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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #60 on: March 19, 2010, 06:15:28 PM »
You're very welcome.  That's what we're here for - to help one another. I think you made the right decision.  I was able to attend our rally, but even with the elbow it was not easy, so I'm sure an ankle would be much more difficult.  Besides, that's probably more walking than the doctor would want her to do.  Just cooling it sounds a whole lot better.  As to the therapy, I did the "required" therapy with the therapist, but then devised others once we got home.  Every morning in the hot shower water I'd do a couple of routines to straighten and strengthen the arm.  That's where the year-long therapy came in.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #61 on: March 19, 2010, 08:58:42 PM »
Mark and Theresa,

I am disappointed to not get the opportunity to meet you in person in New Mexico, but getting well is the ticket to a next time meeting and  walking around with a broken ankle would not be so very much fun at a rally.

We had a pre rally luncheon on our way to Albuquerque today.  Terry and I left Yuma at  7 am and 8 of us  dined at The Hideaway Restaurant  in Camp Verde with Don and Peg.   Jeff and Sue and Ken and Sheila joined us a few minutes later in their motorhomes. We three couples   are  spending the night in Meteror Crater and will brave these high  winds overnight.  It's supposed to get to 25 tonight so we have all pulled in the water hoses.  We plan to leave this campground at the crack of dawn ( literally) for the  294 or so more miles to go.   We'll top off at Flying J tomorrow and meet up with Framily as planned.  It's gonna be so much fun.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #62 on: March 19, 2010, 10:40:12 PM »
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Jeff and Sue and Ken and Sheila joined us a few minutes later in their motorhomes.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #63 on: March 19, 2010, 10:43:40 PM »
Mark and Theresa, Sorry you won't be able to join the group at the rally here in Albuquerque. We were looking forward to meeting you. I'm not surprised you'd have to dig out the motorhome. IIRC you're somewhere around Woodland Park? Brrr. If it makes you feel any better, it's 39 here in Albuquerque on the way to a low around 27 and we got snowed on on the way back from the dinner at Harla May's in Belen. Had a great time eating and chatting but I was a nervous wreck on the way back up I-25 with the snow flying and the wind blowing. There were even signs saying that I-40 was closed east of Moriarty (a bit east of Abq) because of weather. Fortunately, it's supposed to be gone by tomorrow...oh, wait, those are the same guys saying that who said the snow would stay above 6000 feet. :)
 
For the eastbound group headed this way, Dobrins are moving over to the casino tomorrow and there'll be 3 rigs sitting here waiting. Someone call us from Flying J and we'll be ready to go. Then if you can call us from Alameda (exit 2 miles from Tramway), we'll head out and we can meet at the parking area at the entrance. That's following the directions for attendees with credentials which is a straight shot up Balloon Fiesta Parkway. We can bypass the holding area because we all have our credentials. This is our final decision !! Unless we get a foot of snow tonight (just kidding).
 
Safe travels eastbound Framily. Mark and Theresa, stay warm and heal up !
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #64 on: March 19, 2010, 10:44:32 PM »
Oops, I bet you're gonna want pictures from Harla Mays, too, aren't ya?
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #65 on: March 20, 2010, 12:48:28 PM »
The Harla May's pictures are stuck in my organic hard drive. . .but I'll always have them! By Sunday noon this wet snow will be gone from the lower elevations. See you in Santa Fe.

Mark and Theresa, I know we'll cross trails eventually and you made a wise choice! Besides, someone has to keep an eye on that yahoo Sprinter group while while I'm playing with framily!
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #66 on: March 20, 2010, 03:48:41 PM »
Six coaches have arrived at the Fiesta Balloon Park under partly cloudy skies and temps in the high 40's.

We'll start the photos later with ID.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #67 on: March 20, 2010, 05:29:41 PM »
I love the sight of Sandhill Ceane or Snow Gueese flying south to Bosque del Apache. I ve seen the swallows return to Capistrono, another glorious sight.

I had the same feeling today driving I-25 south to Socorro and seeing all the motorhomes heading north to the FMCA Winter Rally in Albuquerque --Glorious!!!

Can't wait tio catch up with the three couples that just arrived. I'm sure Wendy will catch you up to date.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #68 on: March 20, 2010, 08:03:52 PM »
Six coaches have arrived at the Fiesta Balloon Park under partly cloudy skies and temps in the high 40's.

To  really appreciate Jeff's statement, you must know that 3 of us left Meteror Crater RV Park at o' dark  thirty this morning (6:15  am AZ time ).  At 9 am we got a call from friends  watching the news about the closures on  I 40 east and I 25 north.  Winds and snow and black ice were concerns.  We trudged east ward through some light snow flurries and  stopped for fuel earlier than we had planned as the Flying J closest to Albuquerque was full and a  a zoo (according to the lady I called. )

We stopped at exit 108 at Dancing Eagle Casino and Travel Center .  Terry and Betty and Jeff and Sue got diesel fuel but Ken and Sheila with their  new 2009  rig require  the new diesel fuel and this station did not carry it , so they trudged  eastward to  exit 140 where they called ahead and were assured of a fill up to meet  their needs.  We followed slowly and caught them in the parking lot as they exited.   Now we phoned Wendy and her group of 3  at the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque.  We let Wendy know we would call her when we passed Alameda exit so they could high tail it to the  destination and meet us.  We did so.  When we arrived at the  FMCA parking area the guys really wanted to accommodate us,  meeting us  with our three  rigs and their 3 but we had to know where they were.  I got Wendy on the cell phone and began calling out streets we were on.  Nothing familiar......  Decided close enough would work. Turns out they were right behind us with but one  RV in between our parties.

 Terry said it was like a precision execution of  Rommel. All 6 of the RV Forum Framily who kept in touch is now parked in a row.   We had happy hour tonight at 4:30.  Some went to dinner and we  are cooking in .  Temps read 42 but it feels very cold especially when sun goes under cloud.  Jeff took a photo to make us real but he went to dinner so it may be later to see it.  I love FMCA rallies.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #69 on: March 20, 2010, 09:57:49 PM »
Springtime in the Rockies ! We woke up this morning to 2 inches of lovely fresh snow. Took one look outside and went back to bed. Gordon didn't even want to go out until after 9 when it was mostly melting off. But as Betty and Jeff said, we all made it here and are nicely aligned on the balloon launch field. I knew everything would work out because on Thursday, I got a fortune cookie that said "You will soon be enjoying the company of good friends".
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #70 on: March 20, 2010, 10:23:53 PM »
As I posted in the other thread, we're wimping out at the Santa Fe La Quinta. We will be parked with other Roadtreks. Plan to arrive sometime Sunday, possibly after the health deform vote goes down.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #71 on: March 20, 2010, 10:26:37 PM »
If you're with the Roadtreks, then you'll be at the fairgrounds, about 10 miles from the balloon grounds. Maybe you could make your way up here for Happy Hour? No HH tomorrow since we're going to Gabriel's but we'll be happy here on Monday at 4:30, look for the yellow VW in Lot NN, 5th Street.
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #72 on: March 20, 2010, 10:44:56 PM »
To make this an official rally here is a photo of the hardy Forum souls acting as though 50 degrees is comfortable.

Attendees: Sheila Kuch, Terry Brewer, Betty Brewer, Sue Cousins, Lou? ( a friend of the Dobrins from AZ), Bernie Dobrin, Mike Lawrence, Ken Kuch, Wendy Lawrence, Raymonda Lane,  Bill Lane
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #73 on: March 20, 2010, 11:37:27 PM »
It's no relief to you in ABQ but tonight, 130 miles north of you, in Taos it is supposed to be 2deg F tonight... of course where we are, that means below zero, even though yesterday it was 61deg F during the day. Big swing.  Welcome to NM!
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #74 on: March 21, 2010, 02:05:43 PM »
After looking at the photo - are you sure you aren't all in Quartzsite?  ;)  Jackets, hoods, etc.  At least you have sunshine.  Enjoy the rally.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #75 on: March 22, 2010, 12:17:09 AM »
If you're with the Roadtreks, then you'll be at the fairgrounds, about 10 miles from the balloon grounds. Maybe you could make your way up here for Happy Hour? No HH tomorrow since we're going to Gabriel's but we'll be happy here on Monday at 4:30, look for the yellow VW in Lot NN, 5th Street.
 
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Wendy,
We'll try to catch up with you later in the week. We're back in a Hampton Inn because we discovered electrical problems with the help of our new Roadie friends. The House batteries weren't charging. The battery separator may be malfunctioning. The house batteries look corroded. So tomorrow morning we'll be seeking a service call to check things out. It's what you get when you buy used. Probably minor problems, but after more than two hours of inspections and discussions, we decided better safe than sorry. Anyway, we sure had fun with our new Roadie friends and look forward to meeting you guys in person sooner than later.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #76 on: March 22, 2010, 03:55:33 PM »
While in the after glow of an enjoyable evening at Gabriel's north of Santa Fe, on the way home I came down with a scratchy throat. I drove straight to the24 hr Walgreen Pharmacy in Los Lunas and now am on zinc lozenges fighting this head cold.

Wendy, I may not make it to see the displays if I cant kick this cold quickly. I am fighting to be able to go to New Orleans this Friday. Are you going to be driving this way again?
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #77 on: March 22, 2010, 07:12:07 PM »
After looking at the photo - are you sure you aren't all in Quartzsite?  ;)  Jackets, hoods, etc.  At least you have sunshine.  Enjoy the rally.

It's not so cold that Terry had to give up the sandals.  ;D

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #78 on: March 22, 2010, 07:57:26 PM »
Wendy, we were looking forward to meeting you (and Bob M.) too!  If you ever come through the Colo.Springs area, PM me, and we would love to meet you for dinner sometime!  Thanks for the followup post!   :)
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #79 on: March 23, 2010, 12:36:42 AM »
While in the after glow of an enjoyable evening at Gabriel's north of Santa Fe,

Do they still serve fresh guacamole?
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #80 on: March 23, 2010, 09:21:05 AM »
Do they still serve fresh guacamole?

We had 3 bowls custom made; one regular, one without jalapenos, and one without cilantro. All very good but somewhat pricey.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #81 on: March 23, 2010, 09:49:10 AM »
We paid more for the showmanship --it's made fresh at the table.

Some pics may be in their way soon as there were a lot of cameras flashing as several staff members were CYAnnual Rally Pic Requirement on page 37, line 67.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #82 on: March 23, 2010, 07:24:26 PM »
The FMCA Roadtrek rally is living up to our expectations.

Some 60+ Roadies are camped in the Exp-Fairgrounds infield where we potluck and watch the horses work out in the mornings.

We ran into electrical problems on our recently purchased 2006 Roadtrek Adventurous RS. John Slaughter, a well-known Roadie brought over his Volt meter and diagnosed the problem. So I took the bus up to the famous FMCA service center. First, I hired Interstate Batteries to drive down and evaluate my batteries and clean or replace them. They said it would cost $30. A nice techie showed up at about 5. He tested the batteries, cleaned the terminals and said that while they needed a slow charge, they were fine. He said NO CHARGE. You know where I'll get my next batteries! The previous owner had replaced the original ones with NAPA batteries.

I also hired Blue Sky RV of Elkhart, Ind., to evaluate the battery separator, which John had flagged as a possible problem. They said the charge for the service call would be $105. Their tech, Steve Clark and another Blue Sky man made us the first call this morning. They found that the battery separator wasn't making full contact. It's installed on the engine, and the engine heat causes the contacts to corrode. They went back to their headquarters at the FMCA service center and discovered they had the part we needed. Later in the day, while we were touring the Roadtrek display, I got a call. They were at our "Addy," which was a 10-minute walk away. They installed the part. Total cost, $196. They recommended that I find a spare and carry it with us.

After that was done, we toured the exhibits and bought a nice, light aluminum step that has adjustable legs. $80. Now, I'm at a deli, eating fresh, hot apple pie.

Except for the weather, the show has been great fun. We're meeting great people and our RV is breaking us in pretty gently.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #83 on: March 23, 2010, 08:27:32 PM »
weather; just heard the forecast for tomorrow... another 12" of snow in northern NM... maybe rain in ABQ.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #84 on: March 24, 2010, 08:47:10 AM »
Terry reports we had  5/100 of an inch of rain last night.  It rained ust enough to make it wet enough to send Ken and Terry to get the car after last night's entrtainment. Nice to have our own personal valet parkers.  We really enjoyed The Pink Flamingo Express at the  Sandia CAsino last night.  They sang and danced  and had audience doing the same. The Sandia Casino is very nice and we are happy that FMCA tok the entertainment inside as opposed to the outside ampitheater as originally scheduled for last night's entertainment.

Terry and I  were cetainly impressed with the optional side trip we took to Trinity Site.  The guide was informative and to have that section of history come alive  for us us  was more than worthwhile.  Trinity is the site where the first  atomic bomb was tested in 1945.  The guide brought in all the details of the times and the information was interesting and will inspire us both to do further reading from his extensive list of  books to read.   The box lunch was served on the bus due to cold winds outside  but we had friendly folks on the bus and it was a wonderful day.

We are off today to seminars on Picassa, to see new rigs, to shop vendors and eat some more. Temp this morning at 7:45 am is 34 degrees.   I love FMCA Rallies.  BJ Thomas is the featured entertainment tonight.
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #85 on: March 24, 2010, 09:11:12 AM »
Just a reminder that the Trinity site is open to the public, with free tours, 2 days a year; first Saturdays of April and October. We are planning on going again on April 3rd. If anyone cares to join us, let us know.
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« Reply #86 on: March 24, 2010, 11:00:19 PM »
I experienced a weird thing today at the FMCA Rally and it was confirmed at tonight's entertainment.  This one day in Albuquerque held elements of all 4 seasons.  We could not believe it when we left our seminar at 11 AM with big white wet but fluffy snowfall.

Terry and I visited vendors, had lunch and visited a small but mighty group of RV Displays.  We admired the new designs in motorhomes and  vans.  It was a marked difference from International Rallies of the past.  The  closures of the many RV manufacturers sure showed up at this rally.  RV displays were fewer in number and lacked the big drama of  their debut.....Salesmen were friendly, attentive and certainly wanted to sell  us a new rig. 
The new rigs I viewed  that had my interest (if we won them in a lottery and money was no object ) in order were
1)Newell
2) Monaco
3) Tiffin
4) Winebago

BJ Thomas was  a hit tonight as the entertainer of the evening.  I knew all the words to all the songs but as in so many  Rallies some of the  old  folks left early.
Tomorrow I will take a cooking class at El Pinto Restaurant. I just love RV Rallies.

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #87 on: March 24, 2010, 11:06:24 PM »
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as in so many  Rallies some of the  old  folks left early.

Maybe it's just me, but I find it incredibly rude when so many people get up in the middle of the entertainment and split. If you can't stay up past 8 pm, stay home.
 
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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #88 on: March 24, 2010, 11:20:00 PM »

Maybe it's just me, but I find it incredibly rude when so many people get up in the middle of the entertainment and split. If you can't stay up past 8 pm, stay home.

Wendy,

I agree 100%.  I find it rude  to leave any  entertainment mid stream.  The Casino at Sandia is a beautiful venue.  Good acoustics, perfect temperature, lost of bathrooms. This evenings' performance was moved from the Amphitheatre to this inside  room due to  weather.  It  had to  cost FMCA a bundle but  they  did not charge me a cent extra. 

I am also perturbed when folks think it is ok to  talk and visit with one another during a performance.  I gave dirty looks to those sitting behind us who talked and finally in the second song of BJ Thomas  they left.  Bottom line be courteous!!!!!

This rally has been wonderful

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Re: 2010 FMCA International Rally in Albuquerque, NM, March 2010
« Reply #89 on: March 25, 2010, 08:46:32 AM »
Actually, Sandia volunteered the change in venue without extra cost to FMCA. It worked out well for all.

I have mixed emotions on early departures. When there is no admission fee, everyone shows up. Many people are clueless as to the type of entertainment to be presented and realize that they made a mistake in attending. The music can be too loud, the beat too fast, the material inappropriate or whatever, but they feel uncomfortable. It is interesting to compare the crowd movement at different types of performances. We have seen a very large exodus at some, barely a couple of departures at others and a lot in between . Depends on the performers and the performances.
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