Here are the Blogs in the Pacific Coast Loop
Thursday, 25 September 2014
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This map from Microsoft Streets and Trips shows the loop from Nashville, TN. Our route took us North on I-24, I-57, and I-64 to St Louis. Then heading west we used I-60, US-63, US-36, I-29 and I-80 to Salt Lake City.and on to Wendover passing ...Read More...
Posted on 09/25/2014 10:24 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Madison University of Wisconsin
Sunday we left early to visit our granddaughter at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She had started there two weeks before as a freshman. The campus is beautiful located alongside Lake Medota. We walked along a path beside the water to the Campus Center and ...Read More...
Posted on 09/17/2014 6:15 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 12 September 2014
It was a cold and rainy on Sept 9th and somehow we toured the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and drove 297 miles to Jamestown arriving just after 6:00PM Central Time.
I learned a lot of new things about T.R. compared to the two books I have read. He wrote more books than any ...Read More...
Posted on 09/12/2014 9:10 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
I walked the RV Park's nature trail to the Yellowstone River before we left this morning. It's a swiftly moving river with lots of water. The park also had the most beautiful dump station we have ever seen. On the way out of the park the View's engine surged a few times and had some other ...Read More...
Posted on 09/09/2014 7:22 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 8 September 2014
In the last post I forgot to mention an incident that occurred on Sunday morning waking us both up at 5:15 AM. This is not our normal time to get up. A vehicle of some kind was creating a mud pot in the land behind our View. It made all kinds of noise revving up and spinning around. ...Read More...
Posted on 09/08/2014 10:48 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 7 September 2014
We are stuck in Billings waiting for the View to get repaired. However, having a courtesy car we have used it to visit two of the major attractions in Billings.
We visited this attraction on Saturday. This is a red sandstone 60 ft square, four story, mansion built in 1903 for Preston ...Read More...
Posted on 09/07/2014 10:43 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 5 September 2014
We got the word this afternoon that the parts required to fix the View will not be in Billings until Monday. That means there is no way we can make the Rally in Grand Marais since the earliest we could leave would be Tuesday. By the time we could get there it would be over. I am really sorry to disappoint ...Read More...
Posted on 09/05/2014 6:23 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 4 September 2014
This morning at 9:30AM on I-90 at mile 297 the power train went crazy with some loud bumps on the chassis, no transmission and a dead engine. We coasted to a stop on the shoulder of the Interstate. I called Coach-Net our roadside assistance provider and after the operator took down all the details ...Read More...
Posted on 09/04/2014 6:42 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Yesterday was a three state day travelling in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. We stayed overnight in Wallace, Idaho. This is one of the best kept secrets in the USA. It is a thriving tourist town and the last American town entirely listed on the National Historic Register. It is also ...Read More...
Posted on 09/03/2014 2:38 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 1 September 2014
After publishing yesterday's post we went out on the beach and watched some spectacular kite flying. Here are a couple of photos of that scene.
I-84 Shut Down
We are now on our way back east. We were away at 8:15AM and took the bridge across the Columbia to Astoria. Two ...Read More...
Posted on 09/01/2014 10:50 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 31 August 2014
The original plan for today was to drive north to Kalaloch in Olympic National Park and back to Ilwaco. At 282 miles round trip that seem like a long drive so I settled on Aberdeen, WA a distance of 136 miles up and back. We did see some interesting things. The bird was on the street ...Read More...
Posted on 08/31/2014 6:36 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 30 August 2014
This is a classic tourist town with souvenir shops, fudge, ice cream, etc. Flower baskets and small parks were on several corners. The beach is not only long but very wide and cars are allowed to drive on it. Small shelters were provided on the beach as wind breaks. This was the weekend ...Read More...
Posted on 08/30/2014 10:22 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 29 August 2014
We made it to Ilwaco this afternoon after 268 miles of a twisting up and down roadway. It doesn''t seem like much but we were only able to average 20 mph. We spent the night of the 28th at the Cape Perpetua Campground in the Siuslaw National Forest. It was dry camping. The new batteries worked really ...Read More...
Posted on 08/29/2014 9:11 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Trees of Mystery
In 1950 the sign in the left photo said "Unbelievable but True, World's Largest Group of Natures Living Wonders'". Today this attraction is the "Trees of Mystery". It's all the same either way; it's a redwood forest in Klamath Falls, CA. I think the 1950 ox was much more ...Read More...
Posted on 08/27/2014 10:39 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
It was another day of brutal hills and winding roads. The speed limit on one turn was 10 mph. However, the frequent pull offs to see the ocean made it worthwhile. Blowup the top photo on the left to see a man fishing.
We also stopped at the Drive-Thru Tree. This attraction has been there since 1922. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/26/2014 11:34 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 25 August 2014
Albion River Marina & Campground
We had a great dinner at La Ginestra, a family owned Italian restaurant just a short walking distance from my cousin's home. Tonight we are at the Albion River Marina & Campground beside the river and under US 1 that carries the traffic over the canyon. I was surprised ...Read More...
Posted on 08/25/2014 10:49 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 24 August 2014
Our plan was to head north on the coast today to Albion. However, because of the NAPA earthquake this morning at 3:30AM we decided to stay another night and let things settle down before venturing out. All the roads and bridges have to be checked for damage before travel can resume. We didn't even ...Read More...
Posted on 08/24/2014 4:35 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 23 August 2014
On the 23rd we had breakfast early and then walked up the hill to install the first Reconyx camera. It is a really well designed system and very easy to install and test without reading the manual. The pictures are amazing. We left around 11AM for Mill Valley. The traffic at San Francisco was horrific ...Read More...
Posted on 08/23/2014 7:16 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 22 August 2014
In the morning of the 21st we left the campground and drove north to find diesel. The GPS took us to Monterey where we filled up with diesel and then decided to see the Monterey Aquarium. There we several "wow" exhibits such as the wave machine. The photos show an outside and inside ...Read More...
Posted on 08/22/2014 6:53 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Yosemite National Park
This is a very large park and one of the most popular in the USA. Frankly I was disappointed. It was hard to find the things you wanted to see and there were so many cars, buses, and RVs that parking was crazy. Then we would start on a nice hike only to encounter signs ...Read More...
Posted on 08/20/2014 6:21 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 18 August 2014
I had a great breakfast at the Prospector Casino including real sausage links with my eggs. The photo shows our site this morning. The hotel and casino are out of the photo on the right.
On the way out of town we went to a couple of auto parts stores to try and get a replacement ...Read More...
Posted on 08/18/2014 11:55 PM by Bob Duthie
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Saltair Great Salt Lake
It was a quick drive through Salt Lake City on I-80 to our destination of Saltair on the Great Salt Lake. Saltair, a colossal recreation hall was built in 1893 to provide access to swimming in the Lake. By the early 1920's it drew 500,000 visitors per year until it burned ...Read More...
Posted on 08/17/2014 7:11 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Park City, UT
We are in a very nice park in Park City, UT. This is a well-known winter ski resort. Our campsite is down near a stream with a high mountain behind it. The drive from Rawlins was uneventful. The scenery starts out very flat at close to 7,000 ft. with the speed limit upped to 80 mph. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/16/2014 11:25 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 15 August 2014
Leaving Sidney we got a good look at the vast property of Cabelas which lies beside I-80. There is the store, the campground, and an office building/distribution center.
Wyoming Historic Governor's Mansion
This mansion is in Cheyenne in the downtown area and was occupied ...Read More...
Posted on 08/15/2014 7:37 PM by Bob Duthie
Thursday, 14 August 2014
After two 400 mile days, I decided to take it a little easier with a 330 mile day from Waco to Sidney, NE. RVillage found Cabela's Campground. It turns out the world headquarters for Cabela's is right here and so far this is their only campground. We walked over to the very large ...Read More...
Posted on 08/14/2014 7:44 PM by Bob Duthie
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
We only visited three states today compared to four (Tennessee-Kentucky-Illinois-Missouri) yesterday but we did a similar 410 miles from 8:00AM-5:30PM. Leaving Lazy Day Campground we saw the valley behind that campground.(Photo 1). We crossed the Missouri River on Hwy 2 which goes to Nebraska ...Read More...
Posted on 08/13/2014 8:13 PM by Bob Duthie
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
We left Nashville at 7:40, arrived at the boat at 9:40 picked up stuff from the boat, and drove to our shed in Murray. We had a lot of unpacking to do to get ready to go and we started out at 11:30AM. I filled up with water and at our first stop at McDonalds the pump kept running and little came out ...Read More...
Posted on 08/12/2014 9:49 PM by Bob Duthie
Monday, 11 August 2014
A couple of months ago I discovered an amazing new planning and networking tool for RVers called RVillage. I signed up in June when there were 4,000 members. Two months later there are 10,000 members. It's a free tool that first lets you select your current location. You can then plan a trip between ...Read More...
Posted on 08/11/2014 1:27 PM by Bob Duthie