|Fri, 25 Jan: Farewell to Quartzsite. After two plus weeks of boondocking in this very special place it is finally time to move on. With reluctance we bade goodbye to Carmen and Domingo and hit the road. It was a great couple of weeks and we'll miss the freedom and wide open spaces of the desert.
We rolled wheels a bit after nine and proceeded east on I 10 to AZ 85. Then south to I 8 and east to Casa Grande and RoVers Roost. We stopped for diesel in Gila Bend and lunch at a picnic area along I 8. We pulled into "the Roost" a bit before two and got assigned a very nice site not too far from the clubhouse. This was good as we have bags full of laundry so we'll be making many trips to the laundry room over the next few days.
It was very gratifying how warmly we were received. We are truly feeling as though we're a part of this community. The people are, and have been, the friendliest we've known and they really go out of their way to make us feel at home.
We did three loads of laundry and got ourselves settled in. Dinner was left overs, which are always welcome. After dinner we updated the maps in Boopsie, our Garmin GPS, as our Verizon data plan rolls over this weekend and we had sufficient bandwidth left to accommodate the huge Garmin map files. Now to find some spare bandwidth to update our other GPS (Flatsie).
Today's drive was uneventful with mostly light traffic. We added 188 miles to Carpe's odometer (and to Dinkunm's rolling equipment).
Sat, 26 Jan: The predicted rains arrived late evening. They were sporadic until early this morning when they became a steady downpour. It was the perfect morning to stay in bed, which is exactly what we did. We didn't draw the drapes to admit the outside world until well after eight. We found ourselves in a sea of puddle as our lot isn't well drained (but then again, neither is the road in front of the site).
We headed to the laundry room and found all washers available. We darted back to the coach and grabbed another three bags of laundry, which are now neatly folded and back in their appointed places. We will need to do one more load before we leave next week, but the lion's share is behind us. Ohhhh, that feels soooo good.
We're getting into cruise preparation mode. Bob has resurrected his infamous check lists and Sandi is busy thinking of things that need to be done. We'll put Carpe in storage Thursday and drive Dinkum to San Diego. The next day, Friday, we'll board the ms Statendam for our South Pacific cruise. Getting excited...