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Tom and Louise on Tour in North America



From the Great Plains to the Front Range in One Day

Posted by TBUTLER, 14 September 2014 - - - - - - · 44 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 - - - - - - · 82 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 - - - - - - · 77 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 - - - - - - · 84 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...


Family Time and the Motor Home

Posted by TBUTLER, 19 August 2014 - - - - - - · 221 views
Missouri, Doctors, Children and 2 more...
We are wrapping up a three week stay with our family in Missouri.  We've had a chance to see all of our grandchildren and enjoy some time with each.  Ryan is now a freshman in high school and a new member of the marching band.  Spencer is in eighth grade and enjoys sports as only a young boy can.  Kaitlyn started sixth grade in the mid...


A Wet Driving Day to Our Next Destination

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 August 2014 - - - - - - · 142 views
Oklahoma, Missouri, Wet Roads
The next leg of our trip begins with an early wake-up.  I was checking weather when it started to rain.  It was a light rain but I had to unhook the utilities so I quickly went outdoors to unhook the water and sewer.  The car had to be run before towing and I took care of that.  I came in with a wet head and damp shirt.  I dried m...


Our Trip Continues

Posted by TBUTLER, 12 August 2014 - - - - - - · 123 views
San Antonio, Riverwalk, Austin and 3 more...
Our first stop on our way north was in San Antonio.  I had an appointment at Iron Horse RV to have a new set of house batteries installed.  We've always had good service experiences with them.  This time was different.  The LIfeline batteries we specified weren't there, they hadn't been ordered.  The person who took the order didn...


A Trip Starts With a Misstep

Posted by TBUTLER, 29 July 2014 - - - - - - · 266 views
RV Service, RV Repair, Parts
After five weeks at home we packed the motor home and set out to touch base with our families.  The motor home fix-it list needs some attention so we'll try to get some of those items taken care of on this trip as well.
 
Ten years of sun and wind have taken their toll on the awnings on the windows.  The fabric is fraying and seams are disi...


Did We Take Our Motorhome to New Zealand and Australia?

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 July 2014 - - - - - - · 383 views
New Zealand, Australia, Motorhome and 2 more...
Did We Take Our Motorhome to New Zealand and Australia? One of the questions that came up was whether we had our motor home in Australia.  This is something that one might consider for an extended trip but it isn’t really feasible.  There are numerous problems, the first is that the campgrounds aren’t set-up for our motor homes.  The power cords we use don’t fit anything here....


Pictures Bring Questions About Weather and Climate

Posted by TBUTLER, 29 June 2014 - - - - - - · 256 views
New Zealand, Weather, Climate
Pictures Bring Questions About Weather and Climate Here is another question.  In a recently posted picture the ground looked rather dry, not the lush green paradise that many imagine for New Zealand.  Let me assure you there are many places that are lush and green.  The North Island and indeed much of New Zealand has experienced a rather dry summer.  They are quite a bit behind their n...