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03-10-2010, 04:41 PM
Well we are once again on the road. We are headed for the Spring Rally in Kerrville, Texas. We got a relatively "early" start for us.. 10:30! We are now in Parker, AZ. It is 343 miles from our house to Parker. Guess where?! The Blue Water Casino of course! Already made our donation and now going to get a good nights sleep.

We met a lot of Montanas but they were all headed west and or north. We waved and flashed lights but no one replied.

If anyone is headed east from the west coast area look for us on the I-10 tomorrow morning and the I-8 in the afternoon and then back on the 10 past Casa Grande. We are trying to make it to Benson tomorrow.

Bill D. I think you said you were leaving Huntington Park tomorrow? I assume you'll be headed down I-10? Where do you plan to park your first night on the road?

Travel safely,
Dennis and Mary Kay

03-10-2010, 05:35 PM
Have a safe trip and have a great time.
We wish we could be there with you.
Happy Camping
Don & Mary Ann

03-10-2010, 07:54 PM
Dennis,you and Mary Kay travel safe and have fun,I wish Terry and I we're with you. Still no trailer!
Tell everyone hi for us.

03-11-2010, 01:05 AM
Safe travels Dennis. We have been on the other end of I-10 for the past week. Should be in Texas today. See you next week.


03-11-2010, 02:50 AM
Safe travels Dennis. We will see you in Kerrville in a few days. We are in KY getting ready to head out of a mud hole. Looking forward to Kerrville.

03-11-2010, 10:43 AM
See you soon Dennis and Mary Kay.

Capt Kidd
03-11-2010, 01:25 PM
Well you guys are ahead of us. We are in Visalia for the first night. Tomorrow we will be in Ridgecrest for the night because there is a fantastic French restuarant that we like.

See ya all in Texas.

David and Jo-Anna
03-11-2010, 01:29 PM
Dennis and Mary Kay, Travel safe and enjoy the rally. Wish we could have mad it but we have 3 more weeks here at Organ Pipe!

03-11-2010, 03:07 PM
We had a nice dinner in Benson tonight with Dennis and Mary Kay. It was good seeing you again, safe travels

03-11-2010, 04:03 PM
Thank you Charlie and Nila. It was very thoughtful of you folks to readily welcome us to Benson. Thank you for taking us to dinner and getting us up to date on some of our traveling members.

We are in the Escapees park in Benson tonight and tomorrow will head on east hoping to make it as far as somewhere south of El Paso, TX. Anyone got any ideas for somewhere to do an overnight in that area? About 30 miles south of El Paso would be about what we're looking for.

Weather was almost perfect today for traveling. We stopped at the KOFA Cafe and had breakfast. Couldn't believe we were the only ones in the place! Great service and good food. Only serious traffic we had was as expected just before and after Tucson.

Again thanks Charlie and Nila. It is so nice after being on the road all day to sit down with friends!

Travel safely,
Dennis and Mary Kay

03-11-2010, 06:44 PM
Maybe we'll see you on the road soon. We'll be leaving Casa Grande tomorrow maybe to Las Cruces. Safe travels to you and we'll see you soon.

03-11-2010, 10:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by David and Jo-Anna

Dennis and Mary Kay, Travel safe and enjoy the rally. Wish we could have mad it but we have 3 more weeks here at Organ Pipe!

David and Jo-Anna,
I thought you had already departed and headed north. Thought you were already north up in the Utah area! My CRS is contagious so best to keep your distance.... as a matter of fact it may be spread via this very post!

I know you folks are having a great time. Wish you were joining us at Kerrville but we'll have to catch you on down the road. Keep up the good work. Enjoy the OP area for us. It is one of our favorites!

Dennis and Mary Kay

Dennis Korchak
03-12-2010, 04:37 AM
Dennis and Mary Kay;
We are staying at Cochise Terrace RV Park space 244 in Benson just off of exit 302. If you guys are overnighting there please stop by.

Have safe travels..

Dennis & Jackie

03-12-2010, 06:44 AM
Travel safe, Dennis and Mary Kay! A couple of years ago we spent a month in that Escapees park in Benson. Very nice park! We'll see you in Kerrville.

03-12-2010, 02:47 PM
It looks like everyone is converging!

Everyone stay safe.

See you Dennis and all when we get there.

Today was wash the SOB so ya'll could see it shine.

03-12-2010, 03:00 PM
Dennis and Jackie,
I'm so sorry we missed you! Would have loved to have hooked up with you guys. We'll try harder next time!

Small world time...... We pulled off in Deming to fuel up and take a break..... Seems as if most of the stations have closed down. So we just idled on thru town and pulled off at the Dream Catcher just because they had a nice big open space for the trailer. As I'm coming out of the trailer I look up and headed straight for us is another Monty. Turns out it was another Dennis....... Dennis, Sharon, and Jennifer! They ended up staying at a park in Deming. We may run into them again tomorrow as we both head east.

See you folks on down the road.
Dennis and Mary Kay

03-12-2010, 03:03 PM
Things are starting to come together! It will be so great to see everyone. So many folks to meet for the first time eye to eye. Just saw that the list has grown yet again! Gonna be a great time!

Travel safely,
Dennis and Mary Kay

03-12-2010, 04:26 PM
What a surprise. We were looking for a park to stay at and pulled over to the side to turn around and there was Dennis and Mary Kay in a vacant parking lot. So we had to stop and say HI. Glad it was just a rest stop and not having problems. See you all at the "Rally".

Capt Kidd
03-13-2010, 11:04 AM
We made the reti from Visalia to Ridgecrest by going east out of Delano on Highway 155. Had a great drive up the western slope, green grass and wild flowers everwhere.

Coming down the east side we had a 11% downgrade for ten miles. Boy was I glad to have the exhaust brake. By the bottom I could really smell the brakes but they seemed to work just fine anyway. The rest of the way to Ridgecrest was like a walk in the park.

Stayed in the Walmart RV "park". Went to diner at the french resturant and had a great meal.

We are now in Kingman, AZ and the wind is blowing like crazy. On ward tomorrow to Gallup, NM.

See all you guys in Texas soon.

Carl n Susan
03-13-2010, 04:12 PM
You folks better hurry up. The RPHOWARDs arrived yesterday, RLWHIT stopped by today for a visit, and we ran into two other couples today who are here for the season and who will be joining the rally. The park is full this weekend as it is spring break. I didn't realize how many people in Texas go camping during this time. I though spring break = college kids. Not so here!

03-13-2010, 04:57 PM
We are in Fort Stockton at a PPA park for tonight so we should be there tomorrow.
Hope there's room for us there by tomorrow afternoon. Looking forward to seeing everyone

03-13-2010, 11:03 PM
Dennis and Sharon and Jennifer,
We, too, are staying in Ft. Stockton. The park is right on the freeway so a bit noisy. Called Comancheland! But we have Full hookups. Only $16 per night. We called Guadalupe yesterday to get a spot for tonight and they laughed at us! They are booked solid. We do have reservations beginning Monday and will arrive mid afternoon.

If you want to do breakfast this moring give us a call. Sounds like you'll be headed on to Kerrville today. Since we could not get a space there for tonight we're staying overnight again and will arrive Kerrville on Monday.

And see everyone on Monday in Kerrville.
Dennis and Mary Kay

03-14-2010, 12:01 PM

Sent you a pm and see you tomorrow. Take care and safe travels

Capt Kidd
03-14-2010, 12:18 PM
Well we reached Gallup about 30 minutes ago and it is snowing like a big dog. Not real cold and it is not sticking to the groung yet.

And I brought 5 pair of shorts????

Tomorrow we are onward to Tucumcari, NM. Always wanted to go there. When we went by Winslow, AZ today there was a biilboard that said "Standing on the corner" but I did not see the girl in the flatboard Ford. Oh well.

After Tucumcari we spend a night in Big Spring, TX and then on to Karrville.

See ya all soon.

03-15-2010, 06:00 PM
We left Ft. Stockton about 11am and arrived in Kerrville just about 4pm. We had a real adventure driving the last leg of our journey to Texas. About even with Bakersfield, Texas a cloud burst just about brought traffic to a stop. Fortunately it only lasted about 5 minutes then let up enough to keep driving. Thought we had seen the last of the rain when just north of Ozona the Mother of all rain storms came down right on the freeway. I finally got off the road because I simply could not see 10 feet beyond the front of the truck. Water was coming down as hard and fast as I've ever seen. Again it only lasted about 5 minutes. As soon as I pulled off the road the rain, of course, pretty much stopped!

The major thing is we made it and all is well.

To top things off Carl and Susan plus several others saved us and a whole bunch of other MOCers by having a fantastic dinner waiting for us! Thank you to all who, once again, show that MOC is a "family" not just another forum.

Tomorrow Steve and Vicki are showing us around the Kerrville area. We'll take picutes if we see Willie and the boys picking and a grinning!

Dennis and Mary Kay

Capt Kidd
03-16-2010, 01:11 PM
We pulled into Big Spring, TX about 15 minutes ago so we should be there by 1 pm tomorrow. Rain seems to have quit but it is cloudy.

See ya all tomorrow.

03-16-2010, 02:34 PM
Weather is supposed to be real nice for the next week, but hey, this is Texas. If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes.

We arrived today.

03-16-2010, 06:26 PM
So, Dennis, was the cloud bursts comparable to the Quartzsite Storm of 2010?

Glad to hear you made it all in one peice. Safe travels.[:I]

03-16-2010, 11:35 PM
The rain on the road made what we had in Q seem like a gentle shower! Only one time before when we were driving in the Mid West have I seen this type situation. Don't want to go thru it again. Next time I see this coming I will pull over and wait until the cloud passes.

The good news was that the truck and trailer never got loose. We had no hydroplaning and the control was great..... We just couldn't see because of the volume of water hitting the windshield!

I see that you folks are continuing to enjoy your trip! If you haven't driven up to Globe yet you should take that trip.

Keep enjoying and travel safely.
Dennis and Mary Kay

03-21-2010, 05:34 PM
Welcome to the midwest, Dennis! Downpours like that are not that common but are not all that unusual, either. Usually they are fairly brief before settling into a slighly gentler rain! Just wait until you get that same thing with those hard white hailstones instead of raindrops! That usually makes quite an impression on your vehicle. Many impressions, come to think of it.