First off, thank you Bill for the advice. Yes I knew I probably should put the front jacks down. I just didn't really want ONE MORE THING that I had to remember or think about! LOL
We left Quartzsite pretty happy campers since there was no wind and the weather was fabulous. Even so, I kept an eagle eye on my gauges. When I was 16, obviously many MANY moons ago, my dad let me drive the big BUICK to San Francisco. I really didn't pay attention to the gauges until we saw smoke coming from the engine. The water hose broke. I got raked over the coals for that one, so now I'm a "gauger".
On the first leg I got about 10.5 miles per gallon. More than I expected. Not that I needed to fuel up, but when it's there, I partake. Trouble was it took 5 minutes to get $5.00 of fuel since their pumps weren't working.
By the way, diesel was $2.29 when I came though this station in December. It's now $3.95 a gallon in case you were wondering. So WHERE is our fuel oil coming from? Don't tell me it's summer rates because no one travels through Arizona in the summer and I have never seen the rates this high at this station.
It took me 25 miles to decide to bypass Lake Havasu City. I was even in the left lane to go straight ahead when I saw the sign. TRAFFIC DELAYS 1-2 hours. All the trucks were turning right, so that's what I did too.
I think this is before Lake Havasu City. One of these days I'll find my easy-to-use camera. Breakfast was on the road, an entire box of crackers I ate to calm my nerves. Breakfast of Champions!!
The hill out of Havasu was no problem at all. The hill going into Needles was a killer. Surprisingly, we cruised right along at 50 mph without overheating or having any problems. YAHOO!!!
In Needles, the wind was zero. I celebrated a little too soon however. By the time I got to Barstow it was 18 mph as I fueled up again (you know, just in case) and 26 mph by the time I got to Boron. Lucky for me it was a headwind, which kept me in third gear almost the entire way.
By then I was sore and achey with tension, but I just kept driving, hoping by the time I got to Tehachapi it would let up ..... and it DID!! Seven hours later I pulled in to the Orange Grove RV Park.
Somehow this is not how I envisioned the seating arrangements in the rig. I ended up on the floor while the kids got the cushy heated seats.
The oranges are all gone, but in their place are beautiful blossoms and the wonderful sweet smell that brings bees from all over the state.
When I put the slide out this time, I was greeted with this "stick" falling off the top. It's trim molding with a long strip of sticky tape on the back. I've no idea where it goes. Guess I'll just keep it in case I need a little extra.
So far the beautiful blue light under the steps no longer works, nor does the porch light. I'm very happy however that the fridge is working VERY well. Now if I can just remember where I put my Advil and socks ... I can't seem to find any socks!!!
Yes, I put the front jacks down! Thanks Bill .. I need all the help I can get.
Your little companions look to be very comfortable in their new home. See no stress in them 🙂🙂 That was a long day and I'm happy you pulled that long hill with no problems and now for the last leg. Have a safe journey.ReplyDelete
I think they are a little TOO comfortable in MY chair!! Can you tell they are spoiled??Delete
Those fuel prices are ridiculous!ReplyDelete
I guess we are doing it right ... travel in the winter, stay home in the summer. Diesel is even higher where I am now in California.Delete
You got the stamina to do this trip with no problems and I think you are handling it already like a pro. Of course your dogs would take possession of the recliners, what did you think? I bet they were waiting for their snacks to go with the new accommodationReplyDelete
Dinner ... they were waiting for their beef and eggs! LOLDelete
I'm SO much more comfortable now that I know my truck will do such a great job.
You never did say how much you paid in Barstow for fuel...was it under $5?ReplyDelete
Dave ....Barstow flying J is 3.72 todayDelete
Barstow was $3.96 at Flying J. It might have been $3.88 but the machine would not read my card.Delete
So the gas station in Q was over charging, using California prices, hich include huge tax but Q is in Az and does not have that tax...price gouging four sure.Delete
Marlene's comment about the dogs made me giggle. Yup....that's what dogs do. Sorry about the wind. Thankfully it wasn't windy for the entire trip.ReplyDelete
That's my kids ... I did have a hard time getting them to settle in. Jessie just walked around in circles trying to find the door. Luckily the wind finally let up.Delete
In answer to your fuel question is here https://www.yahoo.com/now/why-gasoline-prices-rising-highReplyDelete
Now when your consumer prices start to rise Blame it on.. ⛴ ever given⚓️ blocking the Suez Canal for six days
And the 365 ships that are backed up because of her
think of something... can you imagine what wold happened if a terrorist got in there and blocked it for a month
All I know is it's AWFULLY expensive!!!!Delete
The dogs are adorable and your new 'home' seems to suit everyone very well. Maybe when it is Cooper's turn to drive, you'll get the cushy seat first. :)ReplyDelete
Truly, that's the truth!! It took them all of ten minutes to take over the chairs. The only way I could get them to settle in was to sit on the floor. Spoiled I tell you!!Delete