Monday, March 27, 2017

Okay, Okay....I Missed A Day!

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Grove Oklahoma
Last night we kept an eye on the weather fronts, especially the ones 90 miles to the south east as a couple of tornadoes touched down. We still had clear skies with an expected cold front coming in around 11 p.m., which it did, bringing an increase in wind speeds to the 20 MPH mark. Needless to say, we had an uneventful night where we were. Morning brought cloudy skies and still the wind, but being move on day, we were soon packed up and on our way by 10 a. m.
It was an easy drive across I-40 thru Oklahoma City to U.S. 69 N to 412 E which becomes a toll road so we got off part way onto Alternate 412 to U.S.59 N to Grove Ok. Before we left this morning, we had called to book into Eagles Landing for two nights. Arriving at 4 p. m. , it wasn't long before we were set up on site 325 and ready for a good days rest.
We had noticed a few days ago, that, the cargo carrier on the back of the trailer, where we carry our generator and our two folding bikes, was sagging. At one of our pit stops today, it looked even worse. The cargo carrying weight is for 250lbs, and the generator and bikes weighed less than 200 lbs. With all the bouncing up and down on some of these roads, the bar was bending. I made this decision to unload the generator and put it in the back of the truck, leaving the bikes on the cargo carrier. In order to get the generator in the back of the truck, I had to remove the wheel kit so it sat low enough and wouldn't get hit by the trailer hitch. Fifteen minutes later, all was well again and we were on our way.
Well that was our day, so until the next time, take care and be safe. Thanks for your comments.

Bend in the bar

Lashing down the bikes

Generator in the back of the truck

All set to go


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Day Four.....Alright, Enough With the Rhymes

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El Reno Lucky Strike Casino
After my post last night, we did get some rain thru most of the night with some wind gusts in the 20 MPH range, nothing to get excited about and slept well.
Most of the day was cloudy with blue skies making an appearance around 4 p.m. I headed into town this morning to fuel up the truck and go to the bank, I also wanted to fill one of our propane bottles, but the place in town was closed today. No problem will get it down the road.

El Reno Casino

When I got back we had a late breakfast and then settled into a relaxing day  of reading. Around 3 p.m. we walked over to the casino to try our luck. After spending $41.00 between us and we each had free $10.00 playing cards, we cashed in and received $66.85, so we took our big winning and had supper in the restaurant at the casino and still have enough left for tomorrow night's supper.
Back to the trailer around 5 p.m. we settled in for the night. Hope you had a good day and until the next time, take care and be safe. 


Beep Beep

Buy for Now


Friday, March 24, 2017

HeHeHe and Today Makes Three

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El Reno Ok.
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El Reno Ok.
Last night we were in a Texas Travel Center in Amarillo Tx. A nice spot on the east side of Amarillo that allows overnight parking for trucks and RV. There was high wind and rain storm that came thru the west side of Amarillo and the east side caught some of it too.
Picnic area at the Travel Center, Amarillo

 Until ten p.m., we had some gusty winds, up to 50 MPH, then it quieted down, during this time we had pulled in our slides on the windward side of the trailer. Just after one a.m. and about until 2 a.m. the winds picked up again, shifting directions also, so much that I was up to keep watch until they calmed down again. All thru the night I could hear a couple of our solar panels rattling so badly that I thought they might blow right off the roof, fortunately they didn't.

The very back panel, the bolt was gone, not to be found.

The second panel back, the bolt was laying right there.
There were a few of us there for the night

This morning I could see at least two of the bolts that hold the panels in place were missing. Taking a couple from the tilt arms, I climbed onto the roof to replace them. I found one laying right where it fell out but the other one was missing all together, after replacing them, I checked all the others to make sure they were finger tight again, no more rattling.
According to the Weather Network and the staff in the Travel Center, there was a wind and storm warning for today between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. with wind gusts between 60 and 70 MPH for the Amarillo area and less severe to the east. That was all we needed to know, we closed up, lifted the jacks and got out of there. Within in an hour of driving we were into blue skies and mostly a tail wind all the way down the road. Just after 11 a.m. we needed fuel and since we hadn't eaten yet, thought we should get some breakfast. A Flying "J" with a Dennys  happened to be coming up, so in we went.
Us and the truck fed, we headed on down the road to our present location at the Lucky Star Casino in El Reno a little west of Oklahoma City. They have about a dozen sites, first come first served, with full hook ups where you can stay for free for three days, but they do expect you to play some games, we can play a little.

El Reno Casino

Sites right on the edge of the lot

Green open field behind us.

There is some wind here, but gusts up to 35 MPH only and a beautiful day forecast for tomorrow, we can live with that.
Well that's all I have to say today, until the next time take care and be safe.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

What Do You Know - Two In A Row

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Amarillo Texas
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What Do You Know
Two Days In A Row

Another travel day across I-40 East, our goal today was Amarillo Tx. We headed out at 9:00 a.m. with bright blue skies and light traffic.
We stopped for fuel a couple of times and one rest stop to make lunch. It has been a windy drive with the winds in the 35 MPH range and gusts to 45 MPH, but we held the road well, not like some of the transports going by and drifting a foot or more in the wind.

Rest Stop, stop, to make some lunch

New Mexico scenery

We pulled into the Texas Travel Centre on the east side of Amarillo at 5:30 p.m. Central Time, yes a time zone change. The winds are heavy as I write this at 7:30 p.m. CTZ, there have been heavy storm warnings for west of Amarillo with up to 60 MPH winds, rain lightning and hail possible. We are getting just the winds and hopefully that's all, as they say the storm is tracking north east.
That's about it from me, tomorrow we will track east some more but with a shorter travel day. Until the next time, take care and be safe. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pat Said That I Should Write

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Pat Said I Should Write

Yes , it has been some time since I put something on my blog, but if you follow Pat's blog,HERE , you know exactly what we are up to, where we have been, how we are doing, and why. So no point in writing it about it twice, well except for today, just so I write something, it may be close to what Pat writes.

Breathless scenery!

Today is a travel day, leaving Fire Road 688 near the south rim of the Grand Canyon we headed south on AZ. Hwy 64 to I-40 at Williams AZ.  I- 40 East was so ruff from Williams past Flagstaff to mile marker 210, I thought my back teeth were going to fall out.
It was a good day to drive, cruising along at 60 MPH, relaxed with light steady traffic until just before we stopped when we hit 5 miles of construction for about 15 minutes. Finally stopping at Sky City Travel Center and Casino for the night, tucked into a corner where we are away from the trucks and able to open our slides. There is a little wind that will rock us to sleep.

Stopped for fuel at a Flying J, had to set up the pump where you see me standing, then set the nozzle on the ground, turn on the pump and go around to the drivers side and turn on the pump there and pump the fuel. First time for everything.

We are on a slow homeward trek with arrival in Ontario slated for April 1 st., so with time between here and then, we will find a campground to stay in for a few days.
That's about it from me, enjoy the pics, comment if you like and until the next time stay safe.