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05-10-2013 16:14
raynipper And as if it wasn't bad enough Andrew.................................

05-10-2013 06:36
andrewball1000 The weather snow dump has proved more powerful than the politicians and although I wanted to head East or SE, the only way out of Jackson Hole which didn't invoke going higher, was west down the Snake river. Pretty drive out of a winter wonderland. As I descended the exterior of the MH melted. It will take me two days to repair the easting but I am at a lovely campsite at a hot springs north of Salt Lake where the families are gathering for the weekend. And I said this wasn't a blog
03-10-2013 07:40
raynipper Oooppsss, bluddy politicians............. Grrrrrrr.

03-10-2013 07:25
andrewball1000 Thanks Ray I would like to go there next but have been looking at the Internet tonight and it seems Mt Rushmore and the Badlands are closed. A helicopter would certainly solve that. .

I will check again tomorrow as the weather will have some implication. The back roads I was intending using may have snow issues too

Regards. Andrew.
03-10-2013 06:56
raynipper Andrew, you must take time out to see Rushmore and Crazy Horse mountains.
Take a helicopter flight over the Badlands. It's the only way to really appreciate them.

03-10-2013 04:43
andrewball1000 A route update since Glacier NP.
MT2 east to Browning then the 89 south to Great Falls. Gale force cross winds on the plains was fun. Spent an afternoon in the Lewis and Clark interpretive Centre. Their story gives such an important understanding to the history of this area.

89 South rush to Yellowstone and got in a few hours before the closure. Next morning all campsiters were ordered to vacate the park that day. No persons are allowed to "Rec-reate". Ie not stop of take pictures. Access parking, roads and boardwalks to exhibits were being blocked off.

I had a word with people staying the Lodge. These are private and they were given 48 hours, so I booked in for the night and spend the day covering as much as I could before the barracades were put up. It was Ranger Leapfrog and I only did not thrown out as I had the reservation. The stories in the lodge that night were amusing with some Ranger dodging by hiding behind trees.

Most Rangers were very good but someone above was doing the elf n safety bit too much. The Americans couldn't believe it. They can't do this, it's our land, for the people.

Left this morning and drove 89s to Jackson Hole. Sunny day and beautiful views of the mountains even though I couldn't take the park route. Much of what I did see was only because I had come from the park. Not only had they closed the entrances but also the roads to the entrances if they were on NP land.

Had the heater fixed here today and will plan my next move. Was going the Black hills and Badlands. Will see

It's rain now and snow higher up so it looks like I have been very lucky to see what I have.
29-09-2013 00:07
Touring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Originally Posted by andrewball1000
Having had the first three nights without Hook up, I now find myself at a site where I had to pay for it anyway, so I used it as a learning experience for the differences. Interesting.

EHU - unplug the shore line from the onboard genny, plug in to the post. No probs

Water - different to UK. Connect line directly to mains pressure and to the mains inlet on the MH. This bypasses the tank and water pump and you have mains water when you need it. The fresh water tank has a separate filler to fill up.

Blackwater - ugh. Very different. Instead of a cassette you have a long length of 4" ribbed pipe. (Imagine the nooks and crannies in that). This is connected directly and permanly to the sewer drain. Problem is getting a continuous fall as any slump will hold water. I see many Heath Robinson methods to support this hose to achieve this.

I am sure that this connection is benificial if you are on a long stay, but for an overnight stop its much easier to use a cassette. Also less cost for the campsite.

More later. The fan on the warm air heating has packed up so its extra layers tonight despite being on EHU
Having just got back from 3 weeks touring Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island I found the MH connections easy to use. CanaDream didn't supply the water connector so it was fill the water tank when needed. (They said something about the direct connection being phased out, however every site I used all had connections.)
The Black water was emptied when required, not left connected, and the Grey water used to flush out the hose after a dump. Much simpler than carrying/wheeling cassettes around.

We found the furnace (heating) to be very noisy in use but luckily only had a couple of nights when it was needed. The majority of time the temperature was mid 20's down to mid teens at night.
28-09-2013 05:25
andrewball1000 The Route to the Sun through road MT 89 was closed for the winter so they can make repairs before the snow. However vehicles of less than 20ft long and 8ft wide , which I squeeze into, can drive 33miles to the summit of the Great Divide, which I did. It was a hairy drive with the rocky overhangs and snowing and blowing a hooley at the top so I didn't hang about for lunch and threaded my way out before the weather closed in. Brilliant scenery, shame I can't show it. This area is only a few hours drive from Calgary where I was on Saturday and it has taken me till now to get back to here.
27-09-2013 23:07
Originally Posted by raynipper
This was -15c Andrew near Grand Canyon. But with heated marble floors, engine block heater, 50 amp supply and a fan heater plugged into the next site, we kept warm.

That's it, rub it in Ray. my floors are thin and spongy. It's like walking on a wet mattress. However, thid morning I did buy a heater for when on EHU and an extra sleeping bag for when not. I've just parked up for the night in lovely wooded campsite at West Glacier at the entrance to the national park. It has EHU so am hoping to have my first warm night in 5 days. It has a remote control so I should be able to adjust it from my nest above the cab.
27-09-2013 16:53
raynipper This was -15c Andrew near Grand Canyon. But with heated marble floors, engine block heater, 50 amp supply and a fan heater plugged into the next site, we kept warm.

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