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Day 15 - Tuesday, July 24, 2007
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Birmingham, Alabama

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Tonight we're camped at a Flying J in Birmingham, Alabama.

I'm having trouble making an uneventful, hammer down driving day sound exciting.

If any of you have any ideas on how I can spice this up, let me know.

In the meantime, check out the rig pix below.

We'll be home tomorrow (Wed) afternoon.

I say a prayer of thanks that the truck and camper have turned out so well. No complaints. I'm amazed at how well the little Ford Ranger has carried 1,600 pounds of camper, etc. It has performed very well.

I've heard from Pat via email. She arrived home in Phoenix and is doing okay. She's working on getting her drug/blood regimen in order.

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The top of the rig cranks up about two feet. The "cranked up" part of the back is solid and raises up from the inside. That's an "old folks" stepping stool. Useful! Please ignore the guard dog :) In this pic you can see a little better how the door works. The sides of the "cranked up" part are heavy vinyl. The door in the center of the pic opens on the compartment where the propane tank is stored. It powers the fridge and the furnace. You can see the fridge door through the open door. And, if you look closely, the right ear of The Navigator :)

There are four clamps that hold the top secure when it is lowered. You can see two in this pic. One is on the back of the camper just to the right and up from the horse in the logo. The other one is up front. You can barely see it below the small red rectangle.

The black areas in the vinyl are windows. They can be opened from the inside. The window is a made from transparent vinyl. The transparent vinyl unzips and there is screening to keep out the bugs. If you look closely at this pic you can see the crank used to "pop the top." It's right where the truck cab ends and the camper begins. It has a yellow sticker on it. It takes about 20 rotations to raise or lower the camper top. When you lower it, the vinyl sides have to be tucked inside the camper. That's the hardest part of lowering the top.
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Drive Time:
Begin: 10:00am
End: 7:00pm
Net (includes stops): 9 hrs, 0 mins
Trip Mileage:
Begin odometer: 37,533
End odometer: 37,981
Net miles today: 448
Average MPH: 49.8
Total trip miles: 5,025

Gas Mileage:
Average MPG to date: 13.9

Expenses:
Gasoline: $41.65
     Price: $2.699/gal
     Bought in: West Memphis, AR
Gasoline: $48.00
     Price: $2.739/gal
     Bought in: Birmingham, AL
Food, ice, etc.: $13.00
Lodging: $0.00
Other: $4.95 - Internet access
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A short poem from Denise in IN:

When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals,
And all the birds and bees.
And when His work was finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said "I'll walk this earth of mine,
And give you each a name".
And so He travelled land and sea,
And everywhere He went,
a little creature followed Him
Until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,
The little creature said "Dear Lord
There's not one left for me."
The Father smiled and softly said,
"I've left you till the end,
"I've turned my own name back to front
And called you Dog, my friend."

The Navigator swears he wrote this but I doubt it :)

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From June in SC:

Positive, scientific and visual proof there's water on Mars.

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