. We'll stay away from that and should be out of town long before the downtown race. More and more bike races are happening around here and they never seem to tell anyone who may be affected and how—some outfit called Epic has one towards the end of the next month which may affect us (delays, bikers racing on a narrow curvy road, etc.) and make it difficult to take Barb out for her birthday (music festival plus bike races are good for tourists, not so much for locals). Epic doesn't seem responsive to residents' concerns

Back to loading the fridge and then hitch up the truck. Seems like we're getting it done early, but I'm sure there will be plenty of stuff for the morning.

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Gene, we've not met but I want you to know that I follow your "On the Road" writings and I enjoy them very much. I'm sorry to learn that you and Barb were so sick from the flu. Wish you both complete recovery. Scary stuff!
Saw your pix of Santa Fe and wish we had known you were here so we could say hello in person. Next time .
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:58 PM   #426
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Jan, you must have a life since you've posted 5 times in 2 1/2 years.

Thanks for the compliment. This is easier than real writing where there are style books, editors, more editors, etc. We appear to be fully recovered. They took the oxygen away yesterday though it was difficult to get them to do because they wouldn't check with the doc and see if I needed it anymore. All the doc would do was ask me if I needed it. Maybe they won't take it away or check with the doc because the longer the equipment is here, the more they get paid; it was here a week longer than necessary. Medicare rules will drive you crazy and a some of these medical suppliers are run by less than competent people.

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10 am and it appears to me things are just about packed, but I am often wrong since there are things I just never imagine need to come with us. It is 110 miles to Moab, an easy drive with some challenges on Utah 128. Most of the road is fine, but there are, as you get closer to Moab, narrow, curvy sections with rocks hanging over the road on the south side and the Colorado River on the north side. Reminds me of the various coast highways in California, but a lot fewer miles on 1287 than along the coast. This road intimidates a lot of people and they go further west on I-70 and then take US 191 south to Moab. We'll see and assess whether we want to hug the rocks coming back on Wed.

There is a classic car show in Moab today and we might make it in time to check it out (if it is free). The town's museum is free on Mondays and we like free.

It was 32˚ yesterday morning and mid 30's today. Now up to low 40's. Moab will be 5-7˚ warmer than home, so I shouldn't have to disconnect the water hose at night, always a pain as it gets stiff and hard to coil below 40˚. Rain, snow, etc., predicted here through Tuesday, but on until Monday morning in Moab. We in the desert always like rain, but when it goes on for days, we start to get crazy.

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Gene I have a 6 " jointer but after many years of making trapezoids I decided to try the old fashion approach. Here it is and this is what I've done today. Looking forward to the report on yours when you get back.
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Its about 200 miles, so three and a half hours is usually a good travel time. We drive to Craig on Hwy 40 then down Hwy 13 through Meeker to Rifle. Another way is to go down Hwy 131 to Wolcott, then I70 west. The mileage is about the same so theoretically it should take less time since you would be on I70 for a greater proportion of the trip, but it has never worked out with pulling the trailer. I just don't take advantage of the 75MPH speed limit.

We changed our reservation dates to drive down on May 8th. Would like try the 6th or 7th, but weekends are sold out, so we will settle for a Sunday arrival.

I guess we are now paying for the mild March weather.
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It was 32˚ yesterday morning and mid 30's today. Now up to low 40's. Moab will be 5-7˚ warmer than home, so I shouldn't have to disconnect the water hose at night, always a pain as it gets stiff and hard to coil below 40˚. Rain, snow, etc., predicted here through Tuesday, but on until Monday morning in Moab. We in the desert always like rain, but when it goes on for days, we start to get crazy.

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Have you tried one of the ZeroG hoses? I just bought one following the recommendation of a Bambi owner we were parked next to in West Yellowstone last September. It seems like it is a lot easier to handle than a standard hose. He was pretty happy with it.

I have yet to test it on a trailer hook-up other than spraying out the garage.
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Steamy, thanks for the information. It does say the one at Lowe's is drinking water safe. Temps are supposed to stay in the 40's at night, so no problems here. Seems like it takes forever to get to Steamboat, but we used to do it starting in Crawford and going over McClure Pass. With the bridge construction mess in Glenwood, I want to avoid that town, but don't have to go through town from GJ. Hopefully it is quicker from GJ should be go there this year.

Don, you made a lot of wood shavings and can keep warm for a day. Looks like you made a big board. I have to do the adjustments and read how to do all this and then buy some rough cut wood and try it out. I thought of bringing all the articles I have on how to do stuff, but decided to relax and be stupid instead.

We left about 11 and drove to I-70, then going west to the Cisco exit (#214). It was sunny! At last. The Cisco exit isn't called that anymore because Cisco is a ghost town of collapsing buildings, trashed RV's and a few "buildings" that may be inhabited. It is not an appealing place. If you get of I-70 east of Cisco you travel on a badly maintained county paved road for 7 miles before the turnoff on Utah 128. it saves 6 miles instead of getting off the interstate at the 128 junction. This is all high desert, empty and dry. From Cisco you go downhill for about 10 miles to the Colorado River. The road follows the river on the north for several miles, then you arrive at the Dewey Bridge. The original one lane bridge, built around 1930, was a very long suspension bridge with a wood deck. In the 1980's, the state built a modern concrete bridge. The historic Dewey Bridge caught on fire after a kid started a brush fire and it spread to the old wood deck. There has been talk about restoration for years, but nothing has been done. After all, the County couldn't afford a two lane bridge 85 years ago.

The highway now follows the south side of the river to the junction with US 191 just north of Moab and near the entrance to Arches NP. The road is about as narrow as they can make a two lane, maybe 9' in places. On the river side, there is often between zero berm and a couple of feet. When next to the river there is a steep embankment about 10-20' high and then muddy water. The other has rocks close to the road. The narrow, curvy, scary part is about 15 of the 30 or so miles along the river.

This is the part that scares people, especially those who are not familiar with mountains or haven't towed much. They do not enjoy the spectacular canyon or Fischer Tower, a landmark along the way. In 2007, on our first real trip with our brand new trailer (we had towed it 240 miles from the dealership), we took this road. It was scary and we returned via 191 to avoid hugging the rocks. After 55,000 miles with the trailer, this was a pretty canyon with a road that needs attention to the road. But this time I could enjoy the drive. We've been on worse roads many times by now. We'll probably return hugging the rocks. My advice—if this sort of road bothers you, take 191. Then unhitch and drive along 128 to Dewey Bridge and back and enjoy the sights.

Ever time we come to Moab it is bigger and more commercialized. More and more 20th century tourist buildings—small hotels, modern square buildings, and some fake "older" buildings. We started coming to this part of Utah in the mid-'80's and it seems many times bigger and getting uglified. Fortunately, the red rocks, mountains, desert are still around but a bit farther away from town.

The KOA seemed to be many miles south of the town, maybe because of all of new development along the way. It is a big CG. We are in the new part fearturing a lot of sand and some young pants. But snowcapped mountains to the east (La Sal Mountains) and a rugged looking high rocky ridge to the west. Wifi seems good, lots of TV channels—good for lazy people.

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1. Rock formation along the Colorado River and highway.

2. The other direction. The Colorado River is at the bottom.

3. Fortunately not all of the road looks this wavy.

4. La Sal Mountains visible in a more civilized part of the highway.

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Hi Gene,
A couple of weeks ago we drove to Scottsdale (without the Airstream) and was routed through Moab. The only room available on a Saturday night was at the Red Cliff Lodge on Hwy 128, 15 miles out of Moab.

I couldn't remember the road details of 128, so we took 191 to the 128 junction and essentially backtracked to the Lodge.

For future reference, would it have been shorter/quicker to take 128 from I70 to the Lodge? is 128 shorter/quicker to Moab?

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Steamy, we saw the Lodge, a place we didn't remember. It is enormous. Yes, you would have had a shorter trip coming from the east on 128. I haven't checked the miles, but 128 is the hypotenuse of the triangle. I think 128 is 42 miles from I-70 to the junction with 191. If you take the county road from Exit 214, you save another 6 miles.

The wifi here works well when it works, but then it doesn't work. So I'm using the Verizon Jetpack which was slow but usable yesterday.

More photos:

1. Another view of the Colorado River and the canyon. Radio antenna is the blurry thing on the right.

2, 3, 4 More photos of the canyon and the Fischer Tower area.

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And more photos:

1. Rock formation typical of the area.

2. Road with new bike trail which extends about 5 miles from the junction just north of Moab and up 128.

Today we go to Arches NP when we get ourselves moving. Good chance of thunderstorms today which may keep the crowds down. There was a car show in town yesterday. We got to the KOA too late to attend, but the cars were around town last night. People were camped along the highway through town and cars, old and mostly new, were cruising the main drag all evening. Looked like Pasadena in 1955.

Had dinner at a pizza restaurant, Zax, which we've gone to before. It used to be better and they seem to like to put too much salt in a lot of the food. Strange place for an anniversary dinner, but pizza is not something we usually eat, so it was a special occasion. Came back and watched the White House correspondents dinner on TV. The president has a future as a standup comedian.

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