Friday, October 28, 2022

Where Did the Jello Settle

Where Are We Today

Davis Camp Park

Bullhead City, Arizona

Here is where the Jello settled, Davis Camp Park, Bullhead City Arizona. We have seen this park many times, but have never camped here before. We have a membership park here but need to book 3 days in advance to get in, so we will spend two nights here then move a couple of miles to the membership park for 5 nights.

Sunrise behind us

This morning we left the Fire Rock Casino at 6:45 a.m., continuing our trek across I-40. Twenty-two miles down the road we crossed into Arizona, hitting about 100 miles of the roughest section of I-40 so far, after that we had sections of new pavement and fairly smooth older sections. It is great to see that all the states we have passed thru are now repairing I-40, this is the best I have seen it since we started coming down here in 2016.

Terra Cotta color Rocks
We were still at elevations over 7000 ft today, travelling across the upper plains, thru The Petrified Forest, Winslow, (Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona, by The Eagles), The Coconino Forest, the Kaibab Forest and the Navajo Indian Territory. Eventually we arrived in Kingman where we leave I-40 for State Hwy 68 to Bullhead. There is a significant drop in elevation and then a rise before the 12 mile drop into Bullhead, where trucks must reduce their speed to 50 mph, this is a 6% grade of twist and turns. Looking down into the valley, you can see where Bullhead lays along the Colorado River, which divides Arizona and Nevada. Across the river you can pick out the casinos on the other side in Laughlin, Nevada.
Plains and one of the downhill grades

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always welcome. I may take a break for a couple of days, we’ll see, until the next time, take care. P.S. don't forget to check out Patsy is Chillin,> HERE


Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Jello Jiggled Again

Where Are We Today
Fire Rock Casino

Church Rock/Gallup New Mexico

Yes, the Jello has Jiggled again, our intended destination for today was supposed to be Elephant Butte New Mexico. Travelling across I-40 towards Albuquerque, a brain wave hit, why don’t we keep going west and we will come the southern route on the way home.

Reflection in my mirror of the Sun rising behind us.
We left Amarillo this morning in the dark at 7:10 a.m., not something that I usually do, but we were thru the city well before any heavy traffic. The road has been fairly smooth all the way, the odd rough spot but there has been many sections of new pavement and work being done in both Texas and New Mexico. We had a slowdown of about 10 minutes in Albuquerque because of an accident, we had some rain with hale for a couple of minutes and a slowdown of about 15 minutes for construction. 

All in all, a pretty good day of 426.8 miles of travelling, reaching elevations over 7000 ft and cool temperatures in the low 40F range. Of course, those two factors play havoc with the fuel mileage, but better travel mileage tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by, check in again to see where we end up tomorrow. You can check out a more detailed account of the day by reading Patsy is Chillin .HERE    Until the next time, take care.

Our route today.


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

I-40 All Day

Where Are We Today 

Amarillo Travel and Information Center

Amarillo Texas

Todays travel started at 7:11 a.m. after fueling up at a Murphy U.S.A. station right in the Walmart parking lot. We were quickly back on U.S. I-40 for our destination at this Travel and Information Center here in Amarillo Texas.

 We have stayed here a few times on our way down or coming back home. It has spaces for RV’S, cars and the tractor trailers for overnight parking.

I-40 is in pretty good shape on the section we travelled today with only two spots of construction taking place. The first one was when we came into Oklahoma City where there were reduced lanes and speed, we sailed thru quite easily with no slow downs or stoppages. The second was about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City, where two lanes went down to one for bridge repairs. Traffic backed up for a couple of miles at a slow pace to the occasional brief stop. After about 20 minutes we were thru and continuing on our way, climbing steadily from the 400 ft level to 3,670-ft level here in Amarillo. Adding to the climb were the steady strong winds, which neither helped fuel mileage, over the 437.5 miles travelled today.

Thanks for stopping by, for a more detailed coverage of our day, check in on “Chillin With Patsy”.  HERE     If you are an anonymous commenter, sign your first name and last initial, so I know who you are. Until the next time take care. 

5th day of travel from Van Buren Arkansas to Amarillo Texas

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Two Days

Where Are We Today
Van Buren Arkansas

Oct.24,2022 we left Wapakoneta, Ohio around 8:20 a.m. heading south on I-75 heading for Dayton, where we hung a right onto I-70 west. Again I-75 was fairly smooth driving, with a few rough spots, some new pavement and of course construction. In Ohio, I-70 is good driving, but entering Indiana for at least the first 30 miles is the worst I have seen, I am still trying to get my insides back in place. After that we did a smooth swing around Indianapolis using the 465 By-Pass.

Our goal today was a Walmart in Effingham Illinois, but the Jello jiggled, around 12 noon we entered the central time zone which meant we would arrive way too early to stop for the day, so we pressed on. At this time, we decided to change our route some and headed south on State Hwy 57  to the town of Sikeston Missouri, to the Walmart there. This was our longest day yet on the road, 9 hours.  A little shopping at Walmart, dinner at Mongolian restaurant across the street and an early night.

Third Day Points E-F
Next morning, Oct.25th, 2022, (in case anyone is counting, it's 2 months to Christmas) we were up early and on the road by 7:30 a.m. I usually don’t get fuel at “Love’s”, but the price was decent and we would need it soon. Again, our route was different then I would have taken, heading west on State Hwy 60 then onto State Hwy 67, State Hwy 64 and finally I-40 to Van Buren, Arkansas and a Walmart parking lot, 367.9 miles later.

Fourth Day Points F-G
Today’s roads were a combination of 4 and 2 lane roads in good shape. The first 2 hours we drove thru rain, some heavy at times to the point that we could have pulled over if there were wide enough shoulders, but not on this 2-lane highway. We slowed down and pushed thru those times. Eventually the rain stopped, the sun came out and we enjoyed small towns and country side we have not seen before.

Sorry for the blur. We were going thru a town called Dexter when this Dexter Trailer parts truck passed us. The axles on many trailers including ours are Dexter axles.
 We are settled in for the night, blogs written, our route and destination for tomorrow planned.

Thanks for following along, until the time, take care and if you are also on the road, safe travels.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Where Are We Today
Wapakoneta, Ohio

Today was our second day on the road since leaving the Ridge. Departing from CanAm RV Center just after 8:00 a.m., we crossed the border in short order and proceeded west on I-69. 

Approaching Customs

The road still has some rough sections but improvements are being made. We picked up I-75 south just the other side of Flint for a couple of miles, then onto State Hwy 23 south. 

Construction along the way

This route took us down around Ann Arbor to By-Pass 475 round Toledo and back onto I-75. Here we carried onto Wapakoneta Ohio, where we are camped for the night.

I realize that this route is a little out of the way, but it has kept us away from Detroit and all the construction going on there.

Wapakoneta exit

Today we travelled 327.5 mi, burning 31.7 gal. of fuel and averaging 10.3 mpg. I filled the truck here in Wapakoneta @ U.S. $ 5.559/ gal for 33.018 gal.

Check back for our continued route. Until the next time, take care.

Our route so far

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Fall, Where has the Summer Gone

Where Are We Today

“The Ridge”

Priceville Ontario


Here we are, the Middle of October and our last week at the Ridge for this year. Patsy from “patsyischillin” has kept you all update with our daily adventure of life and the fall colours that we are experiencing this year. All but a few last-minute items have been put away for the winter before our departure this coming weekend.

My working schedule has come to an end with many reno’s for happy customers completed.


 This has been a great summer hobby related, with many weekends out at my local flying field, The Saugeen Radio Control Flyers, and starting a new building project. In an earlier post I had mentioned, the building of a Corsair, sorry to say that I lost interest in that project and have passed it on to someone else.

My new project is a Aeronca Sedan, which will be finished as a stand off scale model of “The City of Yuma” an Aeronca Sedan that did a 47 day nonstop endurance flight back in 1949. You can Google it. The aircraft sits high on a pedestal in the city hall of Yuma Arizona.

Here you can see it on it's pedestal, you can also get on the second floor and stand right in front of prop.

Built this box to house the fuel tank and make the front end stronger for mounting the engine, not sure if I am liking this, may make changes.

Cockpit area

Back in the day of Model kit manufacturers, there was a company called Pica that produced a 1/5 stand off scale kit of the Aeronca Sedan. They are no longer in business, but I was able to get a set of the plans from this kit. I then had the plans blown up to ¼ scale and found “Katana Aircraft Models” to cut me a short kit. (A short kit is the formers and ribs, none of the stick or hardware that you would have got from a manufactures kit.)
Tail section, large cut out is for one of the servos

When you buy a manufactured kit, you get all the parts including the stick and hardware along with the plans and a instruction book with step by step instructions.

Scratch building is the way I’m building this model, no instructions. I have never scratch built a model before so I will admit that I will be stumbling through some of the build. Having built several kit models before will definitely help me work through the process. Over the summer, I have made considerable progress on the fuselage, as shown in these pictures. Now that we will be heading to Arizona in a week, the building will have to wait until next spring.

Thanks for stopping by, until the next time, take care. Comments are always welcome.