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Index:

Day -2, Friday, August 3, 2018 - Oswego, NY
Day -1, Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Oswego, NY
Day 0, (Today) Thursday, August 2, 2018, Oswego, NY (Skip the index to Text Below)
Day 1, Sunday, August 5, 2018 - The Golden Pond RV Resort, Mossley, Ontario, Canada
Day 2, Monday, August 6, 2018 - Tawas Point State park, Tawas, MI
Day 3, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - Indian Lake State Park, Manistique, MI
Day 4, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - Lake Gogebic State Park, Marenisco, MI
Day 5, Thursday, August 9, 2018 - Lake Gogebic State Park, Marenisco, MI, Day 2
Day 6, Friday, August 10, 2018 - , West Forty RV Park,Gilbert, MN
Day 7, Saturday, August 11, 2018 - The Pines at Kabetogama, Kabetogama, MN
Day 8, Sunday, August 12, 2018 - Lake of the Woods Campground, Baudette MN
Day 9, Monday, August 13, 2018 - Lake of the Woods Campground, Baudette MN, Day 2
Day 10, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - The Arrowhead RV Park, Ile Des Chenemb, Manitoba
Day 11, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Day 12, Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Day 2
Day 13, Friday, August 17, 2018 - Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Day 3
Day 14, Saturday, August 18, 2018 - Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Day 4
Day 15, Sunday, August 19, 2018 - Red River Exhibition Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Day 5
Day 16, Sunday, August 20, 2018 - Thief River Falls Campground, MN
Day 17, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Ruttger's Pine Mountain Camping Resort, Backus, MN
Day 18, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - Ruttger's Pine Mountain Camping Resort, Day 2, Backus, MN
Day 19, Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Pelican Lake Recreation Area, Watertown, SD
Day 20, Friday, August 24, 2018 - Oasis Campground, Oacoma, SD
Day 21, Saturday, August 25, 2018 - Sleepy Hollow Campground, Wall, SD
Day 22, Sunday, August 26, 2018 - Sleepy Hollow Campground, Wall, SD, Day 2
Day 23, Monday, August 27, 2018 - Devils Tower KOA, WY
Day 24, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - Kemo Sabay Campground, Hot Springs, SD & Wind Cave
Day 25, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - Glendo State Park, WY
Day 26, Thursday, August 30, 2018 - South Shore Campground, Carter Lake State Park, CO
Day 27, Friday, August 31, 2018 - Dakota Ridge RV Resort, Golden, CO
Day 28, Saturday, September 1, 2018 - Dakota Ridge RV Resort, Golden, CO, Day 2
Day 29, Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Dakota Ridge RV Resort, Golden, CO, Day 3 & Rocky Mountain NP
Day 30, Monday, September 3, 2018 - Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO
Day 31, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO, Day 2
Day 32, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Colorado Springs, CO, & Garden of the Gods
Day 33, Thursday, September 6, 2018 - Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO
Day 34, Friday, September 7, 2018 - Pagosa Riverside Campground, Pagosa Springs, CO
Day 35, Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Pagosa Riverside Campground, Pagosa Springs, CO, Day 2 & Chimney Rock NM
Day 36, Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Day 37, Monday, September 10, 2018 - Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, CO, Day 2
Day 38, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - Blue Mountain RV Park, Blanding, UT
Day 39, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Blue Mountain RV Park, Blanding, UT, Day 2
Day 40, Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Blue Mountain RV Park, Blanding, UT, Day 3
Day 41, Friday, September 14, 2018 - Blue Mountain RV Park, Blanding, UT, Day 4
Day 42, Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Dukes Slickrock Campground, Hanksville, UT
Day 43, Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Duke's Slickrock Campground, Hanksville, UT, Day 2 & Goblin Valley State Park
Day 44, Monday, September 17, 2018 - Duke's Slickrock Campground, Hanksville, UT, Day 3 & Capitol Reef National Park
Day 45, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - Duke's Slickrock Campground, Hanksville, UT, Day 4
Day 46, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Archview RV Resort, Moab, UT
Day 47, Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Archview RV Resort, Moab, UT, Day 2 & Canyonlands NP
Day 48, Friday, September 21, 2018 - Gouldings Monument Valley Trading Post, UT
Day 49, Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Gouldings Monument Valley Trading Post, UT, Day 2
Day 50, Sunday, September 23, 2018 - Sunset Crater National Monument, AZ
Day 51, Monday, September 24, 2018 - Lo Lo Mai Springs Resort, Page Springs, AZ & Jerome
Day 52, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Lo Lo Mai Springs Resort, Page Springs, AZ, Day 2
Day 53, Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - Pleasant Harbor, Peoria, AZ
Day 54, Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Pleasant Harbor, Peoria, AZ, Day 2
Day 55, Friday, September 28, 2018 - Pleasant Harbor, Peoria, AZ, Day 3
Day 56, Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, AZ
Day 57, Sunday, September 30, 2018 - Lost Dutchman State Park, Apache Junction, AZ, Day 2
Day 58, Monday, October 1, 2018 - Fool Hollow Recreation Area, Show Low, AZ
Day 59, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - Fool Hollow Recreation Area, Show Low, AZ, Day 2
Day 60, Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - Red Rock Campground, Gallup, NM
Day 61, Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Red Rock Campground, Gallup, NM, Day 2
Day 62, Friday, October 5, 2018 - Black Mesa Casino, San Felipe, NM
Day 63, Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Black Mesa Casino, San Felipe, NM, Day 2 & The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Day 64, Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Black Mesa Casino, San Felipe, NM, Day 3 & The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Day 65, Monday, October 8, 2018 - The Balloon Fiesta Campground, Albuquerque, NM
Day 66, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - The Balloon Fiesta Campground, Albuquerque, NM, Day 2
Day 67, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - The Balloon Fiesta Campground, Albuquerque, NM, Day 3
Day 68, Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Black Mesa Casino, San Felipe, NM
Day 69, Friday, October 12, 2018 - Black Mesa Casino, San Felipe, NM, Day 2
Day 70, Saturday, October 13, 2018 - Black Mesa Casino, San Felipe, NM, Day 3
Day 71, Sunday, October 14, 2018 - Black Mesa Casino, San Felipe, NM, Day 4
Day 72, Monday, October 15, 2018 - Elephant Butte Lake State Park, NM
Day 73, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Elephant Butte Lake State Park, NM, Day 2
Day 74, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 -City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM
Day 75, Thursday, October 18, 2018 -City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 2
Day 76, Friday, October 19, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 3
Day 77, Saturday, October 20, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 4
Day 78, Sunday, October 21, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 5
Day 79, Monday, October 22, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 6
Day 80, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 7
Day 81, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 8
Day 82, Thursday, October 25, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 9
Day 83, Friday, October 26, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 10
Day 84, Saturday, October 27, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 11
Day 85, Sunday, October 28, 2018 - City of Rocks State Park, Deming, NM, Day 12
Day 86, Monday, October 29, 2018 - Faywood Hot Springs Resort, Deming, NM
Day 87, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - Leasburg Dam State Park, NM
Day 88, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Oasis RV Park, Van Horn, TX
Day 89, Thursday, November 1, 2018 - Davis Mountain State Park, Fort Davis, TX
Day 90, Friday, November 2, 2018 - Davis Mountain State Park, Fort Davis, TX, Day 2
Day 91, Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Davis Mountain State Park, Fort Davis, TX, Day 3
Day 92, Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX
Day 93, Monday, November 5, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 2
Day 94, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 3
Day 95, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 4
Day 96, Thursday, November 8, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 5
Day 97, Friday, November 9, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 6
Day 98, Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 7
Day 99, Sunday, November 11, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 8
Day 100, Monday, November 12, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 9
Day 101, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 10
Day 102, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, TX
Day 103, Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Tejas Valley RV Park, San Antonio, TX
Day 104, Friday, November 16, 2018 - Tejas Valley RV Park, San Antonio, TX, Day 2
Day 105, Saturday, November 17, 2018 - Tejas Valley RV Park, San Antonio, TX, Day 3
Day 106, Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX
Day 107, Monday, November 19, 2018 - Goliad State Park, Goliad, TX, Day 2
Day 108, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 60 North RV Park, Bay City, TX
Day 109, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 60 North RV Park, Bay City, TX, Day 2
Day 110, Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 60 North RV Park, Bay City, TX, Day 3 & Thanksgiving
Day 111, Friday, November 23, 2018 - 60 North RV Park, Bay City, TX, Day 4
Day 112, Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 60 North RV Park, Bay City, TX, Day 5
Day 113, Sunday, November 25, 2018 - Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX
Day 114, Monday, November 26, 2018 - Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX, Day 2
Day 115, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX, Day 3
Day 116, Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX, Day 4
Day 117, Thursday, November 29, 2018 - Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX, Day 5
Day 118, Friday, November 30, 2018 - Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX, Day 6
Day 119, Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX, Day 7
Day 120, Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Top of the Hill RV Resort, Boerne, TX
Day 121, Monday, December 3, 2018 - Fort Stockton RV Park, Fort Stockton, TX
Day 122, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Siesta RV Park, Las Cruces, NM
Day 123, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - Gilbert Ray Campground, Tucson, AZ
Day 124, Thursday, December 6, 2018 - Triple T Mobile Home Park, Glendale, AZ
Day 125, Friday, December 7, 2018 - Triple T Mobile Home Park, Glendale, AZ, Day 2
Day 126, Saturday, December 8, 2018 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ
Day 127, Sunday, December 9, 2018 - La Posa West, Quartzsite, AZ, Day 2

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Thursday, August 2, 2018 - Oswego, NY - 0 Miles, 0 Miles for the Trip

It is time to start packing for my next long trip. Actually, I started a couple of days ago and am already close to 95% done. I took the truck & trailer to the Oswego Transfer Station to weigh both. The truck is well under it's ratings, although at 4800 pounds and 480 pounds of tongue weight, the trailer is just under its GVWR. I probably have too much stuff! Maybe I don't really need the 3" vice? Maybe I need to do some redistribution between the trailer & truck... Well, I did move stuff around, moving 150 pounds or so from the trailer to the truck. That is about as far as I'm going to go, but I still have 750 pounds capacity left on the truck.

Like last year, I'm leaving quite a bit earlier than my usual October, this time to attend the Boler 50th Anniversary Event in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Described as the largest gathering of fiberglass trailers with over 500 registered trailers as of today, it should be interesting. The Boler was the first production fiberglass trailer. The story is that someone pointed out to the manufacturer of fiberglass septic tanks that if you put wheels on one, it would make a nice, small camping trailer. The manufacturer made some new molds, and the Boler Trailer was born. While no longer manufactured, there are many of them still being used & loved by enthusiasts.

Along with the usual trailer rally events, I will be running a photography workshop aimed at getting users to use some of the non automatic functions of their cameras.

Don & Anne, friends that went to Alaska with me in 2015 will be traveling along on the first couple of months of the trip. They plan to head back to Binghamton, NY after the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in early October. Until then, we will hang out in the higher altitudes of the north & south west trying to avoid the smoke from the many wildfires. I plan to visit Big Bend, then head to Matagorda in late November for this year's Matagorda Madness rally. After that it is off to Quartzsite for the winter.

I was concerned that I would not be able to put 1000 miles on the new truck before towing, as the manual suggests. No problem, it already has over 1000, although I did make lots of individual trips to Syracuse that could have been covered in one. The new truck is a Ford F 150 SuperCab 4X4 with the 3.5 EcoBoost engine. In some ways, a step down from the Tacoma (I'm back to a key rather than push button start) but over 700 pounds more payload. Built in brake controller, and a fancy trailer backing package that I won't be able to program until I build something to hold the checkerboard pattern necessary for it to work. The yoke on the Escape 21 is too short for the normal placement. The trailer tows well; the truck working far less hard than the Tacoma. Still, I did love the Tacoma. The F 150 is big! I ordered it with towing mirrors, and I have to say they are a big improvement over the add on mirrors I had on the Tacoma. They were Grand Aero mirrors, the best I've found, but these are larger & the bottom is a convex section that gives a wide angle view. Absolutely no vibration!

Don and Anne are planning to arrive in Oswego tomorrow & we will start on the trip to Winnipeg on Saturday. Anne is suffering from bronchitis, not much fun, but better than the original diagnosis of pneumonia.

Until Tomorrow -

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