My Journey

Foy

Explorer
You're too kind, Jerry, and I'm sure some of my friends will get a kick out of me being associated with MSNBC!

Turns out Tom Duffy was the son AND grandson of helicopter pilots. Tom having passed away at age 40, doing a bit of math makes me curious about his father's training background. If father Mark Duffy was in his early 30s when Tom was born in 1980, he'd be around the age of a lot of Vietnam veteran helicopter pilots. And if his grandfather was in his 30s when father Mark was born, he would be around the age of WWII fixed wing pilots.

Veterans or not, clearly the Duffys are an extraordinary family and my heart aches over their tremendous loss.

Foy
 

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Jerry looking at your climbing photos I wonder what was the highest peak you summited?


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Have a lot of friends that have been camping in the mountains of New Mexico, so you need to check that out. It appears you would be fine. Most of them traveled from neighboring Texas
Our problem is that we’re in a 38’ motor home, towing a Jeep, both with Florida plates. Very difficult to stealth camp.
 

Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Our problem is that we’re in a 38’ motor home, towing a Jeep, both with Florida plates. Very difficult to stealth camp.
Not sure what you mean by “stealth camping”, but what we out west call boondock camping is legal in most national forests. The USFS calls it dispersed camping and they provide free maps that show areas where it’s permitted. With a rig your size the best way to do this would be to unhook the Jeep and scout out a spot or several. Be sure to be prepared for very slick roads when wet. Avoid all travel on dirt roads when wet, but you should be ok with just the Jeep. But at times even with 4wd these back roads become impassable.


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longhorn1

Observer
Jerry, that is awesome stuff, but more important, a lifetime of memories and to make climbs with your son, there just really isn't anything better. We are in Western Nebraska, Colorado tomorrow and for the next month.
 
Not sure what you mean by “stealth camping”, but what we out west call boondock camping is legal in most national forests. The USFS calls it dispersed camping and they provide free maps that show areas where it’s permitted. With a rig your size the best way to do this would be to unhook the Jeep and scout out a spot or several. Be sure to be prepared for very slick roads when wet. Avoid all travel on dirt roads when wet, but you should be ok with just the Jeep. But at times even with 4wd these back roads become impassable.


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I guess stealth camping was the wrong term. We have been boondocking and moochdocking our way across the country.
With New Mexico’s travel restrictions, we just didn’t want to get into any conflicts in the state because of our Florida plates.
All of the state parks are closed to out of state visitors, and we really loved some of the parks we stayed at last year. We’re in the Grand Mesa area now and heading down to the Telluride area on Sunday, then Durango and working our way East on 160. When we hit the “flats” (east of 25) our time in the west is done for this summer. Next year is Montana, Idaho, Washington, and maybe...north to Alaska!
I don’t want to derail Jerry’s wonderful story. So let’s keep this about his journey.
 

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Ace Brown

Adventurer, Overland Certified OC0019
Hope it’s a short hiatus. We will miss you and Tanner.

Ace


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ITTOG

Well-known member
Well, that is alarming for your followers. I don't recall you being much of a jokester.

Regardless you know all of us support you and will be waiting for you to return to your nomadic life.

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jvsontheroad

New member
I thought I'd let readers of this blog know that I've taken a position with a non profit and will quit posting for awhile. Thanks to all.....
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Jerry, an awful lot of people, including me, will miss your posts. Want to share a little info on the type of organization, mission etc with
your followers? Good luck and best wishes going forward.

Jack in Bonita
 
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