Category Archives: Our Travels – JOEY’S JOURNAL

A Joey Update – Spring Arrives Suddenly In The RV

G’day, mates – it’s been a long time since I did some good old earbashing, but I haven’t really had the time or the inclination to be chatty Joey. As you know, a lot of sad things have happened the last few months, and my owners have had a long Illinois winter to get through. But Spring came early here on the prairies, and we had a lot of warm temps and sunshine in the beginning of March right through to the end. And crikey, was it nice! While the weather has been something to skite about to my friends back home, I can’t be a boaster when it comes to my brake problem. My owners took me to Decatur for some maintenance work, and I started causing problems when I got into town. Jim noticed that my front left wheel was sounding as cross as a frog in a … Continue reading

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A Nice Thanksgiving, A Weird Beware Of Pedestrian Sign

Greetings Again, Mates! Joey, the Fleetwood Bounder here, to keep you up on life with Jim, Robin, the dingo and two cats… After a weekend in Effingham, Illinois, it was Thanksgiving time. I’d barely cooled my rubber before I was up and running again. So much chaos, rushing and confusion, all to eat a large bird from the oven, don’t you think? Anyway, I was once again parked in Robin’s mom’s driveway, and there I sat while they all acted like rabid wombats, all over a piece of poultry. Crikey! The best part of the trip was that they bought me a friend. Though she looks rather weathered (poor old gal), at least now I have someone to talk to. Robin drove the new (very, very old) van back to Cerro Gordo when it was time to leave. I let her lead the way, being the gentleman that I am. … Continue reading

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Joey’s First Visit To The City Of Effingham, IL And The Friction Gig That Night

G’day mates! As the newest member of the Layton clan (adopted of course) I was excited to get to meet my relatives in Effingham Illinois. We headed down the highway from Cerro Gordo about 100 clicks or so (that’s 60 miles to those of you who don’t speak Strine) and arrived at Ron and Julie’s house in short order. Ron is Jim’s brother, Julie is his wife, and they have 2 lovely daughters (Chelsea and Sheena) and 2 cute grandkids (Cade and Alex). One of the little anklebiters came out to visit me parked in their driveway, and she was a real cutie. I had a great place to rest, although the quarters were a bit of a tight fit, as you can see in the following photos. Ron and Jim used to play in a band together back in the old days, and Ron still plays the area. So, … Continue reading

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Hmmmm….Never Seen THAT Before…Doesn’t Usually Happen HERE

G’day Mates – This is Joey, Jim and Robin’s Fleetwood Bounder, here to update you on how life in the motorhome (me) is going. I remember their former home (my cousin, Ward, the Award travel trailer) and the stories I chuckled at, when reading Ward’s blog. When they were in central Illinois, they were attacked by Asian lady beetles, that look cute like ladybugs, but they bite and stink when squashed. Then, in North Carolina, the first snowfall in ages happened when they were camping there. Let’s see, they decided to winter in Montana last year, and had one of the most wicked winters seen in ages, with record snowfall. You get where I’m going with this, right mate? Well we haven’t experienced quite the same drama as of yet, but we also haven’t been here long. Our first month in the rv park in Cerro Gordo resulted in record … Continue reading

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Joey Arrives In Cerro Gordo, Illinois – Our Full Time Winter RVing Spot

Hi Folks! Joey, the Fleetwood Bounder here, letting you know that we all arrived safe and sound in Cerro Gordo, Illinois. This will be our main home base throughout the winter. Yes, before signing up for this job, I heard from my cousin, Ward, that Jim and Robin aren’t known for taking the easy path. While most rvers head south for the winter, these fools choose the cold and snow. However, they did survive full time winter rving in the Rockies last year, so I’m sure they won’t let me freeze to death. That said, my cousin was Canadian, and I am Australian. I’m not used to this whole “freezing” concept – hope I make it through. For now, the weather is mild, so we have time to prepare for the cold and the snow. When we pulled into this small rv campground, 4 of the 6 sites had rvers. … Continue reading

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Last Day And The Ultimate Free RV Camping – Mom’s House

OCTOBER 12, 2011 JOEY GETS A REST IN ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS – STARTING MILEAGE 109,553 / ENDING MILEAGE 110,043 Crikey, Mates! We finally made it to Arlington Heights, Illinois. We will be spending a few weeks resting with Robin’s family. With the rules in the urban areas, I was not allowed to be on the street so…they squeezed me into the driveway. It’s about as comfortable as stuffing a hippo into a kangaroo pouch, but at least I can relax. We left Rochester, Minnesota this morning, crossed over the Mississippi River and kept on rolling until we reached the driveway. We took 14 all the way from Minnesota, right to their neighborhood. In a few weeks, will be heading down to central Illinois. For now, I will remain right here – because I don’t think I can move! TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: 1,671 MILES!!! Will be sure to blog when we … Continue reading

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RVing From Wahpeton, ND Zoo To Rochester, Minnesota

OCTOBER 11, 2011 WAHPETON, ND ZOO TO ROCHESTER, MN – STARTING MILEAGE 109,390 / ENDING MILEAGE 109,728 G’day Mates! We are on the road again. My owners are thrilled that I have got them this far, in one piece, with no surprises or breakdowns out in the bush. We left the zoo, again taking the back roads, following 9 to 12 to 71, then getting lost for a bit, then finding our campground in the dark, but getting lost again. It was a long drive today and everyone was as cranky as a crocodile with a toothache. But once settled into a campsite on our final evening on the road, the celebratory alcohol was poured. The day involved a nice lunch stop at Ambush Park, in Benson, Minnesota. With no one around, Jim, Robin and Dingo walked around – there is even camping there, when in season. I was bored … Continue reading

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Joey’s RV Blog, Day 4: Sleeping At The Wahpeton, ND Zoo in Chahinkapa Park

OCTOBER 10, 2011 WAHPETON, NORTH DAKOTA – STARTING MILEAGE 109,069 / ENDING MILEAGE 109,390 We left the Walmart in Minot, North Dakota, bright and early, heading for our next destination – the zoo. Crikey, can you believe these people?! Yes, we were going to be driving from Minot almost to the Minnesota border, in a town called Wahpeton, North Dakota. These people I drive around must be missing the wilds of Montana already, needing to camp right outside of a zoo. Anyway, today is when we left Highway 2 and took the “scenic route” all day. They had me going 20 miles here, 50 miles there. Honest. we took something like 52 to 281, a short and horrifying jaunt on Interstate 94 for a few miles, off onto the scenic byway of straight up and down hills (if they only knew I got about one mile to the gallon doing … Continue reading

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RV Parking At Walmart, Minot, ND – Day 3 Of Our Cheap RVing Journey

OCTOBER 9, 2011 WALMART IN MINOT, ND – STARTING MILEAGE 108,730 / ENDING MILEAGE 109,069 Day three – a lovely day for a Fleetwood Bounder like me. We left Malta, Montana with clear skies, open roads (and the dingo still acting as copilot). We flew down the highway with the grace of a croc floating on water. Passing through Glasgow and Wolf Point, Montana, we were recognizing our time in Montana was almost over. Then US Highway 2 sort of disappeared into what you see on the right. Just…gone. For miles and miles we bounced around like a Joey that ate too much sugar. Plates rattled, drawers slid open, the dingo looked ill because she was unable to stay on four paws. It wasn’t the best part of our journey. We crossed into North Dakota, amazed at all of the oil “pop up” towns everywhere. Never seen so many rvs … Continue reading

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Trafton Park, Malta, Montana – Day Two In Our Frugal RVing Journey

OCTOBER 8, 2011 TRAFTON PARK IN MALTA, MONTANA – STARTING MILEAGE 108,456 / ENDING MILEAGE 108,730 Greetings, Mates! After a tearful goodbye to Marias Pass and Glacier National Park, we headed east on Highway 2. Did I mention we are making this journey to Illinois taking all of the back roads? No interstates for Joey! A much more peaceful driving experience in a motorhome, vs. the crazy urban people that make my tranny oil boil over. I do have quite a temper sometimes, so it is best to keep me on two lane roads in the bush. Our travels east took us through East Glacier, Browning, Cut Bank (as you can see in the photo), Shelby and other little remote villages I forget. We, or should I say “I” drove about 280 miles, with the dingo standing on my center console the entire trip. She is a bit hyper, and … Continue reading

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