Nov 122015

I was sniveling because it was down in the upper 30s at night on the Central Coast, so I left and went to a place where it was even colder! What’s wrong with this picture?

Yesterday morning we said our farewells to our friends Tom and Barbara Westerfield and pulled out of the Atascadero, California Elks lodge campground at 10:30. We had a lot of fun hanging out with Tom and Barbara and look forward to seeing them again somewhere down the road.

We drove 10 miles north on US Highway 101 back to Paso Robles where we picked up State Route 46 and followed it east 63 miles to Interstate 5.  Along the way we passed an area with a lot of oil or gas wells, I’m not sure which.

Oil wells small

Before getting on the freeway we stopped at a Pilot truck stop and topped off our motorhome’s tank, paying $2.66 a gallon for diesel. I can remember a few years ago when we were paying $4 a gallon, so today’s fuel prices are very much appreciated.

Once we were on the Interstate we took it south through a couple of construction zones with Jersey barriers, and eventually we started the long climb up the Grapevine. This is a well-known grade to truckers and anyone else who travels through central California, and it has a reputation for being a difficult climb. There were a couple of pullouts where overheating vehicles can get water.

Water small

Trucks and vehicles towing trailers are restricted to the right two lanes and we just chugged along, passing slow trucks and staying over when we could so faster vehicles could get around us. Since most of it is four lanes going uphill it wasn’t bad at all, though our speed did drop down to about 35 mph amongst the trucks just before we topped out and started the long downhill run.

Grapevine small

We got off partway down and took State Route 138 east for 36 miles, passing Quail Lake along the way. It was a good two lane road and we made good time. Terry and I reminisced about traveling that same road in our first year as fulltimers and seeing all the poppies in bloom. It was a beautiful sight and one we hope to see again sometime.

Quail Lake small

When we got onto State Route 14 it was only a couple of miles south to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. We had a little over 200 miles behind us for the day, and if we would have pushed hard we probably could have made it to Jojoba Hills, but why? That would have put us down into the Riverside area right around rush hour, and we would’ve arrived at the Escapees park after the office closed and would have had to dry camp anyway. At the fairgrounds we had a pull through full hookup 50 amp site, though I only hooked up the electric since it was supposed to be down to 28° overnight and I did not want to mess with a frozen water hose this morning. Like I asked above, what’s wrong with this picture?

Since we only have about 140 miles to go today, it should be an easy ride. Some wind is predicted, but we’ll just poke along and take it easy. Life is nice in the slow lane.

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Sharon Delarose’s Ancient Aliens and the Age of Giants: Through the Wormhole. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Ancient Aliens

Yesterday we gave away 284 copies of our guide to VFW posts with overnight RV parking for Veterans Day. It’s not much in comparison to what our nation’s veterans have given to all of us, but we wanted to show our appreciation for their service in some way. Welcome home, brothers and sisters.

Thought For The Day – Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

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  2 Responses to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!”

  1. We appreciate the copy of VFW Overnight Parking. And thank you also Nick for your service.

  2. Nick, did you know that in California, New Jersey barriers are called K-rails?

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