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Apr 16, 2014 - CALIFORNIA Bound

371 miles today 2,696 miles total We blew by Winslow Arizona and ended up in Barstow California. After a 2 night stay with Larry and Pam we continued westward with Larry riding along. While at the gas stop those Tigers decided to lay down!! I added the excitement of a tip over into Teresa which in turn caused her to tip over onto the gas pump. Only caused slight damage to her windshield but a lot of damage to my pride. I tried to cover the tip over saying I just did it for entertainment purposes. No one bought that story. After lunch Larry...

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West on 2 Wheels X4

Mar 7, 2014 - Almost There!

We have had an amazing trip across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and now, into California. The weather could not have been better. The cold front we were anxious about missed us in El Paso and the rain that was predicted today in Phoenix only resulted in a cloudy day for us yesterday. Today, it was pretty windy but our navigator handled it perfectly as usual. -- It is hard to travel every day and we are exhausted. Even the kitties are going to bed when it gets dark and don't get up until we leave the next morning. We will be so happy to get...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Nov 3, 2013 - Pahrump

Saturday Oct. 26, 2013 We checked into the Pair-A-Dice Escapees Park in Pahrump for a week. A coyote ran out in front of us near Beatty. There were a lot of Brothels along our route but Sharon would not let me stop at any. Saturday night we played card bingo and 65 at the clubhouse. We ate the last of our halibut for dinner so will have to start thinking about going back to Alaska for more. Sunday We went to the Brunch at Terrible’s Lakeside Casino and Sharon played slots a little and won $16. We did some shopping and on the way back to...

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Oct 25, 2013 - The Rallies End. On to Barstow for the night

We had another great rally week with the Newmar family in California and saw a lot of interesting sites in Hanford. Ruth Ann and Marty won the Cow Milking Contests. Us out of staters showed the California folks how it was done! We said our good byes to those we met this week and many that we have been traveling and rallying with for four weeks since we joined the first Nevada rally in Minden, NV. We attended five rallies over a six week period and are now 'rallied out' for a while. We are anxious to get to Tucson and see our place there...

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Sep 11, 2013 - Armpit

Today was a relatively short travel day of around 150 miles to beautiful, downtown Barstow. Why do people live in Barstow? What possible reason could there be? It is the armpit of America. But, we stay at the KOA here which is actually very nice. -- It was 93 degrees when we pulled into the KOA at 10:30 this morning. I don't know what the official high temp here was today, but at one point, our temp gauge showed 107 outside. All we know is that it is HOT. This just reaffirms that we will definitely stay longer on the Oregon coast next...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 21, 2013 - Barstow, CA

Had a nice drove over one Mountain and into the desert. We stopped at Boron, CA to visit the Borox Visitor Center. One HUGE open mine pit. Saw one of the original twenty mule team wagon. They were used to haul borox out of Death Valley from 1883-1889. Now they get the Borax from this open mine in Boron and transport it by rail. They mine over 12,000 tons of borate ore in one day. Three million tons of ore is mined a year and they produce about one million tons of refined products annually. They ship around the world. 800 people work at the...

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Jul 30, 2013 - We have found the desert and it is hot

So today started out early with me taking the Chevy in for a well deserved oil change. The poor car has been driven as if it were a mountain goat. They were also able to fix the trunk latch after about an hour of fiddling around with it. At about 11 am we headed for our next adventure. We set our across a few smaller mountains and then hit the desert. We could tell it was the desert because it had cactus, and it was hot, it had dirt everywhere, and it was hot, it had sand and it was hot....oh and did I mention it was hot???Yes it is HOT....

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Oct 6, 2012 - Heading West

We are on the final leg of our coast-to-coast journey. We left Fountain Hills in the morning and headed west, across Arizona and into central California. Black Beauty is providing the "wheels" for this final segment; and I have to say that it is nice not to have the RV in tow. It was hot crossing the Mojave Desert, which is surrounded by mountains and hills, but very dry and desolate. We saw volcanic rock in fields along the highway as we crossed. Spent the night in Barstow, CA, staying in a truly awful hotel (note the view from our room)....

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Coast-to-Coast

Jun 14, 2012 - Back to the high desert

Headed homeward today. Luckily, it was planned as a short day. We celebrated a successful trip with breakfast at Denny's before leaving Kingman.  Driving up route 93, I gave Michael one more chance to lap up some turquoise but he' d sated himself yesterday :-) The scenery along the scenic route was glorious! Crags, cliffs, mesas, buttes and Joshua Trees made the early part of the day. We crossed over Twin Wash; Michael says he is holding out for Airline Stewardess Wash, but we never did find it. One five mile stretch of I-15 was dicey as it...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Gallup to Barstow

Awoke to clear skies and mid 60’s. Quick “hot breakfast” (pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage etc.) included! On the road by 7:45. Very pretty morning with the sun on the mesas that I am sure were over a 100 miles away. We didn’t stop at the Petrified Forest National Park or the meteorite site given our long drive today. As we approached Flagstaff the terrain changed to pine tree covered hills along with very gusty winds. Driving has given us time to question information that we may have once known but forgotten. The Continental Divide...

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Roadtrek Travels

Jun 5, 2012 - On est rendu en Californie

Une bonne journée de route à faire. La route est un peu monotone, tout d'abord parce que c'est une autoroute et que c'est le désert. Il n'y a pas grand-chose à voir dans cette partie du Nevada. Par chance, il ne fait pas très chaud contrairement aux jours précédents,environ 28C. Nous avions prévu passer une nuit à Las Vegas mais comme il n'est que 13h00 et que nous sommes en pleine forme, nous décidons de continuer notre chemin jusqu'en Californie. L'entrée en Californie est assez triste, encore là le désert, des cabanes à moitié démolie et...

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Apr 11, 2012 - Kick Off

I got my kicks today getting to Route 66 via I5 through the Central Valley's orchards, vineyards and pastures under broody skies complete with radioed tornado warning and on and off rainstorms. Cows grazed on the crests of green hills, silhouetted black against the dove gray clouds. I hit Route 66 in the high desert at Cajon Pass and am staying tonight right next to America's Highway in Newberry Park. It's fifty degrees here in the desert and so windy that my wind chime is ringing inside the trailer. And, friends, guess what? There's a...

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