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Old 08-14-2018, 07:12 PM   #5441
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The Mercedes Diesel that was in my 2008 Jeep GC now has about 300,000 miles on it and it still works fine. The key is doing what you have always done and that is keeping up with the maintenance, going with the flow. Well done. Incidentally, I just counted them up. 12 nights total in dealers lots for 3 separate repairs while travelling. The price we pay for fun.
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:24 PM   #5442
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Yes...we do it willingly, and we embrace it.

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Old 08-15-2018, 05:58 PM   #5443
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UPS didn’t arrive with my new turbo hose til just after noon today, but oil, filter and air filter were already changed so we were on the road in time to get a few hundred miles under our belt this afternoon.

We spent about 48 hours in Cheyenne, but it could have been worse.

Skipping the Black Hills, which I was looking forward to poking around, we are due in MN on Friday so charting a course north and east.

The young man who serviced my Interstate this morning complimented me on how nice it was, and how clean , also said that mechanically it was in very good condition.

The manager also told me that replacing the turbo hose is the most common problem they see with these rigs....which, in the great scheme of things, doesn’t seem too bad.

I like places that look everything over carefully, check the pressure in your tires, etc., as part of their service, whatever it is you are in for.

Hallers Repair in Cheyenne, Wyoming...I would go there again, but hope I don’t have to.

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Old 08-16-2018, 04:57 PM   #5444
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While we were driving today...8 hours on the road, with a couple of quick stops ...Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died.

I liked Aretha, and greatly appreciated her music and vocal talents, but Doug loved her.

He knew every word of every song she ever sang, and could/would bop enthusiastically around the kitchen whilst singing them at the top of his lungs.

I imagine his spirit watching her final hours, waiting patiently to greet her once she arrived in heaven, then gently taking her hand and bowing to kiss it, professing his longstanding devotion and adoration.

Doug loooooved Aretha.

Once sheís settled in up there, I hope you two get a chance to dance together, honey.

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Old 08-16-2018, 05:26 PM   #5445
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That is a nice image!

Rest In Peace, Aretha Franklin.



How about posting a tune of hers on the Music Choice thread, to go along with Change Is Gonna Come, just posted?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...is-129121.html
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:51 PM   #5446
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I donít know how to copy a video to post, Peter, but one of Dougís favorites was ďChain of FoolsĒ....he would pretend he was holding a microphone, sing and dance.

He danced well, too, taught by the brothers at Iowa Wesleyan.

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Old 08-16-2018, 08:27 PM   #5447
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Good memories . . . check it out on that thread.

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Old 08-17-2018, 05:48 AM   #5448
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Thank you, Peter.

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Old 08-17-2018, 06:38 AM   #5449
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Read this this morning, and have seen slight variations on these words before...

“We are not measured by how we fall. We are measured by how we get back up."

It’s in the getting up, and trying to move forward from whatever has capsized our life, that determines what we can and will do with the remainder of it.

Get up every day, put one foot ahead of the other and do your part... a path will open, and life will right itself.

Tho things don’t always turn out the way we would like, a path appearing has always been my experience.

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Maggie,
Havenít had signal the last couple of days. Want to say how much I enjoyed talking with you in Estes Park. We went hiking in Hermit Park and stopped to take a look at ďyourĒ cabin. Looking good! Glad your Interstate is back on the road. Safe travels!
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Hi Debbie, and glad you got to see it!

This is a picture of our crew on the last day, a picture someone else took...
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Rural cemeteries are great spots for breaks...Lily gets a wild romp in the wide open spaces, and a chance to have a rawhide snack before getting back on the road...
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Nice name -- Hermits Cabin! Is there any historical significance to this?

Glad your trip worked out.

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Iím not certain how the cabin got itís name, Peter.


Iíve read a lot of books this trip, and this one was one of the best...

https://www.amazon.com/Invention-Win.../dp/0143121707
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Thanks, that looks like a great book!

After I posted, I found a good write-up on the site of your organizers [I think]:

https://historicorps.org/events/hermit-park-cabin-co/

Looks like the right cabin. Interesting stories about the name and the so-called hermit, Dutch Lewis!

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That would be it, Peter.

It’s a rather large log cabin, as log cabins go...two large rooms on the main floor, and a loft that covers the second floor.

Seems it would have been built with a family in mind, certainly more than one hermit person.

There is also no evidence of there ever being a chimney, but a wood stove, so probably a cookstove that also heated the house.

We had a wonderful visit over the weekend with my MN friends of nearly 50 years, and headed toward home today....overnighting in Wisconsin, we will see the little house tomorrow, and looking forward to it.

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Home as of early evening yesterday, after a 9 hour day ...should have taken three days to get home, but by the time I was thinking I should have home was just a few hours away.

9 hours included a couple of potty stops, also one to dump the tanks, so we got home with that already done.

The Interstate is emptied and cleaned, and the last load of laundry (rugs) is in the dryer...going to get the tires rotated tomorrow, then put her to bed in storage for awhile.

Looks like there was a fair amount of rain while we were gone, and there are many things growing in my beds around the house where they should not be...high on the to-do list will be cleaning all that up.

Picked up this little cookbook while visiting my friends, and am going to make a concerted effort to cook less in quantity, but more often.

I’ve cleaned up a lot of my frozen, vacuum-sealed MRE’s, from recipes serving 4-6...time for a new leaf, we’ll see how I do.

I stopped for cheese before leaving Wisconsin, and they were selling Colorado peaches...which I had heard about in Colorado, but never happened on a stand selling them...so I came home with a 20lb box.

They are delicious, and I anticipate a ginger-peach cobbler for the family this weekend.

Good to go, always good to come home.
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Welcome back home!

How about some peach ice cream?

Cube and marinate ripe peach in peach schnapps or Cointreau for 24 hours in fridge. Make vanilla ice cream, using some of the marinating brine, and add peach cubes near the end of the mixing/freezing so the fruit does not get crushed.

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Thank you, Peter, and for the ice cream suggestion....which I might make instead of cobbler, if only I had an ice cream maker.

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I just had to replace my 40+ year old hand-crank White Mountain maker, so I have ice cream on the mind! Just made chocolate for the first time for GS #1's 4th.

So easy once you gear up, as I know you know, and this model needs no electricity! Amazing how long a good tool lasts if one takes care of it.

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