Trip Start Sep 25, 2007
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Since my last entry we have had to rush a little to get back to California. The temporary registration was only for 2 weeks and we had to get back to California to register the motor home.
In summary if you don't count the 2 nights we stayed in Detroit, in 2 weeks we drove 3300 miles and traveled through 10 states.
After we left Texas we drove through to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we had the coachmen dealer seal up a couple of leaks that we found after driving through the rain in Oklahoma.
Here we found that we had a radiator leak and had lost a bit of coolant on the pavement. We had to stay another night in Albuquerque and have a few hose clamps replaced the next day.
Continuing the trail around to Santa Fe we are overwhelmed by the scenery that keeps changing around every corner and is just stunning. We parked off near the old town of Santa Fe took up 5 parking meters and put a dollar in 2 of them before having a walk through the historical adobe buildings just crammed with touristy arty, jewelry type shops. We checked the Loretto chapel that has a staircase with no visible means of support that has been featured on TVs Most Amazing shows. Looked just like a staircase to me!
Monday we drove back to the dam and did a tour down through the rock and concrete to the huge hydro electric turbines. The story behind the construction and the enormity of the feat was very interesting. They are building 2 bridges bypassing the busy dam wall, one will be the longest continuous span concrete bridge in the world when finished. I can see them closing the dam to traffic when they finish them and our kids telling their kids in years to come that they drove over the dam in a motorhome 4 times and walked it twice in 24 hours.
We spent about 6 hours exploring the huge hotels, mazes of shopping malls casinos and attractions.
The roller coaster at New York, New York that James and I rode and the Musical fountains of the Bellagio were my highlights.
By 9.30 we had found our way back to a Wallmart parking lot where exhausted, even the jets taking off about 100 meters in front of us at the busy airport couldn't stop us sleeping.
Tuesday we drove Northwest to Death Valley where we crossed this fascinating part of the world down to sea level before climbing out of it into the reasonably flat Owens Valley.
Still 4000 feet above sea level bounded by the Sierra Nevada's along its western edge. We are lucky as the Tolume highway through Yosemite NP is still open. Icy roads and impending snow normally close this road for the winter about now. The 2 hours or so driving through some of the most spectacular mountains, forests and lakes was incredible.
Bye for now.