Camping for convenience on a push northward

Thursday, May 11

Leaving Ward Ovens Historical State Park, Egan Mountains, south of Ely, Nevada

A very short travel day!

The Perfect Tow Vehicle transports Reggie and me seven miles on the dirt road to Route 93. About eighteen more miles north on the highway, we arrive in Ely.

We need groceries so I’ll stop at Ridley’s Market.  Once we’re well stocked with supplies, I’ll park the Best Little Trailer in back of one of these truck stops where internet signal is strong.  That will give me all afternoon to work on the blog, research possible camps further north, and otherwise take it easy before another travel day tomorrow.

At the busy intersection of Route 93 and Route 6, tractor trailer trucks pour out en masse from the Shell Travel Center.  Across the road, a Love’s Travel Center is under cconstruction.  Cars roll in and out of MacDonald’s.

A hub of activity!

Gee, it must be noisy at night.  Trucks coming and going.  Reefers rumbling.  Not good. Hmm . . .  We passed another truck stop on the way into Ely . . . .

Backtracking less than a mile up the road, Route 93 crosses into the Shoshone Reservation.  I pull into the Chevron station.

Big lot in back, only one truck.  This is much better! 

Friday, May 12

After a restful night, Reggie and I get up early on this brisk morning and board the PTV which I’ve pre-warmed for our comfort.  Before leaving the Chevron Station, I grab a cup of coffee at the convenience store, have one of our propane tanks filled, and gas up the PTV.

We’re off! 

About fifty-five miles later we reach Lages Station where there’s a family compound including restaurant.  It appears to be closed.  I take this opportunity to stop and look at my Benchmark atlas.

Peacocks make quite a racket!

By the way . . . What the heck is that thing on the peacock?

At Lages Station Route 93 turns to the northwest and Alternate 93 goes northeast.

We continue on 93 toward Wells, Nevada — about 80 more miles.

Easy, straight-line driving past the tiny settlement of Currie, through Goshute Pass (6,365 ft.) and into Clover Valley, a lovely name for a valley that seems at this point to have more sage brush and juniper than clover.

There are few places to pull off the road.  Eventually we come to what looks like a weather station.

“We’ll stop here, Reg.  I bet you’d like a break.”

In the distance the snow-covered Ruby Mountains float like an apparition.

Reggie and I walk a maze of dirt lanes.  It’s apparent that people have driven around the juniper trees in order to camp.  There’s evidence that someone made a small campfire.

I’d camp here.  I’d snuggle the Best Little Trailer behind a juniper and enjoy the views of mountains on both sides.  Warm breeze coming across the plain.  We’d be far enough from the highway that the occasional truck wouldn’t bother us.

“Okay, Reg.  We’ve dawdled long enough.  Not much further and we’ll be in Wells.”

I don’t know where we will stop for the night.  

For reasons of which I am unaware, I’m compelled to keep going.

In the next post . . . 

The journey continues to a new camp!



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31 Responses to Camping for convenience on a push northward

  1. Sherri D says:

    No way I made it first

    • rvsueandcrew says:


      Blogorinos: Verizon tells me I’m using a lot of data. I’ll probably hit overage charges this cycle. I think it’s because my new laptop, which I like for many reasons including it’s backlit keyboard, has Windows 10 and automatic scans take place, eating up data.


      For this reason I’m going offline and will try to control my addiction to this blog and to the internet in general.

      Carry on without me!

      • Sherri D says:

        Wow, I am amazed! Don’t worry about your hiatus from the blog. We cherish your postings and if they get a bit sporadic then we just cherish them more! 🙂
        Hope you and Reggie enjoy the new locations!

        Oh….and have a good one!


      • Karen in Pacific NW says:

        You can be in control of when the various programs do scans. Go into each of those programs and turn off all of those settings. when you do that you should make a checklist for manually turning on a scan/update for the ones you do consider to be essential but only do them at your convenience. You do need to be aware that some of them will turn back on the auto scanning/updating after an update so that you might have to go back into that software on the settings options and throttle it again. Every new computer setup brings with it a lot of time getting non essential things shut off in the start menu as well as turning off all that auto update mess that will launch itself from the start menus. You might have to go on the internet and do a search with the program names you see in the start menu to help you figure out what is an essential program and what is nothing but a band width hogging, non essential, function to have happen every time you turn on your computer.

  2. Kristi & Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

    Lovely mountains. You’re getting closer to my neck of the woods too, here in Idaho. Don’t worry–I’d never come look for you as I value my privacy as much as you do. Safe travels!

  3. weather says:

    Is that, indeed, a real peacock? I can’t imagine what’s on it, a wooden handle? …compelled to keep going… .How intriguing! You seem always to find out later there’s a good reason that you sensed that type of feeling.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s real. 🙂

      Okay, I’m outta’ here!

      • weather says:

        Have fun away from keyboard 🙂 . I found photos of peacocks showing that color feathers on short wing edges, so guess that’s what we are seeing.

    • weather says:

      What are the odds of camping overnight in a Chevron lot and seeing a peacock about an hour after waking up? You are often the recipient of remarkable gifts, Sue, on a regular basis. This one instance, as so many other times, involving a bird, reminds me of the circumstances with the current especially beautiful header photo.That ironwood tree at Loner’s Acres is where hummingbirds hovered near you…

      We had a powerful and gorgeous storm pass through here Thursday. I’d never seen ping pong ball sized hail bounce through green grass before. It looked like a scene from another world, one a child with a vivid imagination might have painted.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, weather!

        Yes, many gifts come my way. Thank you for sharing one of yours… hail bouncing in green grass. 🙂

        A new post will appear in a few minutes.

  4. Sarvi in OR says:

    I’m still lurking, haven’t posted much lately. I just LOVE reading your stories, and Reggie is absolutely adorable!

  5. Dawn in Asheville says:

    Love the wide open space pic at the top – just over those rockies is my honey in Denver – he had snow yesterday! Crazy – hot as the dickens here in NC. Maybe it’s some sort of electronic tag/gps tracking on the peacock? They usually are left to wander, maybe the owner wants to be able to find? It sure is BIG though.

    No real updates – still chasing leaks (waiting for parts and trying a creative fix for a pinhole leak in the base of the toilet mechanism – cuz that does not look easy to replace), found the water heater isn’t hooked in so I have to create the hookups and bypass plumbing for that. Found some rot in the overhead (darn) so will be chasing that down next. Waiting for my mechanic to get me in – we’re going to replace the carb and see if that fixes the ghost in the machine. If he doesn’t call today I think I’m going to pull out the fridge this weekend!

    Stay warm and safe journeys!

    • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NJ says:

      Hi Dawn,
      I read you are dealing with leaks. I recommend a product called 5200 . It is a marine adhesive that will encapsulate any moisture and seak a hole. It is made by 3M and there is a knock off for about 12$ a tube carried at Home Depot. I have used this for numerous repairs and sealing fasteners on my fiberglass trailer. Since it is a marine product, it seals fiberglass and numerous materials. I believe it also stays flexible when dry. The product cleans up well with alcohol before set. You will need a caulk gun. I hope this helps.

      • Dawn in Asheville says:

        Thank you! It does! Always good to have a product recommended. Yes, I don’t want to replace that mechanism!

  6. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Very interesting peacock…what is that thing…a tag of some sort?????…seems I’ve a search coming this afternoon…Your intuition has always served you well so keep going…we’ll wait for you…Take Care

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  7. Cat Lady on the road in Summerdale, AL says:

    Hi Sue and Reggie.

  8. Toni says:

    I can’t imagine what is on that peacock! I hope one of the blogorinos will know and inform us all….

  9. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Almost got in the top 10 and I read the post. This area, too, looks so quiet & peaceful. Can’t wait to see your new camp. Sorry I haven’t commented lately, but with DH still in rehab, visiting with him everyday, sometimes twice, trying to keep up with housework, my job and Angel, I am just beat most of the time. I do take time to read & relax with your blog everyday. Hopefully, he is coming home next week.

  10. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    Sorry you’re having data overages. I’m not sure what your amount is before you have to pay for “extra” but I ran into an issue on my phone a year or so ago where it was cheaper to move to the next data level and pay it every month than it was to pay the overages I had several times a year when we were traveling. It’s just a numbers game. Enjoy camping and we’ll be here when you get back to the blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I recently moved up to a 10 GB plan and I don’t want to go any higher. A new computer is at fault.

  11. Susan in south central WA says:

    And much as that gold piece on the peacock looks like it is made of plastic, I am occasionally seeing that same what ever it is on some other peacocks when I google for images. So no answer, but it isn’t a one off!!! The juniper road did look inviting.

  12. Karen in Pacific NW says:

    The peacock is wearing a GPS tracking tag that shows its location on a map on software. Those tags are used by organizations such as Fish and Game but they are also used by ranchers. It is not unusual to see that size of tag placed on wild turkeys.

  13. Nora now in Nevada says:

    Hi Sue,
    We’re now in the same state! Don’t worry, I’m not looking for you. In fact I’m on the opposite side of the state at Death Valley. Still headed north and west from here. Hope you found a good place to settle.

  14. Lisa in NC AR says:

    Good evening Sue and Reggie! I hope you two are having a blast. That is a Blue India peacock. The tan color is the wing feathers. We had a Game Farm breeding, raising and selling all kinds of game birds, from different breeds of pheasants, quail, peacocks, chickens and even pigeons. There are many variations of peacocks. This is a male, obviously. Hens do not have the long tails and are not as brightly colored. They make excellent guard animals! Nothing will sneak up on you with a peacock around! We are still on the banks of the river in Northern Arkansas, reading about your newest adventure!

  15. Ed says:


    The ‘thing’ on the peacock is a wing feather that happened to be peeking out,

    You can see the same thing in the photos using this link:

    This picture in particular at that web site:

  16. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Peacocks certainly are noisy. They can sound like a baby screaming. Love the pics. They’re a pretty bird, especially when they go into display mode with their tail feathers up and fanned. That poor bird’s tail feathers look a little ratty from being dragged around in the dirt.

    Hope you found a good camp!

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