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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
After breakfast John invited us over to watch the Obama Inauguration on his big screen TV. Indeed a very impressive day in the USA. We all wish Barack Good Luck. We had been flying the Canadian Maple Leaf over our motorhome, but have kind of read-between-the-lines that it is proper protocol to fly an American flag above the Canadian one while down here if you plan on flying one at all.
Do we have the same protocol in Canada ???
I was going to buy an American one, and will, before raising the Maple Leaf again. It may be smaller, but I will have it above Ours! Don't want to upset the Arizona people at least not until we buy this state and make it a Canadian Province. We need a warm one, don't we?
After the Inauguration, Denice and I decided to go for a little drive to the east from Quartzite. We went 23 miles over the mountains to Bouse, a little town there. Lots of BLM ( Bureau of Land Management) sites along the road that you can just pull of and camp for up to 14 days with no charge. We saw some really interesting locations along there, where you could park under a Saguaro Cactus or by a Palo Verde Tree. Few people to contend with there. Just may go over there for a few more days.
From Bouse went back to Parker and bought some groceries, then back home. Put a nice little roast of beef on the BAR-BE-Q, and had a great supper. OH YES this is Tuesday Night, and this is the night we always go out for dinner. I guess I'll owe you Denice, and I know you won't forget. Just a "Rain Check"
Anyway I was able to update my blog for the last week, to keep you all in the loop.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Well Finally warm weather - We are now in Mesquite Nevada - I think I am now able to leave off the "Long Johns" starting tomorrow!!Away from Draper in good time this AM - about 8:45 I thinkVery little to report for today as it was another good Day - a little smog over the Salt Lake area, but as sson as we were down the valley it cleared off and the sun started to shine.Rolled along smoothly and rrived at Mesquite at 2:30PM. Another early day, but thats OK. I had time to some things that were overdue on ELTORO.I did look into the problem with filling the internal water tank, and found a valve malfunction - must have broken during winter freezing. I was able to fill the tank by a rather unorthadox way by attaching a hose to the overflow pipe and pressuring water in by that route. I will have to find a new valve down the line and figure how to install it. Have a RV Repair shop fix it?? I doubt it - Thats not a mans way, at least not until all other options are ruled out.Anyway tonite we are checked into the RV Park associated with the Oasis Casino here in Mesquite ($21)Went over to the casino, but did no gambling, but did go for supper. We each had a Shrimp Cocktail, and a 10 Oz Prime Rib. Very good for a total of $43. Talked to a security Guard at the casino, and he was indicating that a lot of businesses are slowing or even shutting down from the Poor US economy. He says that Vegas is suffering as well, with same businesses filing for Chapter 11 ( I gather that is "Bankruptcy").After supper came back to ELTORO, then I took the Jeep and found a car wash close by and gave it a good bath. It needed it after dragging it all the way from Canada.
Day 6 - Jan 13
Left Mesquite this AM, but not too early. Did a little backtracking and "Screwing Around" to get into a propane filling station - fairly expensive Gas - about $3.45/Gal, I think. Then needed to fill with Gas at a Chevron station. Don't want to go there again. They always want you to give a 5 digit Zip Code at the pumps, and a Canadian one won't work, so you have to go through the clerk there and have to give a $$$ amount that you need - If you don't need what you anticipate you credit card is credited with what you did not use . I guess not too big a deal, but just aggravating. Any way we were on the road by about 10:00AM, and into Vegas at near noon. As neither of use were interesting in gambling and really just wanted to get to the desert where we could really relax and just sit for a few days, we decided to just roll right through Vegas. Denice snapped a few shots out the window as we passed the major casinos, but we were through in less than an hour, thanks to directions from "Streets & Trips". From there we went down across the Dam, as I wanted to see the progress on the new Bridge. Again unable to stop, until we were up to a view-point on the south side, so will ahve to settle with Denices shots-on-the-move. But I was able to see how the progess s going. They are anticipating on being done by September 2009, but it looks like an awful lot of work to do yet. They are just working on the arch structure yet, and still will need several more months to complete that and then start to build the supprts that will hold the highway running surfaces. After the dam we just continued down Highway 93, to Kingman, then down I-40 for 40 miles, then onto 95 down to Lake Havasu. We went directly to Crazy Horse RV park, that is just across to London Bridge. Checked into a spot rght on the water. We had been there before and enjoyed it, although a little windy today. A little pricey ($40), but ythat was OK. Still enjoyed it. I asked at the gate where I could get a wash job on ELTORO. He told me he would send a crew down to do it for me and let me know when the would be available. They came by at about 5:00PM and said the would be able to fit me in in the morning at 8:00AM. Cost would be $3.00/ft. Thats $105, but I said to go ahead. It needed it.Oh, a little trivia. I have to tell this one on Denice. Once we got settled in we decide we shoulf]d go and get some groceries as we had not bought any since leaving home and were in short supply of many things. So new to Havasu, weren't sure where the groceries stores were. Denice says she say one were we came in to the city. Well that is quite q ways back, but that OK, so we unhook the jeep and drive away back. She says the store is "Lowes" and it is suppoesed to be a good grocery store. We have never been to one, but we will give it a try. On the way out we talked about it and we both thought that Lowes was a Lumber store. Oh well we will give it a try. Well, guess what? It is a hardware store - no groceries, so we had a good laugh at ourselves, and drove back into Havasu until we came to Food City, Bought what we need and went home.
Day 7 - Jan 14
Washing crew arrive promtly at 8:00AM and complete at 9:30AM - do a good job but a little pricey ( $105)After they leave we pack up and get ready for the roadI drive ELTORO up the hill to the park entrance and Denice brings the jeep - First time she has driven it. I dump tanks and then hook up. Complete our check list and away we gofter a couple of blocks and when back on hiway 95 I feel ELTORO pulling to the left. At about that time a passing motorist signals me to pull over - I do at next light and get off highway. Check unit out and find that I pulled the keys out of the jeep and when we made a corner the steering wheel locked with the tires at a slight angle - Good thing it was noticed or new front tires would have been on the list. Arrived in Quartzite at about noon - Had called Tom and he was on the desert at mile 112 turn off. Pulled in there and found him and parked next to him. Good afternoon getting set up and chatty with them.
Day 9 - Jan 16
In Quartzite today - RV area even fuller than yesterday - Looks like an RV Refugee site. Went down shopping at the myriad of flee market sites. We bought a custom designed sign for our house in High River with Double "D Lang" on it and one for the Motorhome with "ELTORO1". Found some more stuff for finishing my bowls like beads and leather thongs. Denice bought a T shirt and other crafty stuff. Couldn't find parking in another area so returned home. Had left over stew for supper then went over to Tom & Lindas for desert that we supplied - Mango's and Cinnamon bread. They had more friends show up Marty & Margo from Warner, and Doug and Germain.
Day 10 - Jan 17
Up fairly early this morning for Breakfast and then off to town to the Flee Market by 9:00AM. Walked and walked and looked at all kinds of stuff - I guess whatever you might want or imagine - it is probably here. Blocks apon blocks of merchants. Rocks, Jewelry, hardware, RV stuff, and on and on. Denice made a few purchases for friends and family - I only bought some rock chips that I may be able to use in my bowl turning endeavors. Also bought a flag pole to raise the Canadian Flag I bought yesterday, over "Little Canada" at the RV parking area we are in. All walked out and shopped out by Noon - Stopped and had a LARGE Cinnamon bun for lunch and then came home. Relaxed all afternoon - we were going to go out for supper but Denice got a little too much sun, that we re not used to, and had a headache all afternoon, so I went and found some "Chesters" chicken for supper at "Love's Truck Stop" It was good - we always enjoy chicken.
Day 11 - Jan 18
First day of the RV show under the Big Tent. Opening at 9:00AM, so we were there by 8:30AM. Once doors opened it was just wall-to-wall people. Everyone looking for a GOOD DEAL!! We walked to entire area and I did see some interesting things, but bought little. Denice a couple of small items. By noon we just wanted to get out of there, so back to ELTORO and relaxed for the afternoon.
Day 12 - Jan 19
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I haven't mentioned it before, but our new TOADTWO (our Jeep) seems to tow very well. We do a detailed mileage check every time we fill with gas, and find that we are getting approx 9 MPG. This is virtually the same as when we pulled the much lighter Suzuki, TOADONE. Another thing of interest with the jeep is that mileage does not register when it is being towed.
So anyway we were able to get right through Salt Lake early in the day and stopped at 2:30 at Mountain Shadows RV Park in Draper ( a small suburb on the south side of Salt Lake).As the day was early and the weather fairly warm decided to de-winterize ELTORO. Everything seemed good except for some reason can't fill the water tank. May be a small ice blockage there, but I think it might be a problem with a solinoid that opens a valve to allow water in. Need to check that out tomorrow!
While Denice was cooking supper, I wandered over to "Campers World" that was only a block or so away. Amazing that there is so much RV Stuff. A guy could spend a fortune there, but where would he put all the suff? Bigger motorhome? I don't think so!
After supper called back to Canada, to Edmonton, to wish our sister-in-law, Enid a very special "Happy Birthday". We won't tell ages here Enid, but hope you have at least a hundred more!!Enid and Larry tell us they are watching our "Blog" daily, and getting quite a kick out of it. Maybe I give too much detail, but I guess it does give me something to do in the evenings, rather than read. For a person that never had time to read over the last 40 years. I have read at least 20 books in the last one year. Got to slow down there and smell the roses!!
Tomorrow night Mesquite ????
Friday, January 9, 2009
Supper was some of Denice's home made chicken soup. Also very good. A few more RV's and Fifth Wheels pulled in to join us. We may have "Convoy" over the Monida in the morning.
When we turned onto Highway #2A, just around the corner from our house, Denice said, "Remember it's only 50kph here! Let the backseat driving commence. The back seat speakers are on".Highway #2 good with a North east tail wind, some drifting snowbut not really a concern to Ft Macleod. Then turned toward Lethbridge where the wind would be hitting us broadside, but still not enough to be of a concern. Then from Lethbridge to the US border, conditions improved even more. Still wind from the north, but clearing skies.Hit the border at 12:50PM. No line up, but there rarely is when entering the US. Coming back to Canada is usually the problem. What does that tell you about Homeland Security?? Who asks more questions -- US or Canada??Coutts to Great falls was a breeze. Winds switched to the west, Temperature rose to about +40F. Filled with Gas at Flying J at Great Falls. Gas was $1.41 US/gal for mid-range gas. only $55 to fill to capacity. Asked about road conditions to Helena. Told OK, but watch wet shaded areas through the canyon. Left immediately and headed west. Fighting fairly strong westerly head winds. Denice is fidgeting, wringing her hands, but very quiet!!! No problems through the Wolf Creek Canyon, or over the Seiben Summit. Arrive at Lincoln Road RV Park at 4:30PM. Pull in and find stall. Office not open but self register - $29.86 US. Do not put out slides or put down stabilizers. Concerned they could freeze down. Wind blowing quite strongly through envening. Should Rock us to sleep.
No photos for today.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Everythings for a GO this morning. Countdown started at about 4:00AM.
100, 99, 98, 97, 96, 95, 94, 93, 92, 91, 90..............
Up at 5:30AM. OH SHIT --- heavy fog outside, can't even see the school a block away.
89, 87, 86, 85, 84, 83, 82, 81, 80, Daylight at 8:00AM - still foggy and light snow. Decision to wait a little longer.
79, 78, 77, 76 ,75, 74, 73, 72, 71, 70--- Watch webcams and forecasts. Fog all the way to the US border. Lets wait until noon.
69, 68, 67, 66, 65, 64, 63, 62, 61, 60, --- Go down town for lunch. NO food in the house.
59, 58, 57, 56, 55, 54, 53, 52, 51, 50, ---- Take the Jeep for a short drive out onto Highway #2 south of High River. Fog, Ice, and Snow. Scrub Launch for another day !!! Damn !!!
Back home and sit and fret about not being able to get away. BUT, better to be home here than in a snow bank somewhere along the highway.
Tonites weather man on TV says that a chinook was to roll in here today, and it did, but at 2000 ft above us. He says tomorrow to be the same. Friday looks better. Now the only issue is that the town of High River has a by-law that a motorhome can only sit in front of your residence for 24 hours while you load. We have already been 48 hours, Maybe in the morning I'll go to the town office, and beg for forgiveness. We could unload all our stuff that would freeze again, but sooner not do that. I have the furnace on in the RV and an electric heater to maintain a 50 degree F temperature. I need to keep the RV plugged into power so really cannot take back to the RV storage. Oh well - just a lot of detail that I am boring you with. Maybe to Lethbridge tomorrow, maybe not. Think positive -- Friday for sure!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
We had lots of "Stuff" to load, planning to be away for 3-4 months. Appears like we shouldn't have to buy groceries for a month - I know thats not right though. First large grocert store across the line we will have to check out the "Deals"'
Oh Yah, we called the "US Homeland Security" yesterday and asked what foodstuffs are not allowed into the USA from Canada at this time. We were told that all that was not allowed was Lamb and Goat (now that's bad because everybody has a deep freeze full of that !!!), citrus fruit, home grown potatoes, and GREEN ONIONS !! Potatoes grown in Canada or the States are OK as long as in the purchasing bag. For anybody that is interested the Border nmber to call is 406-335-9610-ext 5. You actually talk to a REAL person. Try to find that info on their Web Site?
Anyway we did bring ELTORO in this AM ..... Topped him up with Gas .... what a pleasant surprise - 90 litres for $60 ---- $.659/litre !!!! How Long is that going to Last?????
Parked across ours and our neighbors driveway - too much snow to park along the lawn as we normally do, and started loading "Our Stuff". Enough clothes I'm sure that if Denice went on strike and decided that she wasn't going to do any washing that we would still be OK for 3 months ( just kidding!), then food, and more food, and canned goods, and electronic stuff - cables for computers, printers, chargers for telephones, and on and on and on. Oh and I did load some equipment for my hobby as well. I have a small Lathe that will fit into one of the compartments so I loaded that, and all the stuff that goes along with it - Chisels, sandpaper, finishing wax, etc. Hope I find time to use it, and its not just an added burden. Also loaded Denice's Lunar telescope. When parked in the desert away from all city lights, we get some great views of the stars, planets, and moon!
So by about 3:00PM we are all loaded - well still some minor odds and ends -----
Looked at the time, and decided that we were too tired to head out this late in the afternoon, as it will be dark before we get to Lethbridge. Better to make sure all was done here, and leave at first light tomorrow morning. Now there is nothing left in the house for supper, so out to Joey's Only for all you can eat Fish and Chips! Denice elected for Cajun Salmon. Now we are filled and content. Will keep the heat on in ELTORO for the night, have coffee and Toast in the AM and be on the road by 8:00AM
Next installment should be from somewhere in Wyoming (Casper I think), and we will start the real day count from tomorrow. Enough for now ---------------