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Old 07-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #15
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We have been holed up here with friends in Rapid City, South Dakota. It's been really hot and I've been working on the coach. The pyrometer died in Yellowstone and I really don't like climbing those grades not knowing how hard the engine is working. Anyway ordered a new one and a trans oil temp gauge as it was acting kind of wonky. Also bought a new a/c compressor as it sounded like the clutch was bad. It started squeeling everytime I turned it on. It looked like the belt was turning but the clutch was slipping. Anyway after too much hard work I was charging the a/c and the new one started to squeel. I had the engine cover off and the fan wasn't turning. The alternater belts were loose. Apparently the a/c belt needed friction from both the crankshaft and fan pulley to turn the compressor. The interesting thing is all the grades we have been over the loose belts turned the fan and alternater fine. We never heard a squeel and never over heated. Anyway today I'll tighten the belts, a real fun two person job, and finish charging the a/c. The gauges are in and working so hopefully after this I can relax a bit. Then maybe I can figure out why my computer won't log on.

Here are a few pics from Irene's computer.

Cheers, Dan

I don't know why I can't upload pictures? It says "please wait while files upload" and 15 min. later I'm still waiting. I tried just one picture and still waiting. I don't have a clue what the problem is.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:43 PM   #16
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I finally got some pics to upload. I don't know why they aren't resized but at least they are here. The first is the town hall in Arco and the rest are the Atomic Museum.

Cheers, Dan
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:16 AM   #17
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Here is the Teton Pass, an arch made of elk antlers in Jackson and Hagar's new friend.

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Old 07-17-2011, 04:11 AM   #18
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Here is the Teton Pass, an arch made of elk antlers in Jackson and Hagar's new friend.

Cheers, Dan
Hi you two ..if I saw that sign..test your brakes.. i'd get out and walk..
its rather like seeing a cattle grid over here..I dont quite understand where you are..north south east or west..?? I'll look at the map when we are back home..the internet connection is diar..
no wonder so many Americans and Canadians don't leave the USA ..
you have so much to see..Hey Dan I broke all
records for how much you can get in a smart yesterday Hope Irene is having a good time
Keep posting the snaps I love looking at them..TX
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:53 AM   #19
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Hi All, We finally got back on the road again. The heat has eased a bit and our friends removed the locks from the hold down chains. We have known them for thirty years and it really was easy to be convinced to stay another day or two.

We left Rapid City for a visit to the famous Wall Drug Store and lunch at the Cactus Cafe. From there we visited a very interesting Minuteman II missile site. A great piece of cold war history. Then on to a pleasant drive through South Dakota Badlands National Park. We made it to Chamberland for dinner and decided to stay in the parking lot to wait for breakfast. The flooding destroyed half of the RV parks and the rest are full.

Here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure.
Jenny Lake at Grand Teton NP
Old Faithful at Yellowstone NP
Interesting structure inside the Lodge at Old Faithful
A little guy that strolled by during a traffic jam
The herd that caused the traffic jam with a stroll down the highway
Newton Campground in the National Forest just East of Yellowstone
Devil's Tower NP in South Dakota
A resident of the prairie dog city near Devil's Tower

Cheers, Dan
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Hi Mike, We are near Cedar Rapids, Iowa right now just getting ready to head out. We are getting between between 12.5 to 13 mpg which I thought was pretty good for the mountains we were climbing. The last tank it dropped to 11.5 mpg. I was pushing the speed a little higher, high 60's to 70 mph. Speed seems to do more to hurt mileage then anything else. The dash air is doing well, not enough to cool the coach but better than nothing. The new pyrometer is working but reads way too high. They are sending a new amplifier to an outfit in Moline for me to pick up today. All else is running well.

We saw some of the floods on the Missouri River yesterday and drove through lots and lots and LOTS of corn fields.

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Powder River Pass 9666 Feet
Our friends place is on a hill
Black Hill Caverns south of Rapid City
Boondocks near Deadwood, South Dakota, lots of 50's memorabilia and old cars and flamingos

Cheers, Dan
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Gotta love those groundhogs in Yellowstone!
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:56 PM   #24
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Gotta love those groundhogs in Yellowstone!
Actually that little guy is a prairie dog at Devil's Tower, South Dakota. They have lots of prairie dogs in SD, groundhogs I'm not sure about.

Today we only made it to Moline, Illinois. May not interest many but we have four old John Deere tractors and this is John Deere country. We visited the Pavilion and left more than a few hard earned dollars at the John Deere trinket store.

Tonight we are in a very nice county park called West Lake, just west of Davenport, Iowa. Took a walk around the Iowa 80 Truck Stop. It's the largest truck in the world, very impressive. Tomorrow we are trying to get in a tour of the John Deere factory but they are pretty full. Maybe we will get lucky.

Here are a few more pics
Wall Drug Store at Wall, SD
Our new friend
This is all you see of the missile site except for the glass display cover, in other words you see almost nothing
This is the bad boy, one warhead equals 60% of all the bombs dropped during WW II
The Badlands of South Dakota

Cheers, Dan
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We got lucky yesterday and got on a tour of the John Deere Harvester Factory. The GPS led us astray but we made it just in time. The factory was very impressive being the largest of it's type in the world. The paint setup has 13 dip tanks of washes and paints and cost 40 million bucks to set up. The employees seemed happy to be there and many smiled and waved as we rode by on the tram. The tour was an hour and a half and other than a 15 min. movie at the start the tram was pretty much on the move the entire time. The factory covers 70 acres. The other interesting thing is they don't make any units for inventory. Each unit has a signed contract before it is built. Delivery time is about 10 months and these combines cost about $300,000.00 each. Some of America's manufacturing is alive and well. We then visited the JD World Headquarters which is a beautiful build with a large display of John Deere history. The only problem for the day was it was 98 deg. and very humid. I really felt for the workers in the factory because we were very uncomfortable and we were just riding around.

He are a few more pics.

This was the entrance to our campground at Urbana near Cedar Falls
The mighty Mississippi River at Moline
The John Deere Pavilion
Me next to a large sprayer, we must have seen 75 of these on the highway through South Dakota
The Corn Palace in Mitchel, South Dakota
Flooding of the Missouri River at Sioux Falls
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Hey Dan.. what a great trip. Im jealous that all you folks are out traveling the roadways and im stuck here behind this computer working... hmm

Keep the pictures coming and I will stay with you virtually. Would love to see the John Deere facility..

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Hi, Dan. Wish we would have known about the John Deer factory; I like things like this. You say it's hot. It was freezing when we were in that area. I love these trip threads, it's like I'm on several trips at one time. Vinnie, keep that computer running, we need the gas money.
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What the hells that furry thing on its hind legs ??
and don't tell me those cows are real ..i'm not that daft ..hey can you get milk from them ??
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