Mar 312010

Yesterday I realized that we were having a déjà vu experience, wondering if we would get out of Las Vegas today or not. Exactly five months ago we were in Indiana at Elkhart Campground with Greg and Jan White, watching the weather and wondering if the high winds there would die down so we could hit the road! Now here we are with Greg and Jan in Las Vegas, wondering if the wind will die down so we can hit the road. History does repeat itself! 

Yesterday the wind blew hard all day, and we were glad we were not out on the highway in a high profile vehicle. Today the wind is supposed to be considerably lighter, and if it is, we’ll pull out about mid-morning and head for Kingman, Arizona.

If we take the direct route, over Hoover Dam, it is 106 miles to our destination in Kingman, Arizona.  RVs can cross the dam unless there is a heightened alert status, but traffic can get very congested going down to the dam and back up. The longer route, through Searchlight to Laughlin, Nevada, and then to Kingman, adds an extra 25 miles to the trip, but usually has much less traffic congestion. We’ll probably choose that route.

But again, it all depends on the weather. If the wind is still blowing hard, we’ll just pay the Thousand Trails preserve for an extra day and wait until tomorrow. One of the great things about living in an RV is that you have your house with you, so it doesn’t matter where you are, because you’re at home. So why press our luck driving in hazardous conditions if we don’t have to?

We have had an absolute blast playing tourist here in Las Vegas with Greg and Jan. It has been like going on vacation from our permanent vacation, and all four of us agree that we have seen things and done more than we would have if we had not all been together. But I have to be honest with you, I miss working. I couldn’t do this on a regular basis.

I have been able to get enough information for several stories for the next issue of the Gypsy Journal, but I usually spend several hours a day at my computer researching and writing. We’ve been so busy for the past two weeks that, except for writing my blogs, I haven’t gotten much work done at all. I’m not complaining, it’s been a lot of fun and we have made some incredible memories. I’m just ready to get back to my regular routine.

The last time we were in Kingman, the service on our Verizon air card was terrible, and from what I understand, things have not improved since then. Mohave County, Arizona seems to be stuck in the dark ages of technology, and nobody told the folks in charge that it’s not 1950 anymore. So if the connection is as problematic as it was last year, there may not be as many photos on the blog for the next few days.

Of course, that all depends on if we actually do get out of Las Vegas today.

Thought For The Day – Forgive your enemies…once.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “Will We Or Won’t We?”

  1. Kingman and poor service from Verison is discouraging. From my reading, I was thinking of changing from AT&T. My AT&T air card was only getting 1 bar when I was parked one city block from Disneyland earlier this week. I’m getting better service here in Quartzsite.
    As for travel, watch the winds this afternoon, gust predicted near 50mph.

  2. Our air card works here just fine, we have the problem with phone reception itself. We are here in Hondo and at the park they have one area that is a no go for phones it seems. So to use the phone we have to go outside, and stand by the trash cans to get service. It is really a nuisance when you want to talk to someone. It is fine when the great weather we have been having since we arrived here, but it is really bad when the weather is rainy and cold. Please be safe on your travels to Kingman

  3. If you start out then decide you shouldn’t have, there’s a mobile home park in Searchlight that has an area just for overnight RVers. $20 for full-hookup, pull-through spots on gravel.

  4. Ok Nick, I don’t think it’s the weather here causing the wind. I think it’s all that hot air between the four of you. HAA HAA

  5. Glad you time was so much fun in Vegas… Have a safe trip and remember to still have fun every chance you get!

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