A BIG HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE DADS OUT THERE!!
Should I go or should I stay? That was the question yesterday morning when I couldn't decide whether to test the windy road or move three reservations around and stay one more day. The little trees in the Sparks Marina RV lot were bent in half around 6:00 am as a storm passed through. I decided to stay. By 7:30 the wind quit. Come on Nancy, be BRAVE!! I decided to go. By 8:00 I was on the road to the big city of Winnemucca!!
Since learning from Jim there was a MODE button for my transmission that I should probably be using, I did a little research on the web. In simplified terms, if you hit the button and keep the little red light on, the engine will stay in the lower RPM range, using less fuel. Less fuel is GOOD!!
If traveling on flat roads, there is basically no difference. If on rolling hills however, lower RPM's will save you fuel, as long as you keep an eye on the temperature and don't let it overheat ... in which case you need to shift down manually.
I tried it ..... it worked!! I got 13.9 mpg on the 2-1/2 hour trip from Sparks. My normal on flat pavement would be 12 if I'm lucky. That's a nice increase ... thank you Jim!!! Guess I'll just stay in the MODE!!
In no time I arrived safely in Winnemucca, in spite of the occasional windy gusts. This is Wingers Casino and restaurant, with an RV park including 120+ spaces located North of town. The laundry, shower and restrooms are immaculate. The pull through sites, $37 a night, are paved, perfectly level and have full hookups. Gambling must be doing well because this is so new you can't even find it with GPS.
Being kind of early, it was a ghost town, but eventually filled up. The winds have continued in the 20 mph range, making it nice and cool. Pretty much I have no intention of coming this way and staying here again, but you never know.
Across from me are back-in spaces on gravel. In the afternoon, I watched a poor guy try to back his fifth wheel into the space you see to the left. He was having a bad day, to say the least. For me, it's AWAYS worth a few extra bucks for a pull through. If you need a park model, there are probably 100 here to choose from, as well as smaller rooms for rent. There's a LOT of money in this establishment!!
I'm leaving early ... according to the weather report, the winds have calmed down. Heading north, I should be in Boise by the afternoon. Look out ex-sister-in-law ... the Kissack Menagerie is headed your way.
Today I qualify for not one, but TWO loans of $28,500 each, and that Fed Ex package I ordered couldn't be delivered without a large deposit, refundable when I sign for the package. I'm not going to worry at all about that HUGE lawsuit IRS just filed on me for non payment of taxes.