plans are to wonder through WY and on into Idaho to Henery's Fork on
the (west) back side of the Tetons.
trout fishing sould be supreme. I have been doing a Google Earth and the
lands Information Center web site research of the area. Many of the
maps I post will be from this GREAT site.
on across central Idaho and later on through NV and CA to south AZ for
the cold winter.
have been working to get things ready so we can get out of town this week.
We are now in central Iowa, just north of Des Moines. The state fair is
starting and for the first time in many years we are not going. It is too
HOT and would rather get out in the mountions and cool off if we can.
to leave on Monday but had a little setback.
found an oil leak when changing oil.
Posst on Diesel Place.com forum:
This is my SECOND OIL PAN
LEAK on my 2003 dmax. now at 42500 mi
They say about 4 hours for
the work. I took it this time to their Quick Lube on dealer site. (they
do all oil changes this way now) All other work is done in their commercial
truck section, and AFTER they had replaced the oil they hand me a inspection
paper telling me I have a minor oil leak. I went nuts. As they replaced
the oil pan seal before, now it is leaking again and they didn't tell me
till after they changed the oil. They had the computer service records.
I had to pay $100 dedectible the first time, I said not this time. It is
just past the 12000 miles on that fix so they tried to say it wasn't covered
under the first repair. They now say they will do it for free. I bought
the truck there. At least they did tell me of the leak, I had oil changes
over the last 12000 miles at other dealers as I treval in a RV (5th wheel)
and they didn't mention it was leaking as it must have been. But this time
I was back at my orig dealer and they found it.
We had panned to stop at
the local RV dealer and get the Dometic frig recall done on the way out
of town. Will still do that but it will be now Wednesday.
other day stopped at our local Fairway Food store and Terry picked up his
special order of Sugar Free lemonade mix. He likes the taste and they gave
a discount for the order, at $1.70 for a box that makes 4 qts. The
order of 48 boxes came to over $80. WOW just for diet drink powder.
Guess we are heading for the boondocks. It is cheaper than diet
bottled drinks. Me I'll stick with booze, Thank You.
Our friends Bob and Sandy
have been at Woods
Landing, WY RV park (just west of Laramie, WY on HW 230) all
summer work Kamping and we plan to stop by and get in some fishing with
|The Story of Woods Landing
In 1883 Col. Sam Wood
started out with his family in a Conestoga wagon from Atlantic, Iowa, to
come to Wyoming Territory. At the foot of the Medicine Bow Range, he staked
out a house site on the Big Laramie River and built the first house, the
site that now bears his name. Woods Landing became a welcome spot for freighters
and stage drivers, and the saloon Sam Wood opened beside the river became
a popular place for the scores of tie hacks in the vicinity. Ties cut and
hewn in the mountains were floated down river to Laramie during the spring
run-off and the woodsmen celebrated the end of the tie drive at the riverside
saloon. In 1927, a young Indiana couple, Mayne and Clarence Lewellen, who
had come west to find a cure for Clarence's tuberculosis, bought the property
and began development of what is today's Woods Landing Resort.
They hired a stalwart
young Norwegian, Hokum Lestrum to build a dance hall, which was constructed
entirely of hand-grooved logs (with no nails). The hall was built on
top of 24 boxcar springs and even today is reputed to be the best dance
floor in southeastern Wyoming. The dance hall was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1986. It is significant as a local gathering
place not only for dances, but smorgasbord, blood drives, fund raisers,
weddings and other important occasions. It is also a stopping place for
Bob and sandy tell us they
have found that perfect camping spot for us five miles up the HW 230 west
right on a stream and pond. That is one of the things I quest for, and
have been know for driving onward bypassing perfectly good sites looking
for that special place. Sometimes I find it, and sometimes it gets dark
and we have loud talks about my fetish. Any way I have checked out the
area on Googel Earth and it looks good. I love GE to scout out the next
area we will be in. We live in great time to be alive, with satellite internet
for RVers to be able to travel and explore in style and keep in touch.
Tuesday Aug. 14
we are ready to head out on Wed. morning. Got the Duramax back from the
dealer and at No Charge. So in the AM just need to hook up and check
tire pressures, slide in the slides and hit the road. Ya right into town
to the dealer to get the fridge serviced. THEN on west on I-80...
We don't know how far we will get but that is not important as we are not
on vacation, this is our life, and we don't need to rush to get anywhere.
Take a good look at this
tomato plant we are leaving back in Iowa. It is at least 6 feet tall.
As we are NOT going
to try to grow one in AZ ths winter. It is just to cold to get any results.
We might try somthing else. Don't know what would be good.
Wednesday Aug. 15
your roving reporter Terry
Nebraska. We're on the road again for the fall tour.
We were up early this morning, storing and stowing all those little
things that might tip or fall off while we travel, locking down doors
and hooking up the trailer.
we hit the road we had to stop briefly at Imperial RV and have them instal
a Dometic refrigerator recall package. We parked in their drive way
and the technichican was able to install the new guards and limit switch
were finally able to hit the road at 9:30 heading west on I80.
We crossed the Missouri river into Nebraska a few minutes after noon.
Our initial plan was to stop at the county park at Grand Island NE, but
it was only 3:30 when we got there and Ron wanted to continue driving,
its a small personality flaw of his, he gets behind the wheel and just
keeps driving. We decided to try and get to the municipal park in
Cozad, NE., and we arrived at 4:30. Its a nice little overnight stop
and at $5.00 a night with water, electric, and a dump station is quite
Platte River between Omaha and Lincoln looks like a huge river in the picture
until you realize the water is only a few inches deep. By the time
you get to Grand Island the river runs in a braided channel, lots
of little stream lets, no real main channel. the biggest streams
crossed are labeled as county irrigation channels.
we are setting up in Cozad, NE. We are currently sharing the camp
ground with 4 other units.
catching up on the nightly news, and watching the trains go through town
about a half mile to the south. We are on the Union Pacific main
line and there is a constant stream of train traffic. Will start
supper in a few minutes. We are going to have hot roast beef sandwiches
with mashed potatoes, using up the leftovers from last night.
gateway arch in Kearney, NE is probably the most visible of the NE tourists
traps. for a few bucks you can view a large mural and a few
reproduction wagons and hand carts detailing the story ot the Oregon ,
California and Mormon Trails.
we will be traveling on US Hwy. 30 instead of the interstate, will
be able to more of the small towns and scenery. Thursday will be
a short day, we want to stay overnight in Sidney NE. at the Cabela's
campground, with lots of time to wonder through their flagship store.
Thursday Aug. 16
your roving reporter Terry
the race track also known as I-80 and took to the blue roads today.
Picked up US hwy 30 (the Linclon Hwy) from Cozad to Sidney. It was
nice to be able to set the cruise control at 56 mph with the tach at 1600
rpm and cruise on. Got to see all the little towns that from the
interstate are just names on an exit sign.
our big day yesterday we were both tired, and it took a while this morning
to get up the courage to get out of bed and get things started. think
it was about 9:30 or so before we pulled out, hit Ogalla NE
about noon, and filled up with diesel, and were in Sidney by 1:00.
to be gouged by the Cabela's campground like last time, but they have lowered
their prices and are now very competitive, with our club membership
discount paid a little under $25.00. And the campground is within
walking distance of the store. Nice showers, rest rooms and laundry
downtown Sidney looking for a hardware store, and found they have a very
nice True Value. We picked up a small bolt to replace one on the
turnbutton latches on the basement door. True Value did not have
anything short enough so I had to hacksaw the bolt to the correct size,
Now Mr. Basement Door is happily fixed.
also doing laundry , with the campground laundry only a few feet
away I sorted out a load of colored clothes and towels. May sort
out a load of whites for later.
a bit of local cusine for lunch today, went for Runzas, a yeast
bun filled with a mixture of beef, cabbage, onion and seasonings.
I like them, Ron is not quite sold on them, but every couple of years
will try them, just to remind him self that he does not like them.
May go for carryout KFC Chicken tonight. Ron thought we will be out
in the wilds for quite a while, and we might splurge while we are
we have about 170 miles to get to Woods Landing where we will stay for
a few days. We talked to Bob and Sandy this afternoon and they are expecting
us. They are workamping there for the season.
Talked to Sandy as I returned
a missed cell call. She is going to save a RV spot with AC for us.
Friday and Saturday
Aug. 17 - 18
left Cabela's and headed for Laramie via old HW 30 untill where it meets
I-80 at Pine Bulff and then stopped for lunch at the pass on I-80 and the
off to Wood's Landing to meet up with Sandy and Bob who are workamping
Click on the graphic to
view their web site.
campsite at Woods Landing.
Terry and Bob and his son went fishing today I toured around the area.
is a very nice area and will require more exploring. We have signed up
for 5 nights to get the lower rate of $15 a day. Tonight we are invited
over to Sandy and Bob's for supper. Her mother will be here also.
are getting afternoon thunder showers. I even ran into a little hail on
a mountain forest service road and turned back. Quite a difference from
the high heat and humidity that we put up with back in the midwest.