Where the Eagle5 Flies

Even though it is always hard to leave our families behind the Captain and DD had been getting antsy to get back on the road and head south to our “home State” of Arizona for another winter of hiking, biking and reunions with old and not so old desert friends. But first we had to get to Smithville Ontario to pick up and pack up Eagle5. Given our recent (not so good) experiences with Sicard RV it was with some trepidation that we pulled into the lot on the morning of October 24, 2016. Our concerns were quickly assuaged when Eagle5 rolled up sporting a beautiful shiny new front cap paint job. We definitely made the right choice in deciding to change the front cap colour from dark brown to ivory to match the primary sidewall colour. Almost like having a new trailer.

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the old brown Eagle5

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the new improved Eagle5

 

Anxious to get moving we quickly paid our bill for the repairs to the slide room and wheel bearings and packed away what we could and headed to our first overnight stop at the Casino in Sarnia. DD said she had a really good feeling about winning, so off we went to see what we could turn our $20.00 into.  Alas, DD came out with $180.00 to the good and thanked LLL for not being with us…seems he was always winning! After enjoying our last Timmies until the spring we headed to the US on October 25, 2016.

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red trees at Sarnia Casino

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over the Blue Water bridge to the USA

Already a few days behind schedule we didn’t dally as we motored towards Cameron Missouri where we would spend 4 days visiting our friends Jezebel Jeannine and Dashing Dave.  We arrived on October 27, 2016 and as always when we stop in, JJ and Dashing Dave outdo themselves in making sure we have an enjoyable visit. And no visit would be complete without a trip to the nearby Amish settlement near Jamestown where CC is known to load up on numerous bags of ginger snaps that have, or so I am told by many people, snapped up numerous big awards for their quality and taste. The M&H Amish store is also a great place to graze the innumerable candy samples scattered throughout the store. Yum Yum!!

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Dashing Dave’s family – Mars (the dog) Jenna (granddaughter) Suzie (daughter) & Anthony (son in law) with very large Maitake mushroom (CC gives the peace sign in back)

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CC and the ginger snaps

While touring around the Amish farming area we came across several Amish farm vehicles (non motorized) on the roadways and working in the fields. We also got a glimpse of an Amish luxury sedan which can be seen in the following pictures.

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Amish harvester

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ploughing the fields

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the luxury wagon from behind

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Dashing Dave and grandson Jay spent the weekend sitting out in a hunting blind hoping to bag a 5 point or larger buck. As a vegetarian, I would like to be able to report that the endeavour was unsuccessful but alas I am unable to do so. Just hope there is no deer sausage on the menu at our next visit.

DD and JJ made a day trip to nearby St Joseph to do some shopping and I know this will be hard to imagine (or maybe not) but DD came home with more new shoes. She is quickly getting up to the mid teens in numbers so a cleansing may be in order. (Editor’s note: they were slippers not shoes)

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strange birds over Cameron

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and fish

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and more fish

Not wishing to hang around for trick or treating we snuck out of town on the morning of October 31, 2016 and stopped overnight again at the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City Kansas. This has become a regular stop for us and as usual and now expected, there were plenty of tricks but no treats for us here. BOO!! November 1, 2016 we made it to Albuquerque before getting to Tucson on November 2, 2016. Our first stop in Tucson was at yet another gambling house, the Casino Del Sol where I completed a trifecta and am now a third time unlucky at the slots on this trip.

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along the road to Albuquerque

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they should name a game show after this place

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dust weevil in the desert

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right the “Thing” 

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The Casino Del Sol provides a huge parking lot for over-nighting RVs and graciously doesn’t seem to impose time limits. Very generous and much appreciated. Now some of our faithful followers may recall of years ago I wrote about fellow RVers who seemed to have an infatuation with parking as close as they could to the Eagle5 regardless of how much open space was available. Well it happened again, and I can only surmise that these RVers have identified that we are from that friendly and unarmed country to the north and therefore feel unthreatened and secure to be in our embrace. Really!!! Anyway these folks were close enough that had they asked, we would have without much of a stretch, passed across the salt and pepper.

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too close for our comfort

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pass the salt neighbour

As we had a few off days before heading to Superstition Mountain State Park near Apache Junction on November 8, 2016 we have plugged in at Catalina State Park for a few days and took the opportunity to clean off some of the accumulated road grime and wash Eagle5 and the truck. The weather here is fantastic, blue skies and upper 70Fs. This morning we took advantage of the great bike trails and peddled just over 20 miles.  Just a little saddlesore after not being on the bikes for awhile! Last evening we took in a free outdoor concert here in the park. The music was provided by Jaye Parks and the Sho Cats.  Felt just like being at home as about 25% of the music was from Canadian artists (Joni Mitchell, the Band and others). Does the reach of the CRTC really reach this far south?? Canadian joke folks.

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our campsite at Catalina

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Catalina State Park in Tuscon

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relaxing at the concert

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Jaye Parks and the Sho Cats

Video of the concert with Lonesome Lee singing

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DD still  looks refreshed at the halfway point

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DDs giant bug

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CC’s Art Deco photo of the week. DD took the week off

UPDATES

The Aud One – we phone the Aud One and the Coach daily and although the Aud One still has pain issues she is moving around a bit more and the Coach is proficiently providing a positive environment with help from brothers Jim and Don and partner Sylvie. Thanks Guys.

Dashing Dave – Dave underwent heart surgery this week and despite an OOOPs moment he came through it and we still expect to see him in the desert this winter. Stay well Dave.

Hawk and Red Fox – left Boston on schedule on October 31st and are heading west to a rendezvous with the Captain and DD at Superstition Mountain State Park on November 8, 2016. See you soon guys.

LLL and BBB – have landed safely at Imperial Dam LTVA and taken up their regular site for the winter. Things are back to normal for the kids as yesterday BBB was out on the garage sale circuit. See ya soon kids!!

By stubbs99

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