Quartzsite Pt 2

Went in to town looking for tilt supports for the solar panels but didn’t like the price/quality of what I saw.  Stopped at the hardware store and bought a piece of 1×2 and some bolts.  They cut the wood into four pieces and I drilled the holes back at the trailer. Total $3.75 and the panels are tilted and charging about 5x the rate when flat. I’ll make proper ones in the summer. 

Data feed from the solar controller displayed on my  custom touch screen I built. Temperature value isn’t correct as there is no probe.  Controller is Renogy 4210.

Quartzsite

Back at Plomosa Rd BLM area where we were in March. So far it seems the solar panels can recharge the batteries during the day from the usage the night before.  I designed the mounts to tilt but didn’t get around to making support rods. 

Moon is a bit bright for good star pictures but I tried some anyway. 

Spending a week or so out here just chillin’,  hiking around and reading.

Kingman, AZ pt 2

Toured the historic section of Kingman, visited the Route 66 museum and the Bonelli House. The history of the route is quite interesting and the creation of the Interstate certainly devastated a number of towns. With faster vehicles and longer drives between stops there was less need for the many hotels/motels/restaurants and gas stations. Some have survived as tourist destinations but as we drove out here you could see many abandoned buildings that had been bypassed by I40.

The museum had an old Studebaker on display. There was also an electric car section for defunct products.

Classic car dealer had some nice vehicles in the showroom.

Spotted some nice project trucks sitting in a lot at the side of Hwy 68 too. No flatbed with me so I can’t bring any home. ūüôā

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Heading Home

We left Winslow on Sunday March 20th to start our trip home.  Taking Interstate 40 which parallels with historic Route 66 for part of our trip.  It was interesting seeing some of the old and abandoned buildings that I am sure were booming when Route 66 was the primary route.  After many hours of driving we stopped east of Amarillo, Texas at a Flying J for the night.  Our trip through New Mexico was beautiful!!!  The beautiful landscape was breathtaking through most of the state.  Our next stop was in Sullivan, Missouri just west of St. Louis for the night at another Flying J.  We were up by 6 oclock the next morning to start the trip home.  Our only hickup was a few miles from the border in Detroit, Michigan when we encountered an accident on Interstate 75 which put us back by half an hour.  We had no problems crossing the border into Canada, took less than 10 minutes.  The weather forecast for southern Ontario was rain and close to freezing temperatures closer to the GTA.  We were able to make it home by midnight on Tuesday with a light drizzle and fog patches, one day ahead of a winter and freezing rain storm that was to hit southern Ontario late Wednesday evening.

 

I can’t say enough about this trip, it was amazing!! ¬†I am sure we will be talking about it for a long time!! ¬†Saw so much beauty and met the most amazing people and met some new friends!!! ¬†I am excited to plan our trip for¬†next year. ¬†Thank you Steve for your amazing driving, setting up and parking of the trailer and the suggestions for our beautiful locations!! ¬†I could never have done it without you!!

Winslow Arizona

We left Quartzsite heading to Winslow, Arizona on March 19th stopping at Monolovi Ruins State Park for the night. ¬†We took Hwy. 60 and travelled through a lovely town called Wickenburg which in future trips we would like to explore. ¬†We then headed north on 17 to I40, the elevation is quite high heading this way and the temperature dropped about 20 degrees. ¬†After checking in at the State Park we went into Winslow and stood on the street corner made famous by the Eagles song “Take It Easy”. ¬†It was fairly busy with lots of people doing the same thing we were. ¬†Route 66 is the main street in Winslow but the town itself didn’t have much. ¬†Lots of abandoned building, a bit of a deserted town. ¬†There was a lovely memorial at the street corner in honour of Glen Frey from the Eagles who passed away this year.

Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see. ¬†There’s a girl my Lord, in a flat bed Ford slowing down to take a look at Steve!!!! LOL

 

Quartzsite, AZ

Sunday, the day before leaving Sam’s Family Spa RV Resort we did the 4.5 mile round trip hike up Two Flag’s mountain with Doug and Joanne, a couple we met from Calgary Alberta. ¬† I found it easier this time, maybe it was the company or maybe because I had done it before I knew what to expect. ¬†It was beautiful!!!!

At Quartzsite we stayed in a different BLM land then our last trip.  This one is within view of the Plomosa Mountains off Plomosa Road.  It is beautiful and peaceful.

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We took a trip to Lake Havasu City for the day.  The flowing waters of the Colorado River and the surrounding mountain side were amazing!!  It took just over an hour from our campsite winding through the mountainous train following the river.

Buckskin Mountain State Park is beautiful and right on the river just off Hwy. 95 before Lake Havasu City, I would like to check out for next year.  There was also a Resort called Havasu Springs offering $10.00 RV full hookups which looked pretty good. Any feedback on either would be appreciated.

While in Lake Havasu City we had a burger at Barley Brother’s Brewery and had a couple of in-house craft beers. ¬†The food was great, all homemade and reasonably priced. ¬†We parked at Rotary park which was free and toured the beach side crossing over the London Bridge. ¬†This is definitely a tourist area with lots of boats, music, beaches and action for both young and older.

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London Bridge in Lake Havasu City!!