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Lets go in an Alto

Lets go in an Alto

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Free of Charge…No Way!

October 3, 2017 (Tuesday):

We’re taking our time to pack up and Jan is working a bit today. We finally left Dr. Dana and Beetle’s house and headed over to the shop to hook up to our house with a newly installed fan and additional mounting brackets free of charge. Yeah! You’ve got to love a trip to the shop that doesn’t cost a dime.

We hit the road and set our sights on getting as far as we could before dark. It turned out to be only a few hours’ drive though. We stopped in Burns, Oregon and stayed at Burns RV Park. Backing up our truck and trailer (nearly 60 feet in length) is tricky. After several attempts at getting Eleanor into our spot after dark, Jan finally nailed it. We opted to leave Eleanor hooked to the truck since we were leaving the next morning and just quickly hooked up the utilities.

And we’re off!

September 30, 2017 (Saturday)

Today is the day!  It reminds me of the book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”  A book written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.  Jan and I, and our two “body guards” (using that term very, very lightly) Murphy and Dover, embark on our epic road trip.  We of course leave very early to begin our day…noon!  It took much longer than anticipated to batten down the hatches, get our trailer road worthy, and ensure that the contents would not be broken into a million pieces upon arrival.  What this means is that all items on the walls must come down, all breakables must be padded and stored, anything on the floor that could possible roll/move needs to be tipped over or secured. Eleanor is an old gal, so we go old school when battening down the hatches…bungee chords and duct tape work like a charm. Though this is a chore every time we move her.

So, we pulled out at high noon and hit the road.  We are now nomads, gypsy’s, pilgrims if you will, pulling our aluminum covered 35-foot-long wagon across the open highways.  We of course had to stop for coffee and a bathroom break 12 miles out of town. Once you start unhooking the trailer, it’s sort of a whirlwind and you forget essential needs. YIKES!  We are such road warriors.  Look out people, we now have coffee, radio jamming, and are trucking on!

We arrived at our first campground, Cascade Meadows RV Resort in La Pine, Oregon, after dark.  It was chilly, we are tired and ready for sleep. Too bad we must hook up to at least utilities before our heads can hit the pillows. We do the minimum and call it a day. — Annette

Baby got new shoes!

September 2017 — Eleanor got new shoes this month, meaning she got new axles. So we have new springs, axles, and most importantly brakes. Quality 4×4 in Port Angeles, WA, did a great job. safety is foremost in this adventure and this was the last piece. This pic tells it all…see you on the road!

And the Plan is…

September 2017 — Our first destination is Albuquerque, New Mexico from October to December. We will be there for the Annual Balloon Fiesta and the Sisters on the Fly (SOTF) camp rally. The Balloon Fiesta is an annual hot air balloon festival and is a huge event that people come from all over the world to see. We are so excited to see the hot air balloons speckle the valley and skies.

The Sisters on the Fly is a national all women’s camping group that has events, rallies, etc., all over the country. They have been featured on national television, in multiple magazines and so on. The ladies have vintage camp trailers that they renovate and decorate with themes and all the like. They are amazing works of ingenuity and creativity. It will be fantastic to meet loads of Sisters on the Fly camp ladies that are going to be there for balloon event and also have loads of events themselves. They even want to come tour Eleanor!

From there, we will be heading to Palm Springs, California, where Jan and I will participate in the “Annual Snow Bird Migration Ritual” for the first time ever. We will be dodging the winter snow, ice and freezing temperatures that Mother Nature throws at most of us during the winter months. We will be exploring this ritual and seeing what all the hub-bub is about relocating in the winter months to areas of the country that remain about 70+ degrees or more!

We plan to explore Palm Springs, see Bob Hope’s house, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s hotel etc. We are not sure how long we will be staying in Palm Springs but are considering leaving from there and heading to Texas and then on to our home state of Missouri. Yeah! We hope to be visiting family, camping, fishing, eating catfish etc.

Spartan Security System

September 2017 — Spartan Security System volunteers Murphy and Dover. At times they are reluctant volunteers and other times they are over-exuberant. Either way they love their home and we hope they will love it on the road.

And so it begins

September 25, 2017 — Adventure always test your patience and flexibility. Test 1: ya think you need the AC to work where you’re headed? Ha! It crapped out a day or two ago. So we calmly, ok somewhat calmly, adjust our route to include a stop in Bend, OR.

The folks at Flyte Camp (www.flytecamp.com) did our original restoration work and said the a.c. unit is under warranty. So off we shall go.

We did expect to wander about Oregon for a couple days while the work gets completed, but hey, we vagabonds now.

A Toast to the Latest Post

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Roses are Red

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