Monday, February 5, 2018

Tucson, AZ

One day while in Tucson, we considered spending the night in a casino parking lot.  Campers are welcome to park overnight there.

Unusual cactus in casino parking lot.

Tippy carefully examines 

Little ones

Tippy thinks this one is pretty - me too.

We're headed home and won't be posting for a while.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Some New Mexico Pictures

Tippy says, "This is not good news".

Wagon wheel picnic covers

From along side I-10 westbound

Everything here is big

Mexico is on the other side.

We will not go through this mountain.  Treky will find a way.

See - He found a pass.

Brown is the dominant color here.

More of the same?

Tippy is not fond of the New Mexico landscape.  She got down on the floor between the seats and went to sleep.  That's also a convenient location for me to pet here while driving.

Arizona tomorrow - Then headed for home.

Ron, Tippy and Treky 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Pima Air and Space Museum, Tucson, AZ

Ron is so excited.  He found and airplane museum in Tucson, Arizona.  He's skipping blogs about Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to post this one first.  We'll catch up the skipped ones later.  The museum is located adjacent to Davis Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona.

The first really really neat thing we found is the parking arrangement.  The sun here is very  hot so a shady parking area is provided. See Treky?  The roof of the shady area is made up of solar panels.  Isn't that the neatest thing you have ever seen?  Two birds with one stone.

I'm told that this is an aircraft that was proposed by a contractor but the government never did buy.

All aircraft museums seem to start off with the Wright Brothers airplane - as they should.  That is where it all started

A guided tour was underway when I arrived so I tagged along and learned a lot.

Info about this little odd ball follows.

How small is small?

How did this Navy plane get in here. 

F-4 Phantom

The earliest fighter jet that I worked on was the F-80.

Here, they call it a P-80 - P is for pursuit.  That designation was eliminated before I was in the Air Force.

My main area of work was aircraft armament.  The F-80 was equipped with six .50 caliber machine guns.  Normally you would see the guns protruding from these holes.

My next assignment was the F-94.  This is the C model.  My area of responsibility here was the ejection seat, 3.5 inch rockets and jet assisted take off.

In each wing was mounted a rocket launcher.

In each launcher was mounted 12 3.5-inch rockets.  The rockets were not guided so the plane itself had to be aimed at the target.

I worked on it in 1953/1954/1955.  Lots of memories for me.

Behind this plastic nose was another area of my responsibility - armament laying radar.

The F-94 used a two-man crew:  The pilot flew the plane until approaching a target; then, the Radar Observer (who rode in the rear seat) took control and radar-guided the plane so as to hit the target.

OK - there were lots more aircraft there and I loved everyone.  I'm sure you are bored by now with my ancient memories of out of date airplanes.

We'll go back to Texas, etc tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy and Treky




Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Texas

We spent our first night in Texas at a KOA in Orange, Texas.  This picture is from a night at KOA near Pensacola, Florida.

Desert sunset.  I like it but Tippy thinks sunset over water is better.

In some parts of Texas, highway curves are unusual.  Not much traffic either early in the morning.  Treky likes to leave early.

Treky likes to see the sunrise in his rearview mirror - then he knows that he is headed west.

Sunrise behind us reflecting on the clouds in front of us.  We have to be very careful to always be aware of motorcycles out here.

Fuzzy picture - intended to show that Treky now has 72,000 miles, it's 39 degrees at 7am, and we are traveling at our standard 65 miles per hour.  The speed limit here is 80 miles per hour.

See the fork in the road?  This is where I-20 ends and becomes I-10.  Near Peco, Texas.  Also, note the speed limit is 80 MPH and we are going 65 MPH.

Another picture of the sunrise seen in Treky's rear view mirror.

There was a wreck on I-10 just outside San Antonio, Texas and I-10 west was closed.  We were detoured down a two lane road for about 28 miles (35 MPG).  That slowed us down but we are not in a hurry anyway.

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Monday, January 29, 2018

Second Day Going to Quartzsite, AZ

After traveling 400 miles through Florida yesterday, we needed to fill Treky's tank with gas.  We were near the Alabama border so I decided to wait and buy gas in Alabama as it is believed that Florida has high gas prices (that's how they pay for those excellent roads).  I was surprised.  Look what I paid in Alabama.

Treky has a 31 gallon tank.  It was not empty but it took 26+ gallons.  $69.18 Wow!

Have we told you before that I-10 was completed at a Mississippi rest area in 1981.  This plaque so notes.  Treky, Tippy and I love the Mississippi rest areas.  They are the best.

As Garmin show, we are pretty much hugging the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico as we go through Mississippi (I like to type Mississippi - I can do it real fast.)  Ha.
We passed just to the north of  Biloxi. Didn't stop.  Ron doesn't enjoy gambling and they won't let Tippy in - so we just kept on moving.

It's hard to believe but Treky made it all the way across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and now we are in Texas.  All in one day!  Treky's good.   I rained on us the entire way across Louisiana - Hard rain.  It's almost blinding as  big truck pass us and throw up water from the road onto Treky's  windshield.

Treky say that we will be in Texas more than one day- The route that he has selected is almost a thousand miles across the state.  Tonight, we will sleep at a Flying J truck stop at Orange, Texas.

See you tomorrow.

Ron, Tippy and Treky




We're on the Road Again

We (Ron, Tippy and Treky) left home three days ago.  This is the first day that we have had time and signal to post about out trip to Quartzsite, Arizona.  We started on the back roads of Central Florida headed northwest.

As Garmin shows, we snuggled up to the Gulf of Mexico as highway availability allowed.  We met very little traffic.
We were all excited to head out on our first trip in a while - Especially Tippy.  She loves home but she lives to travel in Treky.  The first day, we managed to travel a little over 400 miles and we were still in Florida.  Florida is a  big state.  I bet that it's 1000 or more miles from Miami to Pensacola.  We camped in a KOA campground near Pensacola the first night.

Next night will probably be in Texas - We'll let you know tomorrow.

See you then, 

Ron, Tippy and Treky

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tippy's Christmas Day

Tippy had a small piece of turkey breast with a spoon of gravy for her Christmas dinner - then climbed up into my lap for a nap.  She is so relaxed.  My neighbors say, "When Ron dies, I want Tippy."  Everyone loves her.

The next long trip will begin the last week in January.

Ron, Tippy and Treky