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Published on August 12, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

This is just a quick post to report my position. The cell signal here is poor so I may not stay very long. It was an uneventful drive of about 200 miles into Wyoming. I found a campsite in the Bridger – Teton National Forest a few miles north of Pinedale, WY. Pinedale is about

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Published on August 8, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The weather was better this morning so I decided to ride to Flaming Gorge Dam. I also needed drinking water and thought I could find a campground with a spigot. The highway to the dam was above 8000 feet for most of the way, so it was a chilly ride until the road dropped 2000

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Published on August 5, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Minnie and I are in the Ashley National Forest, a stones throw from Flaming Gorge National Rec Area and the border of Wyoming. We only traveled about 150 mile today. I was pretty lazy this morning and didn’t get on the road until 10:30. It seem like the longer I stay in a place the

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Published on July 22, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

This was my best pair of pants! I don’t even remember my leg touching the muffler on my motorcycle but I guess I need to be more careful. Today I went to visit Bryce Canyon National Park, the longest single trip I’ve put on the Honda so far. The park was only 40 miles to

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Published on July 21, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I guess I kind of left everyone hanging last post when I alluded to some health issues. Something happened to my eye that made it very sore for a few days I would wake up every morning with it glued shut and the lid swollen and red. About the same time I developed an extremely

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Published on July 16, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I found a stream nearby where I can get extra water. I only use it for cleaning and flushing. Water is the commodity I seem to run out of first so it is nice to be able to replenish and supplement my supply. I took apart my spare water pump and found a broken housing

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Published on July 8, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

There are all sorts of ways to spend money while visiting the Grand Canyon, and those ways reached deeply into my pocket yesterday and today. I figure I will only get to do this once, so why not add a couple more things to the bucket list. Although I have already seen the IMAX movie

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Published on July 6, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I woke this morning to bright sunny skies and decided to make the move before the rains came again. I packed up and drove back to Flagstaff for a quick dump at the Giant station and food at the Walmart, then headed back up 180 to get closer to the Grand Canyon. Rt. 180 was

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Published on July 2, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Through the trees I can see the San Francisco Peaks with the formidable prow of Humphreys Peak standing proudly in the middle. Humphreys Peak, the tallest mountain in Arizona at 12,600 feet, beckons me to climb, and if I were a little younger, I would welcome the challenge. When I was here a couple of

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Published on July 1, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

There were several trucks on the side of the road as I drove towards Flagstaff. I asume that most of them were in some stage of mechanical distress because many had their hoods up and they were stopped in places normally inappropriate. It is tough on a vehicle to climb several thousands of feet onto

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Published on June 14, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

A violent thunderstorm came through this afternoon, and along with torrential rains, dumped a coating of hail on the ground. The temperature went from 65 to 45 in just a few minutes. Heavy rain is loud on Minnie’s roof but hail is deafening. I was listening to some music on my laptop and finally had

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Published on June 14, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Day two of cellular blackout found me doing a little exploration of the surrounding area. I rode several forest roads that branched off highway 67 out of Jacob Lake and each of them had a few nice, dispersed campsites. Several times while exploring these roads I would come to a parking lot where the Arizona

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Published on June 9, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

At a place called Navaho National Monument, sometimes referred to as the gateway to Monument Valley, is a marvelous park and campground. What makes it so good is the fact that it is free. There are actually two campgrounds, one with water, flush toilets, and paved parking, and the other high on a ridge with

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Published on May 29, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The campground is full again tonight. I walked the road earlier and talked with a couple that persuaded the camp host to open a site that has been too muddy until this weekend. Several vehicles have driven through looking for a campsite. It surprised me that so many people would be out camping after the

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Published on May 16, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

It rained almost all night long. Most of the time it was just a gentle tapping on Minnie’s roof, but occasionally a loud, fearful drumming would wake me from a sound sleep and put me in a worrisome state. Even though my ceiling is better insulated than my van was, it is still by no

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Published on May 14, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

For three days I have been camping in the Coconino National Forest, about 5 miles north of Strawberry, AZ. Without a current MVUM and no experience with dispersed camping sites along Rt 260, it was just luck that I turned on Forest Road 144 and found many beautiful campsites within a mile of the main

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Published on May 10, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there. I decided to do laundry today, and as it turned out it was a good decision. The attendant said that the Laundromat on Sunday mornings is usually packed with almost every washer in use. There were only a couple other people there because everyone was out

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Published on May 1, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Should I go or should I stay? The question weighs heavily on my mind. I’m not liking the temperatures my fellow campers and I have endured here in Cottonwood for the last couple of days, but a check of the weather app says much cooler temps on the way for next week. I was thinking

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Published on April 26, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

It is hard to believe my youngest son is 30. Karen says wait until her kids start having babies and then I will be a great grandpa. That’s even more unsettling to get my head around. I wish someone would discover a formula to reverse this aging process. I called Dave yesterday for his birthday.

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How is it possible to accumulate this much garbage in only a few short days? It seems like every time I prepare and eat a meal, there are left over wrappers and empty containers scattered high and low on every reachable surface. I don’t think I’ve been eating an inordinate amount of prepackaged snacks and

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Published on April 22, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Except for the wind, which continues to blow every day since I pulled in here, the weather has been beautiful. I like temps in the 80’s. It is great for motorcycle riding and exploring the shady side of my camper. The nights get a little chilly but a sweatshirt in the morning for a couple

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Published on April 3, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

I took a ride around four of the campgrounds here at Windy Hills Recreation Site and there are only a handful of sites left. This weekend is going to bring a mob of people to this lake. Quite a few campers have boats. They usually pull out early in the morning, drive to the boat

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Published on March 30, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

A short drive from Mesa to just east of Superior, rewarded me with 15 degree cooler temperatures. It is 97 in Mesa as I write this and a relatively moderate 82 degrees here at Oak Flats Campground. What a difference a couple thousand feet make. The campground is quite full, comprising many sites of cobbled

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Published on March 29, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

With temperatures climbing into the 90s it is time to think about migrating north. Most of the RV crowd out here in the recreation area has left for cooler climate or moved into parks where they can run air conditioners. Unfortunately, paperwork that is scheduled to arrive at Daryl’s in the near future is keeping

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Published on March 10, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The drive to Yuma was ordinary. I dumped waste tanks in Mesa, topped off with propane in Yuma, and filled my water tank at a rest area just over the border in CA. I wish I had a good story to tell about a misadventure of splatter comedy at the dump tank but everything came

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Published on March 9, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

First it’s a toaster, then I will have to have a coffee maker, and of course I need the coffee grinder to go with that, and don’t forget how nice it would be to have a blender / slicer. Wouldn’t a waffle maker be a good idea? There is no end to it! I thought

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Published on March 7, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

The nice thing about being retired and working on improvements for my Minnie is that I can always pretend the boss isn’t looking and go sit down. I like to have just enough projects to keep from getting bored but not enough that it seems like a job. With Richards help, I think I’m almost

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Published on March 5, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

So far so good. Just a short drive from Mesa, AZ, near the scenic Salt River, is a recreation area where several retired people park their RVs and soak up the winter sunshine. It is close enough to town that supplies and parts are a quick motorcycle ride away, and most importantly, it is the

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Published on February 28, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

This is my new home. It is a 2002 Minnie Winnebago. Compared to my van it is a mansion. I now have the ability to sleep in a full size bed, take hot showers, bake a batch of cookies, and best of all, stand up inside and walk around. It has a generator to power

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Published on February 23, 2015, by admin in Adventure.

Sometimes when I’m in my camper I wonder how the outside is doing. When I’m outside I sometimes wonder how my camper’s inside is doing. Often when I wake in the morning I wonder how cold it got in the night. Now, a lot of that mystery is taken care of with my new little

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