Repairs are ongoing and I should be back on the road next year. We had a wonderful Christmas dinner at Cliff's sister Bonnie's home. Thank you Bonnie for a wonderful time.
This delayed taking the rig up to Paramount RV until today. The initial estimate is two weeks to complete the body work.
Cliff and I are going to LA tomorrow to see my sister and visit with friends. A smart move considering the weather that blew in last night.
The dreaded de-lamination has reared its ugly head. A de-lamination is moving toward a seam and if the seam opens up, water will get in. I decided come up to Carson City, NV where I can stay with my friend Cliff while repairs are being made. Easier to deal with it here and now than latter while traveling east. Hopefully I will rejoin the group before they leave Texas.
We are at Painted Rock Campground in Arizona. (33.02338, -113.05131) The campground is within a mile of the Gila River, a traditional travel route through this area since prehistoric times, 7500 BC. These early inhabitants chipped petroglyphs into the desert varnish on the basalt rock here at the campground. The Spanish followed the Gila River when traveling up from Mexico to the western US. Later, mid 1800s, John Butterfield opened a stage/mail service between Missouri and California, nearly 3,000 miles, that passed through here. There were140 stations along the route and the trip lasted 23 days.
Our intrepid band.
Zig zag line represents a rattle snake
l-r Ellie, Dennis, Gill, Garth, Adelle and Rose
Rose is from Germany. She comes to the US every October and RVs with the WINs until April. Then stores her RV and goes home. In the late 60's, Gill and his wife lived above the Arctic Circle for a year in a 13 by 16 foot cabin they built. They did not take enough food and had a hungry winter until spring when they could leave.
Jim walking me through the install he just finished
Larry programing the monitor.
Not hearing the generator PRICELESS
I love the freedom and flexibility of RVing. It is so easy to change your plans when a great opportunity presents its self. And one has. I am now headed east with a small group of WINs that I met at the Thanksgiving gathering in Borrego Springs, CA. We are going to traverse the southern US, eating all that good Bar-B-Que and gulf coast seafood. February we will be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Then up the East Coat, more seafood, to the Canadian Maritime Provinces by June. Then west across Canada. This will be a great trip with some wonderful people.
Dennis Avery was a self-made man who happened to have been an heir to the Avery Label fortune. He moved to Borrego Springs in 1990 where he raised his family. In 2007 he commissioned artist Ricardo Brecceda to create 131 metal sculptures that are placed around the town. Many of these sculptures are creatures that roamed this valley millions of years ago, some are people of note, and others are imaginary creatures of pure whimsy. (more info)
All sedimentary layers are deposited horizontally. Its a geology thing. Think about what this rock went through to bend all the thin black layers.
Diner for 70 and what a feast it was.
I am thankful for a loving family and good friends.
I had the Thai Chicken, peanut sauce, nut topping, chicken, green onions, bean sprouts, carrots, mozzarella cheese & cilantro. Very good.
Headed down into the desert again.
There are 131 animal scluptures around Borego Springs.
The WIN gathering near Barego Springs. (33.29591, -116.29809)
Nice spot east of Yuma (32.72878, -113.75224)
Breakfast at Goldsboro Bakery in Yuma. (map) I only had the sticky bun and cinnamon roll today. Both very tasty.
Heading up out of the desert
Headed for Thousand Trails Oakzanita Springs Preserve. (32.88642, -116.57425) Dumping the holding tanks and filling the fresh water tank in preparation for boondocking with the WINs.