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Thursday July 23
Dakota what a deal (our fulltimer home state) and finding this is a long
state to drive across, and now up the middle going north. Much like Iowa,
crops and more crops, without irrigation systems as needed in Nebraska
this far west, but in this case wheat and hay and some sun flower fields
thrown in for good measure. Wheat harvest is in full swing in the south
and still kind of green up north here yet. This is a learning experience
as I've been in many areas in the west, but not through this section of
to buy a brand new John Deere combine. Just get out your petty cash me
We came upon our stopping
for the night town (Herreid, SD) with RV park and this is what we found.
The main street was torn up.
Ruts tipping the 5er from
side to side and back and forth trying to miss the big trucks. What a mess.
The flag person refused to even look at us as she knew she would get a
stern look back from us expressing a now verbal how could they mess
this up this bad. I'm sure she has had to put up with people yelling at
her and she saw us coming with tehe5er bounching around in the ruts.
We checked Streets and Trips
as we are going to backtrack in the morning and go on side streets to get
around this disaster. We could see they were routing all traffic
right down through the construction so as to keep the huge grain trucks
off the side streets.
On the north side of town
our RV park right on US HW 83. What do you want for $10. We are the only
people here and we don't expect any to show up. It's all just for us, me
The truck on the left was
with the suvey crew doing the raod.
Call for reservations are
meet our lovely campground host. You pay your money and takes your chances.
Inside the building there was a his and hers (might hae been cleaned sometime
this year, didn't look close) and a couple of washers and dryers. Some
exercise equipment which a local kid was using along with a stereo that
we could hear inside our 5er with the A/C going. Not a problem, kids are
kids... have fun while you can, me thinks.
sign said Rates: $20 or as indicated in your travel book. In our
case PassportAmerica sez $10. I printed out a copy of the PA listing and
included it with a 10 dollar bill. Have a nice day. But it is 93 outside
and the 30 amp power is keeping us cool. The power pedistles look newer
and we are the only ones here, so don't think low power will be a problem.
Me thinks this is the bargain we were looking for. Except we now feel we
came out of our way to find it. We have decided since landing here we are
going to back track a bit and head down to HW 12 and then go west through
Mobridge on over to Bowman, ND. to a little RV park we found on the web.
see heading north and taking I-95 through Bismark. No interstates for us,
thank you if we can help it. Guess we got carried away with seeing
a low cost PA park here. With burning fuel up and backto get here we could
have stayed at a regular RV park on US 12. Might be why this park is not
used much. Live and learn me thinks. We are out to enjoy and not
be perfect, that's for sure... If not IT is always Terry to blame as Navigator
Error. But this time I picked this spot so he is off the hook. Damn...
knew it will be Friday night so I called
Butte View RV park in Bowman and they said not a problem. Me thinks
things are slow. We found this next stop on www.freecampgrounds.com
and also checked the GPS location in Google earth. What a way to travel.
If they only had this stuff 150 years ago. Looking forward to see
how busy things are as we continue our travels. Got diesel for $2.39 today.
Not complaining... HW 12 should be a fun route as many small towns
along the route.
did I mention we went to the pool last night in Mitchell in the R &
R Campground. A PA Park for $15 What a great deal that was. It was open
till 10 PM and we were the only ones in it. I floated and closed my eyes
and had the best like suspended animation experience. It was heaven. Now
to get a hot tub when in Q this winter, how cool that would be.
Vermillion we discovered southern South Dakota is wet as rivers were flooded
and fields were a mess. Late morning we came upon our hometown Emery, SD.
About time we visited our hometown. It just celebrated its 125th Celebration,
and we missed it.
was nice we could stop by as we had never been there before. MyHomeAddressInc.com
was open and we got our mail and without much fuss. They are located
on a dead end street (a street sign said no RVs beyond this point) in a
addition behind their garage, so we couldn't drive the 5er to them but
had to walk several blocks. I am out of shape (it was warm and humid) for
that, not me thinks, me knows. I know what you're saying... Pure
I was a little pooped when
we finally got inside in the above picture.
The sign for Emery sez pop
just up the road Alexandria the county seat pop 563.
Now I came from a small
county in eastern Iowa but this IS tiny. We could see the population of
the entire county is maybe under 2000 and me thinks more people live on
paper in this one room in Emery than real people in the entire county.
You would think the county would provide valet parking for this place with
all the federal revenue sharing moneys they get for their population count
that doesn't physicley live here.
headed off to Mitchell our stop for the day. R&R Campground is a PassportAmerica
affiliate so it cost us all of $15 to check-in. Nice pool and the works.
Terry is off now doing laundery in their machines.
We just had to go for a drive
and look what we found, the tourist trap of downtown and the Corn Palace.
And no we didn't stop and tour it. When you are the driver you get to decide
when the big O truck stops. Guess who drives...
Yes those are ears of corn
on the wall. Cool.
Next the reason for all the
fuss of Mitchell, SD. Cabela's. Terry wanted fly fishing leaders, shoes,
and I wanted a new camping lounge chair. Their catalogue showed just a
model I wanted.
Well let me tell you we
came away vowing never in the near term to at least this Cabela's again.
Very disappointed. First off we noted the parking lots so very empty.
(See above) Hum, it is Wednesday and in the middle of summer vacation this
place should have been busy. Right on I-90 Not so. On inside we went.
It didn't take us long to
decided things we not up to snuff. They had no fly fishing equiptmernt
that (Terry was looking for) as in leaders and replacement net bags.etc.
I had been wanting to get a nice light camping recliner, but the camping
section looked like it was a Sunday and everyone had left the campground
and gone home. No chairs at all to speak of. Very bleak. I thought as I
searched the section, you can't sell it if, you don't have it. Terry wanted
new Cabela's walking shoes... nope none in stock. We made it politely clear
we were unhappy campers. They of course offered to ship anything and at
no cost, but as we are fulltime and moving on down the road that doesn't
After the front clerk called
one of the managers to come up front to see if they could please us as
they were all very polite. It was what that manager said that made
what we had observed, with the lack of inventory, come to light.
He acknowledged they were short product and among other things this caught
us between the ears. He said "some of their venders have not been shipping
inventory to them". Code words for Cabela's might be in a tad bit
of trouble. Others such as Sportsman's Outlet are in Chapter 11 and it
doesn't take much thought after looking around this store that things are
not going well. Now that is just our observation and we hope we got the
wrong impression. But no reason to stop in here... best to call ahead to
have must have items shipped ahead to the store for pick-up if they even
The sculpture in front of
Cabela's. A work of ART. Enjoy.
Next off to northern South
Dakota. To Herreid, SD (See the box around its name) (A $10 a night PassportAmerica
park) after leaving Mitchell. We will boondock when we get more into the
boonies. Besides it is warm and our next stop it is to be 95 for the high
We were thinking of staying
an extra day in Mitchell but after our Cabela's experience we are moving
the great green farmlands of eastern Iowa and hit US 20 to cross the northern
part of the state to get to South Dakota as we are headed for our first
sotp in Vermillion, SD.
Iowa is now big for wind power. Corn and wind, this goes on for
miles and miles.
Landed in Vermillion, SD
at their nice
would not believe the yelling it took for us to get backed into this spot.
We were a little tired from our days drive. Got to get back in the grove
as we have been off the road for a few weeks. We first tried the one to
the left but soon decided the satellite would not find anything through
the tree so moved to the one next to it.
weather was rain for most of the morning as we drove through it for several
hours. Now partly could and about 80 out. A nice breeze... The entire midwest
with all the green crops reminds us as the movie sez
Is this heaven... no this is Iowa... but SD comes up a close
second as it is now our new home state.
for the yelling... I told Terry after we sat down with a happy hour drink,
said we might as well get off to the correct start. Screaming at each other
so as we go along it will only get better... With no other RVers
camped here we could yell a loud as we want without getting that, can we
help you back in, look. You know you are in trouble when they bring
out their lawn chairs to watch you park it. And he yells to his wife
bring me another beer, this is going to be fun...
sense starting out all pleasant lovey... dovey.. and have it deteriorate.
This way it can only get better me thinks. Terry thinks it is going
to get better also. We did have a great first day, not to worry...
off to Mitchell, SD as we pass through our home town, for mail forwarding
that is in Emery, SD. MyHomeAddress,Inc
we have never been there... is that a problem. Now to remedy that, so if
we are ever stopped by some terrorist security agency and asked where we
are from and about our home town, we wont have to say we have
been there. An answer like that could get you a ride in the back seat of
a unmarked police unit to the local dungeon for more questions, me
next another big day as we are off exploring whatever we can find...
Cabela's is in our future... Shopping for goodies... Mitchell,
SD here we come.
Off we went to eastern Iowa
to visit Terry's family and their century farm. His parents still live
on it along with his brother and his son who is now just out of college
and pursuing a career in insurance working with a agency in a nearby town.
See where we are at, on the DataStormUsers
map. Terry's brother has taken it over to farm and also works fulltime
for the USDA in their local field office.
They moved some machinery
so we could have a spot to land next to some grain bins. Really a great
RV pad spot. You know how great it is to be able to visit family and have
a free RV spot. I also grew up on a farm so parked out back next to the
grain bins was right up my alley. Feel right at home.
Parked on a level spot where
an wooden old corn crib building used to stand.
Have to have HD TV dish set
up. Needed to spot it just so it didn't get set up in a cow pie.
From inside our living room.
Oat hay bales with the oat shaft still attached clipped before the grain
matures. The cows love this like candy. A electric wire runs around it
so they can't get to it till it is served up for desert.
This is where you get your
power when camping out back on the family farm. Terry and his brother wired
this 30 amp box into his existing power that runs the grain bin augers.
He is selling grain on Friday afternoon and the area will be filled with
semis getting loading up to take it all to town to the co-op. They will
be on the other side and not effect where we are parked.
The weather is now great
being so cool that we have turned off the A/C and on Friday the high is
forcast for only 67. This is mid July the last I looked. Think we'll take
it and love it.
we are getting ready to head to the outback as in ND amd MT we thought
we needed new FRS/GMRS 2 way radios. We had been thinking about getting
new ones for some time. We need to be in contact and if cell service is
not close this is the easy way to go. Our old ones were not up to par with
want we now wanted so when wondering around WalMart the other day, right
there was some Cobra 22 Mile range units that looked just like what we
should have. You know WalMart only has brands that they have determined
are the best in the field and at the right price.
they had NOAA weather radios built in. That did it, Terry bought them with
him saying this is your birthday present. OK OK that sounded good. so off
what do we find, the charger unit didn't put out any power. You can plug
it into each unit or to the base unit, either way it didn't work. SO off
they go back to Wally World. New ones opened after you cut through the
packaging without slicing of a finger if your lucky. Well this batch had
its problems also. One of the units auto squelch didn't work as you had
to touch the antenna to quite it. Not good. So these were also going back...
this time I decided I should do a little research as we were not going
to just replace these Cobra units again. Now looking for a better solution
to our needs. Off to Cnet.com on the web and other places to do research
as to what I should buy and for customer comments... Why didn't I
do that in the first place. I normally do that but I thought this
is a common buy and these things should live up to the packaging statements.
After a web search I decided the Motorola Talkabout Model MJ270R
was the unit to buy.
for this year a the 2009 CES show and had many features above and beyond
bought ours at Target
they had them in stock. So many of the big box stores have very few items
in stock and only online more of what you want. Why bother going to the
sticks and bricks if you always have to order online at even Radio Shack,
or Best Buy to get what you are looking for. And we wonder why Amazon.com
has it all and ships fast. This time Target had this item in store and
in stock. So off to Ames, IA to return the junk Corba units
and get the Motorola units. So far happy with this unit. It has a
weather alarm built in so just like the standalone units it will
turn on when a weather alert is broadcast. Many other advanced features
I may not even use. That's like so many things over engineered and can
only be used by geeks. OK so I'm not a true Geek but a couple of the features
of this unit do appeal to me. Somtimes more is better and now I have to
teach Terry how to use this. It does have a feature I can program
so I can LOCK the controls so Terry can only just turn it on and off so
I can call him and make it so he can't screw up the controlls. Cool. My
kind of FRED...
Ridiculous Electronic Device.
as we know it...
It's Saturday night and the
5er is all clean as I got down on my hands and knees and cleaned the bathroom
and shower last night. Where can I find,
I was asking in the middle of that process.
can click on the Merry Maids graphic above if you want. Not sure they will
come to a RV park. But then they just might!)
Just getting up off the
floor is a big deal don't Ya know. Fat and me starting SS payments this
month it is a wonder I got up of the the floor at all. (Terry did help
me get to my feet) Me thinks a cleaning service in Quartzsite this winter
would make money as people who can't or just don't wnat to do it, would
pay just to watch it done in front of them. Combine it with carpet cleaning
and there you go...
Our bathroom (348
SB floorplan by NuWa) needed cleaning as I wont tell you when it was
last done. (as in not since we got this new 5er) If I have to tell
how long that is, you have not been paying attention. How dare we.
Two guys in a 5er, what do you expect. It wasn't that bad, as we
did do touch ups but not a through cleaning (but it was, when I got down
close up close on the floor). I do a cleaning like this as I shower, me
and the shower gets cleaned together so to speak. It Works. That's how
I did the our sticks and bricks houses, but this space is smaller and not
as easy. But now it all sparkles and smells so fine. Terry who is
smell deprived even noticed.
Now today I redid the kitchen
cabinets today using plastic storage containers (shoe sized) we got at
where else WalMart. (after a mid day nap to recover from last nights
bathroom, shower, floor, and stool cleaning workout) Terry vacuumed today
with our Eureka Model Super Lite 402. A great vacuum for a RV.
like a whole new 5er... Clean organized and ready to travel.
Terry is cooking a chicken
pot pie from scratch... Pie crust and all... You would think he can cook
or something. Must as I am way overweight, but we do eat most of
the time from scratch, so we get less, fat, sugar and salt found in processed
supermarket selections. Now to just eat less of his offerings and get more
exercise. Hiking adventures sound good, untill I have to do them. If they
were all just down hill. I will try to do that in the next few weeks when
we are off to north by northewest on this summers great adventure.
Follow along to see what
a forum post I did on RV.net on this topic...
would you do???
Lets say you purchased your
RV from a local dealer (30 min. away) and had a great experience with purchase
(you liked the price, walk through was complete,customer service and repair
service has always been top notch) everything you could ask for. You also
like the brand of RV as far as fit and finish etc etc. you want to upgrade
but the brand you have no longer makes a floorplan you want and dealer
only carries 2 brands. other brand doesn't have floor plan either...
Would you buy completely
different floorplan so you could stay with dealer and brand or would you
buy from another dealer and and another brand but maybe not have as positive
experience as the first.
My first thought is why
are you having to take your RV back to this wonderful dealer for service
in the first place. Go find a quality RV with the floor plan you like,
where you don't need great customer service as it doesn't need fixing.
I know the argument all RVs are junk and need fixing. Not... I have owned
two Hitchhikers (NuWa) and I never had to use the local dealer for service.
I never worried about a pre delivery inspection because I never found anything
wrong up front with them. I trusted them to deliver a unit ready for fulltiming
and they did. Yes, I did stop at the factory in Chanute, KS for some work
after I lived in them for a time. But only a couple of things and nothing
I would have wanted a local dealer to work on anyway.
Am I just lucky?
Or let me ask how many times
did you have to get service at your local dealer, and why do you think
you owe them loyalty.
Now I as I post this I realize
this topic is under General RVing Issues and I may be more
of a fulltimer and not a weekend or vacation RV user and may be buying
a higher end unit which may if I'm lucky doesn't need as much service.
So be it, but if you can go for quality, so you don't have to suck up to
your local dealer for service, do it. You get what you pay for, never fails
But the end game is just
get out there and camp, the summer will be over before you know it. Have
fun... And if the hot water heater fails, get a pan and heat some over
I thought I would share a
post I did on RV.net forum about the new NBC TV summer show
Great American Road Trip.
web site for this show.
You did watch this now didn't
you. You don't have to admit it, but I know you did, as it was the
only thing on that wasn't a rerun. The web site sez you can see the premiere
Sunday July 12 if you missed it the fist time. Normal schedule is Monday
Now my forum post...
I want to see where they
park all those RVs in Oatman, AZ on Route 66. Let the kids feed the burros
with carrots as a contest. Maybe a burro will eat one of the brats (I mean
kids) fingers. The family with the kids most fingers left wins. Can't believe
they got rid of one family on the first show. How many weeks is this show
on? Wont be anyone left by they time the get to Williams, AZ. Hope they
detour and take the train to the Grand Canyon and see who can throw the
most trash over the edge. Do you get the idea these families are dysfunctional
and then had children. Made for TV viewers just like them. They are nuts
and that's why we are watching them make fools of themselves. It's what
TV is all about.
It's why I spend big bucks
for HD service from DirecTV in my fulltime RV. And why am I watching this
junk TV show? Could be nothing else new on during the summer season. I
need to get out and have a campfire...
I hope El Monte RV rental
(I did a Google and looks like all they do is rent RVs) got their money
out up front and not just in it for the advertising. Do they think they
can repaint the MHs and re rent them after these clods get done with them.
Ops. that would be the norm in a rental me thinks... The units don't exactly
look high end, but nice paint jobs.
Now back to real life
as we know it...
We are having a beef pot
roast for supper, you know with carrots, potatoes, onions. OK I'll say
the word Yummy in advance. Have not had one for awhile so this will
be great eating event. Terry talks about when we have leftovers as
we will have tomorrow, sez we need to feed on that for lunch etc.
I hate that term "feed on that" like we are cattle or pets that
need to need to eat their feed. Or, Oh No put on the feed
bag... I'm getting lost here...
Too bad the above TV show
is not on tonight to enjoy it with, as when The
Adventures of Tioga and George
calls a pot roast a beast
The aroma is flowing about
the 5er as I type. We have the A/C on, not as it is so hot outside as rain
storms came through a couple of times today, but it is very humid
(we are in Iowa as it is July) so the A/C helps with that.
We are still planning to
get to eastern IA next week to visit family and old friends. Need to get
the trailer tires back in round by spinning them ongoing down the road.
Hitch Itch here we go... Do tires get flat spots on them on the bottom
in summer like tires do in the winter when the temps go below zero? Not
that we will ever be where it gets that cold anytime soon to find out?
Been there, done that, in a former working life. Bet summer flat spots
work free sooner. Don't think I'll bother presenting that question
on the RV forums.
Think the beat feast is coming
out of the oven... Later...
I know many of you may think what a crazy idea that must be. Or what
is that even about. So did I, (I still do not have Facebook and not anytime
soon do I think I'll want that) but slowly as I use Twitter I'm getting
usable results with this process, so it is now, for me worth
using it as after all I am a webmaster of several web sites. I started
out with a Commodore 64 after all. Needing to try new things but
as I get older some just don't cut it anymore. If you have no desire
to use or find out more about it, don't worry, you can live without some
of this,just fine. No need to be an early adopter every time. I have done
that and now try to research some of this first.
about why I kind of like it. People are more inclined to send a quick
twit instead of a long email to a bunch of Cc: users. What a
hassle that is. Now if you just updated your travel blog or have
something you want to share, you can twit about that to your Twitter
followers. Rember people have to find you and sign up to follow
you. They can then go to your regular blog for more info if you put that
link in your twit to read and see more about it. It doesn't replace blogs
or email but complements them so we can communicate faster with a little
tweets from people I follow I can go right to their blog to read the rest
of the story. Sure you may say this will put Hitchitch.com out of the loop.
In some sense yes but when you want to see all the Travel Blogs in one
place people will still go to it me thinks. And only a small selection
of bloggers on our site will ever be happy doing twits. Room for all in
this cyber space. Not worried about being replaced and if so so be it.
I only do www.hitchitch.com for fun and not for profit. Sure the ads pay
for the my internet bandwidth usage but not a huge money maker. I
don't think a 140 char. max. twit will replace full fledged blogs anytime
soon but only inhance their use. We are www.twitter.com/hitchitch
For more info on Twitter go to http://help.twitter.com/portal
to tomorrow and what I may ramble about next... Just think in a week
we'll be back on the road doing a real travel journal with stories
about The restless urge to see new territory, to find what
is beyond the curve in the road ahead. Don't you get tired
of my ending my post with that tag line...
the truck for new front tires today. GoodYear Wrangler SilentArmor. $181
each. Needed one but decided to replace both front. Saved the good right
front as spare. That got done and the good news they checked the breaks
with 69K miles on the truck and declared we still have over 60% break left
so no work was needed. Wow that is good news as like all things truck related
it would have been big bucks for break work. I don't want to be crusing
down a mountian road and have break rpoblems. This is our home I'm pulling
around behind us after all.
thing I know for sure is we will check for uneven tire wear from now on
as we missed it on the old tires that only had 6K miles on them. Long time
readers will remember my horror story getting the tires and alignment way
back when at the Chevy dealer in Parker, AZ. You know the story where it
took them 9 hours to put on 6 tires and do an alignment. And now we know
the alignment was not so hot as I now needed a new front tire because of
inside edge tire wear.
that is all behind us now and one less thing to worry about so we can hit
the road to north by northwest so soon. This is going to be a great summer
and fall for traveling me thinks. Look out Tad here we come.
had to pass on this post on RV.net Google
Earth and Corps of Engineers Parks
Chris Guld of Geeks
on Tour and their Geeks
on Tour Blog site.
the COE campgrounds and national forests show up in Google Earth along
with links to each site with more info. I turn 62 this month and will be
getting a pass for 1/2 price to be used at the COE parks. Can't beat that
and now with Google Earth pointing them out to us so we don't miss any.
The COE has some of the best campgrounds that can be found anywhere and
now at a price I want to pay. We will make them one of our first choices
when in the area of one of them. COE campgrounds are close to being right
up there with boondocking with great locations and views and on lakes.
And now for us with a cost we can also enjoy.
can go to the COE
web site as Chris talks about in his above post and go down to the
- Corps Lakes & Google Earth! section. Or go right to Google
Earth to View Corps Lakes link
internet just gets better and better and thanks to Geeks
on Tour for pointing the way.
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Tuesday we are off to town (Ankeny, IA) to get new Good Year Silent Armor
tires on the front wheels for our truck and also get the breaks checked.
Should not have to be doing this as we only have about 6 K miles on the
tires BUT we screwed up and didn't check the wear and now find the left
front out of alignment and it wore bad on the inside edge. So might as
well replace both and be done with. Will save the right front as spare.
These things are not cheep as you may well know, but this is our tow vehicle
so not going to mess around and just do it.
got the back shed at his sisters place sorted out so we have room again
to store my old 94 Grand Am till we might need it again next spring. One
more thing done so we can leave at the end of the week. So you say 94 Grand
Am that must be a wreck. No rust and runs and looks like new. Has a shape
that kind of still blends in with the newer cars. It turned past 100K this
last week so what's not to like. Saves putting miles on our 1 ton diesel.
The first car that I ever owned that has had more than 25K miles on it.
From that you can tell I traded autos regularly. Not so now. But we did
trade in our 5er for a new one so I still have the itch for new. And the
diesel truck has only 70K miles on it. Just getting broken it me thinks.
PM Update below...
morning in good old Iowa this 4 th of July. It did the same most of the
night, Bet there are a few wet campers out there at the local campgrounds.
That reminds me we will have to take a drive over to Prairie Flower (COE)
and JesterPark (Polk county park) to see how the weekend campers are doing.
It's an annual thing to do for us we are entrenched in our lot here and
no way would we want to be out in a local campground with all the amateur
campers we fulltimers call them. After all it is their time to enjoy and
so we need to let them be and stay out of their way as we can have the
use of the grounds when they are back at work.
are doing fine sitting here in the 5er (overcast and cool outside 65) listening
to Click and Clack and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on NPR and
visiting the blogs on Hitchitch.com (another plug for my site). I can spend
hours reading the adventures while I set here in comfort out of the rain
in our new 5er.
other travel blogs gets me excited about getting back on the road in a
week. First heading to eastern IA to visit family and then off to the northwest.
think we have all our ducks in a row... Truck all serviced, (oill leack
didn't amount to much, leaky filter adapter) 5er is ready, (NuWa did that
in KS on our way here) didn't really unpack the basement. Will put gas
tableizer the car and put it back in storage. Dr. apointments are
done and teeth are now clean again. Dr. didn't keep me so ggod to go. Then
hook er up (5er) and just go.
the device below to hold our netbook while traveling in our 03 Chevy Duramax.
I consists of a stock finished
shelf (9.8" X 23.8") from Home Depot. Next got adjustable straps from Wal*Mart
in their sports dept. (under $2 each) and some thin round elastic (from
a fabric store) to hold the netbook to the board. Screwed the straps
to the board and just strap it all to the center console and ready to boot
up Streets and Trips with GPS. The straps go down under the board and under
and around the console flip up door. I have them laying on the top just
for show now in the above picture.
When hooked up you will not
see them. The strap clips are not in the way as they are in the console
storage area when connected. I can still open the console normally. It
is just at the right height to lean and write on the board also.
The netbook slips under the
The whole point is to replace
my inefficient human navigator. Not mentioning any names!
I can control the D3 DataStorm
satellite via WiFi from here (inside the truck) and raise and lower the
dish on top of the 5er during rest stops if I care to. All the satellite
electronics, modem, WiFi, runs off a tiny inverter right in the bathroom
closet so the big 2000 W inverter for A/C to the rest of the 5er is not
needed. Now I hope no one breaks my security on my WiFi while we
are going down the road and deploys the dish on me. They would also have
to know the IP address for the D3 controller unit. Not likely. More
likely I will not turn on the tiny inverter to power it all till needed
anyway. Peace of mind when coming to a tunnel me thinks.
6 PM CDT Iowa time. It is still a wet drizzly kind of
day in the midwest. Plenty of wet not so happy campers as we toured
the locals campgrounds. Just something some of us fulltimers do to
see how the weekenders do it in the rain. Lots of little kids and big ones
getting dirty in the mud puddles.
Now back at our 5er listening
to Prairie Home Companion on NPR. A little wet outside for grilling
so slid a turkey loaf in the oven. Comfort food for a wet, and foggy night.
Not your normal 4th food but we still have all that in the fridge and will
cook it on Sunday and next week. What you think we are on vacation
At 8 PM CDT NBC is doing
the fireworks from the Hudson river in NYC put on by Macy's. We shall see
how it looks this year in HD at 1080i. I'm sure PBS is planning some great
viewing tonight also. Sort of like New Years Eve for the population who
stay at home and watch it all on TV. Wish we were in a campground
out west, or better yet boondocking it, watching the stars sparkle all
on their own, withiout the aid of blasting powder, in the clear night sky
for a very special kind of 4th celebration.
But we will soon be able
to spend the next several months doing just that. Exploring the northwest
and later heading south when it gets cooler and back to Quartzsite. So
for now on this 4th we are happy to be right here in our home state with
all its green growing crops, where
we were born and raised, to enjoy this holiday. We refresh our spirit
spending time here each year watching the good earth sprout forth in its
green splender. The black earth in Iowa allows all this without irrigation
as it rains here, thank god, like this special weekend. We see much of
dry non productive lands out west as we do in AZ where we spend winter.
It gives our time here a chance to recharge. But now we are ready to pursue
restless urge to see new territory, to find what is beyond the curve in
the road ahead. Here I go again with my main web page jargon...
It is what drives us all isn't it? I still need to be better at stopping
in a timely manor each day when on the road so to leave more beyond the
curve for the next day.
I'm a man, but I can change,
If I have to, I guess.
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