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Old 10-19-2015, 10:30 PM   #1461
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Cross country Trip.

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Summery:

7-1-15. Leave home and head East. Found little towns without gas stations and we were running dry. My new gas can hasn't been filled yet and it's 100 degrees out. we had to pump gas out of my generator into my truck to just barely make it to a gas station. This was a very bad start of a trip. First stop was Vale, Oregon.

7-2-15. Gooding, Idaho to tour the Shoshone Ice Caves. found RV park in Sun Valley, Idaho.

7-3-15. Found a dry camp in Wyoming, but it was too hot to go without air conditioning, so we left. Made it to Jackson Hole Wyoming and spent some time thre with limited parking in an RV parking lot. No over night parking so we had to move on. Stayed at a view point in Teton National Park.

7-4-15. Drove through Teton and Yellowstone National parks. Stayed at a KOA in Big Timber, Montana.

7-5-15. Stayed overnight in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Sheridan, Wyoming.

7-6-15. Drove to see Devil's Tower National Monument and later to a Wall South Dakota camp ground. Had dinner at Wall Drug Cafe.

7-7-15. Stopped to see the Corn Castle in Mitchell on our way to the Little House on the Prairie / Laura Ingall's Homestead. Dry camping was $10.00 per night.

7-8-15. Next stop was at Laura Ingall's Museum in Walnut Grove MN. Stayed in a city park/camp ground in Henderson City, Mn. with water and electric for $20.00 per night.

7-9-15. Went to The Mall of America. Had breakfast there and found a KOA in Alma center, Wisconsin.

7-10-15. A day of rest at a KOA in Whitfall. Wisconsin.
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7-11-15. went to Spring Green to tour the House on the Rock then headed to Milwaukee. Stayed at a KOA in De Forest Wisconsin.

7-12-15. Toured the Frank Lloyd Wright Tesiline house. Stayed at Yogi Bear campground in Colodonia, Wisconsin.

7-13-15. Milwaukee; paid a visit to the Basilica St. Josaphat, had lunch at Korean restaurant, and toured the Harley Davidson Museum.

7-14-15. Camped at a Union KOA in Chicago.

7-15-15. I toured the Illinois Railway Museum and later we went to the glass viewing windows in the Sears Tower / Willis Tower on the 103rd floor.

7-16-15. Stayed at a KOA in Indianapolis, Indiana.

7-17-15. I toured the car museum at the Indy 500 and did a ride along in a Lee Petty Ford at 165 MPH. Lee did laundry while was gone all day.

7-18-15. Today was a day for relaxation.

7-19-15. Made it to Jackson Center Ohio and camped in the Terraport.

7-20-15. We toured the Airstream trailer factory and I also toured the Airstream Sprinter factory. I got away with only spending a few Dollars in the store.
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:28 PM   #1463
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7-21-15. Stayed at Camp Dearborn I Milford, Michigan.

7-22-15. I drove to Dearborn to see the Henry Ford Museum. Dusty got a bath and hair cut.

7-23-15. I drove back to Dearborn to take the F-150 assembly plant tour. Then to see Green Field Village. And to the nearest Ford dealer for my First oil change.

7-24-15. Went to tour [Elenore] Edsel Ford's Estate. Wen shopping at H-Mart.

7-25-15. Went to St. Ignace, crossed the Mackinac bridge to tour the Rock Castle.

7-26-15. Lee went to Mackinac Island for the day while I watched Dusty.

7-27-15. Bob went to Mackinac island for the day while Lee watched Dusty. Later we went to the Dixie Saloon for a nice steak dinner.

7-28-15. Went to Sault St. Marie to tour the Tahquamenon Falls state park. We also went to the Mystery Spot St. Ignace to do two Zip Lines. [400 feet and 750 feet]

7-29-15 Attempted to tour Canada, but after being harassed for two hours, at the Canadian border, we felt un-welcomed and turned back to the good ole USA. We ended up at a Monroe Michigan RV resort.

7-30-15. Stopped at the Gilmore Museum for about two hours and found a Mobile Home / RV park in Creek Valley, Michigan. This is where we will stay for three nights.

7-31-15. I spent almost all day at the Gilmore Auto Museum. It's huge and lots to see.


[to be continued]
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8-1-15. My third day at the Gilmore Museum. This time Lee went with me. There was an antique car show [people from everywhere] and a showing from the Tin Can Tourist group.

8-2-15. Battle Creek Valley campground; Stopped to tour the Elkhart, Indiana RV Museum and checked out Notre Dame.

8-3-15. Made it to Napenee; We had lunch and tour at Amish Acres. We drove all around the Amish neighborhood.

8-4-15. Left Elkhart and drove to Lexington, Kentucky.

8-5-15. We camped at and toured the Kentucky Horse Park. Made a reservation for the Toyota factory tour.

8-6-15. Took the tour of the Toyota factory assembly line in the morning. Back i9n time for lunch, and to drive through Blue Grass Country. Drove through Versailles, Kentucky and later toured the Kentucky Chocolate Factory.

8-7-15. Left Lexington, Kentucky and made it to Connelville, Pa. We stayed at a KOA, but could only stay one night. They were booked.

8-8-15. A mobile Groomer came into the KOA and Dusty got groomed by this wonderful woman. A young couple with smart phones, helped us find another local camp ground. We made it to The Hideaway Campground and it was quite hidden, but nice and simple. We drove to Falling Water and made reservations for two tours. Meanwhile, we checked out Ohiopile State Park and stopped for ice cream.

8-9-15. Today we toured two of Frank Lloyd Wrights houses. First was Kentuck Knob and later Falling Water. Fantastic places to see.

8-10-15. Now we are at Normalville, Pa. and will stay at the Niagara Falls KOA for three nights. This place was quite expensive. [$231.00 for three nights]
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8-11-15. We got a visit from Forum member and personal friend, Bob Cross. Bob and Bob toured the town and had a nice lunch together at one of Bob's favorite places. We also toured the Niagara Falls by land and by boat. It was amazing. Lee said it made her cry with excitement, but you couldn't tell because we were all wet.

8-12-15. We booked a tour of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. Border guard didn't like our tour bus or our driver???? Made us wait on the side of the road for about one hour. [out of a four hour tour]

8-13-15. We left Niagara and made it to Alexandria Bay, New York, to Wesley's State Park Campground.

8-14-15. Toured the Bolt, "Hwy 12" Castle in Thousand Islands. Lee toured the island and Bob and dusty took a round trip boat ride. Dogs can ride the boat, but not go on the island. Dusty and I walked the town.

8-15-15. We stopped just in time, or not, to see a ship passing through the Eisenhower Lock. We stayed ta the Montreal KOA and later drove into town. Down Town Montreal.

8-16-15. We drove back to Montreal to see the city. Many streets were blocked due to construction and more were blocked due to a parade / protest march. We were stuck for hours and wanted to just get out of there and back to our campground. we did manage to find one parking space and had a sidewalk café lunch. That was the high light of the day.

8-17-15. we left Montreal and drove through New York to Vermont and to New Hampshire. We stayed at White Birches Campground.

8-18-15. Now we made it to Hilltop Campground in Maine. We had our first Lobster Roll at a Mc Donalds.

8-19-15. Now we are at Acadia National Park KOA. We ate Lobster and Clams at the Trenton Bridge Lobster pound.

8-20-15. Today we drove all around Bar Harbor.
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8-21-15. We hiked up the Rocky Hill Trail; We made it to a certain point and decided that was far enough for a couple of old people. We also hiked down to the Sand Beach and touched the Atlantic Ocean. Then to a place called Thunder Hole. There was a hole in the rocks and when the water rushed in, it sounded like thunder.

8-22-15. took a bus ride and walked around Bar Harbor. It was rainy and foggy, but we still toured more of Acadia national park.

8-23-15. A day of rest, cleaning, and cooking. Tried again to drive up Cadillac Mountain for the views. Just about time we were done the fog started rolling in again. We just made it.

8-24-15. L. L. Bean, Bar Harbor lunch , and meet forum members Al and Patty [two bikes] from Alabama who were staying in the Seawall Campground in Acadia national Park.

8-25-15. we just had to have more Lobster and stopped at Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine for the best lobster Rolls ever. The line there is always long and takes about one hour. [but worth the wait] We spent the night at Wal-Mart in Falmouth.

8-26-15. Drove to Salem Mass. but no camp sights left. I wanted to stay in the other Salem, but it wasn't happening. Boston here we come. Stayed at Minuteman Campground. 40 miles from Boston.

8-27-15. Busy day. went to Korean restaurant for take out and rushed back to town for Dusty's Doctor appointment. He had ear and allergy problems. Then to Cambridge Ma. to see Harvard and back to campground around 8:30 P.M.

8-28-15. Bob did the laundry. Wanted to see the Harvard Natural History Museum No place to park. Later parked at a hotel parking lot for $30.00 and took the Boston Tea Party tour. and the ship's Museum. Walked along Atlantic BLVD to Little Italy. Had Dinner at Florentine Café. Lee had the best salmon and I had Lobster Ravioli. I didn't know what to expet, but this was the best Ravioli ever.

8-29-15. Now at Cape Cod, Drive to Fairy Terminal Wood's Hole.

8-30-15. Visit Hynnise, JFK Museum and Monument. Toured Province Town in Cap Co. Visit Cap Cod National Seashore along the Atlantic Ocean.

8-31-15. Bob, Lee, and Dusty took a ferry to Martha's Vine. There we rented a car and drove all over the island. Saw a nice Victorian Village, had a nice lunch, and rushed back to return the rental and catch our ferry back.
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9-1-15. We left Cape Cod and made it to a KOA in Newburg, New York. Tongue Jack stripped a gear after hitching up.

9-2-15. Went to Kingston Camping World to buy new tongue jack gear; Had to buy new Jack because a gear would have to be ordered. Took tour of Vanderbilt Mansion. Took F-150 to Ford dealer for over due tire rotation. Back to camp ground to replace tongue jack.

9-3-15. Paid a visit and had lunch at the Culinary Institute Academy in Hyde Park, New York. Stopped at Wal-Mart for supplies.

9-4-15. Today we toured West Point Academy. We later, went to the Woodbury Outlet mall.

9-5-15. We drove to Beacon train station and rode the train to Grand Central station. We toured the town, went to Ground Zero Memorial, went to a park where we could see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Dusty had a pet sitter for three days so we could spend more time out.

9-6-15. One more day taking train from Beacon Station to New York city. We walked to Times Square, took a bus to Central park, and walked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Took a bus back to the train station. Took train to Beacon station and drove truck back to our campground.

9-7-15. drove to Albany, NY to Bennington Vt. to Hinsdale NH campground.

9-8-15. We left Hinsdale NH and made it to Freeport Maine. I went into town and bought two Lobster rolls from Linda Bean's restaurant.

9-9-15. Back to Freeport for shopping at the outlet stores. Had lunch at an Italian Restaurant. Lee made Lobster Alfredo for my dinner. We also had two large live Lobsters mailed to a relative in California.

9-10-15. We just had to go back to Red's Eats in Wiscasset for more Lobster Rolls. We later drove through the Brunswick College Town.
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9-11-15. We went to the town of Freeport for one more time.

9-12-15. Happy Birthday Lee Lee.

9-13-15. We left Freeport, Maine. Drove through New Hampshire. topped at Costco in Vermont to buy a new Camera. My Sony was acting up so I bought a new Panasonic with an electronic view finder. It as also on sale.

9-14-15. Made it to Derby Ct and spent the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

9-15-15. Our next stop was Lancaster, PA. Heart of Amish land. Planned to stay 2 nights, but stayed three.

9-16-15. Drove to Ronks PA for an Amish wagon ride and Amish farm tour. Had lunch at Plain and Plenty restaurant. We drove all around an through Amish farm land. We found and drove through several Covered Bridges.

9-17-15. I spotted an Amish Carriage factory in Gordenville and was given a one man tour of the factory and repair shop.

9-18-15. Arrived at Gettysburg and took a two hour tour. We stayed at the Washington DC KOA. that is about an hour's drive from Washington DC.

9-19-15. Lee took the bus to Washington DC touring the National Mall. Bob stayed home with Dusty.

9-20-15. Bob took the bus to Washington DC and toured several monuments and museums. Lee stayed home with Dusty.
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9-21-15. We drove to Shenandoah National Park to drive the scenic Skyline Drive. It was raining and very foggy so not much at a Harrisonburg Wal-Mart for the night. Lots of rain and fog there too.

9-22-15. Headed to South Carolina. Made it to Gaston, near Charlotte.

9-23-15. We drove to a friends house in Simpsonville, South Carolina. We parked in the HOA's club house parking lot and stayed in our friends house.

9-24-15. Chris and Charlie gave us a tour of Greenville and took us to lunch a Versailles.

9-25-15. We left our friend's house and made it to Savannah, Georgia. we drove all around this Classic town.

9-26-15. Next was Montgomery, Alabama. Another Wal-Mart camp out.

9-27-15. Now it's party time in New Orleans. We drove through town to see Bourbon Street and through the French Quarters.

9-28-15. We toured the Oak Alley Plantation [sugar cane] Had a Southern lunch there and on our way back we decided to drive across the Pontchartrain Bridge. The longest of it's kind over water. [24 miles long] Later at night, we walked to the French quarters to see this place by foot. Under advice of the campground, we took a Taxi back to the campground at night.

9-29-15. Headed West; Made it to Brookshire, Texas.

9-30-15. Today we stopped at a Ford dealer in Columbus, Texas for my F-150's second oil change. We ended up in a campground in Junction, Texas for the night. It's like a three day drive to cross Texas.
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10-1-15. Not wanting to be in Texas for three days, I pushed for New Mexico. We found a real nice campground in Los Cruses New Mexico. This was basically just a stop off day and a Night for Bob to do Laundry. [WIFI works best in the laundry room]

10-2-15. As we headed West it was, again, getting hotter. We were worn out and our next destination was Southern, California. So stopping in Phoenix was not going to happen. We found a campground near Quartzsite. Plugged in and turned on the air conditioner.

10-3-15. We made it one day early to our friend's house in La Habra, California. She let us park in her driveway and connect to electricity and water. We stayed at her house before. Good to see her and She has a little dog that gets along well with Dusty. Only she wants to play and Dusty doesn't play anymore.

10-4-15. Another reason for staying in La Habra was so we could see our Dentist. We were going in for cleaning and a check-up. One of my teeth broke today so I called and left a message withy my Dentist. Once again, they pulled through and got us both in at the same time. I needed a new crown/cap and it was going to take two weeks. We were only going to stay for one week. My [Long Beach] Dentist said that I could wait until I got home in Oregon, but we like him and don't have a Dentist in Oregon yet. So I said do what you can for me.

10-5-15. Today, Monday, we went to the Dentist. I got a temporary cap and my real one would be ready in one week.

10-6-15. Dusty went to his old groomer in Cerritos, California; She was so happy to see Dusty again. This is the second time since we moved to Oregon that she got to groom Dusty. Denise loves Dusty. While in the area, we shopped at Marukia Japanese market. Lee wanted some items that we can't get in Oregon to take with us. I also left Lee at Forever XXI.

10-7-15. It was 103 degrees today so we just stayed in the trailer or our friend's house all day.

10-8-15. Another 103 degrees day; Same as yesterday. Stayed home. I did chat with three of her neighbors as we all like to talk about cars.

10-9-15. Also, while there, we planned to visit my favorite Niece [and her family] in Moreno Valley. Many other relatives also showed up. We had a great time together. My Niece and one of her sons were the ones who bought Dusty for my Mother 18 years ago, so they were happy to see this little traveling dog again.

10-10-15. I took Lee to several Korean markets so she could max out my truck and trailer's payloads with things she bought to bring home to Oregon.

10-11-15. Today is Sunday and we just stayed home and rested.

10-12-15. Monday was the day to have my tooth fixed with a new crown/cap. because of my tooth, we stayed in La Habra a few extra days. We needed to get home; I think more for Dusty as this was too much for him and he wanted to be in his house with the doggie door. We wanted to go home too. 3 1/2 months on the road was great for the first 2 to 3 months, then it too much. If you read this summary, you will see that we actually seen and did a lot of things and enjoyed the trip.
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10-13-15. To beat the horrendous LA traffic, we left La Habra, California at 5:00 AM. We made it to one of our favorite [on the way home] stop offs in Red Bluff, California. Durango RV Resort. Nice place, but still has WIFI problems.

10-14-15. We left Red Bluff at about 9:00 AM and planned on two more days, one more campground to get home. Weather was good, traffic was good, gas prices were still good, and the driver was still good. One more stop off wasn't necessary and we made it home by 5:00 PM that night.

This trip was or 3 1/2 months long and about two weeks too long for us. We towed the trailer over 13,000 miles on this trip our total trip was about 15,000 miles.

This random trip is now over and we hope those who traveled with us enjoyed following.


Bob, Lee, and Dusty.
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You have much better trip endurance that I do. If I tried that, I would probably be institutionalized somewhere between Kansas and Michigan. Anyway, thanks for the vicarious experience. I learned a lot. If you ever venture north to the great Megatropolis of the Puget Sound Basin, let us know.

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Home sweet home. Feels good, doesn't it?
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Really enjoyed your daily recap. Our longest trip was by mc, thirty days cross country, our journal of that trip brings back fond memories. Our rv trips have been shorter but just as much fun. Are you planning another? If so please keep us informed! Thanks for the enjoyment. Keep that pooch and yourselves healthy.
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With a new, nicer government in Canada, you might not get harassed anymore. I see you went to Canada 3 times despite the hassles.

Quite a trip!

I don't think I could do 3 months, much less 3 1/2. I don't remember when you moved, but you have spend a lot of time on the road compared to at your new home.

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You have much better trip endurance that I do. If I tried that, I would probably be institutionalized somewhere between Kansas and Michigan. Anyway, thanks for the vicarious experience. I learned a lot. If you ever venture north to the great Megatropolis of the Puget Sound Basin, let us know.

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Hi, Ken; Glad you enjoyed our trip. Had I made my final adjustment of my generator set up, It would have been easier on us. Final generator repair or modification was done at home after our trip. We hope to go your way again. I just found out that Tacoma has the biggest and one of the best car museums.
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Hi, Jim; Home does feel good. Maybe next year we will have another trip. Meanwhile we have things to do around our house and more things that we want to do to our trailer before it's next trip. I washed the trailer's out side and we are cleaning the inside now, including curtains Etc. I winterized my trailer and today I fixed our trash container.
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With a new, nicer government in Canada, you might not get harassed anymore. I see you went to Canada 3 times despite the hassles.

Quite a trip!

I don't think I could do 3 months, much less 3 1/2. I don't remember when you moved, but you have spend a lot of time on the road compared to at your new home.

Gene
Hi, Gene; We did cross the border a few times, but still had a bad feeling about it. Just watched video on TV showing things my wife wanted to see and do in Canada. [and cursing the Border people] 3 1/2 months of constant moving, and dealing with life's needs, on top of touring all that we could, does run you down some.

People say "You're from Oregon, what's it like?" I have to tell them that we have only owned our new home for two years and we have not been there long enough to experience all of the seasons yet. We probably we only spent about 14 months there with all three of us together.
Maybe if we go back to Canada, we might go straight up from Oregon and if all goes well, then cross Canada from West to East.
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Hi, Gene; We did cross the border a few times, but still had a bad feeling about it. Just watched video on TV showing things my wife wanted to see and do in Canada. [and cursing the Border people] 3 1/2 months of constant moving, and dealing with life's needs, on top of touring all that we could, does run you down some.

People say "You're from Oregon, what's it like?" I have to tell them that we have only owned our new home for two years and we have not been there long enough to experience all of the seasons yet. We probably we only spent about 14 months there with all three of us together.
Maybe if we go back to Canada, we might go straight up from Oregon and if all goes well, then cross Canada from West to East.
Take my advice. Tell anyone who asks you, "It really sucks, I'm miserable". I can't believe what happened to the Seattle area in the twenty years I been gone. It is primarily because people have flocked here. I'm just glad I lucked out and ended up on the west side of the sound. (please keep that quiet. The Seattleites still think were a bunch of uninteresting country bumpkins over here.)

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