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Jun 17, 2020 - MikeanddiByCycleAtlanticCoast are ready to roll !!!!

Hello everyone! This email and notification has been long overdue, along with so many other things we all thought we would be enjoying this summer! Hopefully this finds you all in good health and patiently if not slowly working back into a new "normal" way of life. That is what we have been doing! After several long months of careful, calculated living like everyone else, we are stepping out or should I say rolling out in good faith that we can learn to live and travel safely alongside this virus that has changed all of our lives. We are...

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Sep 30, 2019 - On Our Way

It took us a while to get packed up today. We actually started with little things a few days ago, but had to work within the times we had to finalize shutting down the campgrounds as well. It is amazing how settled in we can get when we are parked in one place for a while, in this case for 5 months! But finally we got everything packed up, cleaned up our campsite and locked both gates on our way out. The trip down the hill into Pagosa was definitely bittersweet as we do not plan to return to this campground for at least a year, and it is...

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Sep 27, 2019 - Details

After finishing up all the paperwork and getting the deposit ready, we went to the bank and to UPS for the last time. Then we met Bill and Nova at the barbecue place for lunch before going back up the hill. Our original plan was to be out of here on Friday, then Saturday, then possibly on Sunday. BUT, since the forest service office is closed on the weekend, and I am holding a bunch of forest service keys that will need to be returned, AND because our dummy-locked gates appear to be mysteriously re-locked on occasion, we decided to stay...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Alone at Last!

All of our hosts have gone their own way by now. And we are left alone here in our campground. Well, almost, We have been invaded by cows! I would much prefer the deer. We started every morning for the last few days by chasing 2 ½ or 3 dozen of them out of the campground. Then we go about our business, which included shutting down the water systems in the last 4 campgrounds and taking 2 golf carts, the work trailer and 2 trucks to McPhee Reservoir for storage. Whew!

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Sep 21, 2019 - Quite a Show

After a long day yesterday, collecting from the remaining campgrounds and taking pictures of Ute campground to prepare for getting it on reservations (using my new GPS app, thank you Michael) we were ready to relax by the fire with a glass of wine. Sue joined us and Trixie put on a show stalking the deer that were wandering through our camp. She was so funny, slinking forward until one made a move toward her, and she disappeared under the trailer for a very long time. The deer didn’t seem to be afraid of us; they just grazed happily while...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Shutdown

16 The nephews left on the 15th and we shut down 2 more campgrounds on this day. So we had to get back to work. Luckily, by this time we had the news that our company got the bid for the contract. That made our job easier since we did not have to collect all the signs and tools and pull out the dumpsters. This is not to say of course that there was nothing to do. While I handled the book work, Don had to shut down the wells. Speaking of Don. He is doing great with his new hip. Hard to even tell he is only a little more than a month past a...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Golf

It has been 2 years since we have played this course, so we were really surprised to see the upgraded golf carts. Talk about high end. It even had a screen that was programmed with the whole course so you could see where the greens were, the configuration of each of the holes, etc. The funniest part was when the golf cart warned us we were going into a restricted area. Then it stopped, and told us to back out to the correct area. Ha! Nothing like being told where to go by a golf cart! After 18 holes and various shenanigans by the crew, we...

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Sep 13, 2019 - Friday the 13th

There is a lot going on today. Mary and Agnes are leaving, it is a day for us to celebrate being married, and the nephews are arriving for a weekend of golf. They also brought a tent, which they had t o put up in the dark because they were late arriving. Even so, we sat up by the fire for a while before finally turning in. Had to get rested up for golf, you know!

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Sep 9, 2019 - Mary and Agnes

Mary and Agnes came for a few days to visit. We were able to get them rooms at the Wyndham, so planned to spend a few days with them. The first day, we met them for dinner at Riff Raff on the Rio, a new brewery and restaurant on the river. Good food, and drinks, and we were treated to a show with 2 baby bears cavorting on the hillside across the river. After getting them back to their rooms, we went back home for the night. We left the little kitty alone for a couple nights while we played hooky with Mary and Agnes. We went shopping and...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Pot Luck

With several of the campgrounds closed, we decided that all of us up the hill should get together for a Dutch oven potluck. We planned to meet up at Palissades for dinner, with our offerings in tow. Jan and Sue did a potroast with vegetables, Tie and Heather did a pot full of vegetables, I did a Mexican spoon bread and Bo did a pork tenderloin and peach cobbler. All in the Dutch ovens! It was a lot of fun and the food was delicious. And this gave me a chance to use my new Dutch oven (Bo and I traded) and my new charcoal lighter thing, a...

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Sep 3, 2019 - Shutdown

With the last holiday behind us, it was time to start shutting down the campgrounds. The first 2 to close are East Fork and Bridge. So closing procedures begin. Because this was the end of the contract year, our company wanted us to do things a little differently. Specifically , we were to collect all the tools, and pull out the dumpsters. Along about the same time, we were having lots of problems with bears in the campgrounds. They were hitting the dumpsters in Cimarrona, Teal, Williams Creek and Bridge. After multiple days when our hosts...

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Sep 1, 2019 - Labor Day

Steve and Randa came for Labor Day weekend. They brought a tent, and steaks. And an awesome bottle of bourbon for the old guy. So dinner and drinks were taken care of. The next day we went for a ride and a hike. It was the first time for Don to go for a hike with his new hip, so I was really worried that he would overdo, and of course he did. But other than being really really tired, he did ok.

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