SUNRISE AT OUR HOUSE THIS MORNING
SUNRISE THROUGH A WINDOW FROM OUR KITCHEN TABLE
Checking today’s weather we noticed Congress’s cold below average temperatures are finally on the rise & expected to be in the low 70’s by Tuesday. A predicted sixty two degrees today was good enough for us so we made the decision early this morning to pull up stakes & head ourselves back to Congress. We have company coming in a couple weeks & Kelly wanted enough time to relax & prepare for that.
WE SAID GOODBYE TO OGILBY ROAD THIS MORNING
SAID GOODBYE TO SKIP & JEAN TOO AS WELL AS THIS OLD RETIRED BUS JUST EAST OF US
Jean & Skip were camped just a few hundred yards from us so we stopped to say good-bye. Didn’t get over to see our new TDHOMESTEAD friends while here on Ogilbe road but I’m sure we’ll meet these good people again somewhere. Rather than roll through Yuma we just hung a right on Ogilbe Road & headed ourselves north on an old familiar route. Could have slipped south & picked up I-8 through Yuma then north on 95 to Quartzsite but it was a nice quiet sunny Sunday morning & I just preferred a slower paced relaxing drive through the desert taking in all the picturesque mountain scenery along the way. Lots of curves & gullies on this road so it’s more funner to drive:))
Found us a great spot in Blyth to dump our tanks. Nice clean facility all paved & cemented with 3 dumping bays. No potable water here for filling tanks though & there is an honor box asking for $7 a dump. It’s the Blyth Transfer Station at 4000 South Broadway on the west side. If nobody’s there it can be a little hard to see but it’s close to the road. Open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. Kelly found this location by using the site SANIDUMPS.
NICE CLEAN & LEVEL DUMP FACILITY HERE AT THE BLYTH TRANSFER STATION
Just a short hop, skip, & jump to Quartzsite. A little surprised there were not more RV’s around the Dome Rock area. Off I-10 & headed for McDonald’s & yes, a big difference in Quartzsite traffic from just a couple weeks ago. It’s revving up with more traffic & people wandering about willy-nilly everywhere. We were lucky to find a parking spot between McDonald’s & the Pilot gas station. Gas line-ups were so long we had to cut around behind the gas station through the diesel pumps when we left. But it was while at McDonalds I noticed something missing on the rig:((
IN ANOTHER COUPLE WEEKS TRAFFIC WILL BE BUMPER TO BUMPER HERE WITH SKADS OF PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
While Kelly’s inside getting us some Yummy wraps & coffee I always take Pheebs for a walk around behind McDonalds. Heading back to the rig I noticed our water heater door panel was totally missing. Gone, vamoosed!! We have no idea how, why, or where it flew off. Somewhere between our boondocking spot on Ogilbe Road & McDonald’s in Quartzsite I guess. Of course I assumed the worse & figured we’d have a real deuce of time ever finding the right door panel to fit a 2003 Triple E Commander. However Kelly was on the phone right away to Quartzsite’s RV Lifestyles Sales & Service. Lady on the other end of the phone just needed our water heaters name & size. With that info she checked & sure enough they had a door panel to fit. Well fancy that I thought to myself but then figured most RV water heater panels would probably be a standard size anyway. We were only a few blocks from the RV place & minutes later we were in their parking lot & minutes after that we had a brand spanking new water heater panel on our coach. We were told it’s not uncommon for people to lose these things. It’s white of course & doesn’t match our coaches color or a brown detail stripe running through there but that’s Okay for now, at least it fits & covers up our water heater. But what a stroke of luck to notice the panel missing in the first place & then having an RV facility only a few blocks away with one in stock. Some days ya just can’t lose for winning. A classic bad news/good news story.
While at RV Lifestyles we did have us a wee look around at a few things comparing prices. For example a 50 amp step down to 30 amp plug device was $15 cheaper at RV Lifestyles than it was at Yuma’s Arizona Market Place & we noticed a same-same shower head was also cheaper by $4. Pays to shop around for sure.
MISSING PANEL & IT’S REPLACEMENT
INSIDE RV LIFESTYLES SALES & SERVICE
Line ups at all the gas stations but we managed to slip into the newer Chevron station just off I-10 at Quartzsite’s east end. Like this place. Neat & clean with an attendant walking around with a broom & scoop picking up litter. This station is also a Food Mart although we’ve never been inside.
LINE UP AT ALL THE GAS STATIONS WE SAW TODAY & THIS IS WHERE WE LIKE TO GAS UP NOW IN QUARTZSITE
Back on I-10 heading east & 15 minutes later we are already exiting the Interstate onto our quiet desert highway heading for Congress. Just a nice easy relaxing drive all the way back just enjoying the never ending & never tiring scenery all the way.
BYE BYE I-10 SEE YA NEXT TIME
It was just a few minutes after 2 Arizona time when we pulled into our front yard through our south gate. Everything looked just as we had left it & I was relieved to see no waterline breaks with our 2 outside taps after the areas chilling cold temperatures a few days ago. Everything was A-OK in the house as well except the place felt like an ice box. Always nice to reach one’s destination each day & when it’s coming home from one of our southwestern trips it’s always extra special nice. I was impressed with how neat our yard looked now that I’ve been able to cut in some nice flowerbeds. Just makes the place look so much neater:))
Although we were both tired we just got right to work emptying the rig & getting things organized. Satellite dish set up back in place, bird feeders up in the trees, hitch off the Jeep, all food into the house, etc. etc. It was about 3 hours before I finally got into my long endless hot water supply shower. When showering in the rig while boondocking with a limited tank of water one has get the job done very fast to conserve that water. Ya have to kinda get yourself really speeded up like a Charlie Chaplin movie.
Looking back on our nearly 2 weeks away we have to put the stamp of success on the trip. No problems with the rig other than loosing a panel today. Weather could have been warmer but it was what it was & we did Okay. Happy with the places we went & the things we saw. And I feel a little better inside for having made the conscious effort to get out & meet a few folks for a change. Not our normal way of doing things anymore but we did enjoy our time with the folks we did meet. Didn’t quite get around to see all the people I had hoped but the winter isn’t over yet:))
KELLY OPENS THE GATE & IT’S NICE TO BE BACK AT OUR ARIZONA HOME BASE AGAIN
GROANER’S CORNER:(( In my day, we couldn't afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In the winter we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction.
I think I have found the secret to inner peace.
I read an article that said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish things I had started. Today I finished two bags of potato chips, a chocolate pie, a bottle of wine and a small box of candy. I feel better already.