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Barstow, CA

On the road again . . .

Barstow_01We’re at Shady Lane RV Camp just outside of Barstow.

It’s just an overnight stop on our way to Bishop, CA.

It was about a 200-mile drive from Crazy Horse Campground in Lake Havasu City, AZ. For many RVers this isn’t much of a drive, but 200-miles is the max Jan & I like to drive in a day.

I guess we’re just wusses as a couple of our Crazy Horse friends drive several hundred miles per day.

Anyway, Shady Lane is a nice stopover. The couple running the place are very gracious.

However, there was a moment of panic when we arrived. Stinky Jeep

It looks like the our Jeep’s heating/ventilation fan burned out and really smelled up the Jeep. It was a nasty electrical smell. (BTW, I’m driving the Jeep while Jan drives the RV which is towing our Honda.)

Great. I could imagine trying to fix this POS.

Don’t get me wrong — I love our ’93 Jeep, but it drives like a tank.

After a drive around Barstow to gas up the Jeep, all appears ok. The Jeep’s HVAC fan no longer works, but the AC operates just fine. And there’s no longer an electrical smell. Tomorrow will tell.

Yikes!Also, when I gassed up the Jeep, I got gas pump sticker shock.

Holy Frack, Batman, things are a bit more pricey on the Left Coast!

BTW, had a interesting drive through Barstow looking for a gas station. Took a wrong turn and did a quick tour of the Railway Museum.

On the other hand, in Barstow we got to change our “local” TV stations from Phoenix to Los Angeles. Bit of a difference — last I checked, Phoenix TV stations were covering an Arizona legislature bill to legalize silencers and sawed-off shotguns. Whereas LA news was covering a transgender protest.

Last year when I told my Texas friend Wally that I was becoming an Arizona resident, he said that even though Texans are nuts, Arizonans are bat-shit crazy. I have to agree.

Here we are at Site 9 in Barstow:

Site 9

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ralph Nelson #

    Kay and I are leaving from Palo Alto to Havasu and thought we might meet you guys there, for the first time. Darn!

    March 21, 2015
  2. #

    Once again, a new adventure. Your RV seems road-worthy but your Jeep is having a few issues. Hope that doesn’t continue. Phew, at least the air conditioning works. But the gas prices!!! $4 plus is incredibly rude. Our prices here are $2 less a gallon. Good idea to make your trip to Bishop CA with a stop along the way. Hope everything goes well to your destination. Kath

    March 21, 2015
  3. Mary Konopka #

    I love reading about your adventures… bummer about the Jeep… holy crap gas prices! That is way too much. I paid $2.19 the other day. Ahhh, but what can you do? It could be worse. I’m excited to see new pictures of your summer home. I don’t watch the news anymore… too depressing… someone shot, someone carjacked, someone missing… what’s the point. I just watch the weather channel.

    March 21, 2015
  4. Kathleen Graff #

    Bad news about the jeep but it is a ’93–suppose problems are to be expected. I think that the brake lines went out in my first car–a ’65 VW (do you remember it?) within the first 6 months I owned it.

    About Arizona politics…at least you don’t have Gov. Scott Walker. Talk about bat-shit crazy…

    Really enjoying your blog. Keep up the good life.

    March 22, 2015

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