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    #1 Michael Russo, Jul 23, 2017
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    What better thread than to post this as the European who spends his first night in a 31 ft RV headed West... Fremont, we're coming ;)

    Pics to come when I have a better signal... :rolleyes:
    Kinda weird here in this remote yet quiet RV park in the heart of Mississippi!
    Edited: there you go:

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    By the way, @ModFather , this sucker does have a V10... and it is thirsty (filled the tank with more than 35 gallons after 300 miles today... darn good thing it takes 87 unleaded... and we're not paying EU prices for gas 3x what most pay over here... :eek:
     
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      [​IMG] @Gary Moore lock up the sheep, he's coming to California!!!!!!! Is it too late to build a wall at the California border? Time to Make America Green Again, no more Belchums. That's how the place got it's name, the only place in the world where they defile American fries by putting mayonnaise on them and call them Belchum fries! [​IMG]

      Sorry Michael, you have to put up with a little Californican hazing before you are allowed to enter. WELCOME TO CALIFORNIA, THE GREEN AND GOLDEN STATE, home of everything TESLA!
       
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        Sheep security protocol in effect. (There actually are many nearby sheep, and I did not steal them from Ireland, I swear, unless photos count.)

        I see Michael that you're in familiar Rebel held territory, but since Governor Jerry Brown was only joking about building a wall around California to keep certain presidents out of it, all you should need to do is not let them catch you sneaking contraband flora or fauna into the state. (They asked me at the checkpoint once what my artificial Christmas tree was, so don't worry a lot.)
         
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          Wait till you get to the Rockies, you will be lucky to get 3 mpg. I note that you are purchasing Love's non-branded, bottom of the barrel gasoline. So much for loyalty! ;)

          I advise that you get out of Mississippi as quickly as possible to avoid the local "hospitality" - squeal like a pig, Deliverance style. ( @Gary Moore that one should leave him scratching his head)

          When you get to Californication, you will find gasoline prices a "bit" more expensive. That's because the State wisely adds a lot of taxes to cover such things as road repair caused by 31 ft Coachmen. Remember, your contract only covers 100 miles a day, so your journey is really going to start adding up! Might be cheaper to just stay at the Ritz Carlton!

          Incidentally, you will find the best gasoline prices at Costco and they make some fairly decent hot dogs and other knoshes too. Best hamburgers are at "In-n-Out" and "the Habit". Don't eat the crappy subs at Subway shown in your picture, get one from "Jersey Mike's" instead. We like the Zuppa Toscana at "Olive Garden." Want good Chicano food? Stop at most any taco truck parked at a street corner in California. Want good Mexican food? Go to Mexico!

          Lastly, the maximum speed limit for anyone driving 10 in hand and pulling a 31 ft. behind is 55 mph on California highways. So SLOW DOWN this is not the Autobahn!
           
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            Easier if he comes in from Mexico.
             
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              You can thank Mexicans (legal and illegal) for the inexpensive fruits and vegetables you enjoy
               
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                I don't know your plans, but let's presume that you did not get lost leaving LAX and are on some boondoggle. :)

                If you are not the "head-for-the-mountains" kind of guy, then you can get your kicks on Route 66 (now I-40).

                There is an RV park in Winslow, Arizona, site of the song "Take It Easy," written by Jackson Browne for the Eagles.

                ("I was standing on the corner of Winslow, Arizona, such a fine site to see..."):cool:

                About half an hour west of Winslow, and about 6 miles south of I-40 from Exit 233, you can see what would happen if some not-so-neighborly extraterrestrials arrived and merely started a big rock fight with us.

                There's a small museum and viewing stand for the Barringer Meteor Crater.

                (Do not under any circumstances stop at the Hotel California. "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."):eek:
                 
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                  #8 ModFather, Jul 23, 2017
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                  I'm not sure, but I think they are driving all the way to the Promised Land via the Northern Route.
                  The Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico SWEARS they are the real deal. I have been there too many times to count and I will return.

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                  Of course.

                  My father's parents once spoke over our heads as kids in Alsatian. They told the census taker that they were Irish, but even my brother and I suspected their chat was not in Gaelic. (The cuckoo clock gave it away.)

                  Why would Germans come to America to see vast miles of desert with giant holes in it? Enough to make anyone long for an ale or two.:beercheers:

                  Germanic wanderers would seek out tall mountains and the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO., where they may consume free suds. Elon should have scheduled the big party for Oktoberfest.
                   
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                    Thanks to all for your interest & advice...!

                    Update 7/23:
                    • Drove >800 miles today and had to stop for gas three times (who said range anxiety appeared with EVs? :D) - 70 mph 'cause we needed to get moving, translated in less than 7 mpg
                    • Suspension is awful (feels like an early 80's car, at best !), the engine is super loud and you really have to watch manoeuvring :eek:
                    • On the other hand, the wifey & (big) kids love to be able to move around and even lay down to rest while the paterfamilias does the driving! ;)
                    • We indeed took the 'northern route', meaning after driving down from Atlanta to Mississippi all the way west to catch I40W... 700 miles thru AL, SW TN, AR, OK and finally North TX to take a break south of Amarillo!! Whew!!
                    • Tomorrow, we should reach the Northern Rim of the Gd Canyon where we will stay for three nights/two days; then a detour to Southern UT to admire Bryce and Zion before heading down to CA where we will 'park' the RV in Fresno for 5 days
                    • Renting a minivan so the 55 mph limit will be less of an issue... Plan for a day in Yosemite than head to Fremont to spend 2.5 days in the San Fran area (the city, Napa, the Redwoods, Carmel... as well as THE plant - parking lot at least!! - are on the program!! :))
                    • We will be taking a more southern route via Joshua Tree National Park then a much longer stretch thru TX, including an overnight near Fort Worth... need to be back in NW Atlanta on 8/8 to fly back to la Douce France...
                    More to come ... :)
                    Mike

                    PS. By the way, ModFather, with a 7 mpg mileage, I have exploded what was left of my loyalty... it's Love's and 87 unleaded max!! :D
                     
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                      Beautiful skies...

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                      And particularly this one, last night in Mississippi!!

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                        You're really burning a lot of dinosaur juice there...
                         
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                          What a great trip! You have some incredible destinations there, I'm very jealous! I'm not sure that thing will fit in the Zion tunnels though.
                           
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                            And a brand new day...

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                            on the road again, Route 66, destination Grand Canyon, AZ!! :)

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                              Just entered New Mexico and luckily found the Russell's Travel Centre as I was almost out of that gas...

                              Interesting place, full of Route 66 memorabilia and even this:

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                              Imagine, someday, maybe in 50 years, there will be have a - by then - classic Model ≡ (sorry, could not resist!), in a little store next to a 1 MW Supercharger station with 25 stalls !! :)
                               
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                                IMG_1228.JPG Don't stop here, however...
                                 
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                                  When I took this pix, I sent to family, friends, and colleagues: "I am simultaneously grateful and horrified to see this information!"

                                  Let me tell you, I was not the only one at the reststop parking lot scanning around when I got out of my vehicle!
                                   
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                                    Where was it? :p
                                     
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                                    Actually pretty far off from where you are now (though don't know where you're headed after Fremont)... off of Rt. 82, North of Yakima, Washington St., not too far (relative term in the
                                    West) from some very nice vineyards!
                                     
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