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Snowboarding | Brian Head, Utah

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Welcoming back the West Coast, I made a New Years trip to Brian Head, Utah.  There was a wonderful snow the day before I arrived, which dumped five foot of power in some areas!  Being a snowboarder this is like finding a gold coin in your change.  My snowboarding mentor happened join us that weekend, and of course we had to hike through the “BACKCOUNTRY GATE,” which made for the best boarding of all!   I tried to take a bunch of pictures, and I hope you enjoy.  It was a wonderful trip and it looks like I’m heading up again this weekend.  Enjoy the gorgeous views!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

Posted in Holiday, Road Trip

Pre-Interstate System 1955

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I came across this Pre-Interstate map  and wanted to share it.  While on the Coast to Coast Road Trip I drove across the first section of the Eisenhower Interstate System.  This really made me think how different it was driving in the fifties and sixties.  This was a time when the roadside motel like Howard Johnson was a place to stop for the evening and hitting a drive-in might be on the nights agenda.  I know my generation (Gen X) takes the interstates for granted, driving here or there in a moments notice.  Though I love to hear the stories from my Mom how they would drive Route 20 from Cleveland to Boston, something that would be unheard of today.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

November 4, 2010 at 8:08 am

Posted in Road Trip

Coast to Coast on 1000 Coins Tally

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As you know the road trip is over and all though I loved the X5RV in conceptual sense, it’s no fun to sleep in.  I’m happy to be back sleeping in a real bed.  This leads me to the tally section, as you remember I was driving from coast to coast on 1000 John Adams Presidential Dollars.  You should have seen the look on some of the attendants when I would count out seventy or eighty of these to pay for gas.  Over all I had good reception, was offered by people in line to buy some of the dollars, I told them the cashier would be happy to sell you a few or maybe all.  Only one attendant had to ask his manager if they were real.  Like I said it was an overall success.  Using the coins can be burdensome in these large numbers, but to have a few in you pocket is really nice.  I ended up with 88 coins to spare and pile of receipts.  So here it is:

 

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 25, 2010 at 8:08 am

Posted in Road Trip

Road Trip-X5 Damage

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The trip was almost uneventful.  I did have one mishap.  While driving just past the Georgia state line, a dually thought it was a sports car.  I was in the middle lane of a three lane highway, he was coming up on my left very fast.  He decides that the next exit is his and cuts me off, almost missing the exit he hits one of those plastic bubbles in the road.  His tire explodes and the truck jumps to the side.  Now here I am with a front row seat to all of this and now I see this large flap of tire coming right at me.  I veer left to miss it and the piece hit the front corner of the X5.  We both stopped at the next exit and I was able to talk to him.  He was a young punk, and that was the wrong exit he wanted anyway.  He did apologize and got the raw end of the deal.  His rear quarter panel on his truck was blasted from the exploding tire.  The X5 came out smelling like a rose.  Most of the rubber buffed out, thanks to my brother-in-law.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

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Road Trip-Illinois,Kentucky, Tennessee,Georgia

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These four states came and went a lot faster than the our large western states.  Due to road conditions I didn’t get to stop and shoot a pic of a few state lines. I did grab a good photo of the Ohio River at sunset.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

Posted in Road Trip

Road Trip-Missouri

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Missouri was about as exciting as Kansas.  Real flat and the only thing to look forward to was St Louis and the Gateway Arch.  The only downer was that the route I was on only gave me a glance of the great monument built to honor the western expansion of the United States.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 14, 2010 at 8:08 am

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Road Trip-Kansas

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Well Kansas was kind of a blur!  I slept in the X5RV, I woke up just before sunrise, and hit the road.  It was pretty flat and not so exciting.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

October 13, 2010 at 8:08 am

Posted in Road Trip

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