Here are the Blogs in the California Loop 2010 category.
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Thursday, 24 June 2010
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Today I finished the book described on Day 22 by Robert Frimtzis, "From Tajikistan to the Moon". It was very interesting and well written. On this trip I discovered the Weather Channel's reports by Interstate. These let you plan your route to avoid snow. I also learned that without special Route 66 ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/24/2010 10:44 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 21 March 2010
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We had a really quiet night at Wappapello State Park since there was no one else around. The most exciting moment on the drive to Kenlake was crossing the Mississippi River on a very narrow old bridge and watching a transport truck coming at us and wondering if we would lose at a minimum our mirrors. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2010 10:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 20 March 2010
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Wappapello State Park is a few miles north of Poplar Bluff in the Southeast part of the state. Tonight we have virtually the entire park to ourselves. There is one other couple in a tent down the hill. The lake is a large reservoir with low water. We were impressed with the Missouri Roads. Coming east ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2010 12:27 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 18 March 2010
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Today we learned a lot more about Route 66 at the Museum in Clinton. The road was built over a twelve year period starting in 1926 to connect Chicago to Los Angeles. As the car began to be the major mode of transportation, roads were needed. In the 30s with the depression and the dust bowl, people packed ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/18/2010 10:53 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 17 March 2010
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This was not one of the most exciting days on the trip. We had to wait 4 hours in Amarillo to get the 40,000 mile oil change done. I had called the Dodge Sprinter dealer, but he couldn't handle such a high vehicle, but said the Chevrolet dealer could do it. We made an appointment for 11 but when we ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/17/2010 10:20 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 16 March 2010
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The volcano field at Grants extended for several miles along I-40. In places there were small craters so it must have been pretty exciting 3,000 years ago. I learned a lot more about Route 66 today. Just because you see a sign for Historic Route 66 don't take it. About 32 miles on I-40 from Albuquerque ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2010 8:49 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 15 March 2010
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We got an early start by Sedona time but 7:15 by New Mexico time. I decided to take the I-17 interstate route rather than face climbing the Oak Creek Canyon to get to I-40. Although this route is 27 miles longer, the narrow winding SR89 and construction can easily take longer. It's a long hill up to ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/15/2010 10:59 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 14 March 2010
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After setting all the clocks ahead last night, we found out that Arizona stays on standard time all year. Tomorrow we'll be in New Mexico so the clocks will be right again. We walked to the nearby Tlaquepaque (ta-lockey-pockey) upscale area of art shops and restaurants. After lunch I hiked up Schnebly ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/14/2010 8:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 14 March 2010
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Snow was the word for today. We climbed to 7,000 feet near Flagstaff before heading south to Sedona. It was great to see the snow but not have to worry about the roads. On our last trip in 1987 we got to Flagstaff at night and had to go down 2,000 foot steep, winding Oak Creek Canyon Road in the dark. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/14/2010 6:19 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 12 March 2010
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We retraced the Northshore Road as the scenery looks different when you go the other way and with almost no traffic it was much more relaxing than going through Las Vegas.  I had a chance to check out 2 more marinas whose boat ramps were high and dry with the water down about 100 feet from the more ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2010 10:02 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 11 March 2010
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We hiked up to the outlook over Lake Mead then packed up and headed north for the Valley of Fire State Park. The drive through Lake Mead NRA is spectacular with high mountains of all colors and previews of the Valley of Fire. The red rocks here were formed from ancient sand dunes which were fossilized ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2010 6:01 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 10 March 2010
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We left the glitz 30 miles behind as we drove south west out into the desert to the campsite at Callville Bay Marina on Lake Mead. This lake was formed by the damming of the Colorado River in 1936. Before that time and before the railroads steamboats came upstream to the Mormon town of Callville. It ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2010 7:06 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 9 March 2010
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We woke up to rain, high winds and cold 40 degree weather.  In spite of this we took the free casino bus to Harrah's on the Las Vegas strip. How wrong I was to think we would have the place to ourselves. The crowds were huge and everywhere. There must be direct flights from Japan to Las Vegas. The architecture ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2010 7:24 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 8 March 2010
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We have returned to civilization and Internet access after 3 days in almost complete isolation. We now have 14 more days vacation to spend before our return to Nashville. Our strategy is to spend as much time in the warm parts of the west to allow the east to warm up so the probability of snow in the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/08/2010 11:37 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 8 March 2010
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We splurged on breakfast today at the old Furnace Creek Inn. After all the money saved with our Golden Age Passport that gets you into the park free and discounts the campsite by 50% we could afford it. The Inn was opened in 1927 by the Pacific Borax Company which mined borax nearby. The adobe bricks ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/08/2010 5:34 AM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 7 March 2010
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We went ahead of Robert & Judith and had breakfast at the Crowbar Café in Shoshone. We all got together and drove the 72 miles to Furnace Creek in the center of Death Valley. The Valley is roughly 100 miles long about 13 miles wide and runs north & south between two mountain ranges. The mountains on ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2010 5:32 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 6 March 2010
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We all went in the View today. We stopped in Tecopa at the elementary school where there was a water tank. The pressure was so low it was hopeless trying to fill our tank, so we went on to China Ranch. There is steep canyon with sharp turns to get into the ranch. We made it through the canyon and I ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2010 5:30 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 5 March 2010
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We took the Amboy Road from Twentynine Palms to Amboy. This was a famous stop on Route 66 in the Mohave Desert. Roy's (see photo) was a restaurant, car repair, gas, and motel stop on this route from New York to LA and opened with the highway in1926.  In 1973 the highway was bypassed with the completion ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/05/2010 3:41 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 3 March 2010
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Judith planned the trip today which started with a visit to Coachella Valley Preserve where we hiked 2 miles to an oasis beside the San Andreas fault. There was a large pond in the Oasis surrounded by huge dense palms. We climbed up to 2500 ft and had lunch at Big Morongo Canyon Preserve. Then it was ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/03/2010 8:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 2 March 2010
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We left Rancho Santa Fe and headed northeast for the first time. I was surprised at the amount of traffic on the back roads. We climbed to 4,000 feet over a distance of 80 miles and then dropped south of Palm Desert to 40 feet in about 10 miles. The photo shows the severe switchbacks in US 74. We are ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/02/2010 10:20 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 2 March 2010
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It rained hard all night and by morning at high tide, the surf was huge and water was coming across the beach parking lots and US 101 road loaded with rocks. They had to use bulldozers to clear the roadway.  We drove to our friends, Phil and Lee's home in Del Mar and then went out for lunch at Jakes. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/02/2010 10:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 1 March 2010
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Phil had told me about the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe which meets Monday noon at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn. This is an old 1923, posh inn built to provide accommodations for prospective land buyers in the early days of Rancho Santa Fe's development. It's one the Historic Hotels of America and Conde ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/01/2010 10:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 27 February 2010
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We spent the morning at Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma. This is a long peninsula that protects the naval base in San Diego. Cabrillo was the first European Spanish explorer to discover California in the 1500s. It was great place to watch the surf from the high cliffs. At 12:02 the Chilean ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/27/2010 6:30 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 26 February 2010
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We are just two miles east of the Pacific Ocean at the 40 year old "Campland on the Bay", that's Mission Bay. We crossed the Colorado River in Yuma and followed the All American Canal that irrigates a vast area of the Salton Sink, formerly a desert. At Ocotillo we left Interstate 8 and followed Historic ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/26/2010 10:37 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 25 February 2010
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We got away early and decided to visit National RV Central beside I-10 to try out their automated RV wash. It can handle up to 65 ft units and washes the top, bottom and all four sides. It did an amazing job. The wheel covers have never looked so good.  The manager said he wanted to test something so ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/25/2010 10:35 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 24 February 2010
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This was shopping day, but started with attendance at the Tucson Rotary Club. The Tucson Chief of Police was the speaker. He talked about the drop in crime all over the US, which is a good thing of course, but also helps in the cost cutting made necessary by the recession. After that meeting I had another ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/24/2010 10:49 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 23 February 2010
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We arrived at the 1939 Old Tucson Studios at the 10:00AM opening time. We were soon on a guided tour with a guide that seemed to know every movie ever made at the studio and was on a first name basis with John Wayne, who was one of the owners in the studio. Over 300 films have been made here including ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/23/2010 6:31 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 22 February 2010
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It seems like there are thousands of signs advertising "The Thing? What Is It?" for a hundred miles in all directions from Willcox, AZ. This was great advertising for years. How could you resist the pleas from your kids to stop, pay a buck, and see "The Thing?". Unfortunately or fortunately, depending ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/22/2010 4:54 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 21 February 2010
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The plan changed today. The Weather Channel was forecasting snow in Southwest New Mexico for Monday night. I decided to skip Alamagordo and try and get to Tucson on Monday, hopefully past the storm. We want to spend 2-3 nights there, so even if it does snow we'll be in a nice place at Gilbert Ray County ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2010 7:29 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 20 February 2010
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By 3:00AM I had the 2 GB file downloaded. After a few error messages I finally got the file transfer to the GPS started and I went back to bed. By morning I was in business and plotted the route to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The Caverns should be on everyone's bucket list. As a child my family ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2010 7:21 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 19 February 2010
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We crossed some of the square Texas counties today. Each county is 30 miles on each side. The county seat is in the middle, so there is a town every 30 miles. Snyder was very grand including a courthouse square with a bronze very rare albino bison. The purpose of the sculpture is to honor the man, J. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2010 8:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 18 February 2010
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After a fabulous breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes with John and Linda we left for the trip through Dallas & Fort Worth. Planning to stay just past Fort Worth, I decided to continue another 84 miles (350 total for the day) on US 180 to a dot on the map called Albany, TX. The population ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/18/2010 10:31 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 17 February 2010
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We made good time covering the 160 miles from Vicksburg to Shreveport arriving at our friends John and Linda's home around 11:15AM. I had worked with John 10 years ago when he was with the local power company. We parked in the driveway and set up camp. After lunch we had a guided tour of Shreveport ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2010 10:45 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 16 February 2010
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With daylight, we could see what a neat place is the Escatawpa Hollow Campground at Wilmer. It is right beside the Escatawpa River and rents canoes. The property is treed with high pines that didn't block the satellite in our campsite. Highway 98 is in good shape and 4 lanes when you get to Mississippi. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2010 5:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 15 February 2010
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This morning the weather turned sour again with rain and cold. Rather than spend another day at Grayton I decided to head for our next stop 530 miles away in Shreveport, LA. Around noon, it cleared up and I was wishing we had stayed at Grayton Beach. Then it got worse. In Mobile we took US98 which goes ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2010 8:45 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 14 February 2010
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The sun came out and it warmed up to over 50 with no wind. Florida weather at last. We had a big group breakfast, then a meeting of the tech group where all the usual problems were discussed at great length. Transmission oil, engine heaters, and tires led the way. The most interesting story was replacing ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2010 8:39 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 13 February 2010
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Last night we watched the Winter Olympics' opening ceremonies. It made me proud to be a Canadian. The sky was clear this morning for the first time in a week and it warmed up to 50 degrees. Breakfast was served outside this morning from 7-8; bacon eggs, biscuits, and pancakes. Lunch was a fish fry with ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2010 7:34 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 12 February 2010
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It started to rain at about 8:00PM last night and did not stop until 4:00pm today. It's too cold and wet to go outside, so we spent much of the day inside. It gave me a chance to read the e-Edition of USA Today which is announced every day in my email but ignored up until now. The e-Edition is surprisingly ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2010 8:40 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 11 February 2010
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It was another cold day with the high about 50 degrees. Tonight it is raining with snow expected when the temperature drops below freezing. I worked most of the morning and conducted a demonstration of one our products for a prospect via the internet at 1:00PM. One attendee was in Montana, the other ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2010 8:19 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 10 February 2010
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It's 590 miles from Murray, KY to Grayton Beach State Park. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/10/2010 8:49 PM by Bob Duthie
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