Our BIG Adventure…To Tonopah, NV…What a Trip…

April 3-4

    -Tonopah, NV Hotel & RV Park

We only stayed here 1 night. It’s kind of the ½ way point between Las Vegas & Carson City. It is just a dinky little town but we had a BIG adventure getting here!

When we left Vegas we had a full tank of fuel in the truck. There was only 1 gas station between Vegas & Tonopah. It was less than an hour outside Vegas. There’s a sign that lets you know it’s the ONLY station.

Now…because we ran out of fuel…in Texas…LAST summer…just 8 miles from a station, I kind of start bugging Georgie to get fuel when the tank gets around ½ full.

SOOOOO…I suggested we top off the tank at this 1 and only station. He said no, we could make it to Tonopah…no problem.

WELL…wouldn’t you know! Just 6 miles BEFORE Tonopah…only 6 miles…YEP! We ran out of fuel!!!

To say that I was a little pissed is putting it mildly! I just wanted to sit my FAT ASS in the truck & let him walk his HAPPY ASS 6 miles!!!

I couldn’t do that…even though I wanted to! We carry 3-5 gal. gas cans in the truck. I have suggested that maybe we should put 5 gals. of diesel fuel in 1…just in case. Oh no…why would we need that? Why he asks…REALLY!!

So…he started to walk. He didn’t even get 10 steps in front of the truck when a car pulled over, picked him up, took him into town…AND brought him back! They said they were headed to Vegas when they saw him so they turned around. What a lucky break! For me too…and the dogs. I guess we were all happy.

Anyway, we got into town, parked the rig in the only RV park in town, ate dinner…at the only restaurant in town, gambled for about an hour…at the only casino in town, then crawled into bed.

Back on the road first thing in the morning.


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Las Vegas….Again….

March 29-April 3

    -Las Vegas, NV Circus Circus RV Park

This was our 2nd trip to Vegas this year. We stayed at Circus Circus RV Park…again. It’s a nice park with a great location. Close to most everything.

Our goal was to get to Washington and work our way down the Pacific Coast. We made a lot of stops along the way. Las Vegas just happened to be on the way. We were so sad to have to stop…

We only stayed a couple of days…and we did ok at the casinos so all was not lost.

Waaaaaay Behind on Our Blog Post…..

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2017

The last time I updated our Blog was back in March when we “boondocked” at Kaibab National Forest! A lot of catching up to do!

Here’s where we’ve been since then:

March 29-April 3

    -Las Vegas, NV Circus Circus RV Park (2nd time this year)

April 3-4

    -Tonopah, NV Hotel & RV Park

April 4-13

    -Carson City, NV Gold Dust Hotel & RV Park

April 13-16

    -Reno, NV Grand Sierra Casino & RV Park

April 16-May 21

    -Lakeview, OR Base Camp RV Park

May 21-27

    La Pine, OR La Pine State Park

May 27-June 11

    -La Pine, OR Deschutes National Forest

June 11-12

    -Redmond, OR KOA RV Park

June 12-21

    -Stevenson, OR Timberlake RV Park

June 21-July 9

    Silver Lake, WA Silver Cove RV Park

July 9-16

    -Port Angeles, WA Shadow Mountain RV Park

July 16-21

    -La Push, WA Oceanside RV Park

July 21-24

    -Forks, WA Forks 101 RV Park

July 24-28

    -Hoquiam, WA Hoquiam River RV Park

July 28-Aug 3

    -Montesano, WA Friends Landing

Aug 3-6

    -Hoodsport, WA Glen Ayr RV Park

Aug 6-9

    -Silver Lake, WA Silver Cove RV Park (2nd time this year)

Details of each of these to follow….

Luray, Virginia…What a Gem!

September 26-28, 2016

Before I get started…VIRGINIA HAS A HELMET LAW!

We only stayed 2 days (at Jellystone RV Park http://campluray.com/rv-tent-campsites/#RVSITES, just outside of town).

We unloaded the Harley’s & decided to take a little ride through town.  This is definitely a 1 stop light town.

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As we’re cruising through town at 25 mph we passed a cop sitting in a parking lot off to the left.  We didn’t think anything about it.

We were almost to the end of town, which took less than 5 minutes, and Georgie noticed he was behind us.  No worries. 

We get to the end of town, pull in a parking lot to turn around, and the cop follows us.

We stop, turn off the bikes and get off.  He stops and gets out of his SUV.  Georgie asks, “Can I help you?”  The cop is smiling and says, “I saw you ride by me and I noticed you didn’t have helmets on.  I was sure Virginia still had a helmet law but thought maybe I was wrong.  I called the station to double check.  Yep, we still had a helmet law.”

Our faces drop, mouths wide open!  SHIT!  We had been so good about checking each state.  We had only been riding in states that didn’t have any helmet laws. (We don’t own any helmets any more)

The cop asked us if we can call someone to bring us helmets.  We explain that we were just visiting.  We didn’t know anyone here plus we didn’t own any helmets, that we were staying at Jellystone RV Park.

The 3 of us kind of chuckle.  He asked the same thing again.

Georgie asks him if he can just give us a warning. 

He takes our drivers licenses back to his car.  He comes back in a couple minutes.  He asks us the same thing…again.  Nope.  Nothing changed in the last few minutes.  We hadn’t met anybody in the last 3 minutes.  We still didn’t have any helmets.

He hands us our licenses and says, “I’m going to the station…this way (pointing to his right).  You go to your campground that way (pointing to his left).  I’ll leave 1st.”

Talk about luck!  We were damn lucky we got stopped by a really nice cop!

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We rode straight back to the campground and immediately loaded the bikes in the rig.  Done riding in Virginia.

And now…the reason we stopped in this little town. 

This is the little town of Luray, VA. (population 4,895)

http://www.townofluray.com/visitor-information.html

It sits in the Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 90 miles west of Washington, DC, 10 miles east of I-81.

We traveled I-81 coming & going to Pennsylvania more times than I can count.  We never even heard of Luray or their famous caverns.  Guess we were always in a hurry.  Now that we are retired we have all the time in the world to pay more attention to all the sites…both well known and hidden gems…like Luray Caverns http://luraycaverns.com.

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It took us about 1 1/2 hours to go through the caverns.  It was hard to pick just a few pictures so I didn’t even try.  This is a MUST SEE if you are in the area.

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They also had this really nice antique car museum.  These aren’t all the cars by any stretch of the imagination, just some we thought were pretty cool!

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These are just a few of about 50+. 

 

NOW we’re headed to Florida…but this was a stop worth making!

Anxious to Get to Pennsylvania…

Tuesday, Sept 13-Monday, Sept 26, 2016

It was an uneventful trip to Pennsylvania  (thank God!!).  Arrived at Fid & Jessica’s about 4:30 pm.

Called Jess to let her know we were close.  She said she was going to meet us BEFORE we got to her house because…the GPS would take us a way that we couldn’t get into their driveway.

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They just finished building a log home in Pine Grove, PA.  We had not been there before.  It’s about an hour northeast of Harrisburg (where Jess & the girls used to live).  Her cousin Annmarie & family live up there so Jess would spend quite a bit of time there.  Annmarie’s husband, Ryan, introduced Fid  (aka Brandon Fidler) & Jessica.  One thing led to another…yep, they fell in love & Jess went from a city mouse to a country mouse.

Anyway, it’s a good thing we followed Jess.  In this area there aren’t a hellava lot of places to turn a truck & 40′ rig around! 20160925_185203 20160925_185331

We got up the driveway…a lot slower than Jessica did! (She thinks 40 mph on a loooong gravel driveway is pretty normal).  We got parked, hooked up (they have 50 amp service, water & sewer hook-ups since they lived in a trailer until their house was done…yah for us!)

The house

The house

The view

The view

Living room

Living room

Living room to kitchen. Cat walk from master bedroom to master bath

Living room to kitchen. Cat walk from master bedroom to master bath

Kitchen to living room

Kitchen to living room

Kitchen to livingroom

Kitchen to livingroom

Down to the basement

Down to the basement

Part of the kitchen

Part of the kitchen

Girls bathroom

Girls bathroom

Girls bathroom

Girls bathroom

Master bath

Master bath

Master bath

Master bath

Master bath to master bedroom

Master bath to master bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had such a nice time with all of them…Fid, Jessica, Madison & Lola!

 

 

 

 

 

They have a busy house!  Friends stop over almost every night.,,Breanna (B), Alex, Kiefer, etc, etc, etc!  Poor things…they just moved in a few days before we got there.

Jessica, Alexandria Fidler, Breanna Baer

Jessica, Alexandria Fidler, Breanna Baer

 

 

 

 

 

Lola had a recipe book.  She found some simple recipe’s she wanted to make for dinner one night & asked me to help.  We had a great time.  She’s quite the cook!

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There is a bar up there that most seem to frequent called The Cat (Black Pussycat)!  It’s in a house…in the basement!  I didn’t have the pleasure of going but…Georgie, Jessica & Fid went a few times.

The Cat

The Cat

Full bar

Full bar

Fid, Jessica & Georgie

Fid, Jessica & Georgie

 

 

 

 

Took some very nice rides!  Even a couple with Jess & Fid!  One ride Fid took us on was to the Appalachian Trail to a beautiful overlook.

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We were invited to Sunday Brunch with Fid’s family for Jessica’s birthday.  It was a little chilly (for us anyway).

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There was a HUGE raffle at Pine Grove Fire Hose Hook & Ladder Fire Company.  When I say huge, I mean HUGE!  They gave away prizes of $50, $100 and the grand prize was $10,000!  (we didn’t win anything) That’s a lot of money!  Tickets were $20 each.  Sandwiches, sides & soda were included!

It seems everyone in Pine Grove is a volunteer fire fighter…men & women.  Stacey Fidler (Fid’s sister) even drives a fire truck!  Very impressive!  The fire house also has a bar…$1 for a bottle of beer!

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Stacey Fidler

We had such a nice time!  The weather was perfect!  It was hard to leave but it was starting to cool off a little more than we’re comfortable with plus…Florida was calling!

Jessica, Madison & Lola

Jessica, Madison & Lola

On Our Way to Illinois….

September 5 – 9, 2016

We left South Dakota and headed for Morton, Il.  to see my best friend in the world!  Julie Cleveland & her husband Anthony.  Julie & I have been friends for more than 50 years!

Had reservations at Spindler Campground, http://www.fondulacpark.com/facilities/carl-spindler-campground, there Thursday, September 7th to Saturday the 10th.

We got as far as Waterloo, IA & decideded to stop for a couple days.

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Dog Park

Found a nice KOA campground,http://koa.com/campgrounds/waterloo, that was reasonably priced, close to the interstate. view-of-part-of-the-park laundry-room-and-bath-house convenience-store

What a nice park!  We were up on a hill overlooking a small lake.  The off leash dog park was right behind us.  It was beautifully landscaped & had gravel roads in great shape.

 

 

 

Went to lower the landing gear so we could unhook the truck.  Only 1 side was going down!  How could this be?  They work together.

I got on my phone to find a mobil rv repair place.  They apparently weren’t as common here as they are in Florida.  Got a lot of nope, we don’t do that but you could bring it in.  We could get to it in a few days.  Yea…that’s not going to work for us.  We finally got hold of a guy that listened to Georgie explain what he saw.  We sent a few pictures.  He called & told us how to fix it.  Wish we had his name.

About 2 hours later we got it fixed & unhooked. Whew!  What a relief.

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View from campground looking towards the casino

Enjoyed a couple days there.  They had a nice, new casino, Isle Casino, http://waterloo.isleofcapricasinos.com.  We went a couple times.  Did some laundry & just kinda hung out.

 

 

 

 

 

On the 7th we got ready to hook the truck up…best layed plans…HA!  Both truck batteries were dead!  Unfucking believable!   Called AAA.  They were there within a 1/2 hour.  Not so bad.  Georgie decided we should get 2 new batteries.  So he followed the guy that jumped us back to his shop.  The guy tested our batteries…they were fine.  We needed a new alternator.   Oh yeah!  How long was THIS going to take?  A very nice surprise…only about 45 minutes!  The guy was great!

Georgie got back.  Backed up to the hitch.  Oh…ANOTHER NICE SURPRISE! (not really)

I went to extend the landing gear…it wasn’t moving!  We had to raise it to get the truck hooked up! WTF!  (Said out loud)   Spent about an hour trying to figure out what it was.  OH!  We figured it out…it wasn’t good!

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Called that same guy, sent pictures, etc.  He had to order a part.  He ordered a new worm gear & had it shipped to him overnight.  It came, we picked it up & tried to figure out what we had to do.  It took 2 days!

Luckily the KOA was able to extend our stay…day by day.  We didn’t think it would take 2 days…but it did!

September 9 – 12, 2016

We were finally on our way to Illinois.  We were also lucky that the campground there could change our dates…and didn’t charge any additional fees!

We got to Spindler Campground about 7:30 pm.  Guess who was waiting for us?  Julie & Anthony!  What a really nice surprise!

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Spent some time with them.

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Went to dinner with Julie, Anthony, her sister Janet & husband Greg, and her brother Jim!  We laughed all night!  I may have peed a little in my pants.  I didn’t tell any of them that.   I did, however, seem to spill my guts about most everything else that’s happened to my bodily functions as I’ve grown older!  (I’m chuckling a little to myself right now)

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Julie, me, Anthony, Georgie, Jim, Janet, Greg

 

 

 

 

 

Julie is one of those friends that you can talk to once a month and it’s just like it was yesterday that we talked.  We just pick up where we left off.  That’s why I love her so much!

Never enough time with her but…we had to get on to Pennsylvania to see our daughter Jessica & her family.

Our Adventures in South Dakota…

August 26 – September 5, 2016

Left Cheyenne, WY and got to the Black Hills the same day.  We stayed in Keystone, SD (pop. 347) Pictures of Keystone, SD 2016 and camped at Holy Smoke RV Park.
Holy Smoke RV Park.
This was really a nice little park about 5 miles from Mt. Rushmore, National Park Service Mount Rushmore.  We took some really cool rides while we were here.

More Pictures of Mt. Rushmore, SD
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We rode to Sturgis, SD (pop. 6,883) & Deadwood, SD (pop. 1,270).

Sturgis, Sturgis Website, was just a dinky little town.  Maybe 1 stop light at the most.  I think the biggest business there was the Harley dealership.  We were there the week after the rally (thank God!)  The population in this little 2 horse town grows to over 1/2 million people for this one week!  I don’t even like a crowded elevator!  We’ve been to Bike Week in Daytona Beach, several times.  This is a much, much larger city (pop. 61,000) and they get around 1/2 million people for this!  There’s a lot more room to put that many people!

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Deadwood, Deadwood Website, on the other hand was an old, national historic landmark.  The cemetery, Mount Moriah Cemetery, is where Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, as well as other notable wild west outlaws are buried.
There’s a museum, plenty of gaming halls & casino’s, a gold mine and quite a few places to eat & shop.  20160828_130500
The HBO series, Deadwood, was based on this little town.  When talking to some of the local’s, they said that HBO spent quite a bit of time there doing research on the true history as well as the original saloon where Wild Bill was shot.  The series buildings were modeled after the buildings in town.  Pretty cool.

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We took a ride through Custer State Park, South Dakota Custer State Park.  Beautiful!  We came across a herd of about 200 wild bison.  We had to stop as they walked across the rode…coming very, very close to my bike.  I think I might have shit a little in my jeans.  I didn’t move!  They just meandered by in no hurry at all!
Georgie took a ride the next day by himself (I didn’t mind a little “alone time”).  He called after being gone an hour or so and could hardly speak.  He had been almost trapped by 1000 or so bison!  He said one stopped right in front of his bike and just gave him the hairy eyeball!  He wasn’t sure what to do.  It finally walked off but left him a little nervous.

We rode Needles Highway, Black Hills Needles Highway, part of the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Highway 87.  This road was way too cool!  Only motorcycles or small cars could fit through some of the tunnels…like threading a needle.

More Needles Highway…

Also on our list of rides there was Iron Mountain Road (16A), http://www.allblackhills.com/scenic_drives/iron_mountain_road.php.  It was part of Custer State Park.

 

 

Our Ride to Silverton and Ouray, CO

Monday, August 1, 2016

Moved from Cortez, CO to Durango, CO for 2 reasons.  1st, Annie still had to see the Vet in Durango.  2nd, we wanted to ride the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton then on to Ouray.

Got settled into our new park, Alpen Rose RV Park by 2pm.  20160803_175622 20160803_180542 Alpen Rose RV Park Durango

 

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Well…we left the rig at 9:15 am to ride the Million Dollar Highway.

Before I go any further you have to know that I have only ridden in Florida…it’s very, very flat!  Very flat!  We have to look hard to find a road with curves and rarely find hills let alone mountains.

Anyway, we got to Silverton at 11:15 am.  It was only 41 miles but it took us 2 hours!  Parts of this road were terrifying!!  No shoulders on some parts and NO GUARDRAILS…ON 20160802_115511 20160802_115441 20160802_115352 20160802_115320SWITCHBACKS, some were double switchbacks!!!!  I mean to tell you…when you looked down…you couldn’t see the bottom. 20160802_124704

Georgie decided he would pull over at an overlook…on a huge incline…on a curve!  I just kept on going!  Again…are you f***ing kidding me?  I pulled over about ¾ of a mile further…where it was a little more level.  He caught up.  He said, “What the hell!  I thought you’d want to take some pictures.”  “NOT THERE!” I said.  Maybe on the way back…where the overlooks where on the side where there were mountains…not humongous cliffs.

When we stopped in Silverton, Georgie said to me, “did you see blah, blah, blah?”

“Are you f***ing kidding me!  I kept my eyes straight ahead!  I wasn’t looking at anything but the road on those curves!”

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We didn’t even stop in Ouray.  We just turned around to head back…because the sky was black as coal…it was going to rain.  Georgie wanted to stop, I said no way!  And get caught in the rain, on this road…with all the switchbacks…and no guardrails!

I’ll bet if I said it once I said it a hundred times on the way up…to myself but out loud…HOLY F***!!!

It wasn’t as bad going back. We got back to Silverton without hitting rain.  We stopped for gas.  Talked to a few people on bikes going both directions.  They asked how it was.  Good thing they talked more to Georgie than me.  I did say it wasn’t bad coming back.

We left Silverton and headed home.  The sky was still very black.  Georgie, as usual, said we’d be fine.  The rain was behind us.  WRONG!  It started raining, a little, about 20 minutes in.  Not too bad.  Well…it just got worse and worse.  It was howling and very cold!  I worked out ok for me though.  I was more worried about just seeing the road rather than the curves…or the speed limit.  It felt like sleet hitting our faces.  I was sure I would have bruises on my face.  I didn’t.

We were about 23 miles from home when George pulls over on the shoulder.  It’s still raining mind you.    As we’re riding at 60 mph his bike shuts off.   He got it running in about 5 minutes and it ran fine.  Never did figure it out.

It finally stopped raining about 15 miles from home.  The sun came out and dried our jeans.  Now they were clean I thought.  Good thing we had our leather jackets on ‘cause it was really cold riding, not to mention the freezing cold rain.

I kept thinking, if I could ride this road, especially in this kind of weather, I could ride any road!  Bring it on!!

Getting the Harley’s Strapped Down…

Well…we must be just plain stupid!  We had strapped our bikes in the garage several times.  Each time George’s bike would tilt even though it was tied down tight each time…or so we thought!

As you know, it’s possible to find anything & everything on YouTube.  I watched tons of video’s on “How to load & tie down a bike”.  They were all basically the same and appeared to be the same way we were loading & tying down.

Then I started watching video’s on “How to use ratchet straps”.  (George wouldn’t watch them.  He said, “you watch them & tell me what they said”)  We could get them tight but when it came time to loosen them…that was a whole different story.  We just couldn’t!

I found DirtFarmerJay’s video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r16xOkVJZQ.  He shows how to use ratchet straps & how to loosen them.  Viola!  We did EXACTLY what he said to do.  Those bikes aren’t going anywhere!

We put 2 strips of ETrack  down for George’s bike.  It weighs about 875 lbs.  This would give us more options to secure his bike.  Mine only weighs about 525 lbs so the D Rings on the floor worked fine.

Live and learn…again!