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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Multiple Delays, Glitch, Beautiful Scenery to Lake Havasu and Setting Up Twice.


Our Location today is Lake Havasu, Arizona, U.S.A. 

It felt strange to wake up this morning before 7:00 MST and having warmer temperatures then we had all night. The Arizona sunrise put on it’s usual show making us just want to get out and enjoy the day.  
Kathy and I were talking while waiting for our Hot Water Kettle to boil, when I looked down at the stove top to see what I thought was water. My first thought was that I’d accidentally overfilled the Kettle and it had spilled. As the flame heated the water on the Stove Top to a vapour I watched as more water appeared. Our Kettle was Leaking from the Bottom Seam. We bought this kettle new last year but hadn’t used it until we went “Off the Grid” and it was Leaking. Not Good! 
Once breakfast was over we both concentrated on our usual chores we do when getting ready to travel. It was after 8:00 by the time I got outside to start packing. Outside there was a lot of rearranging to do because of our added hardware we were now traveling with. It took longer then expected with the need to move things until they all fit securely. It was close to 9:30 by the time we were rolling off our site. 
We traveled out the same way we had entered that section of the LTVA so we knew we wouldn’t get hung up in any washes. After traveling slowly for ten minutes we finally arrived at the paved road inside La Posa South before we turned back East. The objective was to join the already long line of RVs waiting to dump their tanks. 
Roadrunner checking out Walmart.
Thirty minutes passed before we got to the Dump-Out and even thought the smell was bothering Kathy she stuck around to see how I did it. I use a Clear Plastic Elbow so I can see what is coming out, and a Twist-On Gate Valve ahead of the Hose. I first dump the Black Tank, but the first thing to go is all liquid leaving a pile in the tank. I them shut the Gate Valve and open one of the Grey Tanks to flood the Black Tank. Once the Tanks are Equalized I close the Grey Tank before opening the Gate Valve. This water is now carrying away Black Tank waste that would otherwise have just built up. The process is repeated until there is no Grey Water to use and each time there is more waste carried away. Since the Grey Water is considered waste it is being used twice and saving Fresh Water for Drinking. 
With that finished we advanced to the area for filling our Fresh Water Tank but it seemed two RVers ahead of us were having a visit. Luckily a Side-by-Side that was hauling with two Fifty Gallon Water Barrels on a trailer was finally finished so we slipped around those RVers and got our water filled before they finished. We were finally driving North on Highway 95 by 11:15. That was much later than I had planned but it wasn’t a long drive. 
It was 12:30 by the time we were parked at the Walmart in Parker and it was a Madhouse with half the parking lot full of RVs. The first thing we needed to do was buy a new Water Kettle and we found a small one in Housewares but the Associate recommended we try Sporting Goods. Sure enough there was a Camping Coffee Percolator that was Taller but would fit our needs.  
We also walked across the street to have lunch at 1:15 at Taco Bell. It was busy but they seemed to be getting everyone through fairly quickly. There was however one Glitch. When they take your order, they ask for a name to go with it, so I said Rick. The problem was there were Five Ricks waiting for their orders at one time. They worked it out. 
It was 2:00 by the time we got back on the road heading towards Lake Havasu. Those that have commented how beautiful the scenery was from Quartzsite to Blythe haven’t seen Beautiful Scenery until they have driven from Parker to Lake Havasu. I had to remind Kathy to take pictures at first because she was just sitting there Mesmerized at what she was seeing. Then I had to tell her to slow down. 
After some tight turns through the city streets of Lake Havasu we finally drove over the London Bridge and made it to our Camp Site for the next five days. We are attending the 2017 Lake Havasu Hot-Air Balloon Festival that is being sponsored by Good Sam. 
In less than two minutes of our arrival we were being guided to our parking spot on an old parking lot where our Guide showed us the lines to our site. To us the White Lines on the pavement were very confusing because there were old White Lines that had been painted on this parking lot that were crossed by a number of other White Lines that had been chalked on. We busied ourselves for the next hour Unhooking, Leveling, Spreading the slides and Closing Down the truck until someone said we were not parked correctly. They explained which White Lines we should have been parked between. We were actually parked on three sites and we had to move. To say I was ready to drive back to Quartzsite would be an understatement. Kathy suggested they use Yellow Chalk for their lines in the future. An hour and a half later we were now properly parked and back to where we were before being told to move. The same Volunteer Guide did the same thing with a number of other RVers. 
Carrot Cake and sandwiches for Supper.
Even though we only drove 83.9 miles today because we had to set up twice we were too tired to go out to eat. Kathy made sandwiches for supper topped with a piece of Carrot Cake for dessert. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
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6 comments:

  1. That was not abad line up for the dump station in Q I have seen them lined up for 3-4 hours during the show. Have fun there .

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  2. Sounds like you just had one of those days. I have an old coffee percolator and just love it.

    Enjoy the 2017 Balloon Festival.

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  3. Sounds like an exciting place to be for a few days!

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  4. You make me wish I was on the road. Well, May isn't too far off. Just hope my back holds up. So glad you and Kathy are enjoying life. You are an inspiration for everyone.

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  5. I wouldn't want to move after getting set up!! Anyway, enjoy the Balloon Festival.

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