Relaxing at the " Ridge "

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Short Post

Where Are We Today
Rock Glen Family Resort
A Small Project
I am sure that you all have been following Patsy's blog and know what we have been up to. Along with the daily routine at "The Ridge" ,  my trips to London, to work at CanAm RV a couple of days a week, all is well with the Richards.
The Richards relaxing at " The Ridge "

I would like to thank all those who passed on condolences and concerns to my family and me, when my dad passed away last month.
Remembering good times with my Dad

I  thought I would do a short post on a small project that I recently did. We carry a step ladder on the ladder at the back of our trailer, not where I really want to carry it.
While in Quail Ridge RV park in Huachuca City, Az. last winter, we met a couple who have a Mobilesuite similar to ours. The gentleman had made a couple of brackets and hung his step ladder under and near the front of the trailer. I thought it was a good idea, so once home, I wanted to do the same.

All made ready for paint.

I found some pieces of metal, drew up some plans and asked my good friend Rob if he would help me, Rob has a welder. We, I should say Rob cut the pieces of metal to size, bent pieces and welded them together to make the brackets.  Thanks Rob!
Holes drilled and painted, ready to mount

After I got them home, I painted them and then fastened them to the bottom of the trailer. The ladder fits perfect on the brackets and I feel it is a better place to carry it.
Brackets mounted with the ladder in place

View from the other side

That's it for this post, yes I'm still around and will post again. Thanks for staying tune, until the next take care, safe travels and keep up with Patsy.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Suite Has Landed

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My Version of Today

We Have Landed

Since are arrival at 'The Ridge" last Friday, we have been watching and waiting for  the snow to melt enough for us to move the suite up to the top of " The Ridge ".
Monday afternoon showed enough snow had melted to make the move. I decided that the move would happen early Tuesday morning, as the driveway was mushy in places, in the morning, the ground is firmer after a cool night.

Put up the solar motion detector light on the "Bunky " 

Up at 6:30 this morning, after a coffee and some blogs reads, we made the "Suite " ready for that final move. After disconnecting the  satellite cables, moving the generator and the " Broken Wing Weber " out of the way, I hooked up " Black Beauty "  and made the final pull up the lane to the top of the hill, and here we sit by 8:00 a.m.
The solar panel for the motion detector light in the outhouse

The light comes on as soon as you step inside.

The rest of the day was setting up, putting away, cleaning up and generally getting things back to normal for the summer. We accomplished quite a bit, but have lots to do and some projects to take on. With rain forecast for tomorrow, we will take a break for the day.

Putting up all our signs.

Turtle crossing

One at each end of the lane

At the bottom of the hill.

Thanks for following along to my version of today, HERE, Patsy will have her version for you to read also. Until the next time, take care and be safe. Leave a comment if you wish and I will respond.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Last Leg Home

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After two weeks of CanAm camping, we finally made it to " The Ridge " where we call home for the time we spend in Canada. Many thanks to the great people at CanAm RV for tucking us in for the past two weeks.


As this was the last leg of our journey home, it is time for my last road rating for our travels. The main roads travelled on Friday were Hwy's 401, 19, 86, 6 & 4. All put together, I am giving them an average of 8 out of 10.
Frosty morning

Fired up our new generator

As I did last year , here are some statistics of mileage and  fuel for our winter. Since we left last Oct. 24, 2017, we have travelled 6663.7 km./10354.3 mi., used 3620.1 liters/956.3 gal. of diesel fuel with an average of21.7 l/100km/ 10.8 mpg. We travelled farther this winter than last winter with a .3 mpg better fuel avg.

Early morning flight

My cargo trailer survived the winter

This wraps up my posts on our winter travels for 2017/2018. Thanks for following along and your comments. Stay tune for posts about our summer adventures.

Taken from the top of the Ridge

Beautiful blue sky


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Our 6th Leg Home

Where Are We Today
Back In Canada
Today finds us back in our home country of Canada. The 6th leg of our trek home has taken us from Wapakoneta Ohio to Toledo Ohio to London Ontario, where we are set up at CanAm RV, (our RV dealer).

Exiting I-75 onto U.S. 582

We left Wapakoneta Ohio, heading north on I-75, which I will rate at a 9 out of 10. Exiting onto U.S.-532 to Luckey Road to the KOA campground, in Perrysburg Ohio, just outside of Toledo. Both of these roads are two lane and have seen lots of use. Although they were uneven and patched, there were no potholes. I am giving them a 7 out of ten.
Construction on I-75 between Munroe and Detroit

Leaving there this morning, we travel U.S. 163, a two lane road, I will rate at a 8 out of 10. Onto U.S. 420 to Bypass I-280 to I-75, which I will rate at 9 out of ten, while in Ohio. Once we crossed into Michigan, I-75 became rough, I am going to rate this section of I-75 at a 7 out of ten. 
Crossing the Ambassador Bridge into Canada

That brings us into Canada, and onto the 401 and finally Hwy 4. (Colonel Talbot Rd.) The 401 starts out very smooth, but as we traveled towards London, it definitely has it rough sections, so my rating for this is a 8 out of ten. 

Trucks at Canada Customs
The short drive on Hwy 4 is smooth, so gets a 9 out of 10.
That brings us home to Canada, but not quite to our summer place at "The Ridge". I will include that in a rap up post of mileage, fuel and costs of our winter travels.
On the 401 in Canada

Until the next time, take and be safe.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Our 5th Leg Home

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Effingham & Wapakoneta
Leaving Grove Ok. Wednesday morning to started the 5th leg of our trek home, driven over two days.
The first day we travelled on U.S. 59N to Hwy 125N to U.S. 60E to I-49N to I-44 E to I-70E.
U.S. 59N and Hwy 125N are two lane roadways in good condition that I will rate  8.5 out of ten for both them.

Entering St. Louis

This brings us to U.S. 60E, also a two lane roadway, you turn onto U.S.-60E at Fairland Ok. Right off the bat, I thought this was not going to be a smooth ride. Once we cleared the town, the road smoothed out and we had a nice ride to I-49N. Having said that, my rating for U.S.-60E is a 8 out of ten.
That was the extent of the two lane roadways, the rest of our 5th leg trek is on interstate highways. Beginning with I-49N and I-44E. Both of these highways I am going to rate at 8.5 out of ten except for the last section of I-44E from St. Claire to St. Louis, Missouri. This section got a little worse, so I will rate it as a 8 out of ten.
The famous Arch

Entering the city of St. Louis, we merged onto I-55N/I-70E, driving thru the city close to the famous Arch, finally merging onto I-70E. I wanted to rate this road at a 8 to 8.5, but sadly the bridges are in rough shape so my overall rating is down to a 7.5 from here into Effingham, Illinois, where we stopped for the night at a Cracker Barrel.
Hard to read the signs until you were up close. This was our second day.

There has been some rain today but only intermittent wiper use.
Day two of our trek is a whole other story. Starting out with rain that continued all day to our destination in Wapakoneta Ohio.

Travelling on I-70 E through the rest of Illinois and then through Indiana, taking the I-465 S then I-465 N bypass around Indianapolis to I-70 E, this highway continued to be a seat retching, vehicle jarring  road. The worst are the bridges along with some stretches of the roadway,  it comes close to I-69 that we travelled last winter.
Most of the day was this.

Once we entered Ohio, I-70 E became much smoother that I will rate the rest of the travel on it as a 8 out of ten.
At Dayton Ohio, we merged onto I-75 N. You want to make sure you are in the right lane for this, as it is only a single lane exit and you must slow down to 20 MPH as it is a sharp right hand curve down onto I-75.
I-75 N to Wapakoneta, Ohio is a smooth ride that I will rate as an 8.5 out of ten.

I-70 above, we just came off of it, now on I-75N

This has been a long day compared to yesterday, the constant rain and mist from the passing vehicles, trying to read the road signs in the rain and watch for the right lanes has been tiring. I like to drive, and even though it was less miles today, I was ready to get off the road for day when we did.
Arrowhead Campground, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Thanks for following along, hope these reports help if you happen to be coming this way. There are only two more legs of our trek until we are back in Ontario Canada that I will report on. Stay tune for them.
Until the next time, stay well and travel safe.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Our 4th Leg Home

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Grove Oklahoma
We have all heard that comment, the GPS took me down the wrong way or something to that effect. I use our GPS, which I find to be very accurate, when going somewhere new along with checking Google maps.

If you read Pat's blog about our drive here to Grove, you would have read about three off the route turns, I cannot blame the GPS.
To start off with, I turned left onto US-81 instead of right, like the GPS said to. Thinking it would be quicker to go back an exit to get onto I-40, then driving through El Reno. But, doing this, we were going away from I-40, so started following the GPS. 

It took us on OK-3 to I-35N, which got us around/ through Oklahoma City. Then onto OK-33E to OK-48N to OK-51 E into Tulsa where we joined up with US-64E/US-412E/US-75/I-244E. 

Heading for Tulsa

At this point, we were looking for a Flying J with a Denny's so we could get something to eat and fuel up. We found one at N129th street just off I-244E. Having satisfied both food and fuel, we were ready to get back on the road. Normally, where you get off at an exit, there is the ramp to get back on, not in this case. Second mistake with the GPS, if I had looked at when coming out of the Flying J, I would have seen it telling me to turn left to get onto I-44E, as you could not get back onto US-412E/ I-244E at N129th street to get to I-44E.

I got ourselves turned around and back down past the Flying J and onto I-44E. A few miles down the road and I'm about to make my third and final error of the day. Of course I'm following the GPS, which is taking us to our destination, but we would travel on a toll road, which I didn't want to do.  So,  once again we were getting turned around back to I-412 E to Alt. 412E to US-59 and into Grove.


Not one of these errors were the fault of the GPS, if I had followed it in the first place, it would have taken us to our destination as long as I remembered to get off at I-412E like I had planned to do.

Our Destination

 Travelling all those roads from the start to Tulsa was sure the scenic route, but a pleasant drive. As far as what my road ratings are for these roads, I am going to go with an 8 to 9 out of 10 for all. There was one of the towns we went through that was more like a 7 out of 10, but your speed was at 30 mph and didn't really effect you much. As interesting as the route was, we probably wouldn't take it again, but stick to the interstate.
Thanks for following along, until the next time, take care and be safe. Your comments are always welcome.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Our Third Leg Home

Where Are We Today
Lucky Star Casino
El Reno, Oklahoma
Yesterday, March 11th, we left Bottomless Lake State Park and travelled to El Reno Oklahoma, a total of 460 miles.
Starting out on Bottomless Lake Rd. to US 383 to Roswell on nice  smooth paved roads that I will rate as 9 out of 10.


Next, we turned east onto US-70E to Portales where we joined up with US-60E. US-70, I am rating as a 7 out of 10, it did have some nice smooth sections but there were rough sections that brought my rating down. US-60 is another story, I rate it at a 6.5 to 7 until it joined I-27N at Canyon.
Now heading north towards Amarillo on US-60E, US-87N and I-27N. The road conditions are improving and I will rate this section as a 7.5 to 8 out of 10.


At Amarillo we entered onto I-40E to I-40BL E/ Rte. 66/ Sunset Dr. onto US-81 arriving at The Lucky Star Casino. This last section of travel, is rated at an 8 out of 10.

Convoy of 6 army vehicles.

This has been a great travel day, cool and windy at times, it was still an easy drive. Would we take this route again, probably not, but never say never. Even though there are low ratings on some of these roads, remember that they are averages. The biggest drawback for us, is that from Roswell to Canyon, there are few places to eat that we could pull into with our rig, and one place to get fuel,  also in this section, there were no rest areas, only one picnic area.
I-40 E in Oklahoma

So, here we sit at the Lucky Star Casino in El Reno OK. until Wednesday when we will head off to our next destination of Grove Ok. Stay tune for road updates to there. Until the next time, take care and be safe. Feel free to comment and I will answer.
Lucky Star Casino, El Reno OK.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bottomless Lake State Park

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Bottomless Lake State Park
Roswell New Mexico
Tonight's post is a short one about the route we took today after leaving Elephant Butte State Park.

The route took us on I-25 north, US-380 East, US-70/US-380 East, US-380 to Bottomless Lake Road.
My rating for these roads is, !-25 a 9 out of 10. US-380 a 7 to 7.5 average out of 10. US-70/US-380 is a 9 out of 10. The last stretch of US-380 I rate as a 8.5 out of 10. And finally, Bottomless Lake Road, a 9 out of 10.

 This is a very nice scenic drive, I-25 & I-70 are four lane roads and the other two are two lane. We thoroughly enjoyed the route we took today.
That's it for now, until the next time, take care and be safe. Comment if you wish. 


Friday, March 2, 2018

First Leg to Home

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Elephant Butte State Park
New Mexico
Yesterday March 1st, 2018 was moving day, we started our slow, take our time crawl home. Our plan as of now is to cross into Ontario on April 7th, spending a few days in London before heading up to Durham.
 Setting up in this picturesque state park for a week, we will settle into relaxing, reading, sun soaking and a little sightseeing before we move onto the next location.

View out our back window

To follow our daily activities, stay tune to Pat's Blog, she is much better writing about it then I am.

Along the way in Arizona

As in the past, I am rating the roads on our route here. The following are the roads we travelled from Quail Ridge RV Resort at Huachuca City/Whetstone Az. to Elephant Butte N.M.
Along the way in New Mexico

They are, AZ- 82, AZ -90, I-10, U.S.-180, NM-26, I-25 and my rating for them is 7.5 to 9 out of 10. This was a nice drive with decent roadways.
Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you wish. Until the next time, take care and be safe.

Good bye from our site

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Moving On

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Quail Ridge RV Park
Huachuca City Arizona
Today we moved to a new location, for a two week stay at Quail Ridge RV Park. This was a short jaunt of about 58 miles, first on Interstate 10 to Az90 and finally Az82. The drive took just over an hour with light rain falling for the whole distance and down to just a drizzle for setting up.
Almost there.

Before I forget, I will rate the roads for this trip at a 9 out of 10, pleasant trip with light traffic and rain.

Low clouds.

That's it from me, tune into Pat's Blog to find out about the rest of our day.

Set up on site 39

Thanks for checking in, until the next time, take care and be safe. Leave a comment if you wish, and I will answer back.

This is Saguaro National Park from the other day.

Barrel cactus at the mission

Cactus garden at the mission.