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Old 05-26-2009, 10:42 PM   #61
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There is a well-developed/preserved underground in Atlanta, GA, which seems to be primarily for nightlife----it is highly advertised and interesting to see for about 10 minutes (also free) but nothing with real holding power for daytime visitors unless you are interested in souvenir shops. Same premise, new town built over the old one.
The Atlanta Underground is a product of a combination of the modern age and age of the automobile. The streets of downtown Atlanta were too narrow to handle the influx of automobiles during the early part of the 20th century so the streets were elevated and built wider extending over the sidewalks and parapets of the buildings below. These viaducts became the new "street level" and as new buildings were built, they were aligned with the viaducts. The older buildings and ground level became the "underground".

The Underground Atlanta now consist mostly of a few souvenir shoppes and a food court plus a couple of pubs. I never go there at night and rarely go there during the day even when I work down town. The Underground Atlanta's current management has been in and out of bankruptcy several times over the past dozen or so years. Until the intimidation factor is removed, nothing will improve.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:59 AM   #62
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I looked up the Oregon statute referred to on the sign Bob photographed that said no RV parking in a Walmart lot. The statute defines anywhere RV's (among other things) park overnight as a "recreational park". That means a license, though there seem to be some ways around that, but you'd still have to go through a process. So this is not a statewide ban on free overnight parking at places like Walmart or Cracker Barrel, but provides a roadblock that they may not want to go through. I didn't research all the ins and outs of this or the state regulations for health or avoiding the license, but it seemed sewers are not required at free sites.

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Old 05-27-2009, 09:31 PM   #63
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Day sixteen.

Hi, this morning we left Williams; Again south bound towards home. We decided to make one last stop on the way. We passed hundreds of miles of farm land, mostly Almonds and Rice. Most of the trip was on flat land, but once again the temps reached 100 degrees. The Lincoln pulled the Safari at, mostly, 60 to 65 Mph all the way. When we hit Gorman we pulled the grade in second gear, 60 MPH, at 4,000 RPM. While all the cars passed us, we passed all the trucks. Over the mountain was our next destination, Pyramid Lake RV Resort. After setting up camp, we decided to take a walk. I almost stepped on a stick in the roadway, but my wife very suddenly let me know that I almost stepped on a snake. As we walked further we saw several rabbits, but still no Bears. We talked to the park owner and told him we saw a snake, but no Bears. As we talked to him he told us the Bear was still in the tree in front of their house right where we were standing. Sure enough there was a Bear in the tree so we took pictures for proof. [Finally a Bear sighting]
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:43 PM   #64
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We've stayed at Pyramid Lake RV Resort several times. Actually we live about 20 min South but it's a great runaway place.

Not the swankest place in Ca. but the pool is clean. The mini golf is free and the owners are incredibly nice people.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:16 PM   #65
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Hi, this is from our Williams camp sight. Wifi is weak; I will try to post more pictures.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:18 PM   #66
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Great trip! We enjoyed taking it with you. You made me a believer with the Centramatics wheel balancing system. I am going to purchase a set. Was it easy for them to identify the application or would you pm me the part numbers. Maybe someday we will meet up somewhere.

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Old 05-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #67
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Hi, yikes; I almost stepped on this stick. Wait, that's not a stick, it moved. [SNAKE]
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:46 PM   #68
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Here.........Bear, Bear.

Hi, there is something big, cute, brown, and furry in this tree. Looks like a Bear to me.
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AWWWWW...cute little bear, as long as he/she stays up in that tree! Great trip, Bob and Lee. Thanks for taking us along. Boy that was fast! I am in the proccess of installing my new axles on the Trade Wind. Since I sprung all that money for the 2 axles, shocks backing plates and drums I added Centramatics to my shopping list. Our return from Casini Ranch toss bath and bedding onto the floor! We were going to need the axles soon anyway.
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Old 05-27-2009, 11:39 PM   #70
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We've stayed at Pyramid Lake RV Resort several times. Not the swankest place in Ca. but the pool is clean. The mini golf is free and the owners are incredibly nice people.
Hi, so true and Lee speaks their language too.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:32 AM   #71
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Thanks for taking us along on your trip. It's always great to take a trip in an Airstream, even if it's not our own.

Thanks again, and happy trails to you.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:11 AM   #72
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Hi, as we were going south on I-5 we ended up behind another Air Forums member from Oregon. It looked like the tow vehicle was a Cheverolet Avalanch and the trailer looked to be an International 25'er with rear twins. You have Oregon plates with George Sutton frames. You also had an Air Forums sticker in the middle of your rear window. You turned off towards Corvalles and we turned too, but we had to stop for gas.
That would be us! You were also pretty close to our trailer description....it's a 28' er CCD with rear queen bed. We were coming home from the Area 33 Forums rally on Memorial Day. That would have been about 2 pm or there abouts. We had been to the Oregon Unit rally the week before at Tumalo in Central Oregon. Had a great trip overall!

I guess we didn't see you were trailing us in your Airstream. Actually we saw lots of AS's on the road coming home.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:10 PM   #73
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Day seventeen............The end.

Hi, This morning we got up and ready for the last stretch of our trip. I asked our camp neighbors if they saw my Bear. They haven't seen him/her this morning, but Lee saw them messing with our snake. After doing our final tank rinse ritual, Lee and I were headed for home.
Partial re-cap: [and I don't mean tires] Before leaving home I installed my new Centramatics. I usually only check the lug nut torque once before each trip, but since I had removed all of my wheels, that meant a second torque re-check on the road. Only one lug nut turned, just barely, so we were good to go for the rest of our trip. Also I set my trailer tires at 65 lbs cold, at home, and never checked them again. Except for a visual look and a kick to each tire at each rest or gas stop. We had temps from 28 degrees at night in the campground to 101 degrees on the road. I made it home without any exploding tires, no broken axles, and no wheels fell off. I believe in getting it right before I hit the road and leaving things alone. I did get two new rock chips in my windsheild on this trip.
Lessons on the road: On very rough roads my bathroom, sliding storage cabinet doors sometimes jump off track. I will drill a hole and install a clevis pin to stop that. In high altitude combined with cold weather my water heater makes a popping noise a few times before it lights correctly. This is annoying. We decided to do one of two things or both. We now turn off the water heater at night and turn it back on in the morning. This works for us. I am concidering installing an electric heating element in my water heater for these situations. As for our remodeled living room, we couldn't be happier with how everything worked out for us, Much more user friendly.
As we drove through Missoula, Montana we waved to Michelle, but somehow we don't think she saw us. Yesterday we passed many miles of grape vines in Lodi, California; As we passed by, looking for Airstreams, we waved to Doorgunner Tim. I don't think he saw us either. And this morning after leaving Pyramid Lake we were driving through Valencia, California. Hi Milo & Karen, did you see us go by?
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We waived. Didn't you see us?
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The end continued.

Hi, we made it home in one piece and no repairs needed. I almost thought I was going to have fix my shower because in the cold areas the pressure was weak and had to be set almost as high as it would go, but in the warmer areas it worked as per design. And finally when we camped in hot weather my shower had to be set in the almost coldest setting. So I'm glad I didn't take anything apart. On this seventeen day adventure we spent close to $900.00 in gas, went close to 4,500 miles, and collected nearly a half million bugs. We had a great time on this trip and hope you enjoyed it too.
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5.0 while we were gone.

Hi, I almost forgot to mention, when we got home, I saw a few things in our house that seemed to have moved. My wife and I looked around and noticed a few more things that were out of place. I talked to my brother and he said we missed a 5.0 earthquake while we were gone. [we missed that free ride]
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Great Trip Report

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We've been so busy with our own trip activities that I am way behind in my forum browsing. I finally got around to reading about your adventures today, and wanted to say it's been a great read......sounds like you guys had a wonderful trip. Thanks for taking the time to post.

We're still on the road for another nine days.

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Been following your trip and enjoying your posts! Glad you are home safely. Til the next time.
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It was great tripping with you. Thank you for sharing!
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Thanks for sharing all this with us - it takes a lot of work and time to keep us all posted and I sure enjoy it.

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