And escape from Q I did the very next day !!
Now don’t get me wrong – I like Quartzsite. Actually I like it a lot !! And I love boondocking there. I like to spend several weeks there at a time – then mosey to the Yuma area for a couple of weeks and then back to Q etc. etc.
BUT OVER SIX CONSECUTIVE WEEKS THERE – Well that was a bit much for me at one time.
You sure can’t beat those amazing sunsets though….
While waiting for the paperwork to come through, I did a little ‘personalizing’ to Ms. Daisy….
I ‘specks there might be more of that in her future.
Definitely not used to this hooking up stuff yet and had a hell of a time with it. It’s not the actually ‘hooking up’ part – I’ve pretty much got that down already.
I’m having two main problems. First one is getting the tow bar arms to lock. You’re supposed to back up the car and they lock. BUT if you’re not almost perfectly centre with the rig they won’t lock.
So I had to undo everything I did several times, tried lining up the car several times before they finally locked. Thankfully Pat T. was there to help me. Thanks Pat !!
The other problem I’m having is getting the 4WD into Neutral. It’s quite the struggle and I’m thinking maybe it’s just stiff from non use ? I dunno, but I sure work up a sweat getting it done !!
But finally it all gets done and Pat follows me out of the BLM area to make sure everything is working ok.
I think that’s a TIRED look on my face !!
And on the road I am heading to Yuma. WHAT’S THAT IN MY BACK-UP CAMERA !!??? LOL
I have to say it does give me a start every time I glance at it – and right now that’s every few seconds !!
Hit some torrential downpours along the 95 and at one point glanced in my side mirror and saw the most gorgeous rainbow. As always, the picture just didn’t capture it.
I only had a few days to get everything done as I had commitments ( HUH ! What’s that !!??) for the days ahead further down the road.
One of the things I wanted to do was drive by The Pond. This place is by far my absolute favourite place to boondock in the Yuma area. Unfortunately though, it’s 3 miles in on a VERY bad dirt road to get there. Making it hell getting in there with the rig – and even worse getting in and out on the bike.
I see they put boulders up this year to keep folks away from the pond’s edge.
But the roads are no problem for Ms. Daisy !! As soon as I entered the area I get a sense of peace. People are sitting outside their rigs chatting and a lot of people come there to fish.
Because of the difficulty getting in and out I didn’t boondock there at all this year or last year. Maybe next year I will.
And they even have hook-ups !!
NOT !! LOL I was parked in front of this rig a few years ago (I’m assuming it’s the same people) and he would put out this fake post – sure got people’s attention.
I had a busy few days in Yuma dealing with a number of things. Priority # 1 though was getting the 90 Day Non Resident Permit for Ms. Daisy so I could take Paul’s license plate off and be completely legal to drive it.
WELL that was a nightmare as I walked into the Arizona MVD with about 200 PEOPLE in the waiting room !! TWO HOURS later I walked out with my Permit.
Next priority was getting the tires checked, rotated, balanced etc. They came back with ‘almost’ a clean bill of health. Verified there was still lots of tread on them and no cracking on the sides – given that they are 11 years old they are in excellent condition.
They did tell me that all four tires had ‘flat spots’ on them. Actually, They gave it a technical term that I cannot remember right now. Guess that accounts for the kinda rough ride feel the Tracker has. I asked if sitting for long periods of time would cause this and they said yes. I know the car sat in Arizona (covered) for six months each year.
Then my little boy had to get cleaned up. He was one very dirty desert dog. Now he’s all clean again – for awhile anyways.
BEFORE AND AFTER….
I got myself groomed also and got about 10 pounds of hair taken off my head !! LOL
There was other running around but I’ve forgotten about it.
I did have time to meet up with George & Suzie for dinner the night before I left Yuma. They were at the Pilot Knob RV Park and I was just behind them at the Pilot Knob LTVA.
We went to Lin’s Chinese Food Buffet – I had been there once earlier this year – and damn the food is amazing there.
George and Suzie waiting to get called to our table. Just a few minutes wait despite the fact it was very busy there.
The three amigos in the waiting room – this pic was taken on George’s camera and I TOTALLY STOLE it from his Blog.
George’s first (of many) plates of food.
Suzie’s first (of many) plates of food.
My first (of many) plates of food.
Go check out GEORGE & SUZIE'S BLOG for more great pics of our evening.
I ‘specks this is the last Arizona sunset I’m gonna see for awhile. Not even out of the State yet and already I can’t wait to come back.
So this morning I got back on the road to start my very long drive back East. YUCK !!