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On 7/12/2018 at 10:49 AM, dblr said:

Yes a campground just up from Table Rock state park near where the Paddle wheel boat sails out of. Yes plans are to leave here Monday morning to head up towards Marceline where Walt Disney is from. So Sunday night will mostly be chillin at the site prepping to leave

Howdy dblr 

Sorry we didn't get a chance to visit last night, things were kinda hectic on our end.  I'll tell you this, I would have made a professional trucker proud the maneuvers that had to be made to get 72 feet of truck and trailer through the maze of the twisting, turning and dramatic elevation changes that made up the parking lots of this condo complex.  To get the truck into the only stop on the edge of the grounds large enough to park it, I had to pull up hill, then back down that hill following a twisty road for about a 1/4 mile, then spot the trailer in-between a row of boat trailers and a couple of smaller RV's.  But we made it, we are here, now we have to decide what we are going to do whilst here.

Wishing you safe travels and hoping that one of these days our trails will cross again and we will have some quality visiting time.

Dave, Donna and Newt 

Edited by mr. cob

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Howdy All, 

We left from Branson, at 8:15am, pulled into my friend Ken’s place a few miles south of down town Amarilo, at 7:05pm, 619 miles today.  Plugged into to shore power at Ken’s home turned on the trailer air conditioner’s went out for blackened catfish dinner, gonna hit the hay I am tired, the Peterbilt has been running GREAT have I ever mentioned how much I love this truck....................

Dave, Donna and Newt 

Edited by mr. cob
Sqelin erors

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3 hours ago, dblr said:

Mr. Cob did you get to Taos yet???? My son has been on the lookout for you.:lol:

Howdy dblr 

We arrived yesterday I sure hope your Son doesn’t work at this condo complex as the “Mr Cob” side of my personality which I go to great pains to keep on a chain was in full blown display.

When I get my computer unpacked I will give you a detailed reply complete with photos of the WORST parking situation I have ever been in.  What we found when we arrived is NOT what we were told and NOT what you see when you look at the parking area when viewed in google earth.

To be continued.

Dave

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Howdy All,

This post is in answer to dblr, question about our arrival at the Worldmark, in Taos New Mexico, and should serve as a WARNING to anyone who drives an HDT and has a Worldmark membership.  To begin we made our reservations in January of 2018, at the time the reservation was made we made it very plain that we needed access to parking for our RV which is 72 feet long, we also reserved a ground floor condo so it would be easy to take Newt, my service dog for his potty walks, we were ASSURED that these needs would be met.

I went so far as to recon the place in google earth and verified the driveway and all of the turns were doable with my rig BEFORE the final reservation was made.  So what happened, when we arrived the place is being renovated, everything is tore up, the parking area where I was told I could park was filled with shipping containers used as work shops and materials storage, they had given our ground floor room to someone else WITHOUT contacting us.  To say I was peed off is to put it extremely mildly.

After having to back out of the driveway in front of the check-in, I was directed down a tree lined narrow lane used for delivery's to get to the parking area. I was faced with having to somehow get the truck and the trailer over a large curb, this was done by the workers using old rolls of carpet to build ramps that I could drive over to get into the parking area.  Needless to say this did NOT go as planed and three hours later I was finally parked.  We had to use a 2nd floor condo the first day and are now in the process of being moved into the condo we had reservations for in the first place.

Pictures really don't do justice to the fiasco of getting the rig into the parking area, I took a short well 4 minute video that shows what we had to do to get parked, WARNING I forgot myself and used some cuss words in the last ten seconds of the video, mute it or ignore it, I am still so mad I can hardly type.  All of this could have been prevented if they had only told us that access to the parking area no longer existed and that we should make other plans, this was not done, they have known of this situation since April of this year, there is no excuse for this, there is no excuse for giving our condo to someone else.  After we get moved into the ground floor condo me and who ever runs this place are going to have a pow wow and they had better offer some sort of compensation for this mess.  As I said in the beginning if you drive an HDT rig, I strongly suggest that you DO NOT ever think about staying at this place. 

https://photos.smugmug.com/Dave-and-Donna-summer-trip-2018/i-L3BCMZF/0/e701ab25/1280/IMG_3075-1280.mp4

Dave, Donna and Newt

 

Edited by mr. cob
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Dave,

    I expect the road conditions in South East New Mexico did nothing to soothe the "Mr. Cob".

US 285 from Ft. Stockton, TX to Roswell, NM is TERIABLE.

 

 

ShortyO

ps we are at Sundance RV Park in Cortez, CO.

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23 minutes ago, wtgeodog said:

Dave,

    I expect the road conditions in South East New Mexico did nothing to soothe the "Mr. Cob".

US 285 from Ft. Stockton, TX to Roswell, NM is TERIABLE.

 

 

ShortyO

ps we are at Sundance RV Park in Cortez, CO.

Howdy ShortyO,

We come over from Amarilo on I-40 then turned north on 84 drove that until going north on 518 over the mountains and into Taos.  I really enjoyed crossing the mountains on 518 many miles of steep grades and sharp corners but I like that kind of road keeps you alert and the views were GREAT.

We will be passing through Cortez on the way home but won’t have time to visit.  There is a fellow from North Dakota coming to look at the Freightliner, as soon as I get home so when we leave from Taos  that big yeller kitty is going to be humming right along.

Dave

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Dave, sorry to hear of your parking fiasco in Taos, I knew the parking there was not going to be the greatest and that was BEFORE all the construction that is going on there. I stayed there 2 winters ago for skiing and it was tight then just with other guests cars, wish I had known it was that bad my son might have been able to arrange a spot at his work, a couple of miles up the road to the right after you leave the Wyndham. Anyway your in now so relax and enjoy the beautiful area, try eating at Michaels just across the street from the resort and another great breakfast spot is the Taos Diner, take a right of the complex and about 2 miles on your left is the Diner. Hopefully my son might find you and recommend other spots, if there on Sat. drive up to the ski area and find the Bavarian ( The Bav ) great German food and even better beer!!!!

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6 hours ago, dblr said:

Dave, sorry to hear of your parking fiasco in Taos, I knew the parking there was not going to be the greatest and that was BEFORE all the construction that is going on there. I stayed there 2 winters ago for skiing and it was tight then just with other guests cars, wish I had known it was that bad my son might have been able to arrange a spot at his work, a couple of miles up the road to the right after you leave the Wyndham. Anyway your in now so relax and enjoy the beautiful area, try eating at Michaels just across the street from the resort and another great breakfast spot is the Taos Diner, take a right of the complex and about 2 miles on your left is the Diner. Hopefully my son might find you and recommend other spots, if there on Sat. drive up to the ski area and find the Bavarian ( The Bav ) great German food and even better beer!!!!

Howdy dblr,

After the pow wow, Donna was given back the points for this stay and they are going to file an insurance claim to cover the scratches on my trailer, how that will turn out is anyone's guess.  We are gonging to do a few museums today, the weather is supposed to be good tomorrow so the plan is to visit the Memorial at Angel Fire.  Thanks for the restaurant recommendations, we will check them out.

Dave, Donna and Newt

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I've been hanging around Colorado for the past 5-6 weeks (Salida, South Fork, Pagossa Springs, Salida, Leadville, Silverthorne) so I decided to come stop by and see Maurice & Ginny in Yampa, CO. I've been here a couple days already and they are awesome hosts and I love their property out there. 

I tried to trade Maurice my Volvo for his Petrebuilt, but Ginny put her foot down. :D

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2 minutes ago, BlueLghtning said:

I've been hanging around Colorado for the past 5-6 weeks (Salida, South Fork, Pagossa Springs, Salida, Leadville, Silverthorne) so I decided to come stop by and see Maurice & Ginny in Yampa, CO. I've been here a couple days already and they are awesome hosts and I love their property out there. 

I tried to trade Maurice my Volvo for his Petrebuilt, but Ginny put her foot down. :D

Howdy Dan,

Maurice and Ginny, are great folks, we sure enjoyed our stay with them, be sure to say Howdy to Maurice and give Ginny a hug from me.

Dave

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3 minutes ago, mr. cob said:

Howdy Dan,

Maurice and Ginny, are great folks, we sure enjoyed our stay with them, be sure to say Howdy to Maurice and give Ginny a hug from me.

Dave

Hey Dave. They certainly are great folks and what an awesome place! Having 50amp power is just icing on the cake too! I'll surely tell them you said hey! 

I got one of the bikes out today and hit some FS roads around here! Lots of great riding! 

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