Wednesday, June 3, 2020

And then there were three.......

8 am - Wednesday - June 3rd - The Big Eddie, ID - 53° F, 57% humidity, wind 10 mph out of the southeast....southeast seems to be the prevailing wind at The Big Eddie....feels CALM to me......the view this morning......↴

 Our own vintage coach rally....left to right: 1984.5 Bluebird Wanderlodge PT-36, 1984 Newell Classic 35' and 1984 Newell Classic 36'

We began our Tuesday with two vintage coaches, and ended it with 3.....more on that later.  After setting up our camp for the next 10 days TLE and I drove the VW into Driggs to see what was what.  We needed to visit the local ACE hardware store, do some shopping, some banking, and visit the Post Office.....what do you know?  All of that is in one shopping center....we just parked the car and took care of all of our business in one place.  

The local grocery store is Broulim's, which is an Idaho chain of 12 stores, and it is amazing.  It reminds me of the chain of stores Von's opened back in the 80's called Pavillions.  Our friend Linda told us we would love Broulim's and she was right....we do.

We were expecting the imminent arrival of our friend of 40 years, Claude Banker and his friend Gail in his 1984.5 Bluebird Wanderlodge between 3 and 4 pm, so we got headed back home by 2 pm.  Just around 3:30 pm I saw the Wanderlodge rumbling down the dirt road into camp.......


......we had them set up right behind Glenn and Laurren's 1984 Newel facing south....they also have a solar system installed recently by A.M. Solar so need the north/south orientation, just as we do.....


.....so now our trio of vagabonds is complete, and we will travel for a while together.  Claude and I have embarked upon many adventures over the years including long distance bike tours on both bicycles, and Tadpole Recumbent Trikes.  I wrote about those adventures and published them on a cool site called 'Crazy Guy On A Bike'.....you can find my journals under chockwald, or try this link.....

Claude had a Greenspeed recumbent tadpole trike and I a Terratrike tadpole recumbent.....a great way to tour!


......our coolest trip was from his home in Indio, CA up through Mojave National Preserve, Baker, Shoshone, Death Valley, and over the Panamint Mountains to Lone Pine, CA.....about 500 miles over 9 days....the journal about this ride is called 'Mystical Mojave Wanderings'....check it out.......


.....I took some time to walk around The Big Eddie' to get myself, and my audience oriented as to what is here.  Of course, there is the Teton River which is running just below flood stage right now......


......there is a sign which tells you what you can, and cannot do here....mostly what you CANNOT do, which is cool......you can stay here for up to 10 days free of charge.....



.....they provide 'loaner' life jackets if you forgot your own, and they have 'his and hers' pit toilets, which do get cleaned on a regular basis....I saw the ranger during the day cleaning and sanitizing them.....


 The things you 'CANNOT' do

.....after Claude and Gail's arrival we spent a lot of time talking and catching up on each other's lives......Claude pretty much know about my life, because he reads the blog on a regular basis.  We had a lovely sunset, followed by a campfire.....the first we have had since Goosenecks......



 My very good friend of  40 years....back on the road again in his 1984 Bluebird Wanderlodge

Courtesy Glenn Parker with his cool Google Pixel phone 
camera....takes great low light pictures!

.....the party broke up shortly after 10 pm....a great first full day at 'The Big Eddie'.....thanks for stopping by!

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