It’s a windy day here in the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona.
“C’mon, Spikey! We’re going to town!”
Not the kind of weather to lounge around outside, so the crew and I are off to the laundromat. I’ve accumulated two big laundry baskets full of dirty clothes and quilts. As usual, I use up about ten dollars in quarters.
While waiting for the washers to stop spinning, a guy comes over to me and starts a conversation.
“Oh, that’s for a stabilizer bar. I have a travel trailer and the bar really helps. I forgot to put it on one time. It wasn’t a windy day, but I could still notice the van didn’t handle as well.”
(So you’ll know what I’m talking about, here’s a photo showing the stabilizer bar resting on top of the propane tanks’ cover.)
After a while, I learn his name is Wayne and he’s a full-time vagabond, too.
“That’s my van out there,” Wayne proudly informs me, nodding to a rig parked next to the PTV.
He tells me it’s a Chevy Tiger/Provan GT. It’s well-equipped with similar amenities as in the Best Little Trailer. The top pops up, turning it into the looks of a Class C with a bed over the cab. After getting the okay from Wayne, I take some photos.
To see the latest “Tiger Adventure Vehicles” produced by Provan Industries, West Columbia, South Carolina, click here.
The video shows their new Siberian Tiger model which is promoted as suited for back-roads camping. It’s pretty neat. There are other models available and you can get them with solar panels installed.
The washers stop spinning and I busy myself with loading up dryers.
Before I leave, Wayne invites me to camp at the Ajo Golf Course where there is a restaurant, lounge, and restrooms, in addition to the golf course. “You can dry camp in the parking area, nice and level, paved roads and all. It’s free. Just come in and maybe buy a beer.”
Wayne is camped at the golf course.
He gets full hook-ups because he looks out for the place, like a camp host. I tell him about my blog and wish him safe travels before pulling out.
Once home I look up the Ajo Golf Course online and find a website with a video showing Ajo and its golf course.
This wind is ushering in rain for tonight and tomorrow.
That’s what the forecasters say anyway. They also predict colder weather. I keep switching my clothes from the PTV to the BLT and from the BLT to the PTV to match the weather. A closet-on-wheels is very convenient.
The ocotillo are sprouting leaves. This time last year I photographed several different kinds of flowers. I miss seeing them scattered about, such cheery, little surprises when hiking the desert.
All of a sudden Spike jumps up from his look-out station at our open door.
He takes off, barking his “hey, what are you doing on my property” bark. I get up from writing this blog to see what’s the matter. It’s Miriam whom I met yesterday, walking the road in front of our campsite. She waves.
Lucha, a beautiful, part-shepherd dog, accompanies her.
The crew make Lucha’s acquaintance in typical canine fashion. She’s a bit shy, but who wouldn’t be with Bridget and Spike nosing around like they do!
Miriam leaves tomorrow to return to Boston. I wish her a good trip as I hustle the crew back to the BLT. The wind is cold!
Hmm . . . This is a good night for a soup supper.