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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hi there,
Since my last entry we have had to rush a little to get back to California. The temporary registration was only for 2 weeks and we had to get back to California to register the motor home.
In summary if you don't count the 2 nights we stayed in Detroit, in 2 weeks we drove 3300 miles and traveled through 10 states.
After we left Texas we drove through to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we had the coachmen dealer seal up a couple of leaks that we found after driving through the rain in Oklahoma. We then drove up to the mountain range that sits to the East of the city and took a ride on the longest tramway (cable car) in the world. It is 2.7 miles long and lifted us 10 000 feet above sea level. The boys found the first snow for the trip albeit a little thin and icy. We had lunch , walked around a bit and headed back to our home in the car park.

  Here we found that we had a radiator leak and had lost a bit of coolant on the pavement. We had to stay another night in Albuquerque and have a few hose clamps replaced the next day.  We then drove north through the scenic Jemenez trail to Fenton Lake where we camped in the state park. We found a great site very close to the dam. Site "CH" which I found confusing as all the other sites were numbered. We later found out from another camper that CH stands for Campground Host. No rangers or hosts in sight so we stayed put and enjoyed our stint as Host for the night and the boys fished a bit and we walked the trails along the creek before pulling out the next morning.


Continuing the trail around to Santa Fe we are overwhelmed by the scenery that keeps changing around every corner and is just stunning. We parked off near the old town of Santa Fe took up 5 parking meters and put a dollar in 2 of them before having a walk through the historical adobe buildings just crammed with touristy arty, jewelry type shops. We checked the Loretto chapel that has a staircase with no visible means of support that has been featured on  TVs  Most Amazing shows. Looked just like a staircase to me! We had yummy burritos from a street vendor which we ate in the central Plaza before we headed back home to find no parking tickets thankfully and away we went again. We reached the Arizona border that night and boondocked before strapping in the kids sleeping in their beds and hitting the road about 3 am. We passed through Flagstaff at sunup and had reached the Hoover dam at the Nevada border by Midday Sunday. We drove over the dam after having the RV searched by Homeland security police. Me showing one the storage bays outside while Bev tried to contain her laughter showing the inside to a cop with an ass so big he had to squeeze himself through the narrower than normal doorways. We camped on lake Mead although because of the drought, to go fishing we had to hike about a mile from the campsite down to the water.
Monday we drove back to the dam and did a tour down through the rock and concrete to the huge hydro electric turbines. The story behind the construction and the enormity of the feat was very interesting. They are building 2 bridges bypassing the busy dam wall, one will be the longest continuous span concrete bridge in the world when finished. I can see them closing the dam to traffic when they finish them and our kids telling their kids in years to come that they drove over the dam in a motorhome 4 times and walked it twice in 24 hours. We returned home after the tour and had lunch parked off with the dam as a backdrop. This is something we love about RVing, that is, when we finish whatever we are doing we just jump in and we are home. With a different view out of our lounge room window every day. We drove back over the dam into Nevada again and headed for Vegas 30 miles away.Half an hour for the trip into town and 1 hour for the 3 mile drive down the "Strip". They say one of the intersections on Las Vegas Boulevard is the busiest intersection in the world. After driving this and some of the mountain roads in the RV no road scares me anymore.
We spent about 6 hours exploring the huge hotels, mazes of shopping malls casinos and attractions.
 The roller coaster at New York, New York that James and I rode and the Musical fountains of the Bellagio were my highlights.
By 9.30 we had found our way back to a Wallmart parking lot where exhausted, even the jets taking off about 100 meters in front of us at the busy airport couldn't stop us sleeping.
Tuesday we drove Northwest to Death Valley where we crossed this fascinating part of the world down to sea level before climbing out of it into the reasonably flat Owens Valley.
 Still 4000 feet above sea level bounded by the Sierra Nevada's along its western edge. We are lucky as the Tolume highway through Yosemite NP is still open. Icy roads and impending snow normally close this road for the winter about now. The 2 hours or so driving through some of the most spectacular mountains, forests and lakes was incredible. We'll explore that again in spring. We came down the Western side of the mountains only 90 miles from Justin and Shars place on Wednesday the 31st of October, arriving just in time for Halloween. But that is another story.
Bye for now.
The McGregors-5.
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mcgregors
mcgregors on

Nostalgia for us!
Your trip so far has been quite nostalgic for Mum & me, as you are seeing places we visited. I remember Hoover Dam for the fact that the bus the Elite 45 (dealers) were on's brakes failed and we ended up on the Colorado side, past the clock! Still on the top of the dam, but in another state an hour ahead of ourselves, momentarily, as we had to back back into Nevarda, losing an hour, all in the space of minutes. It was a hair-raising ride, I can tell you! Keep your stories coming, loving it. Dad & Mum XXXXX

kristen-tyler
kristen-tyler on

What an experience!
Hi guys, it sounds so wonderful and while we miss you all terribly I can't wait to see you all again and you can relive all these beautiful memories with Tyler and me.
Dave you are a great narrator, keep it up :-)

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