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May 6, 2013 - Almond Tree RV Park

Stopped to visit a few days with friends Di and Kathy. Di spend most of Tue. helping Elizabeth with some computer problems. Later we went to their house for dinner, pork roast that Di cooked on the Traeger Grill it was very good. Next day we all did a little site seeing and lunch including some frozen yogurt then a little rest. Then we went back to their house and Kathy put together dinner for us while we set around and talked.

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Sep 8, 2012 - Day 22; tour Chico, Rib Party at Campsite, World of Outlaw's Show

Saturday 9/8. We get up around 9am. We walk around the camp ground and then check out the Chico flea market, which is taking place on site. We head back to camp and while Bill is off scouting, he finds that the track is serving free lunch- chili, corn, and ribs (images #323 and #324). We get well fed and then decide to head out of camp around 3PM and investigate downtown. We stop at the Bidwell Mansion, home of the early settler and designer of the Chico city layout. We see the house and cool old carriages on display in the garage (images...

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Sep 7, 2012 - Day 21; Camping at "The Track", tailgating with the locals....

Friday, 9/7. We get up a little late. We are thinking about a hike on our way out of camp but we read that the trail to the summit of Lassen Peak is closed part way up. We are also Tired! So we leisurely pack up camp and then head with our camper back to the track where we intend to camp out and tailgate. We take a different route, heading on rte 44 west to Redding and then take Interstate 5 south to Red Bluff. We pick up Rte 99 South and pass thru miles and miles of agriculture (image #316). We stop at a fruit stand and get plums, pluots...

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Sep 6, 2012 - Day 20, Hike during the day at Lassen Volcanic National Park, more races at night!

The guys are really glad that "someone".... packed them a lot of food! They were 2/3 through their trip and found that they had eaten about 3/4 of their food supply... Things are looking up, as they plan to be around places where they can find places to eat, though "Track" food, isn't near as good for you as the food that Karen packed! The guys entry: Thursday 9/6. Up around 9. A beautiful day is upon us. Some of the back country trails are closed due to the fires so we opt to hike a trail to Cliff Lake, then to Shadow and Terrace Lakes. To...

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Sep 5, 2012 - Day 19, Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA.

As you can see, Bob likes Sprint Cars.... and Bill likes trains.... I guess they are having too much fun to write this entry.... More later! The guys entry: Day 19, wednesday 9/5. We get up around 8:30 to a beautiful morning. We enjoy the warm sun as it rises over the trees and shines on our campsite. We have fruit and snacks for breakfast. We head over to the nearby Summit Lake and hike the short trip around. We talk to rangers who tell us about the very recent fires at the park. We bring back some firewood and cut it to fit in the fire...

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Jun 15, 2012 - Playing Catch-Up...........Again

I will attempt to get caught up on our travels over the next few days, even if a quick note is all I write. We had our first good nights sleep in over 11 days due to being so busy running back and forth across the country from east to west, ASAP. We loaded Sierra Nevada beer in California to take to Greensboro, North Carolina. They are always very heavy loads of almost 80,000 lbs. which pay really well. The most challenging part is navigating down hills. When I first began driving, I only drove from Atlanta to Dallas, TX., no major...

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Nov 22, 2010 - Day 22

Day 22 - Kettleman City to Chico Starting Odometer: 36070 Ending Odometer: 36365 Miles traveled today: 295 TOTAL MILES Traveled: 7,555 An easy day – only about 5 hours up I-5 and I’m home! The rain never materialized so I just stayed bundled up and kept on cruisin’. I stopped in Manteca to take a break and warm up. Other than that, I felt like I was already home just being in Northern California. I was conflicted with thoughts of wanting to be home and wanting to extend the whole trip experience. Home definitively wins. I’m looking forward...

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Oct 31, 2010 - The night before the trip...

It's the night before the trip! The last year has been spent planning for the moto trip of a lifetime. Not only am I looking forward to putting in some miles on the road, this trip is expected to take me through a cultural adventure that'll help me keep some perspective about this big, wonderful world. These opportunities never come at "the right time." There are plenty of things that can happen within the planning stages that can give you reason to pause - not traveling with my wife (which is rare for a trip of this magnitude!), my kids in...

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Dec 25, 2009 - Merry Christmas

Good Morning and Merry Christmas everyone! We got to say hello to most everyone in the family today, it was nice touching bases with everyone. This morning we left a bit later than usual hoping to let the sun warm the road. We left in below freezing temperatures and it pretty much stayed that way until well past the Siskiyous. We were praying for no snow over the passes and we really lucked out, although we found a lot of freeing fog. By the time we hit Northern California the temperature started climbing and got up to a spectacular 68...

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May 17, 2009 - California finally

Today's drive was hot and pretty boring! We drove through Nevada most of the day, and got sunburned. Nothing much to write about today since it was a pure 10.5 hours drive just to get into California. But the weather in CA was beautiful to drive into. Watching the weather channel tonight, Chico's high temp of today was 104! Hot stuff but the evening drive was wonderful, with windows down and the stars twinkling. No pics for today...

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May 6, 2008 - May 25, 2008. We leave Chico

It is with great sadness that Trish and I are leaving Chico. We have met so many people and made friends with all of them. It is truly a part of our lives we will never forget. But we are off to the next phase of our lives and while much is unkown we know the venture will bring fun and joy to all. More later....

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Nov 2, 2007 - Chico Revisited

We have a new feature in this series. If you see an icon of a camera in the text, you can click on that icon and go to a particular photo that illustrates that part of the story. Give it a try, if you will, and tell us if it's a good feature, did we use it too much, or should we not use it at all? Just go to "Leave a Message" and let us know. Thanks! Chico is only about 20 miles from our campground in Orland, so it's not too bad a drive to visit for the second day. Our first stop was The National Yo-Yo Museum. That's right, the National...

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