Sunday, September 17
Reggie, Roger and I are on the road early this morning. We have a long day of travel ahead. As we turn south onto Route 191 toward Rock Springs, I see a man running across a parking area to my left. He’s waving his arms, trying to grab my attention.
A Rialta Class B RV is parked nearby.
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Yesterday, while walking the crew at our truck pull-out camp described in the previous post, I noticed this rig a short distance south of us in a parking area at the entrance of a road that goes to petroglyphs.
I could see what looked like a few interpretive signs. I chose not to camp there because I figured cars would be driving in and out.
Anyway . . . .
I steer the Perfect Tow Vehicle with Best Little Trailer tagging behind into the parking area. The man rushes up to the passenger side window.
Roger barks in his face.
“Hello!” I greet the man, over Roger’s racket. “Is there something you need?”
“Yes! Could you give us a jump start? My battery is dead.”
“Sure, if you have jumper cables. I don’t have any.”
He tells me he does and trots to the rear of the Rialta. I maneuver the PTV so her starter battery is situated close to the Rialta’s battery.
In a few minutes the man reappears.
He’s has a phone at his ear. His wife is with him.
“I don’t have my cables!” he announces, putting down the phone. “I thought they were in the storage compartment. I must have left them at home.”
“Oh, no! And I don’t have cables.”
“That’s okay. I made a call . . . . ”
We introduce ourselves.
He hands me a card with their names and info on it. I see the phrase “Ambassadors for Christ” after their names. The couple is from Texas and they’re on the way to Yellowstone. The man says they ran the heater last night.
“I think that’s what drained our battery. It’s not supposed to do that when running the heater . . . .”
I hate to leave them stuck like this.
They reassure me they will be okay and urge me to be on my way. Neither of them is the least bit perturbed about their situation, smiling and shaking my hand again as we say goodbyes.
“God bless you for stopping.”
“I’m glad I did,” I respond. “You may be helping me out of a fix in the future because now I’m determined to get myself some jumper cables!”
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We board Interstate 70 at Rock Springs, go west a few miles, and then turn south on Route 191.
I choose to drive on the east side of the gorge because I think it’s an easier drive than the west side.
Remember this camp?
That’s the Antelope Flat boondock (photo above taken in 2014). We don’t camp there this time. It takes some effort to get out there and, if I’m going to do that, I’m going to stay a while.
Another reason I don’t want to camp at Antelope Flat is hunting season for pronghorns is open. I’d rather not witness that.
We keep moving south, trying to get ahead of cold weather.
This photo is the view from Red Canyon Overlook, also taken during our visit to Flaming Gorge in 2014.
We arrive at the Ashley National Forest boondock off Route 191.
Typically the locals have staked out “their” sites by dropping off their rigs which they visit on the weekends.
You may remember this camp is where the bear tried to break into the Best Little Trailer. To read that story see this post of July 14, 2014:
It takes some maneuvering to find where the ground is level enough to camp without unhitching.
The air is cold and it smells like rain.
We do manage to take a walk before burrowing into our home to escape the weather!
We only stay overnight.
The elevation at this camp means more chilly weather, so we get back on the road first thing in the morning. I really don’t like this kind of travel — rushing between overnight camps — but you do what you have to do.
One more long day of driving and we’ll be able to slow down and “smell the roses” again!
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