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Aug 10, 2012 - Truck is fixed and all is good

We won't go into the specifics of all the phone calls that we had to make throughout the morning, but we found a friend in the service manager at the Ford dealership in Corning, CA. The morning began with an indication from Ford warranty that they needed to send an inspector to look at our vehicle before they authorized the repair. Unfortunately, the inspector could only come on Monday which would result in us being stuck here at least until Tuesday. The service manager made many calls (and so did Adele but all it got was raised blood...

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Aug 9, 2012 - Arrival in Red Bluff

Well, we made the decision yesterday to challenge the truck with a trip through the mountains from Oregon to California and the truck lost. Our day started early. We left Oregon at 8:00 to beat the heat. It was an uneventful drive until we hit Ashland which is where the highest of the mountains was located. On ascent, Adele noted a burning smell but it went away and we continued on our journey. Upon arrival in California, we had to stop at the agrigulture inspection station. We decided last night not to throw out any fruits or vegetables...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Red Bluff, CA

You know what's cool? Leaving the mountains in the morning and being in the desert in the afternoon. California does offer variety. Nothing special about Red Bluff, just a stop along the way. They did have a very nice RV park or as I call them "parking lot". The places we've stayed on this trip are very different than the campgrounds we stayed at as a kid. No campfires, no wooded sites with mini golf, game rooms and bingo. Just a parking lot of large motor homes and a strip of grass if you are lucky. For being full timers (people that live...

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Apr 27, 2012 - Our first visit to Red Bluff

Why stop in Red Bluff? Mostly because it is about 200 miles from Modesto and there is an Elks Lodge with RV parking. The normal procedure at the Elks lodges is after getting all set up, clean up a little and then report to the office or bar to register and here is it the bar. They have a shuffle board which are becoming so rare and we normally take the time to play a game or two. Sharon gave me a lesson.

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Oct 1, 2011 - California, here we come

We left Phoenix, OR on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, for a 180 mile leg that took us over the Siskiyou mountains into California. Our route down I-5 included a couple of 4,000+ elevation passes and descents, which put our truck (nicknamed BAT, for Big Ass Truck) to a serious test. We continue to be amazed with the truck's performance, both climbing and descending. Our fifth wheel weighs over 15,000 lbs., with the combined weight of the truck/trailer exceeding 23,000 lbs. - over 11 tons! We were able to comfortably climb the grades...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Red Bluff, CA

September 22: Arrived at the Red Bluff, California Elks Lodge where we were provided with a Electric/Water site. A real good place to rest up. We drove around Red Bluff one day and got the car washed. It was unbelievably dirty. There wasn't much to see or do in the Red Bluff area, so we just hung out around the RV. Behind the Lodge building, there is a lake where over 100 egrets were feeding and resting. The lake is nearly bone dry. There is a outlet to the Sacramento River, But the outlet is now dry stopping water flow from the river to...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Red Bluff, CALIFORNIA

Well it was a drippy morning leaving Florence. It also seems like on our travel days that it's taking us longer to get started---suconcious working maybe? Used the dump station at the Elks RV Park and then drove down to the entrance which has a huge area to hook up the jeep---of course, Sam got the worse of the dripping. I just had to go sit inside the jeep and do my thing (putting it out of gear). Although we had coffee at camp, I think the drippiness makes us want something warm. Before we hit the busy of Florence, there's a little coffee...

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Jun 21, 2011 - First Day Out

We left San Ramon around 0900 and our first stop was in Lodia, CA and the Flying "J" truck stop where we dumped $342.00 of diesel into the fuel tank. We traveled Interstate 5 to Red Bluff where we stopped for the night. We traveled 227 miles and we have covered this same strip of concrete, asphalt, and pot holes more times than we can remember. The scenery is basically flat urban area until you get north of Sacramento when the land becomes more rural with farms and orchards and fields under cultivation for various crops. The coastal hills...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Change in Plans

We walked around the winery a bit in the morning and said thank you and good bye to everyone. They were going to bring over a bottle of last year's cherry wine to share with us – but our lights were already out. I-5 was I-5. Lots of cars – lots of road construction. We did see rice paddies near Williams, CA, and several rice elevators. Somewhere along the highway we decided that driving almost 50 miles out of our way to stay free at a winery was not a good idea. The Red Bluff Elks Lodge could put us up for $12 and we would save on gas. So...

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Summer 2011 Travels

May 27, 2011 - Back in California

It was overcast and drizzling most of the day. At higher elevations, there are still some old snowdrifts on the ground in the forests and along the road shoulders. The forests we traveled through yesterday were beautiful reaffirming our preference to this type of scenery as opposed to desert and sagebrush. It is amazing to me how little wildlife we have seen this trip. Tonight we are staying at the nicest park I've ever stayed. We watched a little tv tonight but mostly an uneventful day. Tomorrow we travel through Redding, CA. I have to...

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Sep 14, 2010 - Red Bluff

I had previously said that we were going to stay at the Elks campground in Redding after leaving Seven Feathers in Oregon but we changed our minds about half way between Seven Feathers and the Elks Lodge in Redding. We decided that since the Elks facility only has a dump station for draining the motorhome holding tanks that it would be much easier cleaning up on the last day if we had a sewer connection. So reprogrammed the GPS and went the Durango RV Park in Red Bluff instead. We arrived there mid-afternoon Monday and signed up for two...

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Jun 17, 2010 - Lodi To Red Bluff - Durango Rv Resort

THE DRIVE FROM LODI TO RED BLUFF SHOULD HAVE BEEN REALLY A SINCH, HA HA! WHEN WE GOT READY TO HOOK UP THE GUYS THAT HAD COME TO CLEAN OUT THE SEWER LEFT ME WITH A REAL MESS - THE SEWER CAP AND VALVES WERE NOT WORKING. OUR DRIVE WAS NOT TO LONG AND FINALLY ARRIVED AT DURANGO RV RESORT IN RED BLUFF. LUCKY, I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE JUMP SEAT AS HE FOUND SEVERAL THINGS ALONG THE ROAD TO TAKE PICTURES OF. I PROBABLY DELETED 60 OF THEM BUT HE DID ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS ALONG HIGHWAY 5 IN CALIFORNIA. JUSTIN IS VERY INTERESTED...

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