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Albuquerque, New Mexico – Day 4

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.

I’m still in Albuquerque making preparations to depart the area. For the last few months I’ve been in rather remote northern New Mexico. Albuquerque is the largest city in the state and the only location where certain things are available.

Yesterday morning I departed the Sandia Casino where I had spent the previous night and headed downtown about 10 miles distant, The first stop was to get the RV washed. It had not been washed since January and really needed it. I pulled into the huge truck stop near where two major Interstate Highways (40 and 25) intersect. The facility where they wash the huge 18 wheel tractor trailers made the RV look rather small…

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…

One half-hour and $50 later the RV and Bronco were once again nice and clean. Next was a two-hour, $300 stop at Costco groceries and gas. I paid the lowest price for gas ($3.46.9) than in the last few months.

Then I needed to decide where to spend the night. It’s been a long time since I overnighted at a Wal-Mart, but this one has a really convenient location and a really large parking lot. I got way over in the back adjacent to a side street with little traffic. With a roving Wal Mart security car, I enjoyed a peaceful night’s sleep.

I always like to show a photo out of the dinette widow of the RV wherever I park overnight. This view is of a high school across from a little used side street…

Today it’s finish my grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, then to then local Workhorse Chassis dealer to to have the RV ABS light re-cycled. If I’m finished by 2:00 PM I depart Albuquerque, if not I’ll spend one more night here.

My next planned stop is at Santa Rosa Lake State Park about 100 miles east of Albuquerque. The consensus of opinion seems to be that there is about a six degree difference in temperature for every 1,000 feet of elevation. I need to maintain a degree of awareness about this fact. Here’s why. My last night in Santa Fe at 7,000 feet only four days ago was 29 degrees. Brrr! Albuquerque has an average elevation of 5,200 feet of elevation and it was 76 degrees here yesterday. I spent about three weeks here in Albuquerque last spring and explored it quite thoroughly so I need to move on.

When you head east from Albuquerque you start leaving the Rocky Mountain chain and begin heading for the plains. Go too fast too means excessive elevation drop means hotter temperatures. Santa Rosa Lake elevation is 4,800 feet and the weekend forecast is for the low 80’s…getting kind of warm again! That’s why a traveler needs to pay attention to elevation.

Enjoying the freedom to decide when to get back on the road is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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RVing Theory Of Relativity

In the last two Blog entries I’ve discussed the process associated with finding a good parking place in a new-to-you large city area. Three days ago I arrived in Albuquerque, New Mexico…a large city approaching 900,000 which I’ve not visited before.

Therefore, in a parking place,  I was looking for the following items…all relative to each other…

* a location relatively convenient to the only garage that could work on my ABS which stayed lit,

* a location relatively convenient to the airport where I’ll soon meet Mary,

* a location relatively level,

* a location relatively safe,

* a location relatively quiet,

* a location relatively clean.

With these several factors there’s always some give-and-take relative to each other.

I finally ended up at VFW Post #401 which is located in an industrial business park which has locked security gates from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM. It provides a nice feeling of security in the very large city…

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However in yesterday’s Blog entry I indicated that all was not Ideal…
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Those relatively minor items were cured when I discovered an electrical outlet on the end of the building. I negotiated a fair fee for this electrical connection which cured the following items…

* I now have use of my motorhome air-conditioner to provide relief from the near-record high temperatures currently being experienced here,

* While the air conditioner is running it blocks all exterior city noises.

The noisy “musicians” I complained about did not “practice” last night…maybe the 87 degrees yesterday had some thing to do with that. This next photo is from the dinette window and looks at the storage area where they were practicing…

In this location, I’m only (the way the crow flies…presumably in a straight line)…

* 0.71 miles from the airport terminal,

* 0.57 miles from a laundromat,

* 3.3 miles from an RV dump station,

* 1.8 miles from a Wal-mart Supercenter for grocery shopping,

* 4.9 miles from Costco for more grocery shopping,

* 5.2 miles from the motorhome garage.

* within 10 miles of all major attractions we will want to visit while here

In addition to the locked security gates, the area is very well-lighted at night…

It took a little while, but “relatively” speaking this locations suits our needs very well.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Whaaack!!!

It sounded much like a very loud crack of a bullwhip. It happened a week ago today while I was on my way to Slab City. I purposely took the shortest route…California Highway 115 through the middle of the lettuce fields. Nice long straight paved roads with little to no traffic. When it happen I could see for several miles ahead, there were no other vehicles in sight except for a farm truck passing me headed in the opposite direction. That’s when it happened!

I knew immediately the windshield had taken a hit…but where? I pulled over to the side of the road to look. Glancing around…I finally saw it. On the driver’s side…eye level and about 15 inches to the left of my direct line of sight…

Here’s a little closer view…

And a really closer view…

When I arrived at Slab City I took this photo of the outside of the window…

This really nasty rock chip is about 1.25 inches long. Fortunately our insurance company paid the $65 to have it repaired. Safelite Glass did the repair. They are located in El Centro…about 35 miles south of Slab City. With poor cell phone service at Slab City, I felt it would be difficult at best for the repairman to find me. So, I decided to postpone the repair until I arrived at El Centro yesterday since I had already had plans to come here for a Costco food stop. The next Costco we will come across is more than 300 miles and we will not be there until about two weeks from now.

The glass repairman came yesterday and all appears well once again. He did a good job and the repair is barely visible to the eye. I tried to take a photo of the repair but it refuses to be seen by the camera.

I spent the night in the Moose Lodge #1033 parking lot.

Today I’ll head back towards Yuma, Arizona to meet Mary who will arrive on a flight tomorrow afternoon.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Bakersfield, California

Yesterday I drove the motorhome about 250 miles to Bakersfield, California. After brief stops at Costco for gas and Winco for a few groceries I ended up parking at Moose Lodge #2178 shortly before 4:00 PM.

As you can see the parking lot was almost empty, but by 6:00 PM it was packed. That’s because it was Taco Tuesday where myself and about 200 other people enjoyed large, tasty tacos for $1 each. I had two.

This morning I expect to be on the road by around 8:00 AM. Destination today is Riverside, California about 175 miles distant. As much as I’m already missing Mary’s company…it feels nice to be back on the road once again.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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Unfortunately The Simpson’s Did Not RV For Very Long…

In yesterday’s entry I showed you a video of the Simpson’s buying an RV. It was a short-lived experience. Here’s what happened…

http://www.hulu.com/watch/30920/the-simpsons-getting-back-to-nature

In other news…

Yesterday was a cloudy, cool and rainy kind of day. Spent a couple of hours more working in getting Mary’s printer to work. Once she brings new ink cartridges from Costco…all should be well. Since it was also Veteran’s Day I plunked down on the couch and watched The Longest Day and Tora! Tora! Tora! movies. Both good world War II movies.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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The Flood Zone…

Yesterday I spoke of my reservations at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Manteca, California for April 3-17 being canceled because the San Joaquin River overflowed its banks and flooded the campground.

Today I thought I’d show you a Google Earth view of the flood zone…

The photo is not “real-time”. It says it was taken June 14, 2010, but I think it gives you the big picture of how the campground might be susceptible to flooding after a couple of weeks of heavy rain as experienced by this area recently.  This campground is very popular this time of year because it’s near Interstate Highway 5. It’s a favorite stopping place for RVing Snowbirds and is heavily used during their Spring and Fall migrations.

In other news…

Yesterday I drove all of about 20 miles to get to Manteca, First stop was to gas up at Costco for $169. Then a stop at the Salvation Army and Goodwill to seek used books…no luck. Then to Moose Lodge #1815 where I spent the night in their parking lot. Lots of friendly folks here. Today I’ll continue north for about 50 miles and spend the night somewhere on the Sacramento area.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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