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Jan 23, 2014 - Day 3 - RV Retrieval Mission

Drove 388 miles today to Grants, NM. The roads were very rough and beat us to death. The New Mexico border stopped all semis for weighing, so we had a few miles of semi-free driving. I won't lie passing Semi's is my least favorite thing. I try to do it on a flat straight way and not on a bridge. The motorhome makes a lot of racket, so listening to the radio is not possible. Robert and I have walkie talkies so we talk some, but it is hard to keep the motorhome between the lines without both hands. I guess it is good that I am starting to get...

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Nov 6, 2013 - Grants, NM

We start our day discussing the time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings time except on the Navajo Reservation. New Mexico does. We expect to lose an hour today. Wait, daylight savings ended. Now Arizona and New Mexico are the same. New Mexico and New Jersey changed their clocks. There is again a two-hour time difference instead of three. It is clear as mud, right? It is another interstate day. We see more tractor-trailers and more trains. Sometimes we have no choice. We finally escape Arizona. We see the welcome to New Mexico sign....

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Jun 21, 2013 - El Morro National Park

Fri., June 21st - After a 42 mile drive into the desert, we arrived at El Morro National Park where the rock formations tower into the endless blue skies. We were met by the Ransom’s daughter and her two young children. They live nearby in the small, desert community of Ramah. When the ranger told us to “wear sturdy shoes, carry water, and be prepared for a steep climb”, he was right on. While huffin’ and puffin’ up the mountain, we kept our cameras busy trying to capture the most picturesque scenery imaginable. At the top are ancient...

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Jun 20, 2013 - En route to Grants, NM

Thur., June 20th – Today was a long travel day up hwy 180 and then on several secondary roads up to Grants, NM. We took a side trip to Pie Town, a very remote, middle of nowhere place in the desert that is well known for its many varieties of pies. Yum! We heard about this place from a fella at the Texas welcome center. From there we continued northward into the El Malpais (pronounced Mal-pies), a gorgeous area of brilliant sandstone bluffs. We’ve set up here in the tiny Blue Spruce RV Park with plans to explore more of this area tomorrow.

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Apr 8, 2013 - Blowin' in the wind

OK - started the morning with news of a wind warning and they weren't kidding!! Holy smokes - is it EVER windy!!!! It really slowed us down so we only made it to Grants, NM instead of Flagstaff AZ. Went through a dust storm and saw enough tumbleweed for a lifetime. It was actually really cool and a bit scary at the same time. We stopped in Albuquerque for a couple of hours for a break and to do some shopping. We had lunch at a very good Mexican restaurant. The New Mexico scenery is amazing! I love it here but would never move here because I...

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Apr 2, 2013 - Payson To Grants

Since roads to Tonto Natural Brige State Park and the Mogollon Rim are still closed, I got back on 87N to Winslow. I stopped to see the "Standin' On The Corner Park"- a tribute to the 70's song "Take It Easy" by the Eagles that made Winslow famous. I also got to see another of Peter Toth's Whispering Giants. I saw one in Naragassett RI last year and hope to see more as I travel the country . There is one or more in each state. The ride on 87 is so beautiful - it is quite a diappoinment to have to turn on US40 and head east. In the interest...

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Oct 3, 2012 - rimrock and wildflowers

We said a sad goodbye to Don and Cathy and got on the road to Albuquerque. We planned to stop in Gallup for the night and then push on to Albuquerque Thursday morning. The interstates are the fastest route, but we like the secondary roads as much as possible, so we backtracked south a few miles on I-17 to pick up Highway 260, which would take us north and east, and bring us into I-40 at Winslow. Half way there we elected to go through Payson, and take roads that would not bring us to I-40 until Holbrook. The result was a long leisurely...

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2012Hot2Cold

Jul 11, 2012 - Grants to Sunset Crater, near Flagstaff, AZ

July 11, 2012, Wednesday Grants, NM to Flagstaff, AZ, Boondocking in Coconino NF across US89 from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. We had a fairly boring drive today. Stopped for gas in Gallup, NM ($3.31) and in Flagstaff ($3.36). We are going to the Flagstaff, AZ area to visit Sunset Crater NM. We stopped at Sunset Crater, in 1977 or 78' with the kids when we visited the north rim of the Grand Canyon & Bryce & Zion NP's in our pop-top camper trailer. We remembered getting out of the car at a CG outside Sunset Crater to nice cool...

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Travels with Homer

Jul 10, 2012 - Dallas to Grants, NM

July 9 & 10, 2012 Monday & Tuesday. Dallas to Grants, NM with overnight stop in Vega, TX, 30 miles W of Amarillo. It was a bit of a long days drive to Vega on Monday. I couldn't leave Homer on cruise control, sit back, relax and let the miles go by. There were too many small hills and valleys along US287 from Dallas to Amarillo. Every time Homer started up a small hill or coming up out of a little valley, the cruise control would downshift the transmission from 5th gear to 4th trying to keep our speed at 60mph. I had to keep a close eye on...

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Travels with Homer

Jun 29, 2012 - Time to Move On

We have been staying in the Days Inn in Albuquerque for 12 days. This past Saturday we decided enough was enough and went shopping for another RV as after replacing 5 different things on the old one it still did not run right and Ralph the mechanic was going to sent it back to the Ford ($$$) place. We did not want that to happen. We found a 2002 Fleetwood Fiesta, class A 32 foot with a slideout. The dealer agreed to take our old RV with its problems in on trade so we made a deal and we are on the road again! While we were in Albuquerque we...

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Go West Trip 2012

Apr 29, 2012 - Rope Yarn Liberty, Grants, NM

We needed a day to do laundry, restock food and acclimate to 6500 elevation. The area is very depressed. We are camped at a KOA in the middle of an old lava field. In some ways, it looks a lot like the big island Hawaii. Next to the campground is a series of corrals with horses, calfs, goats and burro. They have a mechanical steer that moves around in a circle. I assume it is all for training. The first evening, 3 cowboys were trotting around a burro and trying to lasso it. It was on a line to keep it going in a circle. It was...

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Oct 5, 2011 - Grants, NM

10-5-11 Grants, New Mexico Saturday, we did a walk in Sacramento and then drove to Reno. Sunday, we walked in Reno and spent a bit of time in a couple of casinos. I (CB) won a little and Shirley lost a little playing penny machines. Monday was tough. We drove to Beatty, NV, in really strong winds and three construction sites which consisted of long waits, pilot cars, and long strings of vehicles. None of the roads were "torn up", they were generally painting lines on new pavement. A two lane road with bunching is not a relaxing way to...

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