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Old 04-29-2015, 08:53 AM   #11
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we left ashdown ar yesterday morning in the rain. after a few miles, there was a long, long bridge over a valley that was really freaking me out because it was narrow, had a 1 foot tall guard rail, oncoming log trucks, high winds, and on a long grade uphill. damn filter started plugging again. white knuckles and eyes of steel, i manned up and held throttle to floor at 40 mph. front door flew open and slammed to the bus side. WHAM- OH ****- HOLD THE DOG! a big downburst of wind caught the suicide mounted door, so now im freakin out and looking at the dropoff a foot or two from the road edge.

finally got past the bridge and could pull over half way off the road and quickly shut the door. continuing on, giant hills! wifey was getting sick like a roller coaster ride. these hills are incredible. 10 mph up, 60 mph down and shaking hard. whipped into a little store and stopped. wWHEWWWW! crawled under bus, cleaned pre-filter of gunk again. got covered in wet red clay. bus ran fine again.

got through dequeen, on to broken bow ok. stopped into truck stop. pump wouldnt take card, went inside, man says leave card here and go back to pump and it would work. did that. pump wouldnt work. go back inside, told man "give my card back, i will pay cash. go back out, pump fuel. went back inside to the fast food deli thingy. girl asked to help. i ask for 2 orders of chicken tenders. she said " we dont do orders". im like, ok, so how do i order? she said "individually". so, i ask for 6 tenders. she comes back with 2 bags of 6 each. lolol i just cocked my head like a dog hearing a whistle and paid and left.

onward through the fog, we arrived at hugo. wheres hugo? stopped and waited for the slow internet on phone to bring up map. tired and pissed, i search for rv park. ah-hah! antlers ok , here we come. off freeway and onto hwy 271 23 miles to antlers. bus didnt shake until 60mph! seems to pitch for draining was a little steeper than most and kept a constant load on to wheel. i had to hold the steering wheel slightly to the left to go straight. alignment issue it seems. hmmmm?

pull into the park, drank a few beers to chill, got shower, excercised dog, crashed!

leaving shortly to make the 2-3 hrs to gore ok.
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:25 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. I know what it's like to freak out while on the road. Did you just buy this bus?
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:47 AM   #13
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Awesome post, and great story!!

Video of bridgepocalypse would of cool
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:19 AM   #14
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Whoa!! I thought I had crazy experiences on the road. You won't forget this trip for a while. Great details, pictures would be great too but the wife was woozy and you at the wheel. I got the pictures in my head tho from the story details. Thanks and keep em coming!
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:26 AM   #15
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Usually shaking above 45mph is wheel balance. Try lifting wheel off ground and see
if tire sweeps down with heavy spot on the bottom or when you spin it, it always stops in the same spot, that would indicate tire out of balance.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:51 PM   #16
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;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; won't happen again............................................. .........enjoy the ride..........................
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:17 PM   #17
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Any dinner pictures or, wait a minute, how do we know you are not still at home?

This almost sounds like the lyrics of a long lost and never found C.W. McCall album
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:40 PM   #18
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we made it. more long grades. and one last treat about a couple miles before destination. a big bridge over the arkansas river. and the surface was one long whoop-de-doo. i was steering with my butt in the air.

did i mention i have a phobia for bridges?

more soon. gotta rest and organize all the stuff that in on the floor. lol
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:56 AM   #19
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I think you missed your calling, you should of been a writer. Your commentaries are
absolutely entertaining. Keep up the good work and have fun.
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we still need pictures...arghhhh......
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