First stop .... fuel. I love the new station I found across from Pilot Flying J outside of Chowchilla. There is rarely anyone there, and with only four islands, it's a blessing they are empty just for me. With $250 now in Union 76's pocket, I was set for the next two weeks. Fuel - $3.89 a gallon.
Traffic was heavy, but I did my usual thing and stayed in the right lane going 58 mph. Everyone passed me. I made one quit pit stop for the puppies and I'm in like Flynn at my favorite happy place, Orange Grove RV Park outside of that ever lovely smelling Bakersfield California. I can say that because I visited family here for years and smelled the oil from drilling.
You can dry camp anywhere in among the trees at the end of the park, for a few dollars of course, but I don't know what that would be. I choose to park in the OTHER side where 50 amp electricity comes magically up out of the ground. Whoever had the idea to build a park in an orange grove was genius.
Sadly, the oranges are very small this year, unlike in previous years when they were the size of a softball. These are all more baseball sized. As you can see, the trees are LOADED!! You get to pick an entire shopping bag full for free. It makes the $50 nightly fee a little more palatable.
I discovered quite by accident when my awning hook went flying in the air, that you can grab an orange with the hook and pull it right off the tree. I got a load of nice large oranges from the top, all of which will be fed to the RV group.
I cleaned up the water and ice from the bottom of the freezer because the drain tube is apparently plugged, as well as a quart of doggie water I keep on the floor. The plastic container had a hole in it. Otherwise, all went well.
It's been a little difficult for the puppies to get used to the new routine of harnesses and going up and down the steps. Me too for that matter. Let's hope I remember to unhook the power cord.
I'm taking off early and heading to Walmart in Indio. What better place to camp for the night. Let the crazy rat race of a rally begin!!