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Old 07-28-2011, 06:43 PM   #29
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Vinnie, when you get older and gain a few more aches and pains you can retire and get away from that computer. Just remember we all have to put our time in.

Bob and Vinnie, the John Deere factory was very interesting. We have four antique JD tractors at home so this was high on the list. They actually have two factories you can tour, Moline builds the combines and Waterloo builds the large tractors like 200hp and up. Some of the mid size are built in Germany and the industrial and lawn mowers are built elsewhere in the states. JD seems to be a well run and profitable American company. The factory was absolutely spotless and very well organized with lots of very old and well maintained equipment and also many new high tech machines and systems mixed in. For those of us who work in machinery and engines it is a real joy.

Lili, that furry little guy is a prairie dog a small rodent that lives in the ground with large groups living in areas called "prairie dog towns." You could stand there and count 20 or 30 of them without looking very hard. They do take a cute picture.
The cows are very real, you can go right up and touch them. They are very hard and feel a lot like metal and I'm sure any milk they gave might be a little rusty but never the less they do put a smile on your face after a long days drive

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Good afternoon all, Yesterday after a very uneventful drive through Illinous and into Indiana we arrived at Indyanapolis. First we drove through the downtown area past the convention center and Lucas Oil Stadtium and then across town and took a lap around the Indianapoli Speedway. No not on the track, on the surface streets around the track. They were setting up for the "400" this weekend and lots of t-shirt and hat venders were setting up their booths. As usual we left them a few of our hard earned dollars. After a stop for dinner we stopped a Hagarstown to so Hagar around and take a few pics. It was dark but we tried. From there, you guessed it, we landed at the Mothership at Jackson Center at about Mid-night.

This morning we slept in and then hit the store, you guessed it, more bucks. We took the 2 o'clock tour and they actually had a 34.5' moho in the service dept. Saw lots of aluminum and several nice historical trailers on display. Then back to the store to discuss more parts and finally an evening to relax. Tomorrow we will load up or parts acumulation and head out.

Here are a few more pics.
By the way Irene has taken about 700 pictures so far so I'm trying to sort out a few without overwhelming the site. That's why the pictures are a few days behind our travel. I hope it's not too confusing.
Thr Iowa 80 Truck Stop, the largest in the world, these three trucks are inside the store, lots of chrome and lights
The Hagarstream at the JD Harvester Factory
Thr JD World Headquarters, a gold plated award plow, a cut away combine, an original JD wagon and the building

Cheers, Dan
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Love the pictures. What a wonderful trip. We are headed out tomorrow morning bright and early to Montana and west Glacier Park. Can't wait to get started.
One correction on your picture captions. Devils Tower is in Wyoming. We are about 40 mile from there and it is beautiful this year with all the rain we have had this spring.

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Love the pictures. What a wonderful trip. We are headed out tomorrow morning bright and early to Montana and west Glacier Park. Can't wait to get started.
One correction on your picture captions. Devils Tower is in Wyoming. We are about 40 mile from there and it is beautiful this year with all the rain we have had this spring.

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Sorry about that and thanks for the correction. My mind goes to mush after many hours on the road and then I have to be retrained after every nap.

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Lili, that furry little guy is a prairie dog a small rodent that lives in the ground with large groups living in areas called "prairie dog towns." You could stand there and count 20 or 30 of them without looking very hard. They do take a cute picture.
The cows are very real, you can go right up and touch them. They are very hard and feel a lot like metal and I'm sure any milk they gave might be a little rusty but never the less they do put a smile on your face after a long days drive

Cheers, Dan[/QUOTE]

Prairie Dog Towns..Love it..Can't imagine they yap like a dog though..
do they squeek like a mouse instead ?
Can oyu hold them or do they nip?
I havent seen one before

Hx2 and his friend were sitting in the park in London and a squirrel sat on Robs Knee..
After Stroking it and saying ahhhh...isn't it cute..it clawed him and sunk its fangs into his leg..
5 hour wait at the hospital ..they gave up..no after effects..apart from the desire to stroke a squirrel diminished..
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Where is ya ??
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Does this give you a hint?

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Does this give you a hint?
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Phew ..though you'd come unstuck..
I'm still thinking of that Prairie Dog..so they make nice pets ? can they be pottie trained ?
Rabbits can..I saw someone carrying a big fat one in a whicker basket..
its ears were dangling over the sides..I did start to guess along the lines of Hoover Dam..
I didnt see much of it through my eye lids..then the clue was in the words..Niagra Falls..
I want to go there..how exciting..Im going to see what Bobs and the Gang are up to now...As an afterthought..Tell Irene to chase some baby bears..you know..just for fun..ive heard theyre quite tame..Toodiloos..
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More later, Dan
Phew ..though you'd come unstuck..
I'm still thinking of that Prairie Dog..so they make nice pets ? can they be pottie trained ?
Rabbits can..I saw someone carrying a big fat one in a whicker basket..
its ears were dangling over the sides..I did start to guess along the lines of Hoover Dam..
I didnt see much of it through my eye lids..then the clue was in the words..Niagra Falls..
I want to go there..how exciting..Im going to see what Bobs and the Gang are up to now...As an afterthought..Tell Irene to chase some baby bears..you know..just for fun..ive heard theyre quite tame..Toodiloos..
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That's very good Lili.It's pretty well known this side of the Atlantic but I wasn't sure if you would recognize it.
I don't know of anyone having a prairie dog for a pet. All I know is they seem to like standing around for tourists to take pictures.

Since last time we bought a bunch of stuff at Airstream, unfortunately I needed some railing for street side awnings and they didn't have any. There was some confusion about which rail was which and in the end they had one piece about 7' long and I needed 23'. Oh well on to another plan.

We left Jackson Center and headed toward Cleveland. I know a guy there that I had bought a machine from on ebay and we had become friends. We spent the weekend with him and his family and sat up every night until after midnight swapping stories. Had a great time and set off down the highway on Monday morning. A stop at the Auto Club for some more maps and guide books and we were on our way to Niagara Falls. We grabbed a camp site on Grand Island and headed to the Falls. We parked on Goat Island so we could walk to both falls. It was about 6:30 so not too crowed but still very hot. We took Hagar and Irene took lots of pictures and of coarse Hagar got lots of attention. We must be living right because the parking booths were closed and we parked for free. We felt so good about it that we decided to try the Canadian side. After 45 min. in line we came to a customs officer directing traffic who asked if I had ever been there before. I told him no and he explained that the RV's stay to the left with the tour busses and there were so many busses that it would take me 2 or 3 hours. Anyway he radioed ahead and guided me around the busses and right to the front of the line. We were out of there in about 3 min. I was really feeling great by now.

We were surprised to see the trinket shops and tourist stuff on the Canadian side. Large casinos, giant hotels, restaurants and shops of every kind imaginable. The U.S. side was baron by comparison. I guess I expected to see a beautiful natural site and instead found Conney Island or Las Vegas. Maybe it's just me. Anyway lots of pictures and back across Rainbow Bridge just as it was starting to get dark. By the way we were the only one on the bridge and drove right to U.S Customs with three open booths and we were the only vehicle there. I guess people want all the tourist stuff after all. Back to the camp site for a very late dinner and then collapsed into bed.

Today we took a scenic drive along Lake Ontario, visited Thirty Mile Point Light House at Golden Hill State Park and the locks on Erie Canal at Lockport. We toured the Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride and Hagar got to come along. The tour is mostly walking along the locks and through a 1600' tunnel dug as a water power tunnel to provide water power for three factories built next to the canal. The guide liked dogs and said as long as the other people on the tour didn't mind Hagar was welcome. He did very well on the old wooden steps and the dark tunnel and even got a special seat for the short boat ride. We finished the tour at about 5:30 and headed to Lakeside Beach State Park on Lake Ontario for an early night. We have a nice site overlooking the lake.

A few more pics.
Lucas Oil Victory Field
Indianapolis Art Garden
The Hagarstream reflection going by the convention center
Indy
Late night drive by "Hagarstown"
The new awning out at the Travelport at Jackson Center

Cheers, Dan
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Phew ..though you'd come unstuck..
I'm still thinking of that Prairie Dog..so they make nice pets ? can they be pottie trained ?
Rabbits can..I saw someone carrying a big fat one in a whicker basket..
its ears were dangling over the sides..I did start to guess along the lines of Hoover Dam..
I didnt see much of it through my eye lids..then the clue was in the words..Niagra Falls..
I want to go there..how exciting..Im going to see what Bobs and the Gang are up to now...As an afterthought..Tell Irene to chase some baby bears..you know..just for fun..ive heard theyre quite tame..Toodiloos..
That's very good Lili.It's pretty well known this side of the Atlantic but I wasn't sure if you would recognize it.
I don't know of anyone having a prairie dog for a pet. All I know is they seem to like standing around for tourists to take pictures.

Since last time we bought a bunch of stuff at Airstream, unfortunately I needed some railing for street side awnings and they didn't have any. There was some confusion about which rail was which and in the end they had one piece about 7' long and I needed 23'. Oh well on to another plan.

We left Jackson Center and headed toward Cleveland. I know a guy there that I had bought a machine from on ebay and we had become friends. We spent the weekend with him and his family and sat up every night until after midnight swapping stories. Had a great time and set off down the highway on Monday morning. A stop at the Auto Club for some more maps and guide books and we were on our way to Niagara Falls. We grabbed a camp site on Grand Island and headed to the Falls. We parked on Goat Island so we could walk to both falls. It was about 6:30 so not too crowed but still very hot. We took Hagar and Irene took lots of pictures and of coarse Hagar got lots of attention. We must be living right because the parking booths were closed and we parked for free. We felt so good about it that we decided to try the Canadian side. After 45 min. in line we came to a customs officer directing traffic who asked if I had ever been there before. I told him no and he explained that the RV's stay to the left with the tour busses and there were so many busses that it would take me 2 or 3 hours. Anyway he radioed ahead and guided me around the busses and right to the front of the line. We were out of there in about 3 min. I was really feeling great by now.

We were surprised to see the trinket shops and tourist stuff on the Canadian side. Large casinos, giant hotels, restaurants and shops of every kind imaginable. The U.S. side was baron by comparison. I guess I expected to see a beautiful natural site and instead found Conney Island or Las Vegas. Maybe it's just me. Anyway lots of pictures and back across Rainbow Bridge just as it was starting to get dark. By the way we were the only one on the bridge and drove right to U.S Customs with three open booths and we were the only vehicle there. I guess people want all the tourist stuff after all. Back to the camp site for a very late dinner and then collapsed into bed.

Today we took a scenic drive along Lake Ontario, visited Thirty Mile Point Light House at Golden Hill State Park and the locks on Erie Canal at Lockport. We toured the Lockport Cave and Underground Boat Ride and Hagar got to come along. The tour is mostly walking along the locks and through a 1600' tunnel dug as a water power tunnel to provide water power for three factories built next to the canal. The guide liked dogs and said as long as the other people on the tour didn't mind Hagar was welcome. He did very well on the old wooden steps and the dark tunnel and even got a special seat for the short boat ride. We finished the tour at about 5:30 and headed to Lakeside Beach State Park on Lake Ontario for an early night. We have a nice site overlooking the lake.

A few more pics.
Lucas Oil Victory Field
Indianapolis Art Garden
The Hagarstream reflection going by the convention center
Indy
Late night drive by "Hagarstown"
The new awning out at the Travelport at Jackson Center

Cheers, Dan[/QUOTE]

Hans was looking at your snaps last night and ooiing and ahhing..
The Hagarstown one is a rare scoop !!
I wish we were there looking at all those sights
Hans has to retire in just over a year ..I can see a long vacation coming up
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:27 AM   #39
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While I have a minute this morning I'll sneak in a few catch up pics.

The Jesse James "Airstream Motorcycle"
The Bowlus and some other old Airstreams on display

Cheers, Dan
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And some more.

This is a hot rod that a very interesting guy is building entirely from scrap aluminum. He works at a foundry and liberated a damaged engine block and experimental differential housing and repaired and finished machining them and the rest came from a local scrap yard. They find some wonderful treasures in that scrap yard.

More of Niagara Falls and the tourist area on the Canadian side.

Cheers, Dan

By the way we are sitting here in the first real rain of the trip other than a few thunder showers, ant the Max Fan is open and blowing a wonderful cool breeze. I really like this vent.
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And some more pics.

The Light House at 30 Mile Point
One of many small draw bridges over the Erie Canal
The gates closing behind a small boat in Lock 34
The lock filling
The gates opening into Lock 35
Locks 34 & 35 each lift about 25' for a total lift of 50' about the highest lift on the canal
The entrance to our water power cave tour
Irene and hagar inside the cave
The Court House at Albian, New York

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Dan and Irene,
I'm enjoying your vacation and your photos. Thank you for posting.
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