As we started to get ready to leave Kingman, the city decided to start oiling the street that starts right across from the house. I guess we won't go that way. Sandy packed the RV while I disconnected the water and power and stowed the leveling blocks and camp chairs. I pulled out through the gate and we hooked the trailer up. Then the bike was loaded and tied down. We were on the road by 7:40.
We headed west on I-40 to Exit 9 where we fueled at a Love's truck stop for $3.49 pergallon. We picked up breakfast to go at the Carl's Jr there where I am certain the girl behind the counter was under the influence of some illicit substance due to her spaced out smile and slow movements. But she was in a good mood and we finally got our food.
We crossed the Colorado River into Califormia and found that gas in Needles was $4.59 per gallon. That is a pretty steep hike for traveling 10 miles. The drive across I-40 was uneventful (read boring) with one stop in the flyspeck of Ludlow for a bathroom break. It had to be over 100 degrees and the RV tires were hotter than usual to touch. Then it was on to Barstow where I-40 ended and we took I-15 South. Near Barstow, the duns and greys of the Mojave gave way to green bushes.
In Victorville, we turned west on California 18, a roller coaster of a road, and then on to California 138. This stretch was marked by dust devils and innumerable Joshua trees. When we reached California 14, a very rough freeway, we drove southwest towards Santa Clarita with one more comfort stop. The last exit took us to Camping World, where we would be allowed to spend the night. After buying a few necessities, we decided the lot was too full of RV's for sale and moved on to a WalMart in Santa Clarita, within sight of the Six Flags/Magic Mountain location.
It was smoking hot so we went into air conditioned Wally World for water and then came back to the RV where I started the generator and roof A/C unit. Once I realized the air deflectors in the A/C unti were facing the wrong way and corrected the situation, things improved. Later, we went inside for supper at the Blimpie's counter and then came back out to enjoy the evening as soon as the sun went behind the mountain.
Sherm called Solvang and we will be able to check in tomorrow, one day early.
We talked today about how this trip has sucked as far as WiFi is concerned. None at the Gold Country Inn in Deadwood. None at the house in Kingman. One DSL line in Vegas. We have our suspicions about the motel in Solvang. On the other hand, it was a good trip to pioneer the air card on. It will be expensive, but worth it.
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