Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Day 23: Lessons, lessons

Total Miles - About 100 (will lock this down later)

Last night we did some research with the help of friend and found a couple of places that we could bring the RV to. So we found one in Midland that the website boasted Master mechanics on everything including generators and since it was closer than Saginaw we headed there. We arrived early and when they opened we went in to see if they could get the generator up and running. Well it appears that they are not so super duper and they don't work on generators. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Day 22: Another day in paradise...

Total Miles - 62.5

We started out our day pretty well actually after a good nights sleep in the Walmart at Tawas City. We had a full tank of gas, a good breakfast and supplies for awhile. We had decided to head towards Saginaw and then start rounding up the thumb of Michigan but about 20 miles before we hit Saginaw Bay the generator stopped again. Let me clarify... It starts but doesn't stay running. SO try finding an RV repair open on a holiday weekend. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Day 20 and 21: Two for...

Total Miles (both days) - 235

Day 20 we took our time leaving the beautiful campsite in Central Lake. Those lake sounds and a light rain really helps you get a great nights sleep so why hurry? We started heading towards a friends place outside Grayling. Along the way we stopped a little town called Alden and it reminded me a lot of some of the little towns in NH. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Day 19: Deja vu... Central Lake, MI

Total Miles - 185.9

We decided this morning that some of the great spots in UP that we would have enjoyed seeing included a lot of hiking to reach them so we opted to do a little deja vu today and head to Central Lake, Michigan. Central Lake is a place where we spent 4 great Father's Day and a lot of great shooting with friends at the Second Chance Competition. Unfortunately we are about a month early to join them this year so... here we are, having a cigar by the lake... Oh poor us!

Day 18: Truly a road less traveled

Total Miles – 116

Sorry this is a day late but we have had NO SERVICE where we landed and a good portion of the day so we are posting this as soon as we hit civilization.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Day 17: The Upper Peninsula... WOW

Total Miles today: 144.5

We stayed at Ironwood at a little park owned by the town call Curry Park. Simple, clean and easy to get to. Took our time heading out so a slow start.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Day 16: Lake Superior in all it's glory!

Total Miles - 162.4

We left Cloquet, Minnesota to take another road less traveled and do a little exploration around Lake Superior. We headed up towards Red Cliff, Wisconsin on a Route 13 South (which incidentally actually went North - East - and eventually South). We missed our turns a couple of times but finally landed on the right road. We went across the Richard I. Bong Bridge into Wisconsin (please understand these pictures are for your viewing pleasure only and taken through a dirty dash window). ONCE again no sign so: WELCOME TO WISCONSIN!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Day 15: 2 weeks on the road

Total Miles = 143 (approximate)

Two weeks ago today we left on this journey. So far we are hanging in there and haven't killed each other yet. We left Bemidji headed towards Duluth but decided to stop in a KOA campground just before we reached it. Sorry no Walmart tonite ;-)

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Total Miles: 200.9
We started the day at Devil's Lake, North Dakota (the picture represents a small percentage of how BIG Devil's Lake is and that spec is actually a boat out there fishing). The other picture is another portion of Devil's Lake and some of it's overflow. OH what New Mexico would do with all that water right now. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Day 13: North Dakota ... Smooth Sailing

Total Miles = 254

We had a very quiet night at Walmart in Williston, ND (see Facebook for pics) and headed out after a good breakfast. Our goal was to reach Devil's Lake and we did. Along the way we took our time and made a couple of detours to take some great photos. Somewhere on the side of the highway in ND we saw an old truck turned into art... Hamburger and french fries to be precise. It was quite a ways off but managed to at least get a shot of it for you.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Day 12: Shhhhh! A long and productive day...finally

Total Miles: 303.2

We had a great night at Chris' RV Park in Spearfish, SD last night. The place was so quiet, clean and friendly and the cost was perfect. It was a good way to take a deep breath and move forward. 

Today we hit the road again with a goal of making North Dakota.  Miraculously we actually made it all the way to Williston, ND, our turning point. Tomorrow we head east going across the upper portion of the country. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Day 11: Long day, short miles and more lessons learned...

Total Miles = 103.0

Late yesterday we tried to end our day outside a town called Lusk, WY at a nice little rest area, unfortunately there was no overnight parking. So we rested a bit before hitting the road again.  As we were leaving the Lusk area we realized that the "No Overnight Parking" thing was probably because they had their very own 'pay to use' truck stop and didn't want any boondockers at the rest area taking $$ from the locals. Oh well.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Day 10: Longer than expected day!

Mile traveled: = 250.7

Today was a long day we started in Greeley, CO, went onto Cheyenne, WY to visit Planet Fitness and then just kept going. It's funny how the littlest towns name their restaurants "emporiums" and when I say little I mean population: 45. LOL!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Day 9: We are free again and on the road!

Total Miles = 215.2

This morning the RV was put back together again and the generator was up and running. It appears that the starter and fuel line were the culprits and once in it ran like a top!! Once we paid the bill (which was substantially less than expected), emptied the tanks, filled the LP gas and the RV gas tank, got coffee and supplies we were off and running about noon! YAY!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Day 8: Quick trip to the Air Force Academy

We are still in Colorado and last night we had our first rain storm in the RV. The sound of rain on the roof was wonderful but the lightening was too much for Molly who searched out Jimmy to protect her (what a big chicken). But the good news is that the parts arrived late today so with a little luck we will be on the road tomorrow or early Wednesday.

SO today we used their company car (a little Saturn) to check out  the Air Force Academy which is just 15-20 miles away. It was a great day for photos with the dark overcast skies and the Academy itself is very photogenic. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Day 7: More of the same but good coffee

First I thought I would add a few pictures of  Jimmy's chariot for your viewing pleasure but the pictures don't do the cow manure smell justice...  the price was right though and it runs well! 

We started out the day by finding an excellent Planet Fitness where we could get a nice hot shower in a human size shower stall. It was a really nice facility and we hope this one is indicative of others in our travels. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Day 5 and 6: Waiting can be interesting too...

I know some of you have been avidly watching for our posts... Yesterday was a day of waiting and adjusting to our new HQ.

We have been docked here at the Premier Auto & RV Repair and the folks have been great. They made sure that we had a hook up and a vehicle to run our errands and thank God we found a Walmart AND A DUNKIN DONUTS. Horray for good coffee.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Day 4: With the good comes the bad ...

Miles Today: 222.3

We drove from the Whittington Center in NM after quickly checking out their gun museum and gift shop. Took some cool photos on the way out of a statue of Charlton Heston on horse back titled "Scout" and some pretty cool antelope...then onto Trinidad, CO. On our way Jimmy almost right turned into a HUGE prison (Trinidad Correctional Facility) on the back roads... I told him we were not going to prison today.

Day 3: Surprising adventures

Total Miles = 190.8

Today turned out to be an amazing adventure. We started with the intention of visiting Las Vegas, New Mexico... and we did. But in the end it was pretty much a bust. Although we did find the building used in the television series "Longmire" for Sheriff Longmire's office and a beautiful old city square with wonderful old buildings. There were also some beautiful old houses in the local neighborhoods... BUT there wasn't a decent cup of coffee to be found anywhere. On the bright side there was a Walmart LOL...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Day 2: Long roads, long trains, tall windmills

UPDATE from Day 1: We spent the night in a very quiet area in Springerville and reviewed the road for today, listened to Hannity on XM radio for a little while then hit the hay. We were a little nervous sleeping in the RV for the first time but in the end it was very comfortable. 

 Our plan was to head to the VLA aka the Very Large Array and wind our way towards Las Vegas... NM. Well we found that New Mexico is certainly the land of horses, bovine, antelope, open spaces and very very long straight roads. They also have some of the longest trains and a bunch of wind farms.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Day 1 Working the kinks out LOL

Well this will be a short post today. Jimmy and I will journal here for our fun and hopefully your enjoyment. 

We started out earlier than expected and headed towards Payson but you know what they say about the best laid plans? Right before milepost 204 we noticed the generator was not running and of course when we tried to restart it we had no luck. OMG!!!