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Tom and Louise on Tour in North America



Eastbound on I-10 on the Way Home

Posted by TBUTLER, 22 November 2014 - * * * * - · 122 views
Tucson, Arizona, New Mexico and 7 more...
We spent Sunday night at the Wal-Mart on the north side of Tucson.  Monday morning we were out just after rush hour.  Making the turn from traveling southward from Oregon, we now turn into the sun in the early morning, heading east toward Texas.  Traffic through Tucson on I-10 is heavy but not as bad as some city driving.  About 30 mil...


On to Las Vegas!

Posted by TBUTLER, 14 November 2014 - - - - - - · 109 views
Road Trip, Nevada, Las Vegas and 2 more...
Picking up the story where I left off with the previous entry, we are on a trip from Western Oregon to our winter home in the southern tip of Texas.  As I write this we have been at home for three weeks.  Returning home means a flurry of activities which have now started to normalize.  I'm back to writing... 
 
Leaving the Susanvi...


Fleeing the Cold, Rain and Clouds

Posted by TBUTLER, 17 October 2014 - - - - - - · 839 views
Oregon, California, Road Trip
We spent most of this week with our daughter and her family at their vacation home in Oregon.  During our stay there were several days of rain and clouds.  Nights were cool enough that we had the furnace running.  Oregon is beautiful.  Their home is on the Umpqua river about 30 miles inland where they can actually fish from their back...


California Girls

Posted by TBUTLER, 05 October 2014 - - - - - - · 167 views
California, Family and 1 more...
After our stay at the factory service center in Oregon, we are now in California staying with our daughters family in the Gold Hills south of Sacramento.  We come here every fall to take care of the two girls, age 6 and 8.  Their school is on a year-round schedule and they get a break this time of year.  Mom works in another school district...


The Great Repair Adventure

Posted by TBUTLER, 26 September 2014 - - - - - - · 1,275 views
Maintenance, Repair and 4 more...
The bane of every motor home owner is maintenance.  I'm a relatively handy guy and can handle lots of simple things but over time there are problems that occur that are better done by someone with more knowledge and experience than I can muster.  As I've aged, the line that separates what I want to do and what I will pay someone else to do has m...


Remembering Weed, California

Posted by TBUTLER, 17 September 2014 - - - - - - · 191 views
Weed, California, Fire, Volcanoes and 2 more...
Having traveled the country for 14 years in a motor home there are many places mentioned in the news Louise and I have visited.  They become more than just abstract names of places in the news, they become familiar territory.  In the news in the last few weeks, Phoenix, Lake Havasu, Tuscon all had major flooding and damage.  We stayed in RV...


From the Great Plains to the Front Range in One Day

Posted by TBUTLER, 14 September 2014 - * * * * - · 174 views
Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Cheyenne and 2 more...
We left Wounded Knee with a desire to return on another day.  Early morning on Sunday and a holiday weekend as well are not the best time to visit most any site.  Driving on west we passed through the town of Pine Ridge the largest community of the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Entering town it looks to be a pretty typical community.  As we...


Wounded Knee

Posted by TBUTLER, 10 September 2014 - - - - - - · 241 views
Wounded Knee, Battlefield and 2 more...
Wounded Knee As we left Martin, SD it began to rain lightly.  Radar showed rain between Martin and Wounded Knee.  As we passed fields of sunflowers their heads were bowed, hiding their bright yellow ray flowers we had seen the day before.  The sunflowers are much shorter than the ones I planted in my garden in the 70’s.  Their heads are small...


An Easy Drive Across the Prairie

Posted by TBUTLER, 05 September 2014 - - - - - - · 137 views
South Dakota, Campgrounds
We left Yankton, South Dakota, on Saturday morning on our way to Denver, Colorado.  We have made this trip in one day many times in the past.  This trip would be different.  It is Labor Day weekend and we don't have reservations in Denver until Labor Day itself.  So we have all day Saturday and Sunday and part of Monday before we have...


Another Leg on Our Summer Journey

Posted by TBUTLER, 03 September 2014 - - - - - - · 142 views
Carefree of Colorado and 2 more...
After a three week stay in eastern Missouri at my daughter's home we were preparing to leave.  After unplugging the coach I started the generator.  Just as it was switching the current over to the generator it died.  The error code indicated an overheat condition.  It was a very warm day but we could get by without the air conditioners...