We have a total of 22 people attending the Creede Mini-Ralley. I'm hoping a few will share their travels on the way to and from Creede, and impressions of their time in Creede with fellow Newell owners. I'm going to do the same as I did for the Austin rally and write daily reports, as well as posting some YouTube videos of our trip there, and experiences while at Creede. Would be really interesting to get different viewpoints on the trip, and the rally.
OK....we left at 5am on Friday morning from our home in Ontario, CA. The first leg of our trip was to Barstow (Flying J) where Elaine would do her two conference calls. We arrived around 6:30am, and her first call was at 8am. The 2nd call was at 10am and done by 10:25am. We departed within minutes east bound on I-40. Just past Needles, CA we hit the high temps of the day at 112 degrees. From Needles, around 800 feet elevation we had to climb to Flagstaff at 7,000 feet.....we battle the heat all day....having to pull off the Interstate a few times to let the tranny, oil, and water cool down. Got up to 200 degrees on all three several times. We arrived in Flagstaff around 6:30pm having covered 420 miles our first day (around half our total mileage for the trip to Creede). We ate at the Olive Garden across from the Walmart off the Butler exit. They don't allow overnight parking at this Walmart so we headed down the road to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant that does allow overnight parking...got 9 hours of sleep, and ate breakfast at the Cracker Barrel (great breakfasts and the best coffee), Departed Flagstaff round 7:10am and headed up HWY 89 to HWY 160 which took us northeast through some amazing scenery.....past Monument Valley,and Four Corners (we'll see them on the way home). We arrived in Cortez, CO around 1pm and are staying at the Sundance RV Park, which I recommend highly. Walked down Main Street to a local brew pub and had a couple of locally made Porter's and an anchovie pizza (for me...Elaine had the steak salad). We'll head over to Mesa Verde National Park tomorrow to hook up with Steve and Tricia and tour some of the indian cliff dwelling sites. Monday morning we'll head up to Creede. I'll keep you posted on tomorrow's activities.
Safely tucked away in Creede. We were lucky and only had to drive 308 miles to get here from home. I think that we will choose all the rally places from now on. lol. Anyways, it is beautiful here, as Wally says. We rented a Jeep today and toured over mountain passes that were spectacular. CO has been very wet this summer and today was gorgeous sunny and 64 or so. Wildflowers are awesome. Richard and Rhonda and son Alex are here and invited us to dinner. Great fajitas and company. Then, Tom and Darlene arrived and man, to they have a lot. Unobstructed views of the pond, mountains and moon and sky. Their lot is probably one of the best, if not the best improved lot here. They have solar lighting, firepit, furniture and finished concrete. This is where we will party. More showing up tomorrow and then the rest on Monday. Life is good.
Spent the day with Steve and Tricia at Mesa Verde touring the cliff dwelling sites in the heat of the day, but it was spectacular! Heading out early this morning to get to Creede by Noon....not looking forward to the big climb!!!
Just gear down and take it easy. Don't let that V92 get to hot. Tom and I try to keep the temp at 206 or below. The DDEC, which you don't have, will shut down the engine at 215 but that is way too hot for me to feel comfortable with. Unfortunately, the engine temperature gauges are not the most accurate. When my DDEC is showing 205, my coolant temperature gauge is reading 220. Keep the boost down to 15 psi max.
Ron and Susan just got here. their coach is fabulous! like a time machine with how immaculate it is. awesome.
had a fun time in creede this afternoon with Clarke and Elaine.
We were going to get ice cream cones but because of Clarke, we missed out. the place closed at 4pm. and Clarke just had to walk around BEFORE we got ice cream. i even parked directly in front of the ice cream shop as a hint.
wish more of you were here with us.
went through Forest and Cindy's coach. it is fantastic as well. amazing how old these things are and how nice they are.
We also arrived on Sunday. Our trip was safe and uneventful but what a thrilling drive across the mountains. What a change in scene for us. We slept with the windows open for the first time since we purchased the coach. It was near 50 degrees inside this morning. JUST RIGHT for me.
I did break a shock somewhere in route. Having new ones overnited and Richard will direct me in replacing. Front right side. But changing both front Koni.
matt & connie russo
if you think my spellin is bad, you should sea my handwritten. #437 w/flex toad (STAY AWAY FROM LARRY BELL aka larrynjeri) he is a lier and a lock picker.
We arrived at Mountain Views around 12:15pm Monday.....the drive over Wolf Creek Pass was interesting. Temps got up around 205.....pullled over and let her idle for a few minutes and temps came back down under 200 and we finished the 8 mile climb. Steve and Tricia had to stop, also, and unhook their "toad" due to heating up, but they also got over the summit without further issues. Michael...what is "the boost"? I don't have any gauges that indicate "boost".
You see, Tom is blaming me for missing the icecream cone, but if he only walked a little faster and stopped calling friends in St. George, UT we would have made it...LOL! We enjoyed the mining museum wih Tom and Darlene, and walked around Creede to see what was there, and bought some groceries.
Went out to dinner with David and Denise at a little local place with Mexican fare, and enjoyed some amazing fish tacos al fresco. Probably spent around 2 hours talking....we shared a long table with a bunch of people on a bicycling tour around the southeast portion of Colorado. David almost talked them into picking up our tab....LOL.
Today, Tuesday Aug 4th, will be a great day. Everyone is here that was able to commit and we will have a smokin good time at dinner tonight. Richard graciously has offered to add anyones favorite foods into his smoker. He has asked that we deliver the goods by 2 PM. There will be quite the variety. The quality of the coaches has been posted already, but it is sooo much fun to see the pride of ownership and workmanship of so many years ago.
We have had many great visits already while here. We love the variety of interests and the commonality of our love for the Newells. For many of us, the respite of being in the cool CO mountains in the summertime is wonderful. Add to that fast new friends, good food and interesting conversations, this makes for a good time and worthwhile investment. More tomorrow.
Went for a 16 mile mountain bike ride with Richard....he was kind to this "old man". We climbed from the park (8,800' elevation) up to around 10,200' and then had a magnificent downhill run of several miles hitting speeds of over 30mph....I think Richard hit 40mph on one stretch!
Here are some pictures I took last night of those gathered for Richard's "smoker potluck"...Richard graciously smoked meat for those who were interested. We had chicken, salmon, ribs, etc. It was a great evening of conversation, and it wasn't all about Newell's!!
Connie Russo is hosting a pre-theater get together between 4 and 5pm.....there will be some gumbo, and other Louisiana favorites! Drop by their coach for a short tour, and some great Louisiana cooking! She knows a number of us will be going to dinner at 5:30, but she encourages you to stop by if only for some samples of her cooking, and a little conversation!
I was fortunate enough to meet Carl and Joanne Hill last night, they have the blue/white '06 on the upper row. Carl came by to look at our '82 because they used to have an '84, they are nice folks.
This morning while Tricia and I were having coffee with Larry Bell at his great waterfront spot, Carl and Joanne came by to invite us for a cocktail party at their Coach. Carl asked if I could pass the word about cocktails so here it is; 4:30 Thursday afternoon. Bring what you will be drinking, they will supply the hors d'oeuvres.
have Coach will Travel
Steve & Tricia
1982 Newell 38' (built before #1) 6V92 DD, 5 Speed Allison, 12.5 KW Kohler, Couch used to make into a Bed but I fixed it! https://newellshowcase.com/thumbnails.php?album=214
2007 Yukon, 1981 CJ7 Laredo, 2002 Honda CRV, 1955 Thunderbird, 1952 Pontiac Sedan Delivery, 1952 Ford 8N, 1958 Airstream, 1959 Glasspar 16' Avalon, Cabin in the Woods........what will I work on next