We left Las Vegas, Nevada for a full-time adventure in our motorhome in June 2013. That first year we discovered the northwest. 2014 saw us go from Arizona to Key West, Florida. Then up the east coast to Knoxville and back west through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Our 2015 excursion, which started March 16th, will take us up to Washington and across the upper U.S. to the northeast for the fall seasonal change. Follow us!
It is now
Thursday, October 31th and we have a surprise for some and maybe not
a big surprise for others. When we woke up yesterday this was the view out the
front of our coach.
Some of you
will know this view and some of you will not. What we noticed right away was
the blue sky. We haven’t seen a lot of that lately. Oh, and disregard that snow
as that is a little unusual this early in the season, and besides it happened
before our arrival.
posting to this travel blog was made on October 23rd. That was the morning
after we escaped the beautiful but wet shores of the Pacific Ocean in Oregon
for the wet shores of the Pacific Ocean in California. We did have a good time
in Eureka during our short three day stay, but our near term plan said we should
be moving on south from Eureka to Napa, California last Friday the 25th.
vanishing exit from the wet Oregon coast last week we were now somewhat a few
days ahead of any schedule we had made. Actually I’m not sure if we had a
schedule at that point but the one thing I do know is I had ordered some parts
from the Fleetwood Parts Department in Indiana and they had been mailed
(October 22nd) to one of their dealers in Davis, California, a
suburb of Sacramento, and about 40 miles from Napa where we would be staying. I
from Eureka to Napa was a beautiful but long drive of about 240 miles. Again it
took longer than you might think. I know when I think of driving from place to
place I usually figure the miles involved and just divide by 60 MPH to
determine how long it should take to make the drive.On the coast of Washington, Oregon, and
California the equation doesn’t work due to all the small coastal towns and
farming communities where the posted speeds are much lower than 60 MPH. Again
we saw nice sights in the tall redwood trees. We also left Highway 101 at
Geyersville, California and drove the final 50 miles into Napa on California
highway 128. That was exciting seeing the entire Napa valley but VERY slow down
the two lane country highway in miles and miles of vineyards.
We arrived in a very crowded
Napa around 2 P.M. The RV Park in Napa was fantastic as it was small with
plenty of room for about 30 coaches. Close to downtown Napa.
The parts for the coach didn’t
arrive in Davis via UPS on Friday or Saturday but did arrive early this past
Monday. We readied the coach for departure, attached the Jeep, and headed for
Davis to get the parts. Everything was going fine on this sunny Monday morning.
Our next destination was going
to be just south of San Jose in Morgan Hill where I had found a couple RV park
possibilities, but we got there so early we decided to forge on south another
150 miles, or so, to Paso Robles.
We stopped in Gonzales, just
south of Salinas, to gas the coach. It took 85 gallons to fill the 100 gallon
tank. We were now good for about 1,000 miles.
Everyone has a favorite winery.
Ours is J. Lohr Winery in Paso Robles. Well, we got to Paso Robles and the RV
Park we had chosen was too close to the highway for our liking and the weather
had gone goofy as it started to drizzle. What are we . . . . . cursed? Did this
wet weather follow us down the coast?
As we drove on south down
Highway 101 in the Paso Robles area we came across the signs on the highway
that said we were just a couple miles from where we could turn east on
California Highway 46 towards Bakersfield. Janet and I looked at each other and
immediately agreed we should abort further excursion, and go to Vegas. Within
the first couple miles on Highway 46 we changed our minds and decided on
Pahrump, Nevada instead of Vegas. Let’s see. That is 420 miles and it is 6:30
P.M. now. What the hey, let’s go!
On Highway 58 between
Bakersfield and Barstow we spent about 40 miles in another torrential downpour.
Just me and the truckers in all that wet. We are cursed!
It was the 90 mile drive going
north on California Highway 127 out of Baker that really had my attention.
Ninety miles on a 2 lane dark desert road I had never been on before. I had the
bright lights on except for the 5 cars that past me. I wondered if I was going
to be making contact with some animal that wandered onto the highway. Maybe
Bigfoot! I was elated to pull into the parking lot of the Nugget Casino in
Pahrump at 12:30 A.M. Thirteen hours of driving from Napa! We closed off the
windows, turned out the lights, and went to bed. We never left the house!
We checked into the Wine Ridge
RV Resort behind Pahrump Winery and Symphony Restaurant at 10 A.M. Tuesday. Our
plan is to stay here until at least November 18th or maybe longer. This is the best RV Park we have ever stayed in! We are considering a move into Las Vegas
around December 15th and around January 15th the excursion will continue to the west,
south, and east in 2014.
To our friends and family that
got cut off from our visit as our excursion abruptly ended – we hope to see you
over the holidays.
Janet and I have had a wonderful
time the last four months seeing some territory we had never seen and seeing
old friends we don’t see enough. Stay in touch and we hope to see you again
sooner than later.