Well, it was a Misadventure after all. Colorado's grooved concrete pavment almost killed us and destroyed both Miss GMC Yukon and Miss Funfinder, our bumper pull travel trailer; They have ended their days in a wrecking yard in the high desert of Colorado. I guess a fitting place to end it all after so many good miles under their tires.
We are home at the cabin safe, unhurt... except for major bruising and still a little shook up.
Don't know if "we'll get back on the bumper pull horse" and head back down the trail again, like the cowboys say.
See more in our Colorado Grooved Pavemnet RV blog with photos if you're interested.
Friends, watch that grooved pavement and keep on going down the road... safely, and maybe a little slower.
Special thanks to all the I70 Colorado Eastbound drivers who helped pry us from the rig and to the Limon Fire Department, emts, I70 highway cresw, "Wrecker Guys" and to the Colorado state troopers. Thanks so much to you all.
The End. August 09
Pat, Linda & Lady dog
We had a wonderful time visiting with VK today and touring the vintage restored trailers. This is something we have looked forward to for a long time! Oooh they are so wonderful and the restorations are done properly. We actually got to see a vintage Hanson that is in the process of a one year "frame up" restoration. Very exciting! Currently their restored 66 Aladdin is for sale in the goodoldrvs.com classifieds. If you go to see it your will take it home! I also enjoy reading VKs good words in the Repairing Yesterdays Trailers
blog. What fun!
I went fishing yesterday at Agate Pass to apply Troy's saltwater fishing techniques. I did not catch anything. Maybe I should have taken better notes. I had a good time anyway. There is a nice rv campground one mile west of Agate Pass in Washington State.
Guide and all around outdoorsman Troy Dettman held the class and shared his 20 years of knowledge with us. Maybe we will catch a fish if we follow Troy's teaching! Troy's web site
Here are the recommended flies for rvers to use when flyfishing the saltwater for cutthroat trout.
Just had to get out of the trailer today so i decided to take the class on Saltwater Cutthroat Trout Fly Fishing. The class was at a great little flyfishing shop called Peninsula Outfitters
in Poulsbo, Washington. Capt. Bill Drewry owns the place and is pretty salty guy and wayyyy knowledgeable about how to hook up.
Today we went to the Farmers Market and Linda and Lady dog picked some delicious local produce while I listed to the band. We went down to the harbor so Lady could bark at the "water dogs" that barked back. Lady was surprised!
When we went up to the Eagle Tree Trailer park to see some other friends who just arrived in their classic Ideal bumper pull travel trailer. Eagle Tree is a very nice park in the tall pines.
Pictures of vast Southern Wyoming and the huge Snake river in Idaho and at the Oregon border.
We'll we're headin on another one of our RV Misadventues with a 2,063 mile rv trip with Linda, Lady dog, Ms Yukon - our trusty suv and Miss Funfinder test bumper pull travel trailer.
We left the cabin in Oklahoma, pulled through the hot, flat lands and pretty nice folks in Kansas to the Colorado state line, dry camping at Walmart just like last year. Then on to the pretty little town of Fort Collins, Colorado where we'll return in fall for some fly fishing for the browns and rainbows.
We decided to take highway 84 north and west out of Fort Collins pulling through some very remote regions including Northern Colorado, Souther Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, the extreme eastern part of Oregon then across the Columbia river at the tri cities area, on through the wine country of eastern Washington, over the Cascade Mountain Range stopping at Issaquah, Washington for our favorite chocolate. then on the Superferry out of Seattle across Puget Sound which is like a mini ocean cruise to the pretty little harbor town of Winslow Washington where we are now.
Got some nice photos of some of the big county in Wyoming, Lady dog and Linda overlooking the huge Snake river in Idaho, Wine Tasting in the Shadow of the Cascade mountain range in the "Yakima valley"... just before the pull over the Cascade Mountain range, crazy kite surfers and boats we saw on the ferry crossin the salt water of Puget Sound.
This will be our base camp for a month or so as we look at vintage trailers, vintage bus conversions and a few vintage wooden boats to possible add to our "freedom camping fleet".
Highlights of the trip so far have been seeing lots antelope in Wyoming, surprising lack of people at the campgrounds we have stayed at, the sheer vastness of this remote part of our country and how visually striking our wilderness areas are; Note-we need to do everything possible to protect our wilderness and we saw lots of indications of BIG intrusions by oil and gas companies plowing roads right through wilderness and prime wildlife wintering grounds. Now don't get me wrong, I like the sound of that gas engine or a turbo diesel spooling up to pull those good old rvs up those grades, but some of the stuff we are seeing is just sheer greed and distruction. In the old days we use to spike the trees and burn out the bulldozers but nobody's got any guts or convictions anymore.
We loved pullin through the rocky mountain and northwest state on highway 84; a GREAT big open highway, very little traffic, enough fuel stations, tons of dry and paid campgrounds and some eyeball popin scenery. We recommend it for folks goin west or west to midwest. We'll be returnin on the same route to chase those pesky Colorado trout in fall after the pilgrims have all returned to their jobs and we have everything pretty much to ourself... the way we like it!
Note on goin through this part of the country... you better have a diesel dually, or gas rig with lots of pullin power and real honest to god brakes that work. We pull over 11 7% grades that were up to 14 miles uphilll long and kinda mean twisty highway goin down the otherside. As we say in Oklahoma "this ain't no country for old men"... or rigs that ain't in top shape.
So far we are really excited about a fageol bus conversion, a silverstream and a fishing trawler conversion that we have found... thanks folks here for referring them to us! So far, I've been able to keep my wallet in my pocket. We'll see....
Next week we get to meet and visit community member VK north of us and we're really lookin forward to that.
Check back here and we'll be postin pictures mostly every week.