Monday, May 28, 2018

Burney CA

7:27am:
If we headed out this morning taking the shortest route to our destination of Riggins Idaho, we would be driving mostly on US 395. However, looking at our Rand McNally paper map, going on State 44 towards the Town of Burney looks like a much more forest like drive.

Our quiet Nite Camp in the City of Susanville California




8:47am:
Forest Camp
We were on the highway to Burney, not too far from Susanville. The forest is so very lovely. There are many different kinds of trees. Mostly Ponderosa Pine. Many Redwood Trees too.

The Scampy Team has made a decision to make a Forest Camp. We came to a road that led off the highway. This is a good road. Not paved. But a road that Señor Tránsito would not get stuck on.

However! Tránsito was not able to make a U-turn until we came to an intersection! Tránsito cannot go over the edge of the road because he would get stuck.

Redwood along State 44





Scampy Team Story
Yesterday we Blogged to you about how the Scampy Team came to be. We promised to continue that story. And we are doing that here.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that if I am going to continue RVing and visit forests and wild places, Scampy and Tránsito have got to go. Where I am Forest Camped right now is dangerous for Tránsito. He could get stuck sooooo very easily.

What would replace the Scampy Team?
A 4WD truck with a camper is what comes to mind. With a rig like this, we would be able to travel almost anyplace without getting stuck.


3:49pm:
Dinner in Burney
I've just eaten a lunch/dinner at a restaurant in the Town of Burney. Fried fish. I brought back for tomorrow, 1/2 of the meal.

The first time that I visited Burney was with MsTioga. That was on
April 23, 2004.

Please click [Here] to view our Blog on that date.

George views Burney Falls in 2004


6:53pm:
Boid the acrobat
Baby Boid knocked one leg of his swing off so that the swing is now hanging by only one leg. Now the swing has become a great toy for him!

Click image to enlarge


Note: We traveled 78 miles today on our trip from Susanville to Burney.




Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 3,100 feet


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33 comments:

  1. Checked this morning to see how far up you'd progressed up 395 only to find you heading west and further away from Riggins. Hwy 44 loops into Reddings, CA. Hwy 299 goes north from Burney, CA to meet back up with 395. How old is your map? Safe travels.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      My map is dated 2014.

      My plan after Burney is to travel on State 299 toward Alturas where I'd rejoin US 395.

      George

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    2. Sounds like a plan. Very nice forest camp...on hwy 44. Enjoy exploring :-)

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  2. P.S. you will not find forested areas on east side of the Cascade mountain range until you travel further north into Idaho. Western Oregon, north Nevada, and southern Idaho are semi-desert terrain with juniper trees if any. Lots of sage brush and miles of open land that I love to drive through.

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    1. Hi again, Rita,

      I'm familiar with eastern Oregon's terrain. Desert is fine with me.

      George

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  3. Even trading Transito for a small 4WD or even 2WD truck with rear wheel drive would be a vast improvement over what you have. I see you commenting often how you are afraid of getting stuck. Sure would be nice to solve that issue.

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    1. Hi Don,

      I agree completely with your comment.

      However, as you may understand from reading my Blog story, "Scampy Team Story", I never would have bought either Scampy or Tránsito in the first place had I known what was going to happen with Jojoba.

      Sometimes a person must accept that a mistake was made. Then correct that mistake.

      George

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  4. George, I live in the region you are now approaching. If you have questions you'd like a "local" answer to, feel free to email me.

    Also, any US Forest Service office nearby should have information on road conditions off the main highways. We've have a very rainy May, so dirt roads are going to be very soft.

    There are USFS offices in Fall River Mills, Adin and Alturas, and Lakeview OR.

    Sue

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Thank you so much for offering to help me! 😎

      George

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  5. George, I believe you are the quintessential intrepid traveler! Safe travels to you and the team.

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    1. Wow Barbara!

      Quintessential! That is quite a compliment!

      Thank you,
      George

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  6. Enjoying your travels and hope you are, too. Stay safe

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    1. Hi Sandy,

      Thank you! 😎

      I love RVing! This trip is wonderful for me.

      George

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  7. I wonder if another Tioga would work. You're pretty familiar with the pluses and minuses of a Class C. And then there is the name thing.... I mean your name. Safe Travels Tioga George!

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    1. Hi Bob,

      Good question! Another Tioga would work.

      Thank you.
      George


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  8. Hi George-
    We have had a truck with a camper that fits on the bed. Just be aware, you will lose all the storage space you have now in your van. A tryck/camper combo offers very little storage space.

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    1. Hi Rand,

      Yes! Good point! Very little storage space.

      Right now I am carrying a bunch of hand tools and supplies that I used at the beginning of owning Transito. I really would be able to get along without all of that stuff.

      George

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  9. Everyone has some advice to offer and here's mine. Transito and Scampy have their limitations just like any other setup. We have an SUV and a travel trailer. It's the same old thing. "The SUV is not enough, it won't work" and the lines go on. We've used that SUV with the TT to take us over 50,000 miles including a U.S./Canada trip of 10,000 miles. The SUV now has 235,000 miles and still towing. We do just fine with what we have and if there are some minor limitations we have learned to live with them. It's funny, I was looking at the pic you posted in the pines the other day and I thought, "if I were single again, I would want the same setup". JMTC, carry on.

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    1. Hi LBM,

      You might believe that the Scampy/Tránsito team would do a good job for you.

      If you did have a team like this, you must stay off ALL dirt roads!

      Is this acceptable?

      George

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  10. Maybe buy a truck with bed cover to pull scampy?

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Maybe!

      Thank you,
      George

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  11. Excited about these new rig ideas! More forests and wild places.

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    1. Hi Joan,

      I do not know what decision I will eventually make for this transition.

      However, whatever that decision is it must take into consideration my 80.5 year age.

      George

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  12. Have you considered a 4x4 pickup with a topper for storage and keep pulling Scampy? You would be much less likely to get stuck than you are with Transito.

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    1. Hi QLL,

      Very true! A 4x4 pickup would be less likely to get stuck than Señor Tránsito!

      George

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  13. I can't wait to see what you get next. I learn soooooo much from you! Having followed you for years I can truthfully say I've never read a dull post, and have envied your life all the while. You rock George! Thank you again so much for allowing us to live vicariously through you - and learn something new from you every day. Wishing you continued safe travels and High Adventure - there's nothing quite like it is there? Hugs to you.

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    1. Hi Barbara,

      What I get next is a mystery! Not even I know the answer!

      Thank you so much for the several compliments in your comment! 😎

      Bye for now,
      George

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  14. Truck campers could be difficult to climb up into even for a spry 80 year old!

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    1. Hi Peter,

      Very good point!

      I've not set the change in my RV rig setup in concrete. Still in the thinking stage.

      George

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  15. Hi George,

    You know what I suggest before I suggest it -- a van as tow vehicle. Plenty of storage, easy access, and an engine with plenty of power to pull. It's worked for me for several years!

    Best wishes, whatever you decide,
    Sue

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  16. Hi George, in our younger years we had two trucks with campers on the back and enjoyed both of them - they could go places that would be difficult with your present set-up and you can always drop the camper although it is more difficult to unload and reload by yourself. It just depends on what you want and only you can decide that. Couple things to consider with a pick-up camper; very limited storage space, you have to "climb" to get into your bed and just getting into the camper is a climb, too. Guess our climbing days are over. Good luck to you figuring this out - staying tuned to see what you decide.

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  17. I'd take a serious look at a Toyota Tacoma 4WD with a topper,(cap). It's a proven, reliable, small truck that should easily last you the rest of your traveling days and then some, if you manage to beat the odds. That way you could keep the Scamp. Do a nationwide search on new Tacomas on Autotrader and see what comes up. I bought my last car that way between 6 dealers, sitting in my bedroom in my underwear. Got 25% off, but had to drive 200 miles for pickup. I recommend new because Toyotas's retain their price awfully well, and it could very well be your last vehicle purchase. Just a thought.

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  18. Along with all the other suggestions, you might look at a Toyota Motorhome. The models which ended production in 1984. Most are stick built, but some like the Sunrader are fiberglass. The 2 I owned got between 13 and 15 MPG average on long trips. The 6 cyl will climb at a faster speed than the 4 cyl. Both engines are low maintained if well cared for. Good ones are a bit hard to find, but they are out there.

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