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Old 05-31-2012, 04:07 AM   #221
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Dear Brian and Lana:

Had no idea you were so close.....we just moved over to Spokane (at my sister's home) for the next 5 weeks, but we will call, and drive over in the T'Bird to visit in the next couple of weeks for sure!
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:22 PM   #222
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Settling into Spokane for a month. We've moved, for the time being, out of the coach and into a suite of rooms at my sister's large home. Will give us a chance to empty out the coach, do some deep cleaning, and make more decisions about what we are carrying with us....."are we using that?", or "I forgot we had that with us" type of stuff. Continuing to enjoy the cool weather here in the Pacific Northwest.

We had planned to spend time with David and Denise Zonker later this month when they drove up from Denver, but I just got a call from David a few days ago advising he had a terrible bike accident (went over the handlebars) and broke a collarbone, and an arm, so he is out of action for at least 6 weeks, or more. I told him there are two types of bike riders....those who have crashed and those who will....he now belongs to the first category with me (broke my collarbone in 1999 in a 35mph mountain bike crash).

Elaine and I have just finished our fourth month on the road on May 31st........we were talking about how we have spent 24/7 together for the past 4 months......and we still like each other!
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:32 PM   #223
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Clarke, I'm part of that "crash group" I crashed into a metal light pole at Disney a year or so ago and still have elbow issues.. Ron Skeen was with me for great moral support......between laughs.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:57 PM   #224
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Matt, when are you heading back out on the road, and where will you be? Coming back to the Pacific Northwest? We'll be in the Washington/Oregon area until at least mid August.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:07 AM   #225
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Tomorrow will mark two weeks in Spokane....we have been riding our bikes virtually every day, and sampling a lot of local coffee shops, and local eateries. The weather has been quite cool.....low 60's, until today when it got into the 70's. Working through a list of small repairs on the coach, and doing some deep cleaning. I have found a mountain bike trail just over the backyard fence of my sister's home......I've ridden that trail twice now for 6 miles each time. Enjoying the Spokane area.
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Settling into Spokane for a month. We've moved, for the time being, out of the coach and into a suite of rooms at my sister's large home. Will give us a chance to empty out the coach, do some deep cleaning, and make more decisions about what we are carrying with us....."are we using that?", or "I forgot we had that with us" type of stuff. Continuing to enjoy the cool weather here in the Pacific Northwest.

We had planned to spend time with David and Denise Zonker later this month when they drove up from Denver, but I just got a call from David a few days ago advising he had a terrible bike accident (went over the handlebars) and broke a collarbone, and an arm, so he is out of action for at least 6 weeks, or more. I told him there are two types of bike riders....those who have crashed and those who will....he now belongs to the first category with me (broke my collarbone in 1999 in a 35mph mountain bike crash).

Elaine and I have just finished our fourth month on the road on May 31st........we were talking about how we have spent 24/7 together for the past 4 months......and we still like each other!
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:45 PM   #227
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What's the weather like there? I am getting an itch to travel, just don't know where just yet.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:17 PM   #228
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The weather has been cool with rain every few days....raining right now, but forecast is for partly cloudy the next 5 days. Temps have been in the 60' and 70's since we have been here.

Installed a 30amp box yesterday in my brother-in-law's garage, so now I have access to more than 20 amps! Haven't had to use the A/C one time since we have been here, but have used the electric heater (only one at a time since I"ve only had 20amps, and each electric heater draws 10+ amps) a lot!

Steve, we attended the "Car" d'Alene car show this past weekend in Coeur d'Alene, ID....what a hoot it was! Have been doing a lot of hiking, and biking since we arrived almost 3 weeks ago. Will be here 2 more weeks, and then back on the road! Getting the itch to move again. We'll head over to Whidbey Island (NW of Seattle) and spend a coujple of weeks with friends there, then over to the Olympic Peninsula to explore for a couple of weeks, then down into Oregon for a few weeks....we'll start our trek back to Campbellsville, KY around the 4th week in August, arriving there by 10/1/2012 at the Amazon Fulfillment Center for our 2 month stint to recharge the fuel coffers.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:46 PM   #229
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I was about to email you about the solar panels to see how they were doing in the rain and clouds.
Ours did great in Utah! So much sun and the winds kept the dust from settling.
Stayed at a blm campsite for a week. Only had to run the genny for an hour at night to heat water for showers.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:29 PM   #230
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c'mon Clarke, I know that you are a bike guy by please, please, please take better car pics!!
PS the last pic looks like the one in my shop!!
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:34 AM   #231
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The time (4 days) we spent at Craters of the Moon in southern Idaho the solar panels did great......didn't have to run the generator at all. Here in Spokane we are plugged in, so the solar panels have been a non-issue, but since we left Michigan we have done well with the solar panels restoring our house batteries into the mid to high 90% range each day. They have given us a lot of flexibility in where we stayed while on the road. The last time we paid for a camping spot with hookups was in Challis, ID about 4 weeks ago.
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Matt, when are you heading back out on the road, and where will you be? Coming back to the Pacific Northwest? We'll be in the Washington/Oregon area until at least mid August.
Clarke, I'm having a tuff time making a plan.....Now in Reno, wanting to meet Ron Skeen in Ouray in August...just don't know why I should move for now....55-85 daily. Golf...Golf...may start working part time at local golf resort soon....although north west was a good trip and would do again.....REDWOODS.... see what I mean?
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Clarke, I'm having a tuff time making a plan.....Now in Reno, wanting to meet Ron Skeen in Ouray in August...just don't know why I should move for now....55-85 daily. Golf...Golf...may start working part time at local golf resort soon....although north west was a good trip and would do again.....REDWOODS.... see what I mean?
Matt, you are in one of my favorites areas in the world.....have spent a lot of time over the years in the Carson Valley, Tahoe, Reno area going back to the early 50's as a child. We will not get down that far this year, but next summer we will, for sure.

Today is the 4th of July...can't believe we've been on the road for over 5 months now....155 days!! Getting ready to leave Spokane after 5 weeks, and head over to the Washington coast, specifically Whidbey Island, for a couple of weeks, then out to the Olympic Peninsula, and then down into Oregon in August. Will begin to head east again in early September after Labor day, arriving in Campbellsville, KY around October 1st where we will spend 2 months working at the Amazon.com fulfillment center earning a couple year's worth of diesel fuel money, then down to Florida for Christmas.

We wish all of our Newell family a happy, enjoyable and safe 4th of July!
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:57 PM   #234
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Today is July 9th and in an hour, or so we will hook up the trailer and head to the Washington coast via the Methow Valley. The hot temperatures have finally penetrated the Spokane Valley....hit 100 yesterday, and it is predicted to hit 100 again today, but with our early start we should be clear of the hot temps by early afternoon when we hit the foothills of the Cascades in northern Washington. This is the first time I have been HOT in 7 weeks! Spent the morning yesterday, before it got hot, washing the Newell for her trip....she hasn't moved an inch in almost 6 weeks! We moved the car trailer out of the driveway and up to the street last night, and then loaded the T'Bird. Just waiting for the Lovely Elaine to awaken so we can back out to the street and drop the trailer on the hitch.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:36 PM   #235
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Arrived south of Coupeville, WA (Whidbey Island) Wednesday around 1:30pm, and are now courtesy parked on the property of our long time friends Bob and Karen Fenstermacher....we go back to the early 60's! Temps have been in the 50's and 60's since we arrived, with rain all day yesterday with the requisite lightning and thunder......some thunder claps seemed to be right over our coach.....:-). Here are pix of our location and view. You can see Puget Sound in the background.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:43 AM   #236
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Hi all:

What a wonderful place to visit. You are blessed! It is beautiful there.

Just a note to all who were so helpful before we left on our "initiation trip" from San Diego to Springfield Oregon....I was quite worried and bought the orange "cones" just in case we had an impending break down. We have never traveled more than 2 hours from home and our coach is a 1980. Everything ran just great...I was so impressed. What a way to travel for sure! 2000 miles and we had no major issues. Even the trash compactor still works. Traveling in a motorhome is great...but of course...my husband had to do all the driving because I am too intimidated by all the switches, and largess of the bus (38') way too big for me to attempt. Anyway...thanks to all who helped with my questions...it was a wonderful trip and we are so very impressed with Newell. Now, will probably plan to redo the windows and maybe paint down the line. Thanks again, Cindy
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Cindy, glad to hear your trip went well. there will always be something to look at or tweak but in general these rigs just go.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:43 AM   #238
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Glad your maiden "long" trip has gone well. We carry 2 large orange cones, which, so far, we have never had to deploy. We are over 8,000 miles on our journey with no problems after the first 1,300 miles (water pump, air valves, etc.). Since then smooth sailing. Hope goes well on your return trip to San Diego!
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The last time I updated this thread was last July.....probably time to bring things more up to date. We spent the summer in the Pacific Northwest, then in early September we began our trek to Campbellsville, Ky to work 11 weeks at Amazon.com. On the way we spent a week at Flaming Gorge in Wyoming....part of that time Matt and Connie Russo (Express1) joined us in their coach.....what a cool place. We visited friends in Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri before arriving in Campbellsville October 3rd. We had a great time at Amazon, and made many new friends.

After Amazon we headed south to Florida, stopping over for a couple of days in Rossville, GA to have our coach serviced at Choo Choo Express Garage. They are 2 stroke experts. From there we headed down to Cedar Key, FL where we spent 5 weeks right on the Gulf. Then on down the west coast of Florida to the Keys...we got all the way to Key West. Then up the east coast visiting friends. Spent 4 days at St. Augustine, then 2 weeks at Savannah, GA. We were in Savannah for the St. Patty's Day parade. We had planned to go as far north as Maine, but the weather just did not co-operate.....too cold. From Savannah we headed inland and eventually up to Ashville, NC, which is a way cool place. We spent 4, or 5 days there. Then up to Huntington, WV to visit the Entrikens (Newell owners, and good friends) for what we had planned to be a 5 day visit, but I got sick with the flu and was down for a week with that....after 12 days I felt good enough to head east to Washington D.C. We spent 5 days getting there, and then 2 weeks at Greenbelt Park just outside of D.C. ($8/day with Golden Age Passport). Washington D.C. is an amazing place to visit, and I am glad we had two weeks to see it all....we could have easily spent 2 more weeks there.....no kidding!

We left D.C. 6 days ago, and just arrived here in Indianapolis, IN at the Speedway where we will spend 2+ weeks working up to and including the INDY 500. We'll be here into early June, then head to Spearfish, SD to attend an informal rally with owners of previously owned Newells....Classics up to early 2000's.....for a week.....16-17 Newell coaches should be there, including John Clark from the Newell Factory. From there we will head into Alberta, Canada with 2 other Newell owners for a few weeks.

The Newell family is a wonderful thing, and through this forum we have met in person many other Newell owners, and become good friends. I think in the 15 months we have been on the road we have spent time with 7 Newell owners at their homes all over the country, and with Matt & Connie Russo ("express1") on the road in Wyoming's Flaming Gorge, and another couple, Forest and Cindy Olivier ("folivier") in Cedar Key for 5 days. We have had many other offers, but they just didn't work into our travel plans last year......in the next 12 months we will be meeting more Newell owners.

I would urge all of you to take time to get to know some of the Newell owners here, and meet up with them whenever you can. There is more to owning a Newell than the amazing machinery.......the friendships that came along with Newell ownership are amazing.
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Finished our workamping gig here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway......16 straight days working at Gate # 2 on 16th Street.....the main entrance. Got to meet Mario Andretti, and A.J. Foyt, as well as Tony Kannan, the ultimate winner of the INDY 500 this year. Great experience working here, and many new friends made. My wife flew to Oregon yesterday for 6 days, and when she returns on June 4th we'll head to Spearfish, SD for the pre-owned Newell mini-rally.
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