2016 Camping Road Trip CA, NV, UT, WY, NE, SD, MN, IA, MO, IL OK, TX, NM, & AZ

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  1. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Well we had a blast on our +3 week camping road trip. It ended up being 23 days, 6,300 miles, 5,800 miles towed, 13 states, camped in 7, 3 hotels, and many friends and family visited.

    We hit some strong weather while on the road camping, and at my dads in MN, no damage or me (my dads van suffered a shattered window).

    Our first stop was at the Sequoia National Forrest Camp 2, pre-rally. We had a blast and I heard about the fun times after we left!!


    I will update this post as I have time and will add pictures, I will try to keep the posts in order!!
     

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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Just after leaving the Sequoia NF CG my breaks failed abruptly. Pedal almost to the floor and the e-brake almost no help.

    Turns out the right rear brake shoes came apart. I cleaned and adjusted the brakes a few days before the trip and it all looked good.

    No cell service, so I limped it at 5mph to a road side resort and used their phone. USAA sent a flat bed to haul the car and tow the pup. The driver did not have a wrench to tighten the ball to his truck nor an 7 pin to 4 pin adapter. He attempted to use a regular pliar. Luckily I had a large crescent wrench in the car. I requested USAA to tow me to a parts store so I could fix the car myself vs pay out the rear at a shop on a Friday evening. They towed us about an hour past multiple shops to an Oreilies, $26 later I had new brake shoes and hardware. I also ripped the wire plug raising the hitch for the toe tuck, another 20 minutes that was put back together...

    Continued up the 99

    Stop 2 was at my cousins in Mercede CA

    Stop 3 Made it to the i80 and stayed at a hotel in Battle Mtn NV
     

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    Thanks, Haybale!
    Looking forward to more and pics always make it better.
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Stop 5, Twin Buttes Lake, 15 miles south of Laramie WY, FREE camping! This was July 4th, and we seen about 2 hours of fireworks!!! It was absolutely perfect, not another person in sight once the 1 fam a ways away left. There were no bugs until the wind died down and then OMG the absolute most bugs I have ever seen (I am from MN where the low spots in a road are not always foggy but a cloud of mosquitoes). Went to bed and then had insane winds and rain, 50mph from what I could find online, luckily for me I can setup with the pup hitched to the car and the car was pointed into the wind. I was very close to taking cover in the pit toilet.
     

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    Dude, I hope the brake failure was not going down some of those mountain roads [:O] Glad you guys are safe. Keep the updates coming [:D]
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Oops Stop 4, UT South of SLC. With a family we have stayed with and known a few years, their son Rhett with Down Syndrome is a couple years older than Patrick, but they are almost twins!!! It was Patricks birthday and their daughter made him a wonderful birthday cake!! Awesome camp driveway!!
     

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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Stop 4 cont, UT
     

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    Happy Birthday Pat!
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    It was. We stopped at CA Hot Springs Resort to use their phone, parked up the road at the post office. Yes I consider myself very lucky...
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Stop 6, uneventful, just a dirty hotel room... Aberdeen SD, Super 8. I did get a free knife that was left in the safe....
     

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    Very Nice. Glad to catch your review here. Looking forward to read your journey.
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Stop 6, Lake Carlos SP near Alexandria MN, the CG I grew up going to as a kid. Site 20. My cousins were in site 18.
     

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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Stop 6 cont. family

    Patty was piloting the pontoon just above an idle, he loved it!!
     

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    The pictures are wonderful. Looks like it was a great trip!
     
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    Miller '96 ColemanCheyenne - '14 Tacoma 4X4 DBL SR5 6spd

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    Simply amazing and wonderful trip and opportunity!!!!
    Can't wait to read and see more!!
    JUST SUPER COOL!!
     
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    Awesome. We recently got back from our 17 day trip. A quick little synopsis of the trip. Went up the Gate Way Arch. Stayed 3 days in Wisconsin Dells. 2 days in Michigan's upper peninsula (prob best park) Mackinac island was super cool. 3 nights in Hocking Hills, Ohio, a couple of nights in Indiana, Clifty Falls SP, Mammoth Cave Kentucky, and a couple of nights in Hot Springs Arkansas. All in all a fun trip. 4000 miles, all nights camped. This is our 2nd summer with our PUP. We're becoming pro's. Haha, yeah right. [​IMG]

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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Stop 7, My dads in MN

    Playing with cousins at the lake 1/8th mile down from my dads place.

    The last picture is a red stripped leach (I think)
     

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    Awesome trip, Awesome pictures except for the Leach.
     
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    How are you going to top this trip next year, South America? [:D]
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Stock car races "Where the big boys do it in the dirt"!! Same as I remember it as a kid, Patrick likes it as long has he has his ear muffs on, he doesn't like load noises!
     

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