Thursday, June 19
“Are you packing up or are you staying another night?”
“Oh, I’m sorry! I lost track of the time. We’re leaving right away!”
After one night at Mountain View RV Park in Wellington, Utah, the crew and I board the Perfect Tow Vehicle and backtrack a few miles to Price.
From Price we turn onto Route 191 northeast to Duchesne.
Gee, the atlas shows it’s less than 60 miles to Duchesne. This will make an easy drive to our next camp!
Oh, how very wrong you are, RVSue!
Immediately the road twists upward.
It continues to twist upward for mile after mile after grueling mile. The PTV chugs steadily along in 2nd gear.
Oh, son of a . . . !! I remember this road! I hated this road when we were on it in 2012! I vowed I’d never drive it again!
As if to help the PTV pull up the long, never-ending grade, I hunch over the steering wheel, squeezing it tightly. We’re in the right lane with flashers on. Big trucks with flashers on PASS us.
“What the HELL am I doing on this damn road!”
Bridget whimpers. (Spike sleeps.) “Oh, honey, I’m not mad at you. I’m hating this road, that’s all. I didn’t think we’d be driving up to the f#&*@%# MOON today.”
The PTV points her nose to the sky.
Good, we’re almost to the top. Up and around a bend we go . . . Oh no, there’s MORE! (At this point we’re only about halfway up the grade.) Cars, trucks, and RVs careen toward us on the downhill side.
I stop at pull-outs to give the engine a rest.
At long last we traverse the Bad Land Cliffs (aptly named!) and the road levels out as we continue through Indian Canyon.
What BLM land I’ve seen is not suitable for boondocking, at least not for us.
We camped here the last time we were in Duchesne. It’s a delight to see the pretty, little park again.
The land next to the park has been smoothed over and topped with pebbles (at right in above photo). About forty RV sites with water/electric/sewer hook-ups have been created. I look for a sign where to pay for a site, but there isn’t any.
Oh well, I’ll do like last time and camp in the parking lot.
I walk over to the other side of the park to take a look at the Strawberry River.
“I need to relax! C’mon, let’s sit in the park for a while.”
Spike lies down in the dappled shade, flips himself over on his back, and squiggles happily. Bridget catches the mood and joins him, her skinny legs kicking toward the sky.
“Well, you two certainly are loving this!” I laugh.
At that moment the in-ground sprinkler system comes on.
An arc of cold water sprays us. “Acckk! RUN!” (The crew hates anything resembling rain.)
While Bridget and Spike wander around (no one is here!), I tidy up the interior of the Best Little Trailer and start supper.
Well, this will make a good camp for tonight. Tomorrow we’ll hit the road again. Boy, am I glad that last stretch of road is behind us!
“To da’ moon, Alice!”
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