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North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe July 30th 2016

Day 32 - Limon to Santa Fe Tony spent the morning at the repair shop while Anne and Michelle stayed at the motel. It was the bearing again and this time they had to do a bit more to repair it. Thanks to the quick work at the shop the repairs were done by early afternoon and after lunch we were on the road again. Our original plans were to go through Denver and work our way west and south from there. Since we lost most of the morning and the afternoon storms were approaching we decided to cut our loses and head home as directly as possible. Our most reasonable goal was Santa Fe. We headed out and thanks to Tony's great aiming skills we were able to outpace or squeeze between most of the ... read more
Tesla and Arby's
Humor on the Road
New Mexico

North America » United States » Colorado » Limon July 29th 2016

Day 31 - Hutchinson to Limon Thanks to the storm the night before, the morning was much cooler and a lot less humid. We made an early start with a goal of hitting the west side of Denver by mid afternoon. We made good time on I-70 and were soon in Colorado. We stopped at a nifty looking diner in Flagler for lunch and then hit the road again. About an hour later we were flagged by a passing car that there was something wrong with the trailer tire. We pulled off in Agate to find that we've lost another bearing on the trailer. Oh Joy! This time, the bearing basically exploded and took the inner/outer bearings, hub assembly, grease cap and decorative hub cap with it. The hub nut remained, but was basically fused to ... read more
No trees? No problem.
Lunch Stop

North America » United States » Kansas » Hutchinson July 28th 2016

Day 30 - Hutchinson There are many cool things to do in Hutchinson. We could have seen the salt mines or the Cosmoshpere. Instead tony spent the morning at the Toyota dealer getting the transmission checked out while Anne and Michelle started some laundry and relaxed. Our Van was losing it's passing gear and we had transmission overheat code come up yesterday. Those are two very bad things to have happen when heading into the mountains. Turns out the transmission had been overfilled and needed a flush. Once that was taken care of we headed out to explore Hutchinson. We found a great cafe in an old firehouse for lunch and afterwards looked around the shops in downtown Hutchinson. In the afternoon we got a personalized tour of the dairy plant where Matt works as the ... read more
Firehouse Cafe
Hi Abby!
Hi Matt!

North America » United States » Kansas » Hutchinson July 27th 2016

Day 29 - Maysville to Hutchinson An early start had us on the road and headed into Kansas. After passing by St. Louis we started to notice that the road and surroundings were remarkably similar to the last time we were in this part of Kansas, about 12 years ago. We made it to Tony's brother's house in the mid afternoon without any problems. Matt and Abby and their daughters moved to Hutchinson about a year ago. Unfortunately the girls were off visiting with their grandparents so we missed them on this trip. We went out to dinner at a restaurant called Carriage Crossings in the nearby town of Yoder. The town was originally a Amish settlement and still has a sizable Amish population. The restaurant serves traditional Midwestern meals and even has a family style ... read more
Park here please

North America » United States » Missouri » Saint Joseph July 26th 2016

Day 28 - Elkhart to Maysville Today we mostly tried to make up some of the time lost to car repairs. Before leaving, Tony tried to reproduce a check engine light and code we have been seeing since leaving Grand Island. Alas, no luck without the trailer hooked up. However, he did accidentally drive by the main offices for two of the biggest RV manufacturers in the US: Forest River and Heartland. Note that Heartland is the company that made our travel trailer, so it was like a homecoming. Since we were behind, we didn't try to visit the factory. Will's place is less than a quarter mile from the Michigan border so we drove a bit north and spent some time taking in the very picturesque towns in Michigan as we worked our way west ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Elkhart July 25th 2016

Day 27 - Grand Island to Elkhart We were awoken by the lovely sounds of a storm this morning. It was a good thing we didn't have plans for the morning. We slept in and relaxed while we waited to hear news of the car repairs. We did a bit of trailer maintenance and stayed out of the morning storm. By 11:30 we got the news that the car was ready to go and the super helpful Manager of the Auto Parts store gave Tony a ride to pick up the car. By 1PM we were once again on the road and headed towards Elkhart IL. On the way we stopped at a massive service center that spanned the whole Interstate. There were gas stations on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway and ... read more
Central support

Day 26 - Grand Island to ??? "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men gang aft agley." We were up and moving well this morning until Anne smelled something unfamiliar. It turned out the trailer battery was not doing too well. Truth be told, it was literally smoking, so Tony quickly detached it while giving Michelle a quick lesson in battery chemistry. A battery check and change is a standard problem and shouldn't take long. There was an Advanced Auto Parts down the road from the KOA and they were able to check the trailer and car batteries right away. They all needed to be replaced. Everyone there was super helpful and professional. Unfortunately as they were changing the car battery a small coolant hose on the radiator was broken. Two model years earlier it ... read more
Aww. Snap

Day 25 - Niagara Falls It's a good thing we planned to arrive at the the falls first thing in the morning. We found parking without any difficulty and headed to our first activity. The Maid of the Mist is a boat that takes people right up to the middle of the Horseshoe Falls. We didn't have to wait too long in line to get tickets or to board the boat and we were able to get spots right at the top rail in the back of the boat. The views as we passed by American and Bridal Falls were spectacular but the power of being right in the middle of Horseshoe Falls was overwhelming. Our ticket price included ankle length ponchos. On the way over Anne wondered if we really needed a poncho that long. ... read more
Red vs Blue
Taste the Rainbow
Still dry

North America » United States » New York » Grand Island July 22nd 2016

Day 24 - Montreal to Grand Island Today's highlight was crossing back into the US on the east side of Lake Champlain. We drove through Vermont down Lake Champlain and then crossed back into New York. We had breakfast in St. Albans VT, which was cool because we were at one time thinking of moving to the original St. Albans in the UK. We searched for a quaint little Vermont roadside gift shop and finally found one just before the state line. There were several options to get over to the west side of Lake Champlain, but we chose to go south to the bridge (instead of the ferries). While in New York we drove through some of the mountainous back roads. We saw some great little towns and beautiful lakes along the way. We would ... read more
15 minutes on the Erie Canal
New York

North America » Canada » Quebec » MontrĂ©al July 21st 2016

Day 23 - Holden to Montreal Today we completed our East Coast segment of the trip. Traveling through the northern part of Maine was beautiful but a bit barren, with towns few and far between. We made sure to stop for gas anytime we hit less than 1/2 a tank, so we don't repeat our mistake in Wyoming from 4 years ago. The one thing Maine does have is vistas: Beautiful, sweeping valleys, majestic mountains in the distance, quiet river villages. By mid morning we arrived at the beginning of Hwy 1, which reaches from Key West in Florida all the way to Fort Kent in Maine. A total of 2390 miles. We didn't travel the whole way on Hwy 1 but crossed and drove it many times. The locals call the northernmost stretch of Hwy ... read more
Beauty Eh?
The End
A sign!

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