Monday, August 29, 2016

Another Motorcycle

I’m a proud owner of a 1982 Honda 110 trail bike.  I found it, more or less, on Craig’s List several months ago.  A guy was selling a similar one but also had this one that he was going to work on soon.  He works on Hondas as a hobby.Honda Trail 110 He said he would email me when it was done.  He called a couple of weeks ago and was getting ready to put it on Craig’s List.  We agreed on price and I tentatively bought it.  Mark was now back in Texas and he went and looked at it near Dallas.  He said it was a good bike and a good deal.  Bought it.  Mark has it setting at his place until we get back in about 10+ days or so.

The Honda will go on the front of the camper and will be used en route to Alaska next year.  I have to order a front receiver hitch and the bike ramp/holder.  I already got the item numbers for them and will order later this week.  It will add 300 lbs for everything on the front end.  For a V10 Ford 350 super duty, it can handle it.

We’re still in Augusta, WV at Carol’s brother (Steven’s) family campground that he is building.  The pavilion is almost finished. Another good weekend should get it just about done.DSC_0001DSC_0003DSC_0006

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We will be heading back to Livingston the day after Labor Day for medical reasons.  We were gonna stay about another month but I have to get back now and see my doctor.  I made it almost 8 months without going to an ER.  Well, I didn’t make it a year like I was being so careful not do anything dumb.  My brain shifted down to my neck and started hurting and needs to be cut out.  I don’t use it much so I won’t miss it according to so called friends.  We should make it back around Friday the 9th of Sept and my Dr appointment is the following Monday.

I think our cat really likes being around here.  Just resting from a day outside playing.DSC_0012

The internet here is really bad.  Pictures take hours to upload but doable.  We can go down the road about 12 miles to the hospital and use their internet.  I guess you can figure out how we learned that.

So, that’s it i a nut shell.

See ya….

Monday, August 8, 2016

45th Anniversary

Yepper, 45 years of marriage today August 8th.  I don’t even know how she put up with me all of these years.  All I have to say to her is  “I Love You and Thank You for being my best buddy ever.”

See ya……

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Old New Food

This and aDSC_0029DSC_0032Yooho….. Talk about a chocolate over load…

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE…….DSC_0031

Then for dinner…DSC_0038

Really cooked (burnt) is the only way I can eat it.  About this black….Snapshot 1 (8-3-2016 11-06 AM)

See ya….

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

RVers Tips

Here’s something I do.  I always try to put a big dip in the sewer hose.   When I put a dip in the hose it fills up with water thus the bugs normally can’t get passed it.  DSC_0010

Awning straps…  If I put a twist in the strap the wind won’t make that howling noise on windy days.DSC_0020

Battery operated fans are great on buggy days setting out at a table.  Great in Alaska.  Walmart for about $12 bucks.DSC_0046

Yes, raingear.  Walmart has these.  Try it on before getting it.  It’s 3 years old and holding up good except the cat put a few claw holes in it.DSC_0024DSC_0025

They fold up nice and small..by the way..the lighter…..88 cents in the sporting goods department at Walmart.  I got a stockpile of them.DSC_0026

ThermaCell.  This is a must and works great in Alaska according to Mark.  I haven’t decided one way or the other but do have one.DSC_0027

Skeeter spray which is 100% deet.  That is strong and must be used VERY carefully.  I don’t put it on skin but clothes are fine.  DSC_0039

Yeti fake 20 oz cup.  Walmart for under $8 and seems to be real good with the double insulated aluminum and clear lid.DSC_0042

See ya…

Monday, August 1, 2016

Settling In

Getting really set up here in West Virginia.  DSC_0001

We run about 150 feet of hose so we can have water 100% of the time.  Nobody comes up on the weekends nor unannounced.  Can’t find us.  DSC_0004

Car garage until he pavilion is finishedDSC_0006

My rock palace.DSC_0007

Our front yard,DSC_0008Finding the sat was easy this time was easy now that I know the compass setting in-between the treesDSC_0009

I got the compass reading from this sat last time we were here. DSC_0011

Hey, were in West Virginia and you hang them clothes where ever.DSC_0005DSC_0013DSC_0014

Our watch cat….one happy catDSC_0017

Tomorrow I will have “things” on the blog that might help some  RVers with do dads.

See ya………….

Sunday, July 31, 2016

187…. 187 What?

Before bed it was raining, we slept and it rained, we woke up and it was raining, we left and it was raining, we drove in the rain.  I think there’s a 50 50 chance of rain.  50% chance it will rain and 50% chance that it won’t be dry.

It was mostly Interstate driving today.  375 total miles and only a few idiot drivers.  We got diesel in Cross Junction, VA for $2.09 and gas was $1.99.  That’s better than $2.39+ for diesel up North.  I jammed that fuel in the tank for sure.  Especially because we will set for a month.

Where’s the engine?DSC_0002DSC_0005

Harrisburg area…. Man was the Interstate crowded in Pennsylvania.  I forgot to make the phone call and let them know I would be in their state today and get off the roads.  My bust.DSC_0011

In Maryland it was a nice drive.  I think everybody was still asleep.DSC_0012DSC_0014DSC_0015

Which way do I go…..DSC_0017

the roads are getting smaller….DSC_0020

smaller…..yes….one vehicle stops and the other one crawls by…DSC_0023

and smaller….DSC_0028

They even got a lot smaller the last mile but no pics…

Home for August….it is so quiet.  How quiet is it?  It’s so quiet I think I heard the grass grow.DSCN1339DSCN1338

What is 187?  It’s my new weight and not wet.  In November I weighed 225 lbs.  This morning I weighed 187 lbs.  I’ve been trying to get under 190 lbs and into the 180’s for ever it seems like.  It must have been that Chinese Buffet that cleaned out my system.  I thought I would never make it during the Escapade.  After all, Escapade means meet friends and eat don’t it?  Next goal is to get into the 170’s.  Hitting the 200’s wasn’t easy, the 190’s wasn't easy nor was the 180’s.  It’s almost an hourly battle at times and evidently I’m winning most of the battles.  Hopefully I will win the war.

See ya………..

Saturday, July 30, 2016

What A Way To Start A Morning

We pulled out of our site and parked to hook up the car.  A rear outside tire looked low which sometime means the inside tire is low which puts more pressure on the outside tire.  Thus a low looking tire on duals.  I laid down and kicked the inside dual tire.  It felt soft.  I went and got the tire gauge.  Both tires were OK.  We hooked the car up and left……almost.  The car tow bar would not lock on one side.  We stopped and I disconnected one side of the tow bar.  Carol moved the car a few inches forward and then backward then forward.  I got the tow bar extended & lined up and hooked up.  Then while double checking the hook up I noticed that the tow cable was in the way of the locking device thus it couldn’t lock into place.  I looped it another way and everything is OK now.  That’s the first time that the cable ever interfered with the locking of the tow bars.  A very freak thing for sure.  We’re still not off the fairgrounds.  We got into the RV ready to leave now.  We started to pull away but had a drag.  The car was in park and we went about two car lengths with the front car wheels locked up before we realized it.  We left skid marks.  Carol put the car in neutral and we took off finally.  But wait there’s more!  We couldn’t find the cat.  We stopped and the cat was found a few minutes later.  She changed her spot and didn’t tell us.  Finally we really get going down the road.  Wait there’s still more to come.  The cat evidentially didn’t like her new spot and threw up.  Carol got that mess cleaned up without pulling over.  Guess what?  That’s all folks….

We like Vermont route 7 south from Burlington.  Very nice area for 125 miles.  Then we hit New York.  It was obvious that we left a very nice area then drove into someone's  backyard that was not taken care for many miles and acres.   Night and day from our route 7 in Vermont.  New York 1-10 gets a 2 and Vermont gets a 10 for us.

We got fuel (Citgo) in New Haven, VT for $2.39.  It was an easy in and out with clean truck pumps.

Here’s some pictures taken on the move…DSC_0001DSC_0003DSC_0007

Double humper!!!!  He was too far away for a good clear picture and he was real…DSC_0008DSC_0013DSC_0020DSC_0022

We arrived at our Coast to Coast Park ($10) Rondout Valley Resort near Accord, NY 250 miles from the Escapade.  We got 30 amp & water.  It’s a very large destination type park.  Not a resort it claims to be but more of a family type campground.  We would return for sure.  Sorry, no pictures.

It rained later in evening and it rained and rained and rained all night long then it rained some more it even rained hard and some more.  We are setting on soft grassy ground…why not?  Who would have guessed it would rain after this morning.  Hey, it will wash away our adventurous morning, right?

Tomorrow we got about 375 miles which is a lot of Interstate and probably in the rain.  Today (Saturday) was a lot of other back roads.

See ya….