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Old July 18th, 2017, 12:32   #16
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Can you post pictures of your Schnauzers? I know you used to have a picture of one below your screen name. My wife will appreciate that. It's been nearly 35 years since her Miniature Schnauzer,
Elke, passed and the stories about her still keep getting bigger.
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Old July 18th, 2017, 17:46   #17
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Yeah, here are a few pics of Toby (black, born 8/16/15) and Brody (white, born 4/16/16). Toby weighs about 19 lbs and Brody weighs about 26 lbs.

They hang with me everywhere I go. We have 3 acres fenced and individually broken into 1 acre tracks so they can be corralled where we want them. They like to hang-out at the garage when I'm working on TDIs..

Below, Toby at about 6 months. Pic was taken 2/2016 about 3 months after we got him.



Below, Brody at about 6 months. Pic was taken 10/2016 about a month after we got him.



Below, the two on the back deck... about December, 2016



Below, this pic was taken at a pull-off on the north side of the Great Smoky Mountains about two weeks before the big fire broke-out (November, 2016)



Below, is a pic of our late schnauzer, Scruff. This pic was taken at the same pull-over in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, September 20, 2015 about 6 weeks before he was killed by a coyote.

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Old July 23rd, 2017, 15:21   #18
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Alrighty .... looks like we will be pulling out in the morning! All new hoses on the AC system, charged and producing nice cold air.

As I may have already stated, this is somewhat late to be heading toward Alaska but we've departed as late as August 3rd or 4th.

I hope we can post some nice pics for everyone to see!
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Old July 24th, 2017, 15:01   #19
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You know, NASA always planned for the perfect launch, position of the Earth, hour of the day, weather, etc....

Well, surprise, surprise, we never "launched" this morning! There was a pretty bad thunderstorm hit last evening right before we began to load the Van and Camper. Lightening knocked out electric service from about 8:15 pm until 11:10 pm. So, rather than attempting a pack-up early this morning, what the heck, one more day!

So, we are ready for a departure in the morning!
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Old July 24th, 2017, 19:23   #20
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Geesh, I hope this isn't a sign of what your trip will be like... have a safe trip whenever you do get started!
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Old July 25th, 2017, 20:44   #21
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Ah, Portage, Wisconsin! 691 miles today!

Never a dull moment ... road construction, many vehicles with no signal lights and operated by Texters and Scrollers ...

Ended the day running out of fuel.......... right at the pump! We were about 25 miles from Portage when I took an exit to fill-up. As I turned the 180 into the service station then another 180 to line up on the pump it must have sucked air. I filler 'er up and then bled the injectors and got it running.

Grand Forks, North Dakota is the destiny for tomorrow!

Oh, the AC system worked great!
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Andy, you could write a book. Grand Forks, I went through there in the fall once after days of heavy rains. The state had allowed farmers to run the highways with trucks hauling sugar beets because the juice was leeching out of them in the fields. Running at night I put on less than 100miles in more than 4 hours. Clay clods the size of bigfoots head everywhere..
Glad to see your AC is working. Always interesting following your adventures, you are pretty darn innovative, "full of beans", Donna says. Thanks.
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Always interesting following your adventures, you are pretty darn innovative, "full of beans", Donna says. Thanks.
Around here we say "full of business".

I like following Andy's trips as well. Great stuff.
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Well, we arrived rather late in Grand Forks. We are at a campground we stayed in 31 years ago. Dee says it was a KOA at that time ... Hmmm, I don't remember that.

Anyway, at St Cloud we got off I-94. It was so darn chug-d-chug I couldn't stand it anymore. So, we ended up on Highway 10 (well kept secret, apparently). It was nice and smooth all the way to Fargo, ND.

Disappointed in the fuel economy... running in the low 20s.. Also, I'm thinking the fuel tank holds 15 gallons instead of 16 and most likely the pickup tube is higher than normal off the bottom (new tank as of three yeas ago, aftermarket, of course!).

Today, as I recall, I don't think I set the Timing after the TB job a couple of months back. So, tomorrow morning a few miles down the road when the engine is at full operating temp, I plan to drag out VCDS and re-set the timing. As I remember, I did check but never re-set... it was below the line in the graph. This may explain the low fuel mileage !

Okay, tomorrow is going to be a long run to Campland just north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.... bout 650 miles.

Yeah, Jmodge, I've been full of beans a time or two .... And, Rembrant, full of business too! ..

I'll try to post a few pics soon!
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