Sunday, March 2
No more rain! No more dark sky!
The break in the weather tells me it’s time to move!
But where to?
Bill and Ann drive up on their way out to take care of some Kofa volunteer duties. We toss around some ideas where the crew and I can go next. One pressing situation throws a monkey wrench into the search for a new boondock.
I need to dump.
There are some things in this vagabond life that cannot be ignored.
Hmmm . . . Today is Sunday. I could drive up to Quartzsite to dump. Yuck. I am not in the mood to drive thirty miles for another Big Q Experience. Plus we need to restock the Perfect Tow Vehicle’s pantry. The Quartzsite stores aren’t good for stocking up and I don’t like that drive to the Wal-Mart in Parker. That leaves . . .
Breaking camp is quick today. I never unhitched when we moved across Palm Canyon Road.
RVSue Tip of The Day: How to park when you’re too lazy to unhitch . . .
If I don’t plan on unhitching and I can’t find perfectly level ground, I make sure the tongue end is higher than the bumper end. Two reasons why. One, I figure it’s better for the PTV not to be holding the weight of the trailer. No data to back this up. Just seems like a good idea.
Two, my head.
I don’t want to sleep with my head lower than my feet. The head of my bed is toward the tongue end of the BLT. Therefore I want that end higher. Make sense?
Also if you aren’t perfectly level from side to side, at least make sure your bed isn’t tilted to roll you out of bed during the night. I know I sound like the princess and the pea. Trust me. It isn’t restful to spend the night dreaming you’re hanging onto the deck of a listing ship. I’ve tried it.
Okay. So we hit the road.
I stop in front of Anne’s campsite on the way out. I holler a hello and she comes out of her Escape. We talk briefly and wish each other happy and safe travels.
I like the drive between Kofa and Yuma. It’s especially pretty after the recent rain. (Sorry, no photo!) Brittlebushes line the road. Their mounds of bright yellow, interspersed with light-green bursage, give the feeling of a grand promenade as we proceed in a straight line across the flat desert plain with mountains on both sides.
Not long into our drive we go through a short pass.
As we come out the other side, to my surprise a wind gust sways the Best Little Trailer!
Oh, I forgot to put on the anti-sway bar! At the first opportunity, I pull off the road and put it on. I always want the anti-sway bar when towing. It’s the greatest device. It makes the BLT feel like part of the PTV. Don’t tow without one!
I dump the waste tanks and fill the fresh water tank at Love’s Travel Center in Yuma.
It’s $9 for dump and water. I give the girl a twenty and she gives me a receipt wrapped around some bills. I unwrap to find a five and a one. Un-uh.
“Excuse me, miss. You gave me six dollars instead of eleven.”
She doesn’t hesitate, slapping a five out of the register and handing it to me. Hmm . . . Did she intentionally try to short me five dollars?
We zip over one block west to Wal-Mart.
What a zoo!
I mean more than the usual zoo. It’s late Sunday afternoon at the start of the month and the store is packed with shoppers stocking up. By the time I’m out of there, we’re losing daylight. I don’t want to go looking for a boondock. I’m worn out. Bridget and Spike are hungry.
I just want us to go home.
And that’s how we end up returning to Sidewinder Road west of Yuma.
Without even looking for our former site, I’m drawn to it. I let out the crew and they skip around like, “Hey! I remember this place! Cool! We’re back!”
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