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Dec 4, 2019 - Over the Continental Divide and starting downhill

Our first morning in the Mountain Time Zone and guess who was awake a little before 5:00 a.m.? So, I finally get up around 5:20 and tried to be quiet. Even though I was quiet Sue was awake around 5:45 a.m. We had forgotten to set back the clocks before we went to bed and she thought it was time to get ready to travel. Once we determined the real time we still got ready to go...just not as fast. We were out and on I-10 before 8:30. It was cool and overcast and a couple of times before we left New Mexico we had to turn on the wipers. As I...

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2019

May 30, 2019 - Another Day in Casa Grande

We got a late start and decided that the Saguaro National Monument can wait until we are on our way home. We’ll probably get an RV site in Tucson, which is closer, for a night or 2. We looked at a few model homes just for fun. All had nice features but smallish for $400k – small garages, small yards, and no RV parking. There was no yard for a dog but all had an inside doggie wash stall next to a doggie door. We found this strange because, as any dog owner knows, the last thing you want is to wet down your dog and let it into the house....

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May 29, 2019 - Casa Grande Ruins

Today, we went to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Admission is free. It is worth seeing if you are within 100 miles or so. It’s not worth the drive from Los Angeles on its own, but a must see if you’re here or passing through. The monument protects a 4-story adobe building that’s around 700 years old. The walls of the main structure align with the 4 cardinal compass points: pretty amazing for 700 years ago. Strategically placed holes in the walls served as an observatory to predict the seasons. Again, pretty clever 700 years ago....

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May 28, 2019 - Easy Day - Drive from Gila Bend to Casa Grande

Didn't do much today. Got up at 9 and checked out by 11. Bought fuel in Gila Bend - was hoping to find 100% petro diesel but could find only 5-20% blended. I'm not sure what the higher percentages will do to my old fuel system: I guess we'll find out. Drove the 66 miles to Casa Grande. We didn't bother to hitch up the Jeep for the short drive. That was nice. Late in the day we drove up to Superior. It's an old mining town in the mountains north of here. We saw the cliff where, supposedly, a bunch of Indians jumped rather than being taken...

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Feb 9, 2019 - Visiting friends and getting a babysitter

We stayed in Picacho at a KOA. We had stayed there before. They have a restaurant that was really good. Well, we got a call that the restaurant had closed. But we stayed anyways. Not too far away is Casa Grande. We visited with more friends who we worked with in Yellowstone, and also some other friends who are going to babysit our freezer for a couple of weeks. We cannot take a freezer full of meat into Mexico so it is going to stay in Casa Grande for a while. We will pick it up again in a few weeks.

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Kidds-OnTheRoad 2019

Oct 9, 2018 - Casa Grande, AZ

Tue, 09 Oct: Final leg... Today's 73 mile drive might be the final segment of 2018. We're not yet sure if we'll put on new front tires this year or wait until spring. Our inclination is to wait till spring, but who knows??? Our service at the Tolleson Freightliner dealer went well. Nothing of any consequence was found so our total included "routine" expenses, such as $175 for an air filter (plus two hours labor to install), 28 quarts of synthetic engine oil, etc., etc., etc. We awoke early this morning due mostly to the din of a major truck...

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2018 Travels

Aug 7, 2018 - Arizona, Part 3

My co-worker and friend Jim Grannon and I had a saying each night when we left work at the Star-Ledger – nothing is prettier than Newark in the rear-view mirror. Today, nothing was prettier than California in the rear-view mirror as we left the not so Golden State and re-entered Arizona. But before we could do that we had about 160 miles to cover between San Diego and Yuma. We started with more mountains. We had to climb to just over 4,000 feet to clear the mountains that surround the San Diego area. It was a slow go but the motor home had...

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Southwest trek

Apr 22, 2018 - Last day in Casa Grande

Today was a slow day. We took it easy except for my trip to Fry's (Krogers). I spent some time getting things arranged for us to get out early in the morning. We are driving about 285 miles to Deming, New Mexico. The x factor is the return to the mountain time zone. We will loose an hour so we need to get started a little earlier than normal. I removed all tire covers, the mirror covers and the wiper covers. I also cleaned the windshield (as far as I can reach) with the waterless cleaner. I got most of the bugs off the windshield and some...

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Apr 21, 2018 - Is this the same place????

Fiesta Grande RV Park...been here before. Good place to park for the weekend. The need to be settled in Quartzsite is past. So by 10:00 a.m. on Friday we were on the road on I - 10 to go to Casa Grande. We wanted to be someplace we knew and some place to unwind. But as always now, when we hit the road...how is the engine going to run? Immediately out of Quartzsite there is a long run at a pass around 2,500 feet in elevation. No problem...thank goodness. From there on toward Phoenix....and boom there we were at Buckeye to head south on AZ 85...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Casa Grande Rodeo

Met Darrell and Wendy at their RV resort in Casa Grande where they gave us a tour of a very nice place. It is a place that we would probably never spend any time at because we wouldn't use all the facilities that are offered.So for us it makes no sense paying for stuff we wouldn't use. From there we drove to the rodeo grounds where we sat under sunny skies .Todays rodeo was an all Indian Rodeo,part of a week long Casa Grande 2018 Cowboy Days & O'Odham Tash event. All of the main rodeo events were done over a 2 hour period.There was one...

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Feb 15, 2018 - Last Thoughts from Casa Grande

Well today was the last full day here in Casa Grande. I have several items to mention of which none are really related. On Wednesday, Valentine's Day, we paused. As you may remember our quest was to chase the dream. Well on Wednesday we rested. There was no chase. I worked early, traded Valentine cards over breakfast and then slowed down. Since we had been on the golf course on Tuesday, had the pizza party to celebrate until the cold set in Tuesday night (Sue got cold and did not warm up until today), we were due for a slow down. Our big...

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Feb 13, 2018 - Golf or something like that

Today was busy early. I had to prepare for a Board get together for the bank. Sue went to WalMart to pick up a few items and to find a golf glove for today's golf outing. I completed my phone call and was ready to go by noon. Since we have five tee times beginning at 1:00, we had to hurry. We made it to Tierra Grande Golf Course. Now, no offense but it is a real stretch to call this a golf course. It did have some green grass but it was thin, except for the greens. Now to say the greens reminded me of broccoli, in the way they looked and...

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