Roscoe, Texas

November 11, 2012

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 125 miles from Lubbock to Roscoe, Texas. In doing so I dropped from 3,256 to 2,358 feet in elevation and from 229,000 to 1,322 population. I was driving southeast on U.S. Highway 84 and fighting a constant 30+ mile per hour wind hitting the motorhome broadside on the passenger side. It was a very tiring 2.5 hour drive driving directly into the sun once again. When you are in West Texas you are in WIND COUNTRY! I saw hundreds of wind generators along the way.

I’ve got the motorhome hiding behind American Legion Post #217 trying to shelter it from the wind which still manages to come around the side of the building. I’ve done a lot of rocking and rolling since I arrived here just before noon yesterday.

I expect to depart later this morning. Here are some photos…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Driving into the sun once again…

Here I am hiding behind the American Legion Post…

Looking out the motorhome windshield and using the zoom lens overlooking the railroad tracks you can see some wind generators along the highway…

I might as well show you the trains going by. !00+ car trains passed by about every hour. I did not get a great night’s sleep…

And I always like to show the view from the dinette widow…

Finally, sunset over Roscoe, Texas at 6:30 PM…

Dealing with strong and constant winds is not another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Back to the Beginning…

December 1, 2011

Yesterday I drove the motorhome about 175 miles from Bakersfield to Riverside, California. I titled the Blog entry Back To The Beginning because Riverside is where our motorhome was manufactured in February, 2006. So after 36,383 miles the motorhome has revisited the city of its creation,

Riverside is not a normal port of call for me. It’s far too big city, noisy and lots of traffic for me. I’m not here to visit the Fleetwood factory which has since closed from when our motorhome was made. My normal route through this area on the way to Palm Desert is to skirt Riverside to the northeast by about 10 miles. I’m in Riverside because the dinette cushions in our motorhome were also manufactured here at Neff’s Upholstery. I’m scheduled to visit there this morning to get the foam replaced in the cushions on my side of the dinette. Mary says the cushions on her side are fine and do not need to be replaced. RV manufacturers to do use top grade foam and so after almost six years it’s time to replace mine.

The easiest route from Bakersfield to this area is over the Tehachapi Mountains. In the early morning fog I took this somewhat scenic view out of the passenger’s side windshield… (You can click on the photos to see an enlarged view.)

As you approach the summit one can see hundreds of wind generators atop of the ridges…

That’s because this area is famous for some rather substantial winds. Last March 8th Mary and I encountered the strongest winds I have ever encountered in all of my RVing years. Just north of the town of Mojave, within a 1/2 mile distance of each other, we saw three 18-wheelers on their sides! Here’s the link to Mary’s Blog of that event…

http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/dangerous-wind-storm-mojave-to-tehachapi/

Here’s the link to the Blog that I wrote on that day…

http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/a-most-unusual-rving-day/

Yesterday morning shortly after cresting the summit I turned on to California Highway 14 South and immediately felt the steady 30-40 mile an hour broadside winds hitting the passenger side of the motorhome. I hadn’t felt them previously because they were hitting me from behind in the form of tail winds.

Remembering what happened to our awning last time, when I reached Mojave a few miles later, I stopped to tie down my awning struts so that I would not have a repeat experience of March 8th. Here’s a photo of the tie-down that I applied to both awning struts…

Another thing that happens after cresting the summit is you notice an increase in the temperature. It was time to get in to my shorts and tee-shirt again!

Along the way to Riverside I experienced more wind-buffeting…so much so that I had to keep my speeds down to 45 miles per hour. I finally arrived at Riverside about 1:00 PM where I am parked at the Eagles Club #997…

Yesterday’s afternoon temperature was 75 degrees! It’s nice to feel warm again!

Fortunately it’s only about three blocks to Neff’s Upholstery which I’ll go to this morning. Unfortunately, the Eagles Club is located very near Interstate Highway 215 which is very noisy with heavy vehicle traffic. That combined with the wind buffeting during the night made for difficult sleep.

After finishing my business at Neff’s Upholstery I had planned to drive the about 75 miles to Palm Desert and into Thousand Trails. Unfortunately…today’s weather forecast is predicting steady 40-50 mile per hour winds with gusts to 70 and perhaps 80 miles per hour! I’ll just have to monitor the situation before I decide what to do. I may just have to spend another night in Riverside until the winds are predicted to dissipate on Friday. It’s all a part of the great RVing lifestyle!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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WIND FARM PALM SPRINGS

February 26, 2011

 

Marching across the landscape like some strange tree stand windmills by the thousands, or, more technically correct, wind generators by the thousands.

Starkly outlined against the sky and hills, they have a beauty of their own.

The Altamont Pass, in Alameda County, has a similar installation. I believe it was the first such installation in the state. There windmills of many different types grace the steep hillsides of the pass, but you are unable to view them closely.

Here they are quite close to the roads.

This generating plant can supply electricity for the whole Choachella Valley. And, it, too, has mills of at least three varieties. Some have two blades, some have three, and the supporting structure varies.

The wind blows so hard here street crews have a constant job of removing sand that blows onto the roadway. The strength of the wind prevented me from opening the car door a couple of times, but, then I have a bum arm right now. At one point, I got the door open, stepped up onto the floor of the Bronco, the door blew against me and held me upright while I leaned against it to take a photo over the roof of the Bronco. Its easy to see why this wind farm was placed here. Yet, up the road, in the shelter of the San Jacinto’s, the wind dissipates and the sun shines warmly and you know you are in Palm Springs once more.

We didn’t wander too far from the motor home. Jim’s cold is hanging on. He quit our power walk early and slept most of the day. A group of about twelve people walk a 3 mile course together at 8 a.m every day.

Jim says:

Yesterday I took my most-hated drive in the United States…On Interstate Highway 10 in Southern California. Sometimes there are just no other roads available…that was the case yesterday. To get from San Bernardino to Thousand Trails in Palm Desert…I-10 is the only way. To sum it up in one sentence….too many vehicles and too many speeding drivers.

Yesterday I drove about 75 miles on Interstate Highway 10 east-bound. At 8-9 AM the sun is directly in your eyes making it most difficult to see anything! I didn’t try to take photo as it was all I could do to stay in my lane.

Lots of 18 Wheelers…

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As you approach Palm Springs, you get to see a wind generator farm with about 1,000 units…

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Just two days ago 3 people were killed in crashes that blocked this Interstate Highway for 7 hours! Click the below link to read about these tragedies…
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20101202/NEWS01/12020310/Three-fatal-crashes-snarl-local-roadways

I believe over the 15 years I’ve been coming to this area, I’ve seen more vehicle crashes on this local roadway than any other in the United States.

Fortunately I only have to drive this stretch once a year and arrived Thousand Trails RV Resort safely…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Palm Springs Windmills

December 10, 2009

As you approach Palm Springs, CA on Interstate Highway 10 there are more than 4,000 windmill generators to be seen.

Here’s a link and a YouTube video…
http://www.southpoint.com/states/ca/windmills.htm

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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