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  • #31
    two weeks from tomorrow we are due to hit the road .... not each day but most days between now and then we need to purchase and pack a wide range of supplies for both the truck and camper .... most will be purchased next Wednesday when we make a stop at the local Sam's .... where we spend the summer its a 160+ mile round trip to the closest Sam's .... with our truck, it literally pays to minimize such drives .... so, we make it a point to stock up on consumable supplies prior to leaving home .... today's purchase of two 80 oz jugs of Diesel Kleen was a minor one .... they should take care of treating all of our fuel that our truck will burn between now and when we get to South Dakota .... history tells us that we will need to purchase one more jug just prior to leaving so as to have more than enough to get us home ....
    Jim
    '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
    '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
    '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
    '04 Sea Pro 180DC
    '17 Elio reserved

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    • #32
      our trip prep has it a bit of a lull .... other than topping off our truck's fuel tanks, its pretty much ready to roll .... we do continue to purchase and pack supplies but its too early for last minute packing of the camper .... with multiple gatherings which are centered on rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting, the process of selecting what to take with us has been going on for a while .... I guess with them calling for record high temps and high humidity, today would be a good one to stay inside and start the cleaning process ...
      Jim
      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
      '17 Elio reserved

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      • #33
        as expected, another hot and dry day .... it took me until well after lunch to disassemble, clean and reassemble the rifles and shotgun we plan to take with us .... Friday afternoon I hope to ride over to a family range and sight in a new scope on one of the rifles we plan to take .... once that is completed, I'll give it another good cleaning so it will be ready to pack next week .... as noted earlier in this thread, flooding along I-29 north of KC we've had to change our route .... some of our new route will take us near some of the areas that have been experiencing bad weather for the last few days .... we are getting more and more reports from the Estelline area of flooding that has prevented many farmers from getting into their fields .... with their relatively short growing season, that can prove to be a major problem .... if things don't turn around in a big hurry, this could be a really rough season for them
        Jim
        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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        • #34
          in our progression through months, then weeks, now days to June 8th, when we are scheduled to leave home and head west, today has been a GOLD STAR DAY .... that following a thorough going over this morning by my Cardiologist it has been determined that all systems are go .... next appointment set for 6 months with no changes to meds or anything else .... to make it even better, no further medical appointments of any kind are scheduled until after we get back home in August .... we did get to Sam's and left there with about all our Trailblazer can haul .... it will take a while to get 3 months worth of paper products and other items stored .... with record breaking heat on tap for tomorrow, we probably won't get out there to store things for a few days
          Jim
          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
          '17 Elio reserved

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          • #35
            9 days until we are scheduled to pull out .... its been a busy morning .... paper products and other items purchased yesterday at Sam's have been stored .... we were able to make some room in some of the interior storage cabinets by removing items that we simply don't use .... we also removed the insulation cushions from all three ceiling vents and put them in storage .... Maureen has shampooed most of the carpet .... tomorrow we will move furniture and she will finish the carpet ....
            Jim
            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
            '17 Elio reserved

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            • #36
              8 days to go .... Maureen finished shampooing the camper's carpet .... it will never look new but it sure looks better .... on tap later today a hopefully quick trip to a family range to zero a rifle that will be taken on the trip .... as is to be expected, today's pre-trip efforts were interrupted by needing to take care of 3 grandchildren this morning and pickup another from daycare later today .... those who live near their grandchildren will understand ..
              Jim
              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
              '17 Elio reserved

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              • #37
                7 days from right now we should be setup in Asheville, NC following our first day's drive .... the long range forecast is calling for the temp to be in the upper 70's with a 50% chance of thunderstorms .... first thing this morning we drove over to Benson where we picked up more sausage to smoke .... after getting it back home loading it in our smoker, things settled down for a very sort while .... our youngest son came over and we took the boat out of mothballs .... she fired up and he drove off to run it through a car wash, they plan to spend the day tomorrow at a local lake.... while we were working on the boat, I put our oldest grandson to mowing .... we now have 20 more lbs of smoked sausage, the boat runs great and the yard has been mowed .... some days are truly better than others ..
                Jim
                '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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                • #38
                  a while back flooded sections of I-29 north of KC forced us to reroute our trip .... looks like it is a good thing we did
                  Jim
                  '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                  '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                  '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                  • #39
                    This looks like something that may change day to day.

                    I saw yesterday that only 4 Missouri River crossings were open.

                    3 in Omaha and 1 in St Joseph.

                    Stay safe!

                    John
                    LaPorte, Colorado
                    2003 F250 Superduty 6.0 Diesel, Auto - 2004 Sunnybrook Solanta 2816 - 2004 Brakesmart - 2006 Hensley Arrow


                    To be Old and Wise, You Must First be Young and Stupid!

                    Don't do something permanently stupid just because you're temporarily upset!

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                    • #40
                      yep, that's why we had to change our route .... right now my concern is the flooding near Davenport, IA .... we aren't scheduled to go through there until the 12th, hopefully things will have settled down a bit by then
                      Jim
                      '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                      '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                      '17 Elio reserved

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                      • #41
                        4 days until we are due to head west .... our first planned stop after leaving home this coming Saturday morning is to take on fuel at a Flying J on I-40 just west of Durham .... to make sure we have ample fuel in the truck's tanks we road over to a local station and took on 15 gallons of fuel .... packing continues .... periods of rain now in the forecast between now and Friday could easily complicate things
                        Jim
                        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                        '17 Elio reserved

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                        • #42
                          with rain forecasted to be on the way, we've gotten serious about moving thing into the camper .... hopefully by later this afternoon we will have most of our clothing and larger electronic equipment (printers, food sealer, crock pots, etc) out there and stored .... Dry Lube PTFE Spray needed to lube the pistons in our auto leveling system ordered, should be here Friday .... tomorrow we start precooling our Yeti cooler that is mounted on the carrier on the back of our camper .... tire pressure monitoring system activated, all's good ....perimeter critter defense system (AKA mouse traps) inspected, delighted to find all's good ....
                          Jim
                          '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                          '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                          '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                          '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                          '17 Elio reserved

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                          • #43
                            just received a link ===> Missouri's Highway Department showing the roads closures .... they've really been hit hard
                            Jim
                            '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                            '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                            '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                            '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                            '17 Elio reserved

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                            • #44
                              2 more days at home .... 20+ days without any rain and with us due to pull out Saturday morning, its been raining every day .... 100% chance of rain/thunderstorms on Friday so we must come as close as we can to completing packing tomorrow .... if the forecast is correct, we should be in and out of rain for our entire first day's drive to Western NC
                              Jim
                              '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                              '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                              '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                              '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                              '17 Elio reserved

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                              • #45
                                thankfully the rain forecasted for today hasn't materialized .... most of our morning was spent taking things from the house out to the camper .... for the most part our major packing is complete .... an unexpected need for a trip to Sam's materialized, we were able to work it in along with having to pickup our soon to be grandson from daycare .... tomorrow we plan to move food and other such supplies to the camper, hopefully, the rain they are calling for tomorrow will take its time getting here ....
                                Jim
                                '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                                '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                                '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                                '17 Elio reserved

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