Monday, February 16, 2009
From the beginning, after I left Phoenix on Monday as scheduled, and within 3 hours of departure I ran smack into a snow blizzard. In fact the radio stations later said it was the biggest snow storm in Northern Arizona in decades. Just my luck! It was a little hairy driving in the stuff with 15,000 sounds of 5th wheel trailer behind me. The traffic was backed up for miles in Kingman, Arizona. It took me over an hour going bumper to bumper to get past the US95 North exit on I80. That was it for me. I headed due west and stopped for the night at the Spirit Mountain RV Park in Mohave Valley, Arizona. It was a short day but it was all I could handle for that day. The next morning I left and headed North to Pahumph, Nevada. I stayed at the Escapee's (SKP) RV Park. I have been an Escapee for 6 years now and that was only the second time I have ever stayed at an Escapee RV Park.
After leaving Pahrump, Nevada I misjudged the distance and my gas mileage which was not good because of the steep grade most of the way. Needless to say I ran out of gas. I called USAA, my road insurance company, and they said it would be an hour and a half before the road assistance truck would arrive. Well it was over 3 hours! When the guy got there he told me he was dispatched from Bishop, Calif. and I thought that that kind of inefficacy was usually done by government agencies. Well I was wrong USAA Insurance company can be that inefficient too! I have been using USAA for over 30 years and have always been impressed by their service, now with this one exception.
Anyway, I finally got into Tonopah and I had only been 4 miles from town when I ran out of gas. The auto service guy told me that there was an RV Park next to the Casino in town. I decided that I had had enough for one day. So I checked into the Tonopah Casino and RV Park. I started writing this blog in the Casino lounge while I had a few Chevas Regal scotch's. It had been one of those kind of days.
I checked the weather forecast for my route North of here and it looked like a snow storm that may last for a couple of days. But when I got up the next morning there was no new snow so I took off North planning to go as far as I could as long as the weather held. Other than some snow flurries as I passed through Fallon, Nevada I was able to make it all the way to Winnemucca, Nevada where I stayed the night at the Model T Casino and RV Park.
Next morning I had to decide whether to take US95 North to Boise or continue on I80 and switch to I84 West to Boise. the US95 route was about 4 hours and the I80/I84 route was about 6 hours. Now you might think this was a no brain decision but the I95 route is desolate and through some high elevations and at this time of the year prone to a lot of snow.
Well by this time I was ready to just get there so I chose the US95 route. I got lucky! With the exception of about 10 miles of iced over road the trip was uneventful. After 6 days of not so pleasant travel I have finally arrived.
It is now Monday morning and I have already made an appointment tomorrow with my Orthopedic Surgeon. Hopefully, things will start looking up.
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