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Well, we broke out the motorhome for spring break again this year. For our kids Spring break is two weeks.

Drove from BC down through Washington State, Oregon and California. Finally ending up in San Diego. Three days of travel, some great sites along the way, some nice campgrounds, one not so great one.

Along the side of I5 outside of Olympia there is a building with a sign outside that says "Jiggle Dancers", I have a pretty good idea what the business is, but what on earth were they thinking with that name? Do you suppose people actually pull off at the next exit, loop back and go watch the "Jiggle Dancers"?

It seems that a significant chunk of the economy of Oregon and California now is being driven by highway "improvement" projects.

The rest seems to be Casinos. I lost count of the number of Casinos along the way. Each one has a truck stop, a hotel, etc. Does anyone actually go to casinos? If you were driving along the highway, would you pull off at a CAsino to go in and gamble and then get back on the road?

Travelling with a 9 week old puppy is entertaining to say the least, you have to keep track of the rest stop signs on the highway.

Why are the sections of highway through major urban centres so bad???? Coming through LA is a good way to lose fillings.

Why do people on the Interstates feel that they absolutely HAVE to pass you so that they can cut across three lanes of traffic and grab the exit your just about to drive by??

Fresno is completely invisible from SR 99, you come through Fresno and can't even find gas station signs, seems odd.

I am doing something right if my kids know and can sing along with songs like Snow in San Anselmo, and One Particular Harbour. I should probably be concerned that they also know the words to the Lawyer and the *******?!

2,600 kms later we arrive in San Diego. I get to meet one of the RBR regulars. A genuinely great guy who didn't even run screaming from the rest of my family. Thanks for everything and really great to meet you finally.

The kids have loved the weather, swimming, rollerblading, Sea World, etc.

Supposed to rain today so it's the girls' shopping day. This is the day I sit out in the motorhome, read a book and make coffee. TAke the dogs for a walk, etc. That is of course, until we get to Fashion Valley Mall where there's an Apple store. I go in there.

Love SD every time I come here and so far this has been the best. There is a greater feeling of freedom having brought our own hotel with us, but the weather has been great too.
 

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i like you. your posts rock. rock on, bro.
 

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So which of the SD denizens did you meet?
 

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snapdragen said:
So which of the SD denizens did you meet?
if it was ATP, TMB is still hungover.
 
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Mr. ATP was kind enough, being that it was the middle of the work day for him, and my wife and kids were present ( and he saw the way my kids look at me with eyes full of adoring wonder), to allow me to slink off with my liver undamaged ( in fact untested).

But a great fellow.

I brought one bike with me, intending to ride a lot. My eldest daughter thoughtfully shared her winter plague with me. This has so far prevented me from riding.

I am going home with two bikes though, so the trip has been a complete success from my standpoint. I could not resist going home with two, for those of you who may not know this fact, ATP's office is actually net door to Cyclart. The Holy Grail for retro-grouches.

It is funny seeing people around town in ski jackets and tocques when the sun is shining and it's 60 degrees. The news channel is warning people about a "winter storm" with "up to 1/4 inch of rain and temps down to the mid '50's" !!

You San Diegans don't deserve this weather!!

FWIW, ATP is a BIG guy. You'd have to be NUTS to try drinking with him.
 

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We're paying attention to those casinos in Nevada

You didn't take the kids to see the jiggle dancers? Sounds like a perfect family outing to me....
Those casinos are a source of concern to the traditional gaming companies here in Nevada. There's one east of Sacramento that's siphoned off a lot of Reno business, because it's on the Bay Area side of Donner Pass and snow is scary for coastal Californians. I rarely go into casinos even at home (never gamble; some of the restaurants are good), but most of the Indian places I've seen have been sort of second-rate. Apparently it doesn't matter to gamblers, though. We see people stopping for an hour or so, have some lunch, drop a hundred bucks and get back on the road.
Regarding the passing...I don't want to judge a man by what he drives, but my standard advice to RV people is MOVE THE HELL OVER. If they're cutting across three lanes of traffic to get off after they pass you, I'm guessing you're at least two lanes farther left than you ought to be. But I hate RVs, so you don't have to pay any attention to me.
Fresno is the city of the future. I've driven across the country many times beginning in 1966 or '67, and more and more, all you see is Interstates and huge gas stations. You really have to work to find living small towns (Walmart's killed so many downtowns!) and local restaurants these days.
Regarding San Diego--I know this is classic geezer talk, but you shoulda seen it 40 years ago. My sister went to school there in the mid '60s, when I was in the Army, and we used to do all-nighters from Fort Ord (Monterey) and later Fort Lewis (Seattle) to go there just for a day or two. There was no oceanfront megalopolis then, just a string of beach towns from SD up to about Santa Monica. If I could freeze myself in a time and place, it might be SD in 1965. "Sergeant Pepper" came out about that time, and to this day when I hear that song (which I don't really like...), I smell the beach and the coconut oil.
 
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