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Amarillo to Oklahoma City to West Memphis to HOME!

Home August 4

Everything was still going great until we started setting up in Oklahoma City. A cable for the main slide broke when we were extending it. It got about a foot extended when it broke. We went to the office to see if there was a mobile repairman and then called the extended warranty people to find out what we needed to do. We had to wait until that night before the repairman called. He said he could not get to us until next week, and it would take a couple of weeks to get the cable. His best advice was to see if we could get the slide back in by pushing from the outside and operating the remote at the same time. He then said for us to make a beeline home to get it repaired.
We were able to get the slide back in (huge relief) that night. It made for a VERY cramped camper! We got up the next morning and traveled to West Memphis, AR, for our final night on the road. I cancelled our other reservations while we traveled. It was a long day, but we really enjoyed camping on the Mississippi River for our last night and seeing barge after barge travel the river. Hayden loved it. I am so thankful we did not have to cancel this location!
Saturday, Aug. 4, we traveled across Tennessee to our wonderful Townsend. Brice, our son, flew in for a reunion of the kids he grew up with at Sundown Resort, and Danna, John, and Karsyn traveled up to retrieve Hayden. We spent the night at the local campground where we store our camper to defrost the frig, clean, and unload everything we would need at home. We ate supper with Danna and family, went back to the condo to wash the sheets and towels, and visited with them and Brice. Danna and family woke up early and headed back to Columbia to give Hayden two weeks of summer with his friends. We took Brice out to breakfast this morning (Sunday) and then finished our work at the camper. We visited with Brice a bit before he left for the airport for California, where he will work this week and next. We will call to see when we should take the camper in to be fixed and to get the insurance adjuster to check the hail damage.
Then we will start dreaming of our fall trip to the Outer Banks and Thanksgiving with our children!
We praise God for a safe journey and a wonderful summer with our grandson. I hope the other three will want to make this trip when they are Hayden's age! I hope he has many great memories. I know we do! I the trip had ended Tues., Aug. 7, we would have been gone 10 weeks exactly. We almost made it!
Meanwhile, I'll hear Willie Nelson singing in my ear, "On the road again, I just can't wait to get on the road again....."

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Cadillac Ranch and RV Museum

August 1

On May 29, when we started this journey, August seemed a long, long way away! Zip-pop, it is here, and boy is it hot! We are regretting these two day stays in the heat, but we did three neat things today.
First, we ate lunch at the famous Big Texan Steak Ranch. It is the home of the free 72 oz. steak dinner to anyone who can eat the steak, a salad, a roll, potato, and shrimp. The list consists of hundreds who have done it successfully. I cannot imagine!!! The steaks were really good, and because we went at lunch, they were much cheaper! It was a fun time.
Then we went to the Cadillac Ranch about 13 miles from the campground. We had seen it as we drove into Amarillo and wanted to go back for photos. A Texas, eccentric millionaire commissioned this piece of art was completed in 1974. The caddies range from 1948 to 1963. They were moved from their original location in 1997 to avoid the city's expansion. They were and are on the old Route 66. Shortly after the work was completed, people started scratching their names or spray painting on them, so now it is welcomed. Also, anything valuable was stolen from them, and the wheels had to be welded on to prevent theft. The fields all around it are barren because of the draught. We have even seen the fields with the irrigation systems barren because of wells gone dry.
Next we went to the RV Museum located at an RV dealership. There were some cool, old RV's in there. Hayden enjoyed getting in the driver's seat of the rv used in the movie RV, starring Robin Wlliams. We would have stayed longer, but the building was not air conditioned. The outside temp was 104 today, so we did not linger.
Any way, it was a hot day filled with some cool things!

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Albuquerque to Amarillo

July 30 and 31

July 30 - Albuquerque - Phil and Hayden went to the Unser Racing Museum in the afternoon. I could not tell who enjoyed it more because they both had a lot of fun there. Phil was amazed at all the Unsers had saved and accumulated. Hayden was just mesmerized by it all.
July 31 - We left at 8:00 a.m. and headed to Amarillo. We moved into Central Time Zone today. It is hotter here than Albuquerque. I saw where it is supposed to be 111 in Oklahoma City when we go there Aug. 2. At least it will only be for one night. It was too hot to cook in the camper, so we checked tripadvisor.com for a place to eat. The Coyote Bluff Cafe looked interesting. It is truly a hole in the wall type of place, but the burgers were great. It has been on the FoodNetwork's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It has a hamburger called the Hamburger from Hell that is REALLY hot. I think that is what Guy Fiery got when he visited there. We declined that one and got a regular hamburger and cheeseburger. Hayden got two chili cheese hotdogs. We enjoyed the meal and not heating up the camper. Tomorrow we go to Big Texan Steakhous for lunch. For dinner, they have entertainment and the challenge to eat a 72 ounce steak with baked potato, salad, roll, and shrimp for free. I checked the list and could not believe how many people have succeeded! The prices are almost double for dinner, so we will go for lunch and save a bundle since none of us wants to try the 72 ounce challenge (although Hayden would come close)!!!
We also want to go back up the road a few miles to the Cadillac Ranch, which is not a ranch at all, but some Caddies half buried and at an angle. I'll take some photos and post them.
It is hard to believe that one week from today, we will be home after 10 weeks on the road with our grandson. We hope he has a lot of great memories and a new appreciation for this wonderful, beautiful country.

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Holbrook, AZ, to Albuquerque, NM

July 29

Nothing much to report other than we had a safe trip here, and we watched Hayden swim in the pool before supper. It is hot and going to get hotter, then hot and humid - so much to look forward to! NOT!!!!! I have no clue what we will do tomorrow before taking off Tues. morning for Amarillo. I am beginning to regret the two nighters! When the camper is not in shade, the camper gets hot, especially when I cook. Once the sun gets off the camper, it cools down quickly.
One more thing, my sinuses do not like something pollinating in Arizona and now New Mexico!

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Painted Desert and Petrified Forest

July 28

We zoomed through here in 1984 with the pop-up in tow, so getting to take our time today was a treat! We started in the Visitors' Center and watched the video. Then we started up the road seeing the beautiful Painted Desert and Painted Desert Inn. The inn was originally made from petrified wood pieces, but was made into a pueblo-style by the Conservation Corps. It was a real hot spot in the hayday of Route 66. The murals and decor were interesting.
The park road goes over I-40 into the portion with the Petrified Forest, pueblo ruins, and petroglyphs. There were 200 or so people living in the ancient pueblo dwellings at one time. Over 650 petroglyphs are at Newspaper Rock. They tell the stories of the ancients and just fascinate me!
Of course, seeing all the petrified trees was a treat, too. Our campground has quite a few, too! Pres. Roosevelt made this a national park at the urging of locals because so much of the petrified wood was being taken out of the area. They still have a problem with theft.
When we got back to Holbrook, we went to the oldest Dairy Queen I have ever seen. Hayden has been asking for a Blizzard for quite a while. We also ate lunch there. Then we went to Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Company for a half pound of petrified wood (with a coupon). If you go over, it is $2 a pound. Hayden picked out a beautiful piece that ended up costing 40 cents. Not too bad! LOL! A storm was rolling in, so we headed back to the camper.
Tomorrow we head for two nights in Albuquerque.

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