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The REAL adventures of terapined

Retired last summer
Decided to sell just about everything I owned and go on a permanent road trip
My east coast base will remain Tampa due to a storage locker
But will still use Vegas as a 2nd warm weather base because my MGM credit card is attached to Vegas
I use my MGM card for everything and pay it off every month so I get a nice reward every time I have visited Vegas
My travel strategy to see EVERYTHING in the country
I drive 2 or 3 hours, stop for a week checking out everything in the area
Pack up my 23 foot man cave and tow it to the next stop for a week
Exceptions are winter because I'm limited in the places I can visit so Vegas was a 5 week stay
So far started in Tampa last summer
Cedar Key FL
Tallahassee FL
Pensacola FL (need to go back, naval air museum closed due to virus)
Montgomery AL (had a reservation in New Orleans but canceled due to hurricane)
Birmingham AL (learned all about Bombingham and why it got that nickname)
Meridian MS (Jimmy Rodgers museum closed due to virus. I'm a huge fan)
Vicksburg MS (Battlefield a disappointment, they let a forest grow)
Hot Springs AR (yes I took a bath in a historic bath house managed by the Park Service)
Memphis TN (did the Graceland tour. talked myself into the Sun studio control room which tourists are never allowed)
Tulsa OK (Will Rodgers museum. It was fantastic. I had no idea. Rock star of his time)
OKC OK (the bombing memorial is quite powerful)
Amarillo TX (yea I visited Cadillac ranch )
Santa Fe NM (canyon rd is better then art museums)
ABQ NM (I ate at Breaking Bad Los Pollos Hermanos. Its a real restaurant. Twisters. )
El Paso TX (was literally one step away from crossing the border. Had to see how far I could push the envelope)
Silver City NM
Tombstone AZ (there is a wall right in the middle of the exact spot of the shootout. I made a video)
Tucson AZ
Yuma AZ (checked out the old territory prison. not much left)
Laughlin NV
Vegas
Phoenix
Quartzite AZ (of course checked out the yacht club which is in the middle of a desert)
El Centro CA (near the most unusual place I visited, Slab City, last free city in the country)
San Diego
Palm Springs (Joshua trees blew me away. How come no pic on the album)
LA (rode my bike from Santa Monica to Venice beach.)
Bakersfield CA
Fresno CA
Sacramento (camped here currently)

What a long strange trip its been
Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right
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March 28th, 2021 at 4:22:35 PM permalink
I think what you are doing is fantastic. Definitely not something that I would ever do, but I am excited for you. I didn't realize that you have already been to so many different places.

What do you think your next few stops will be?
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March 28th, 2021 at 4:35:29 PM permalink
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I think what you are doing is fantastic. Definitely not something that I would ever do, but I am excited for you. I didn't realize that you have already been to so many different places.

What do you think your next few stops will be?


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Everybody in the RV parks tell me to visit Utah and the National Parks there
So I got a couple stops through northern NV
I dont know whats in Northern NV but you never know
When I stopped at El Centro for a week, I figured I read, watch TV and play video games
It actually turned out to be the most fascinating part of the trip
Yea its out in the middle of nowhere but so is Salvation mountain, East Jesus and Slab city, the last free city
Really looking forward to Utah
Spending a month there
Got 4 stops planned, 1 week each stop
Glamping the whole way, full hookups every stop with sewer, water, electricity, wifi and sometimes cable

No fiction. I can prove everything in this thread is factual and the cost, nothing, nada, zero, zilch.
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March 28th, 2021 at 4:42:46 PM permalink
After living in an RV for the better part of a year, I am very happy to be back in a house.
Little pleasures like not having to worry if your frozen pizza will fit in the freezer, or being abe to buy two gallons of milk at once.
I met a bunch of people who love the RV lifestyle, but it is not for me.
I hope you continue to enjoy it.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction is supposed to make sense.
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March 28th, 2021 at 4:45:43 PM permalink
I'm confused. Are you saying your hookups are all free?
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction is supposed to make sense.
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March 28th, 2021 at 4:49:49 PM permalink
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I'm confused. Are you saying your hookups are all free?


Proving that my posts are factual
Some members here demand outrageous amounts of money to prove they are not posting fiction
I thought Bisbee was pretty cool
Arent you the town with a gazillion steps
I saw a huge set, decided to do the climb, after an exhausting climb, just more places to live
lol
went back down
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March 28th, 2021 at 4:58:50 PM permalink
Nice to read some nonfiction. You should rank how much you enjoyed all the places you have stayed in so far
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:07:43 PM permalink
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Nice to read some nonfiction. You should rank how much you enjoyed all the places you have stayed in so far


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Im going back to the original post and adding brief details
Its been an incredible trip

Most amazing engineering marvel I have seen
The Palm Springs Tramway
You drive up a mountain to about 2500 feet. The road ends. The rotating Tram takes you up tp 8500 feet
Hmm, no road up the mountain
No biggie
They used 20k helicopter trips to build it
Incredible
I drove from the hot desert to take a Tram to hike in the snow:-)
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:08:15 PM permalink
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Do you like fishing?
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:11:22 PM permalink
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Do you like fishing?


Not really
Used to own a kayak
Used it for exercise and exploring FL rivers searching for alligators to take pics of
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:18:30 PM permalink
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Currently camped in Sacramento

I've rode my bike all over Sacramento
Wonderful long bike trail along the river
Many roads with a separate bike lane with a buffer
Normal bike lanes scare me as traffic flying by pretty close
Not the case in Sacramento
Tons of street art
I love it when a street artist is allowed to paint a side of a building
There is a massive Johnny Cash mural. Love it.
Loved old town Sacramento
What a great city
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:22:30 PM permalink
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Not really

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♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:27:03 PM permalink
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I have a gazillion pics and videos proving my story is factual
And
The Pics and videos include the most important proof
Something the fictional threads lack
Selfies
Yup
Selfies all over the country proving everything I have posted and will post in this thread is factual
I remember the Dawg posting about the Beverly Hills Robbery and the 200k watch
Not sure why he posted about it. He obviously was not there and just repeating stuff from the internet. Hmm, a MO :-)
I was there
Got the video proof with yours truly in the video :-)
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:30:25 PM permalink
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He obviously was not there and just repeating stuff from the internet.

I see that people are FINALLY catching on. I'm fairly certain he is down to only a few sockpuppets and gullible people who don't understand this.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:36:05 PM permalink
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I see that people are FINALLY catching on. I'm fairly certain he is down to only a few sockpuppets and gullible people who don't understand this.



They are also incredibly boring
I won again at a negative game
Wash rinse dry repeat
I won again at a negative game
Repeat
I won again
repeat

James Swain moved the plot along
The weakest fiction is wash, rinse , dry, repeat

I plan on sharing unique places I visited and I have visited alot
No wash, rinse, dry, repeat from me
The country is to big and unique for that
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:36:16 PM permalink
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Currently camped in Sacramento

I've rode my bike all over Sacramento
Wonderful long bike trail along the river
Many roads with a separate bike lane with a buffer
Normal bike lanes scare me as traffic flying by pretty close
Not the case in Sacramento
Tons of street art
I love it when a street artist is allowed to paint a side of a building
There is a massive Johnny Cash mural. Love it.
Loved old town Sacramento
What a great city


Sounds like an awesome experience. Last time I did a roadtrip like that was when I was 22. Drove cross-country in old beaten up Econoline van with a mattress and sleeping bag in the back. Not exactly glamping but I did meet a lot of interesting folk along the way. Is covid having any impact on your wanderings (e.g., tourist sites being shut)? Any chance of including some pics?
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:40:03 PM permalink
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Sounds like an awesome experience. Last time I did a roadtrip like that was when I was 22. Drove cross-country in old beaten up Econoline van with a mattress and sleeping bag in the back. Not exactly glamping but I did meet a lot of interesting folk along the way. Is covid having any impact on your wanderings (e.g., tourist sites being shut)? Any chance of including some pics?


The REAL adventures of terapined
Covid is having an impact
Some places I need to go back because they were closed
Its been about 50/50
Half the stuff I want to see closed
Not sure how to post pics
but
Willing to forward pics to a trusted member that is more pic posting savvy to post here
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March 28th, 2021 at 5:49:38 PM permalink
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Willing to forward pics to a trusted member that is more pic posting savvy to post here



Don't forget to forward the selfies.
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March 28th, 2021 at 6:13:38 PM permalink
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Don't forget to forward the selfies.


Are you trolling me?
Is this Mdawg?
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March 28th, 2021 at 6:18:56 PM permalink
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Covid is having an impact
Some places I need to go back because they were closed
Its been about 50/50
Half the stuff I want to see closed
Not sure how to post pics
but
Willing to forward pics to a trusted member that is more pic posting savvy to post here

imgur.com is good for hosting pics. Happy to help if you mess up links to them as most do.
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March 28th, 2021 at 6:21:07 PM permalink
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I loved Bakersfield a couple weeks ago
Checked out the Kern County Museum
Expected ho hum
Was actually blown away. This is a must see if into history and I'm into history
A small little town of about 50 historic houses and buildings relocated to the museum land
Absolutely loved it
On top of that
Merle Haggards boyhood home
WTF
WOW
Started out as a converted rail road car they built on to
I love Merle
Grateful Dead covered Mama Tried
What an unexpected find being a deadhead


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kern_County_Museum
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March 28th, 2021 at 7:04:43 PM permalink
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The funniest thing I have seen in my travels
Stayed at a RV park in San Diego
Visited La Jolla just bouncing around town looking for anything picture worthy
I went into a Ralph Lauren
Not my type of place to shop but I always look for interesting things to take a pic of and you never know
Boy was that store interesting
Saw a pair of pants with tears and patches
WTF, garage sale material.
I asked how much
195.00
Asked to take a pic, they allowed
I tried to joke with the staff about the obvious irony
They did not see the humor. lol
Was in I think Beverly Hills a week later, saw a Ralph store
I asked about those pants, showed a pic
They did not have that pair
One of a kind?
Directly teared and patched by the man himself?
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March 28th, 2021 at 7:28:52 PM permalink
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I'm confused. Are you saying your hookups are all free?



Everyone else may have missed it, but I see what you did there billryan. Lol.
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March 28th, 2021 at 8:32:34 PM permalink
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Most moving and emotional moment during this road trip.
The OKC Bombing Memorial
Beautifully done
And on a nearby wall written

"Team 5
4-19-95
We search for the the truth
We seek justice
The courts require it
The victims cry for it
And God Demands It !"

Really powerful when you see it for yourself
You picture the day our heroes did their best to save children. You can just feel the emotion in the writing.
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I absolutely love museums
I love history
I also love the variety of cultures on this wonderful planet
Of course a huge music fan
So far the best museum by far
Musical Instruments museum in Phoenix
I never heard of this museum and I'm a huge music fan
The musical instrument collection is massive
Hundreds of different displays covering every country on the planet, all different genres and of course artists.
The artist section, helps if you live in Phoenix.
Alice Cooper has his own display.
Each of these displays play music videos of that country's music, or genre or artist.
All sound is wireless
You walk around to different displays and you automatically hear the music being played through your earphones.
This museum is so massive and incredible, I bought the 2 day ticket. 1st day I could only cover Europe and some of Asia. That's a lot of displays because each country gets it's own. The music videos are fascinating. 4 or 5 per display. I brought my own headphones just to get the best sound possible
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March 28th, 2021 at 10:57:23 PM permalink
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I absolutely love museums
I love history
I also love the variety of cultures on this wonderful planet
Of course a huge music fan
So far the best museum by far
Musical Instruments museum in Phoenix
I never heard of this museum and I'm a huge music fan
The musical instrument collection is massive
Hundreds of different displays covering every country on the planet, all different genres and of course artists.
The artist section, helps if you live in Phoenix.
Alice Cooper has his own display.
Each of these displays play music videos of that country's music, or genre or artist.
All sound is wireless
You walk around to different displays and you automatically hear the music being played through your earphones.
This museum is so massive and incredible, I bought the 2 day ticket. 1st day I could only cover Europe and some of Asia. That's a lot of displays because each country gets it's own. The music videos are fascinating. 4 or 5 per display. I brought my own headphones just to get the best sound possible

ED, the only way to get your adventures thread really popular is to make up fake BS adventures.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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March 28th, 2021 at 11:22:13 PM permalink
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ED, the only way to get your adventures thread really popular is to make up fake BS adventures.


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LOL
Here is a pretty neat adventure. 1st off. I dont do many videos but a ton of pics of anything I deem pic worthy which is a ton.
Mdawg mentioned the Beverly Hills robbery he only read about.
I was cruising the area by foot. Not too difficult to park my pickup. Sometimes luxury stores on Rodeo drive provide interesting pic opportunities.
I think I heard something which I think was the actual incident, shots in the distance, but I dismissed it. It's the city. Not sure. Again, city noises. I see cop cars converging from everywhere. Cant help but notice that. They were on the scene like white on rice. Of course I hustle over there.
I'm thinking WTF is going on
Soon all the TV cameras arrive and they are all doing live shots.
It's like a circus and I'm sticking around.
I take a pic but to me not really pic worthy. A bunch of cop cars and a bunch of cops. I used to live in the city. Common site.Even the live TV shot stations totally winging it desperate for the latest info. Thought about video taping a live shot but they didn't know much so why bother. It's not like a super talented street musician that I do videotape if I run across. Another real adventure I'll post about in the future.
I actually found the whole media circus pretty entertaining despite seeing nothing worthy of a pic.
A big guy dressed in biker gear is standing next to me.
On a whim I ask him if he knows what's going on.
I figure a out of place Harley biker in Beverly Hills, what does he know. This is an extremely high end area. The richest of the rich are here.
He tells me he saw it all
I say "really?"
Yea, my girlfriend got shot.
I'm like WTF. I'm in shock. The out of place Biker was involved. Im incredulous.
He tells me the whole story while the nearby live shots were still desperate for info.
I tell the guy you should tell the TV guys what you know.
There are like all 4 local stations on the scene all doing live shots. Kind of spread out because they dont want to bleed into each others live shots
I yell over to the closest guy in the live shot while live, "the story is here". Dont know the station. I dont live in LA. Dont know the news personalaties.
He ignores me
I yell louder "eyewitness"
That gets his attention. He looks over and I point to the biker and the biker yells "Yea, I saw the whole thing"
Guy rushes over to do a live interview, I on a whim start video recording the live shot of the witness biker telling his story on live TV to the LA station guy. I eventually put the camera on my self after he told this story saying "crazy LA, this is crazy LA. Signing off friends"
I do this because I love sharing my videos with my close friends and they of course cheer me on.

The bikers story. He was having lunch with friends. He noticed a scuffle at a nearby table. He stood up because he's a big guy and people calm down in front of big guys. He said they demanded a watch. He heard shots as he tried to push his girlfriend out of the way. His girlfriends leg was grazed by a bullet
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March 29th, 2021 at 4:25:25 AM permalink
Ed... I know we argue about certain political crap over on the other forum... but I LOVE your adventures...!!! I am not a Ďmusicí guy but will definitely go to that museum in Phoenix.

I think Iíve mentioned this before.... but wife played with Timothy McVeigh as a young kid.... no prediction of his future....
I have no interest in seeing that museum.....

I think if I started a thread about my adventures.... how BORING it would be!
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March 29th, 2021 at 6:59:19 AM permalink
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Ed... I know we argue about certain political crap over on the other forum... but I LOVE your adventures...!!! I am not a Ďmusicí guy but will definitely go to that museum in Phoenix.

I think Iíve mentioned this before.... but wife played with Timothy McVeigh as a young kid.... no prediction of his future....
I have no interest in seeing that museum.....

I think if I started a thread about my adventures.... how BORING it would be!


Thanks
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The most fascinating place I have ever visited that I never knew existed.
Slab city.
It's where freedom lives large.
The last free city in the USA. Was an old military base. They dismantled the base and all that was left were concrete slabs all over the place. 1st homeless vets moved in. Since then it has attracted all kinds. People that want to be off the grid, drug addicts, mental problems, drifters, retired, RVers, hippies, ect. In the summer just a few hundred. In the winter thousands. I checked out a few local businesses, Internet cafe, the ponderosa, the oasis and their concert venue the range. Saw a burned out camp, either an accident or slab city justice. Fascinating place. No services. Most use solar, have large water containers, burn trash and have outhouses or compost. Many different neighborhoods with their own rules.
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March 29th, 2021 at 7:08:36 AM permalink
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Thanks
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The most fascinating place I have ever visited that I never knew existed.
Slab city.
It's where freedom lives large.
The last free city in the USA. Was an old military base. They dismantled the base and all that was left were concrete slabs all over the place. 1st homeless vets moved in. Since then it has attracted all kinds. People that want to be off the grid, drug addicts, mental problems, drifters, retired, RVers, hippies, ect. In the summer just a few hundred. In the winter thousands. I checked out a few local businesses, Internet cafe, the ponderosa, the oasis and their concert venue the range. Pic of burned out camp, either an accident or slab city justice. Fascinating place. No services. Most use solar, have large water containers, burn trash and have outhouses or compost. Many different neighborhoods with their own rules.

I watched a documentary about this place. The documentary was fascinating, I'm just not sure that it would be on my list of places I would really care to visit, unless, I just happened to be in the area for some other reason.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
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March 29th, 2021 at 7:17:25 AM permalink
Quote: SOOPOO

Ed... I know we argue about certain political crap over on the other forum... but I LOVE your adventures...!!! I am not a Ďmusicí guy but will definitely go to that museum in Phoenix.

I think Iíve mentioned this before.... but wife played with Timothy McVeigh as a young kid.... no prediction of his future....
I have no interest in seeing that museum.....

I think if I started a thread about my adventures.... how BORING it would be!



I am not a big museum guy, but if you are in OKC you should definitely stop by the memorial. You also need to stop at the Cattelman's steakhouse. It was nothing like I was expecting which made it worth the stop for me. I was expecting a traditional high end steakhouse but it is completely the opposite. In my opinion is is just a diner that is famous for selling their steaks. It is located amongst the stockyards in OKC.
At my age, a "Life In Prison" sentence is not much of a deterrent.
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March 29th, 2021 at 7:23:27 AM permalink
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I am not a big museum guy, but if you are in OKC you should definitely stop by the memorial.


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Just posted about it earlier in this thread
That's why Soopoo brought it up
The whole memorial is incredibly moving

It's right up there with the Lorrsine motel balcony. Of course I checked it out on my adventures. You get chills looking on that balcony knowing what happened.
I think every American should at one point in your life go to the Lorraine motel. The civil rights museum they built attached to the motel is just as moving and emotional as OKC
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March 29th, 2021 at 7:27:04 AM permalink
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Just posted about it earlier in this thread
That's why Soopoo brought it up
The whole memorial is incredibly moving

It's right up there with the Lorrsine motel balcony. Of course I checked it out on my adventures. You get chills looking on that balcony knowing what happened.
I think every American should at one point in your life go to the Lorraine motel. The civil rights museum they built attached to the motel is just as moving and emotional as OKC



I did not make it to the balcony or the Lorraine motel as it was too crowded with a long line. The civil rights museum I enjoyed more than I expected.
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March 29th, 2021 at 7:44:39 AM permalink
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I did not make it to the balcony or the Lorraine motel as it was too crowded with a long line. The civil rights museum I enjoyed more than I expected.


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Yea, it was a real long wait but really no biggie
I go up to the ticket window at 11am
They sell me a 2pm ticket.
Wow, 3 hours
It's a very busy place
I'm prepared
I'm actually on my bike
I love riding my bike all over different cities
I just hopped on my bike and rode all over Memphis then came back at 2pm to take the tour
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March 29th, 2021 at 8:14:03 AM permalink
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I watched a documentary about this place. The documentary was fascinating, I'm just not sure that it would be on my list of places I would really care to visit, unless, I just happened to be in the area for some other reason.


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I had no idea Slab city existed. I was actually on my way to check out East Jesus. It's an artist community which in reality is a slab city suburb.
So I had to go through Slab city to get to East Jesus. I was blown away. After getting back to the camper, read all about it on the internet. Went back as a somewhat educated visitor. Talked to a lot of people. I was just fascinated by the place. I love the huge sign out front. "Welcome to Slab City where FREEDOM lives large"
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March 29th, 2021 at 8:39:56 AM permalink
There is a community like that near the Arizona/ New Mexico border. Some internet kid made a fortune doing something and bought about a thousand acres of land and pretty much opened it up to anyone. The community welcomes anyone for a few days and then votes if you can stay or have to go. It's off-grid and while they try to keep it on the quiet side, they recently had a film crew out for some cable show. It's a very remote location, accessible only by four wheel drive.
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March 29th, 2021 at 9:23:44 AM permalink
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There is a community like that near the Arizona/ New Mexico border. Some internet kid made a fortune doing something and bought about a thousand acres of land and pretty much opened it up to anyone. The community welcomes anyone for a few days and then votes if you can stay or have to go. It's off-grid and while they try to keep it on the quiet side, they recently had a film crew out for some cable show. It's a very remote location, accessible only by four wheel drive.


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Interesting
Seems a lot of places like that in the desert
I spent a week in Quartzite AZ
Summer a couple hundred, winter thousands
I found Quartzite pretty interesting
It's rock central there. Never seen so many rocks for sale in my life. Never seen so many boondockers in my life
Visited the hi-jolly grave marker
Pretty incredible guy
US Army brought him over here from the middle east during the civil war for a camel project
Became a local icon and when he died they honored him with a monument
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March 29th, 2021 at 10:40:36 AM permalink
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When I land in an area for a week, I check out anything interesting within an hour drive
anybody into trains
I love trains
Went to the Tehachapi Loop.
I sat there for about an hour till I was able to see a train do the loop
Its so tight, you see it come out of a tunnel taking the tight loop going over the tunnel while cars are still coming out
Really neat. Kind of a snake eating its tail.
A tight loop carrying the train 77 feet higher
Pretty impressive
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Just as I was fascinated by Slab City
Equally fascinated by nearby Bombay Beach and the Salton sea
Back in the early 1900's, water from the Colorado river was released into the desert creating a sea
It was stocked with fish that thrived and Bombay Beach became a huge resort town despite its days being numbered
No water source. No bottom feeders to help the ecology
It became saltier and dirtier from farm runoff as water evaporated and algae spread
Fish died, place stunk, resort abandoned
I walked the beach and drove around Bombay Beach
No way I was touching that disgusting sea water
Eventually this sea will dry up and all those chemicals in the sea will end up blowing in the dust becoming an ecological disaster
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March 29th, 2021 at 11:16:29 AM permalink
I love exploring the West. It is just so open and much of its history still lives.
One of the saddest places I've come across is Catherdral Canyon, on the California/Nevada border, an hour northwest of Vegas.
An eccentric businessman who may or may not have had a very shady past back east built a shrine to World Peace and imported beautiful religious states and icons to establish a spectacular oasis well worth traveling to. After he died, his backstory fell apart and his estate was contested for decades. Without funding, the Canyon just disintegrated from nature, vandals, and thieves.
It's still worth visiting but little remains but the bases and grottos carved into the walls to shield the icons, and caves that once were functional restrooms.
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March 29th, 2021 at 11:30:26 AM permalink
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Retired last summer
Decided to sell just about everything I owned and go on a permanent road trip
My east coast base will remain Tampa due to a storage locker
But will still use Vegas as a 2nd warm weather base because my MGM credit card is attached to Vegas
I use my MGM card for everything and pay it off every month so I get a nice reward every time I have visited Vegas
My travel strategy to see EVERYTHING in the country
I drive 2 or 3 hours, stop for a week checking out everything in the area
Pack up my 23 foot man cave and tow it to the next stop for a week
Exceptions are winter because I'm limited in the places I can visit so Vegas was a 5 week stay
So far started in Tampa last summer
Cedar Key FL
Tallahassee FL
Pensacola FL (need to go back, naval air museum closed due to virus)
Montgomery AL (had a reservation in New Orleans but canceled due to hurricane)
Birmingham AL (learned all about Bombingham and why it got that nickname)
Meridian MS (Jimmy Rodgers museum closed due to virus. I'm a huge fan)
Vicksburg MS (Battlefield a disappointment, they let a forest grow)
Hot Springs AR (yes I took a bath in a historic bath house managed by the Park Service)
Memphis TN (did the Graceland tour. talked myself into the Sun studio control room which tourists are never allowed)
Tulsa OK (Will Rodgers museum. It was fantastic. I had no idea. Rock star of his time)
OKC OK (the bombing memorial is quite powerful)
Amarillo TX (yea I visited Cadillac ranch )
Santa Fe NM (canyon rd is better then art museums)
ABQ NM (I ate at Breaking Bad Los Pollos Hermanos. Its a real restaurant. Twisters. )
El Paso TX (was literally one step away from crossing the border. Had to see how far I could push the envelope)
Silver City NM
Tombstone AZ (there is a wall right in the middle of the exact spot of the shootout. I made a video)
Tucson AZ
Yuma AZ (checked out the old territory prison. not much left)
Laughlin NV
Vegas
Phoenix
Quartzite AZ (of course checked out the yacht club which is in the middle of a desert)
El Centro CA (near the most unusual place I visited, Slab City, last free city in the country)
San Diego
Palm Springs (Joshua trees blew me away. How come no pic on the album)
LA (rode my bike from Santa Monica to Venice beach.)
Bakersfield CA
Fresno CA
Sacramento (camped here currently)

What a long strange trip its been
Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right




This is a great list of places. I have gone cross-country by train four or five times in my life, and each time the train has passed Tombstone, and I have always meant to get off, spend two days, and check it out but never have. So kudos to staying there. I was surprised that Boot Hill wasn't much elevated when you see it from the train -- it's not what I expected. I'm watching an old TV show from the 50's right now called Tombstone Territory -- some of its stories take their plots from stories from the Tombstone newspaper -- The Epitaph -- from the 1880's.

I visited the Oklahoma City site a few months after the bombing -- it was affecting.

If you venture north, I'd suggest Gettysburg, of course, and that Pennsylvania town abandoned due to a raging mine fire under it, Centralia, which is in my old high school district. And if you're passing by Gallup, NM, consider lunch at the El Rancho Hotel, which was built by the brother of D.W. Griffith, the filmmaker. Centralia and the El Rancho each have a real sense-of-history about them.
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March 29th, 2021 at 11:48:52 AM permalink
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Slab City is really not that safe. I know a few people who stayed there for a bit and they had problems with theft. One lost his solar panel and the other lost a bike that was chained to the back of his rv. Also dogs run loose and you have to keep your dog inside when not around. Lots of stoned and drunk people but also some nice and interesting ones as well. Not my thing.
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March 29th, 2021 at 1:47:22 PM permalink
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Thanks
Will keep it in mind
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March 29th, 2021 at 2:02:23 PM permalink
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This is a great list of places. I have gone cross-country by train four or five times in my life, and each time the train has passed Tombstone, and I have always meant to get off, spend two days, and check it out but never have. So kudos to staying there. I was surprised that Boot Hill wasn't much elevated when you see it from the train -- it's not what I expected. I'm watching an old TV show from the 50's right now called Tombstone Territory -- some of its stories take their plots from stories from the Tombstone newspaper -- The Epitaph -- from the 1880's.

I visited the Oklahoma City site a few months after the bombing -- it was affecting.

If you venture north, I'd suggest Gettysburg, of course, and that Pennsylvania town abandoned due to a raging mine fire under it, Centralia, which is in my old high school district. And if you're passing by Gallup, NM, consider lunch at the El Rancho Hotel, which was built by the brother of D.W. Griffith, the filmmaker. Centralia and the El Rancho each have a real sense-of-history about them.


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Thanks
I found boot hill fascinating
Most of the graves are marked and they give you a pamphlet about how each person died if known. I stopped at every single grave. Of course the cowboys graves from the shootout is prominently displayed.
Marshall Fred White who was killed by Curly Bill had quite a bit of money left on the grave for respect.
The whole shootout fascinates me.
The road the Earps and Doc walked down to confront the cowboys is public. Where the exact shooting took place, there is a wall splitting the historic shootout.
It was a local incident at the time.
2 newspapers
The Epitath and the Nugget taking opposing sides
Kind of like today's times.
Republican vs Dems. They used those party terms
Each side with their own newspapers
Country cowboy conservatives vs the town liberals
The shootout did not become famous till many years later when a Wyatt biography came out. It's actually hard to determine exactly what happened because the newspapers reported the trial from different angles depending on their readers, cowboys or townies
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March 29th, 2021 at 2:16:28 PM permalink
Boy, I did not know any of that. I need to stop and see the place. I have a boatload of Amtrak points, so I will eventually get there. Once you leave the train, it's 48 hours until the next one. Kind of an adventure. Like a stage coach.

There are a couple of places along that route where I wouldn't mind staying two days. Glenwood Springs (and I will go in those outdoor springs) is on the way.

One of my favorite scenes in any movie is in Tombstone where Doc Holliday meets Ringo, and they speak some Latin to each other. I realize it's all fiction, but still, it's a great scene, dripping with tension.
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March 29th, 2021 at 3:33:42 PM permalink
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Slab City is really not that safe. I know a few people who stayed there for a bit and they had problems with theft. One lost his solar panel and the other lost a bike that was chained to the back of his rv. Also dogs run loose and you have to keep your dog inside when not around. Lots of stoned and drunk people but also some nice and interesting ones as well. Not my thing.


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I agree it's not that safe
I made sure I went during the day
If I explored on foot, I made sure my truck was not far away.
What I really enjoyed was nearby Salvation mountain
It's a site to behold.
A technicolor mountain in a way
Pretty incredible site as a guy spent his life forming the Mt with Adobe and painting it in wild colors honoring god.
Certain slab city suburbs can be safe such as East Jesus but those residents let it be known they have guns and will use if necessary
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March 29th, 2021 at 4:23:07 PM permalink
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March 29th, 2021 at 4:34:11 PM permalink
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Everybody in the RV parks tell me the Utah National parks are magnificent
So a couple weeks travelling through northern NV then 4 weeks in Utah bouncing around the State seeing all there is to see.
I like to take my time
Is there anything to see in Northern NV?
1st stop
Reno
I've always wanted to check out Reno
I'm sure I can find a lot to see and do
Maybe a little Bac. Lol. No way
People that play bac donate to the casino
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