Sunday, September 20, 2015

Planning Our First Trip

It's time to start seriously thinking about our maiden voyage and shakedown cruise. 

Linda has been in charge of planning the first trip in our new motor coach. Of course we will be starting at Salt Lake City. The first night we'll stay close to Salt Lake City while we stock the coach with food and supplies and confirm that everything is working before striking off across Wyoming. 

This will be the first time that either of us have been to Wyoming and we're looking forward to it. We'll travel across the width of the state on the Lincoln Highway passing through both Laramie and Cheyenne. Between the two we plan to stop at Sherman Summit (elevation 8,640 feet) the highest point on I-80. 

We'll be travelling through this part of the country the first week of October, at the very end of their RV season. Some parks will have already closed, and most of the others will close by mid-October. We'll enjoy the cold weather. 

From Cheyenne we'll turn south into Colorado where we'll spend our second night. Sunday we'll pass through Denver and get a photograph of Mile High Stadium before the Broncos game with Minnesota. Then it's on to New Mexico and Texas. 

Sunday night we plan on being back in Texas, albeit in the panhandle a little more than half-way home from Salt Lake City.  

Monday we'll motor southeast across Texas and make one more stop, the fourth and last overnight of our first trip in the Tradewinds. 

Tuesday afternoon we'll return to the Austin airport so Linda and get our car and follow the coach back to Fayetteville. I hope to get back early enough Tuesday to have the local auto shop perform the Texas motor vehicle inspection required to title and register our new coach. 

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