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Offline TomC

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Taking the bus out on a trip.
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:42:14 AM »
Leaving tomorrow on an inside California trip. Will go up 101 (take two days) to go up to the bay area where we'll park in front of an long time friend of mine in Pleasant Hill over the weekend. Then visit a cousin outside of Sacramento (probably stay at the local WalMart). Then to Lake Tahoe at Zephr Cove for 3 nights. Then to Mammoth Lakes to park in front of a friends cabin for 4 nights (have done it before-no one in the neighborhood minds). Looking forward to getting out of Dodge, but not the heat. But that's why I have 3 roof airs. The bus is serviced ready to go. Good Luck, TomC
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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 07:55:55 AM »
Anytime you can include US 101 and US 395 in the same trip is fantastic.  Have fun

--Mike
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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 08:46:36 AM »
Anytime you can include US 101 and US 395 in the same trip is fantastic.  Have fun

--Mike

SH#395 is a great road.  Dropping off the big hill into Bishop is one of the most beautiful panorama's in America.  Have a great trip, do Convict lake while you are there in the area, you won't be disappointed.

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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 10:14:06 AM »
Make sure none of your axle oil seals are leaking before you take off. ;)
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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 10:37:24 AM »
We stayed in the Mono Lake parking lot one night.  It is the darkest place on earth.  The stars are something else.

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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013, 11:05:24 AM »
Happy Trails... :)
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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2013, 12:23:19 PM »
Sounds like a good road trip Tom, I just returned from about a thousand mile trip with our AM General I did have to replace my start batteries @ 200 ea. Ouch! but they were 6 yrs old so it was time, the old bus ran like a new one, Have a great vacation Tom>>> John.
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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2013, 12:49:08 PM »
Tom, Calif has the most beautiful and varied scenery, my grandpa used to say, Ca and Italy have the same countryside, most of my vacations are in Calif, good luck and best wishes for a great trip, lvmci...
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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2013, 01:40:03 PM »
Gods speed

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Offline grantgoold

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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2013, 02:48:39 PM »
Tom, if you would like to park the bus next to the house for water and 110 hook up let me know. I have parked my own bus there without issues. May be a bit better than the local Walmart.

We are located in Citrus Heights, about 3 miles east from I-80 and about 5 minutes back to I-80 or Hwy 50.

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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2013, 02:57:19 PM »
Cool to be on the road in the bus.

We are getting ready to do the same.  Billie and I are going up Highway 54 from Tucumcari to the end in Pittsfield IL.

Someday maybe our paths will cross again.

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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2013, 07:15:38 PM »
If you should decide to take a side trip to Sonoma County, let us know!  We are next to Sonoma State University.  Got room, power and water for a bus.  Enjoy your trip.  Joel
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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2013, 10:26:52 PM »
Will go up 101 (take two days) to go up to the bay area. . .

Aw, c'mon, Tom.  You gotta take Hiway 1 from SLO to Monterey!  Much more scenic than 101 thru that stretch!  Perfect road for a coach, too!

Hehehehe. . .   :D

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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2013, 05:25:53 AM »
RJ.. you are soo right.  It is a great road to check out the backend of your own coach while cruzing around all of the coach friendly cruves.   :D
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Offline TomC

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Re: Taking the bus out on a trip.
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2013, 07:41:48 AM »
We're in Gilroy-bus ran well. Got 5.26mpg on first tank-even with a heavy head wind. I appreciate the parking offers, but we'll be driving from the bay area up to Lake Tahoe directly.

What's amazing, Freightliner has a new version of the Cascadia called the Cascadia Evolution. We have a demo truck that has done 4 round trips at 80,000lb from L.A. to Bakersfield and back getting an average (including idling time) 8mpg! At that kind of fuel efficiency, my bus would easily get over 10mpg-I can only wish. Good Luck, TomC
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