Sunday, December 13, 2020

Heading North, Less Than 1000 mi To Go - West Coast Trip - Dec 13, 202

Sunday is a pretty good day for travel. It's dark and rainy to boot.  So today we'll put some miles behind us. Most likely we'll be boondocking tonight.  On boondocking days we aren't lazy in the morning. The first person who is the most awake will drive the early leg. Some days we leave our spot before it's light out.  That's why we made such good time the first part of the week. 

Roxie has discovered the very best place to travel. I have her bed in the motorhome, and I just tucked it into a basket I had, and viola,  a bed that won't tip over.  I tossed a couple of treats in there, and its a hit.   She's a good traveler. 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

California Dreamin' Tonight - West Coast Trip - Dec 12, 2020

We'll be California dreaming tonight, planning on stopping just east of Barstow. We have stocked up on food, OJ, and ready to stop for the day. Had a pretty lazy day today, it's just past 3pm, and I'm still in my pajamas.  Now, I'm just calling it ready for bed early.

Every mile brings us closer to our littles. We are concentrating on keeping well, resting, eating right. Making sure we keep vigilant with cleaning and washing precautions. I wear a mask even when walking the dog.

We seem to have resolved our leaky tire issue. It turned out to be a faulty valve stem. We will also need to rewire our TPMS monitor. Best Buy had a temporary fix, a mult-adapter. So yesterday and today we've had no issues. Smooth sailing except that we are feeling some pretty heavy head and side winds. It makes us so glad to still be in a class c. The ride is tiring, but we just slow down until we feel safe. I mostly drive 55, and I'm very glad to report that even towing the CRV, I find it easy to drive.  I put my tunes on and just rock on down the road. John woke up one day and said, "what state are we in?"

We've made great time, and likely we are going to take it a little slower, but really I see no reason to delay, if I'm awake and ready to drive then I'd rather just get back on the road. 

Friday, December 11, 2020

I Love My Motorhome - West Coast Trip - Dec 11, 2020

This thing is a monster! I've described it to be like the tardis, because it's bigger on the inside. We are living in this thing very comfortably. 

We are traveling out west, where we will quarantine with the west coast family for some months. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate our good fortune in being able to travel this way. 

We are very deliberate and careful about our fuel stops.  One person does the gas pumping. One person does the shopping. Disinfecting, washing often, limiting interactions. Masking 100% of the time. I know we cannot let our guard down.  We check online reviews of stores -- many are doing senior hours again. There have also been times where we have vetoed a planned stop because it looked too crowded.

Many small RV parks are doing check ins over the phone. Every third night we check into a park to fill and dump tanks. The other nights we are boondocking. You'll see lots of that out west. A motorhome will be pulled off 40 onto  an exit and park for the night.  We have stayed in Cracker Barrel parking lots. We have stayed in Walmart parking lots. We are never alone, last night we were parked next to what looked like the Magical Mystery Van.  He had a little stove going inside it!

We are not eating out, as we have done a lot of in the past. Occasionally we will find a place to get some good take out. I have frozen meals to thaw, which are augmented with trips to a grocery store, when I stock up.

One thing we really miss is the roadside stops. We are driving through New Mexico and now Arizona. Everything is shuttered, likely for the winter, but its still sad that we DO NOT STOP FOR ANYTHING. No moccasins, no cowboy boots, no sterling silver and turquoise.  I feel awful for the little restaurants and attractions. Noone stops for anything but gas and food.

Tomorrow we will cross over into California, and pick up the 5 North.