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Old 08-10-2011, 05:34 PM   #15
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:43 PM   #16
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I will try to explain why it is not so good to drive 700 miles in one day by describing my trip this summer. I started out on June 1, going to the Tetons and Yellowstone. I wanted to get there in 7 days and averaged 450 miles a day, only to find that Spring had not yet sprung in the Rockies and there was snow, hail, and cold rain every day for the first two weeks. When it got above 40 degrees F, it changed to mud. To add to the unpleasantness Fishing Bridge did not have electicity and my refer would not work on LP. So I had to go to Cody to get it fixed. While that was not on my original plan, that was when my luck started to change. I was forced to slow down. The drive out of Yellowstone to Cody was the most beautiful road of the trip so far. We pulled into the Pondarosa Campground and found that was the best so far. We contacted a repair guy recommended by the staff and found him far above just honest. We then learned that there was an indian pow wow scheduled the next day at the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. That was when I figured out that you have to put up with the bad parts to get to the really good ones. We stayed in Cody for a week. We went back to Colter Bay and the sun came out. From then on until we got to just south of Phoenix AZ life was good but by then a little pain in my left leg would not go away. I limped for 2 more weeks until I could get to my Dr. who put me in the hospital with a DVT aka blood clot. Which gets me back to 700 miles a day. Sometimes you make your own luck. Doc said I dodged a very big bullet and I would have to stop driving 400 miles a day. Bad things happen when your pushing it beyond your capacity and are in a rush. During this trip I also learned that many are driving from one contract job to another. I hope you are all safe and take your time to get to the next job. Remember that the most important destination that you have to get to is not the next job but retirement. JMO. I could be wrong.
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For anyone reading this thread, Seajay embellishes a little bit and the above post is embellished only in the names of the places he stopped, like ""Roys garage, tanning parlor, cafe, beauty shop and welding shop", but ever incident he described actually happened to him. It's a good thing he won that $500 dollars, (and he did) because with out that he would not have had any good luck at all.
I did forget one thing....... Wayne the Marine was having a knee fixed and I wanted to suprise him with a ''custom carved walking cane'' I am a wood carver and sometimes I do pretty good. Since Wayne the Marine kept it a big secret that he was having a ''part'' replaced his wife finally told me about the upcoming surgery. I was really pressed for time and I wanted to do him a ''special good job'' on the carving of the fenial. I would work on it every day and I was happy with the results until I woke up one morning and discovered that the flamin fenial was split right down the middle ...... I said shux real loud because I had no more dry wood to work with. I packed the crack with epoxy glue and finished the job but it definately aint my best work but Wayne seems to be very proud of it.
Anyhow, that was just another ''thing'' that went wrong on my trip to ''H$*).....

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I will try to explain why it is not so good to drive 700 miles in one day by describing my trip this summer. I started out on June 1, going to the Tetons and Yellowstone. I wanted to get there in 7 days and averaged 450 miles a day, only to find that Spring had not yet sprung in the Rockies and there was snow, hail, and cold rain every day for the first two weeks. When it got above 40 degrees F, it changed to mud. To add to the unpleasantness Fishing Bridge did not have electicity and my refer would not work on LP. So I had to go to Cody to get it fixed. While that was not on my original plan, that was when my luck started to change. I was forced to slow down. The drive out of Yellowstone to Cody was the most beautiful road of the trip so far. We pulled into the Pondarosa Campground and found that was the best so far. We contacted a repair guy recommended by the staff and found him far above just honest. We then learned that there was an indian pow wow scheduled the next day at the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. That was when I figured out that you have to put up with the bad parts to get to the really good ones. We stayed in Cody for a week. We went back to Colter Bay and the sun came out. From then on until we got to just south of Phoenix AZ life was good but by then a little pain in my left leg would not go away. I limped for 2 more weeks until I could get to my Dr. who put me in the hospital with a DVT aka blood clot. Which gets me back to 700 miles a day. Sometimes you make your own luck. Doc said I dodged a very big bullet and I would have to stop driving 400 miles a day. Bad things happen when your pushing it beyond your capacity and are in a rush. During this trip I also learned that many are driving from one contract job to another. I hope you are all safe and take your time to get to the next job. Remember that the most important destination that you have to get to is not the next job but retirement. JMO. I could be wrong.
You are right. Sometimes, we loose sight of what is important. I was amazed at the number of people who want to speed through Yellowstone. Relaxing and enjoying the trip (and I also agree with you that the drive between Yellowstone and Cody is one of the most beautiful that we've had) is important.

We had another trip that could have been a trip from hades. We dropped our RV off at the chassis factory in Gaffney, SC for a major change to add anti-sway bars front and rear. It was supposed to take 10 hours. When we got back to pick it up after 12 hours, they told us that they had two techs working on it and that it would take 16 hours. When they gave it back to us, it was 6:30pm (in Nov), it was pouring down rain and if we started to travel, Atlanta was 1.5 hours away in the direction that we had to go. Because of the delay, we had to push hard the next day. So I ended up driving a vehicle with a massive chassis change that was never read tested 600 miles through intermittent rain and through Atlanta the next day. We pulled into a CG in the dark (across a one lane road that was also the breastwork of a dam) just West of Jackson, MS. I wanted to get out and kiss the ground.
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