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Title: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 28, 2008, 07:40:22 PM
Just got back from a 2 week, 2500 mile trip in "Ye Ole Bus"

Damn, you guys can talk alot in two weeks.....Took me forever to scan the posts...

I think I was 7 pages deep before I caught up!

We had a great time, the bus ran great, not a single problem.

Didn't see many conversions on the road...fuel prices are no doubt causing alot of people to stay home..

I intentionally went the whole two weeks with NO email, phone, or internet.....I did miss the internet!

Anyway, glad to be back....And yes!.....I did miss you all...............

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: NJT5047 on June 28, 2008, 07:53:14 PM
Hi Cliff....Where did you go?  That's a pretty good ride!
JR



Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: Chaz on June 29, 2008, 05:13:39 AM
Sounds like fun! Glad your back.
Chaz


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 11:17:54 AM
Hi Cliff....Where did you go?  That's a pretty good ride!


Our main destination was Texas!

While there we made several 200 mile trips with the in-laws, it was there first ride in the bus, they really enjoyed how smooth it rode.

But we made stops and detours in Mississippi, Louisiana and several in Florida on the way back.

Took a lot of out of the way roads and enjoyed the drive and scenery.

NCBob let me borrow his GPS and it has moved up on my short list of "must haves"

If your on the fence about buying one, I guarantee if you try one, you will get one.  Just too handy.

I figured 7.2 MPG when guessing how far before a fill up (That has been my minimum MPG @ 65 MPH).

But after filling up at home we did 7.8 MPG @ 65 MPG average.

Cheapest fuel I found was in Beaumont/Orange Texas at 4.51, average on I-10 was 4.69.

Most expensive around Lake City, FL at 4.89.

Cliff



Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: luvrbus on June 29, 2008, 11:32:57 AM
Where in Texas were you I hope by this time next year to have 3 pads with hookups so you guys going back to FL can spend the night I am 6 miles south on exit 810 off of I 10 East on Lake Anahuac and Trinity Bay.If you are that way again 20 miles south of I 10 on  the same exit there is a RV Park called Spoonbill ( Smiths Point) where the owner will feed you all the seafood you can eat for free every Friday


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: Nick Badame Refrig/ACC on June 29, 2008, 11:44:36 AM
Just got back from a 2 week, 2500 mile trip in "Ye Ole Bus"

Damn, you guys can talk alot in two weeks.....Took me forever to scan the posts...

I think I was 7 pages deep before I caught up!

We had a great time, the bus ran great, not a single problem.

Didn't see many conversions on the road...fuel prices are no doubt causing alot of people to stay home..

I intentionally went the whole two weeks with NO email, phone, or internet.....I did miss the internet!

Anyway, glad to be back....And yes!.....I did miss you all...............

Cliff

Hi Cliff,

It would have been 12 pages back if you had a computer with ya...Lol

Glad you had a safe trip!
Welcome home..
Nick-


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 12:00:06 PM
Where in Texas were you I hope by this time next year to have 3 pads with hookups so you guys going back to FL can spend the night I am 6 miles south on exit 810 off of I 10 East on Lake Anahuac and Trinity Bay.If you are that way again 20 miles south of I 10 on  the same exit there is a RV Park called Spoonbill ( Smiths Point) where the owner will feed you all the seafood you can eat for free every Friday

We were up in Montgomery, just West of Conroe.

Darn, One of our day trips was to Galveston, could of hit you with a rock

Know better next time.

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 12:04:13 PM
Nick wrote: It would have been 12 pages back if you had a computer with ya...Lol

Ha! Ha!......I had to read that three times to get what ya meant.....I am really suffering Bus Lag today.....

But your probably right.....LOL... ;)

Cliff



Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: Lonnie time to go on June 29, 2008, 12:09:35 PM
I m very happy you got to put some miles on your bus . Hope it was fun just wondering what motor you have in the bus.  7.8 mpg  I think is not bad


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 12:14:40 PM
just wondering what motor you have in the bus.  7.8 mpg  I think is not bad

8v71/spicer 4spd

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 12:26:36 PM
Oh, Left out the best part........

Talked Julie into driving from rest area to rest area 45 miles or so on I-10.

She had driven an automatic school bus before so I knew she could handle it.

I helped her shift up and away we went, I held onto the shifter mid way to help here find, not grind.

Away we went, she says it steered good, but she wasn't used to the way tires tend to track the grooves on the road, but did good.

Then it started pouring, and I could tell this was a little more than she planned on, and to be honest, the Captain wanted to take the helm back......It was a blinding rain.

Just as the rain started back to a light drizzle, we saw the rest area sign one mile, as soon as we crested the next hill there was a wreck in the ditch and lights everywhere.  That is when it occurred to me, She has never actually put on the brakes in this big thing yet.
As I said in my calmest voice {really) I instructed her on how to safely stop us, and she did about 100' short of the stoppage.

Well, that was lesson one....more to follow.....

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: Busted Knuckle on June 29, 2008, 12:55:44 PM
Sounds like an awesome trip Cliff! And we missed you too! Really we did! Especially me while I was broke down if Kissimmee! LOL! By the way have I mentioned how much I hate bringing my buses to FL? I'll be back down there July 6th thru 11th! ;D  BK  ;D


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: roadrunnertex on June 29, 2008, 12:58:51 PM
Glad you had a safe trip and with no problems. ;D
You should have made the side trip up to Palestine,Texas and we could have compared notes!
MPG sounds like it's about what my Buffalo did on it's trip to Florida 7.1 mpg with the V730 at 65mph on the interstate.
jlv :P


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: Dreamscape on June 29, 2008, 02:08:46 PM
Hey Cliff,

Don't forget about Becky and I are in Abilene. Stop by the next time you are this way. Course it would be better if I'm around.  ;D

Glad you made it home safe and had fun to boot!

See Ya,

Paul


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 02:52:41 PM
Sounds like an awesome trip Cliff! And we missed you too! Really we did! Especially me while I was broke down if Kissimmee! LOL! By the way have I mentioned how much I hate bringing my buses to FL? I'll be back down there July 6th thru 11th! ;D  BK  ;D

BK,

Email your number and will get together if your time permits.......

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 02:53:54 PM
Glad you had a safe trip and with no problems. ;D
You should have made the side trip up to Palestine,Texas and we could have compared notes!
MPG sounds like it's about what my Buffalo did on it's trip to Florida 7.1 mpg with the V730 at 65mph on the interstate.
jlv :P


JLV,

I was trying to get together with you, but those pesky texans kept me tied up.

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on June 29, 2008, 02:56:21 PM
Hey Cliff,

Don't forget about Becky and I are in Abilene. Stop by the next time you are this way. Course it would be better if I'm around.  ;D

Glad you made it home safe and had fun to boot!

See Ya,

Paul

Paul,

You bet!

Hey, Any future plans for you to do any work at this GIANT concrete plant there building in Coleman, FL?

If so, or anytime your down this way, give me a call.......

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: roadrunnertex on June 29, 2008, 03:11:55 PM
Yep,Gotta Watch them pesky Texans they will do it every time. ;D
jlv :P


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: NCbob on June 29, 2008, 04:35:38 PM
So happy to know that you're home safely, m'friend. Not only did I enjoys sharing your trip with you on the phone but I giggled a bit when reading your scenario.

But Cliff, notwithstanding the fact that Julie made it through the gears without any mishap...your concern about her inexperience in not braking the bus shouldn't have bothered you one bit.

After all, she had the good sense to marry you didn't she?

So much for HER judgement!

Bob


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: NCbob on June 29, 2008, 04:48:43 PM
As for my tongue-in-cheek humor...when I re-read my post I wasn't that happy with it. I guess what I meant to say was that Julie has excellent judgement, as do you since you seem to have 'married up', but   she might have caught someone other than a Bus driver! ;

Bob


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: Dreamscape on June 29, 2008, 08:13:01 PM

Paul,

You bet!

Hey, Any future plans for you to do any work at this GIANT concrete plant there building in Coleman, FL?

If so, or anytime your down this way, give me a call.......

Cliff


Paul

Hey Cliff,

Not sure about the plant you are speaking of. Most everything in the concrete block business in Florida has slowed down a lot. A lot of our customers have shut down some of there plants until the economy has turned around.  :'(

If I ever get the chance to go there I will look you up!

Paul


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: cody on June 29, 2008, 09:05:50 PM
Sure glad you enjoyed the run, kinda a major run too, ain't it great lol.  We're looking forward to seeing what you've done on the bus since we saw it last, we're already looking forward to florida this fall, hopefully without getting caught in a blizzard on our way down this time.


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: bigjohnkub on June 30, 2008, 03:08:17 PM
On Friday, 13Th, I met a conversion on I20 between Dallas and Tyler. Wondered if it was you? Between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. I was having tire trouble, and both hands on the wheel, so could not respond to whomever it was . Big John.


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on July 01, 2008, 01:58:11 PM
We're looking forward to seeing what you've done on the bus since we saw it last, we're already looking forward to florida this fall, hopefully without getting caught in a blizzard on our way down this time.

Cody,

Give me a heads up when you pull out (B4 the snow this time)

We would really enjoy You and Libby stopping by for a few days.

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on July 01, 2008, 01:59:33 PM
On Friday, 13Th, I met a conversion on I20 between Dallas and Tyler. Wondered if it was you? Between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. I was having tire trouble, and both hands on the wheel, so could not respond to whomever it was . Big John.

Not me!

I am used to people not waving back though....LOL   ;D

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: luvrbus on July 01, 2008, 02:03:43 PM
Cliff, that word snow sounds good a high of a 120 today here in AZ glad I am leaving  here Wed


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: FloridaCliff on July 01, 2008, 02:06:26 PM
Cliff, that word snow sounds good a high of a 120 today here in AZ glad I am leaving  here Wed

I understand that!

June, July and August are what we pay here for our mild Winters.

But 120, time to go.......

Cliff


Title: Re: Good to be back!
Post by: cody on July 01, 2008, 03:11:15 PM
We'd like that cliff, maybe we could bombard bob with the bottle launcher lol.  Just to make you guys feel better, we had snow in the air a couple of years ago at the 4th of july parade lol.