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Old 07-25-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Made it home yesterday from a 2000 mile trip to Minn, N.D., WY, S.D. & NE. Everything working great the new Kenwood with Garmin GPS and the new sway bar paid for themselves on this trip even the DW agreed on the new options. We saw the light houses along Lake Superior, Ft. Abraham Lincoln SP, (where the 7th Cavalry left for the Little Big Horn), Devils tower, Mt. Rushmore and Custer SP, Ft. Laramie National Historic site, towed the car behind and still got about 13 MPG even with the added weight of the 2 grand daughters. It amazing how much a 9 and 13 Y/O can pack away.
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Made it home yesterday from a 2000 mile trip to Minn, N.D., WY, S.D. & NE. Everything working great the new Kenwood with Garmin GPS and the new sway bar paid for themselves on this trip even the DW agreed on the new options. We saw the light houses along Lake Superior, Ft. Abraham Lincoln SP, (where the 7th Cavalry left for the Little Big Horn), Devils tower, Mt. Rushmore and Custer SP, Ft. Laramie National Historic site, towed the car behind and still got about 13 MPG even with the added weight of the 2 grand daughters. It amazing how much a 9 and 13 Y/O can pack away.
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You're making me awfully restless. We'll be covering part of that territory in Sept... visiting friend in Spearfish, so will be checking out all the sites in that area, and we'll be taking in the Buffalo roundup at Custer SP. Sounds like great mileage towing. We won't be towing - friend is going to loan us his car, and we'll be parking MH in his driveway. That's gonna be our real shakedown cruise, in prep for Alaska next spring.

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Old 07-26-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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Made it home yesterday from a 2000 mile trip to Minn, N.D., WY, S.D. & NE. Everything working great the new Kenwood with Garmin GPS and the new sway bar paid for themselves on this trip even the DW agreed on the new options. We saw the light houses along Lake Superior, Ft. Abraham Lincoln SP, (where the 7th Cavalry left for the Little Big Horn), Devils tower, Mt. Rushmore and Custer SP, Ft. Laramie National Historic site, towed the car behind and still got about 13 MPG even with the added weight of the 2 grand daughters. It amazing how much a 9 and 13 Y/O can pack away.
Funny, right before getting in bed last night, I wondered if you were back yet and how you liked the "mods"! Glad to hear :-)
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Have a good time Ed, I'm sure you will at least the bike rally in Sturgis will be over. I know it's good tourist but when you hear shop owner complaining about all the bikes in the area you have to wonder if it's worth it. Yes Debbie I love the new mods best thinks I ever did.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:16 PM   #5
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Be sure to drive 16A from Custer State Park on your way to Mt. Rushmore. The stone tunnels (3) on that route are high enough to accomodate the Solera's ht. They purposely orientated the tunnels to frame the Presidents, as you drive to the memorial.
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Wouldn't be a trip to Custer SP without route 16A. Let's see 17 Miles, 314 curves, 14 switchbacks, 3 tunnels, 4 Presidents, 3 pigtails & 2 splits. One of the shops in Keystone sells shirts, Pins and patches of Iron mountain road, 16A.
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DW and I will also be in the Mount Rushmore, Custer SP area for 4 -5 days right after the Sturgis Rally and I'm glad to hear that 16A will handle the Solera. So far, we've taken a couple of one night trips into the mountains near us if Ft. Collins and are adding memory foam to the beds for another two day trip into the mountains next week followed by the 4-5 night trip the week after. We're slowly getting into the grove and enjoying it very much. Again, I can't say how much improvement in handling the sway bar made. Thanks to all of you for discussing on the forum.
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Let's all caravan behind fort bud wherever he goes. Just checked his profile, he's retired from Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch). Free Samples... Yaaay
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I don't get the free stuff anymore, but I still find a way to pack some on board. It's nice to hear others are coming out this way. DW and I are discussing heading up to Alaska next year and it's good to hear others who've made that trip. Has anyone taken the ferry from northern Washington up to Alaska and drive back?
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Good luck on Iron Mountain rd. Bob watch those switchbacks.
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