The last two days are kind of a blur, yesterday especially. Before I get into that I want to say how glad I am that I paid attention to all of you who travel with iPads which led me to buy one.
A number of miles after Sacramento I realized I’d had it and it was time to stop. I hadn’t seen any signs for RV parks so I didn’t know how far the nearest one was. I was at a rest area and pulled out my iPad and found the nearest RV park and called for their location. Fortunately for me they were just a couple miles away in Patterson. So I stayed at the Kit Fox RV Park. Checking in I got a Good Sam discount. Then the lady checking me in, who was really nice and friendly, asked if I happened to have a Passport America membership. I said that I did, she voided the first charge and I got to stay for 50% off. I liked that.
The park was nice and quiet, well kept and I would probably return. However, I’ve just about had it with California, so I might not need California RV parks in the future. More on that later.
I had plans to go to Indio and visit the people I house sat for and the lady at the RV park gave me directions to get there, avoiding LA. She suggested I go I-5 to Rosedale then get on 58, then 395, then 15 which becomes 215 somewhere, then I-10.
I missed a turn and ended up on 138 at Gorman. Which eventually led me to I-10 and Indio. Which turned out to be a whole lot further away than I realized. I ended up driving 496.2 miles, about 200 more than I care for. But I’m in Indio now and I’ll visit a couple days to recuperate before continuing to Tucson. At least it’s just I-10 most of the way. I turn off before Phoenix and go to Gila Bend then on to Tucson.
California frustrates me. It happened three times where I decided not to stop at a rest area and drive the 90 or so miles to the next one, only to reach the next one and it’s closed. I think the least they could do was put a notice that the next rest area is closed so maybe you’d better stop here. Just a thought.
I’m aware that I really pushed myself to get to Indio, especially yesterday. I’m realizing that’s not what RVing is about, at least for me, so I need to slow down. In all fairness though, I do have to reach Tucson by a certain time to be there when my Volvo arrives so they can deliver it to me.
Now that we’re stopped, I’m having some concerns about my dog. I thought he was doing so well but now I’m not so sure. I think this time in Indio is going to be good for him. I also think I need to find a place in Tucson pretty quickly so I can get him out of Olivia and back on level ground and into a routine again. I think I’m feeling as fractured as he is.
The outdoor thermometer in Olivia reached 102〫yesterday. Apparently, there's a heat wave going on here which comes as a bit of a surprise. I was thinking the hot weather would be finished by now, but not at the moment. Right now I'm sitting outside and loving it. Later today I know I'll be grateful for air conditioning. The positive side to this...I'm not dressed in layers, I'm not cold and the sun is shining!!!
Halfway to somewhere else,