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Mar 17, 2014 - The end has begun. River Run RV park

With an agreed upon departure time of 8AM we have pointed the Bounder for home. Departure route out of Vegas was relativelyu unpainful as most appeared heading into the city. However once into the Mojave Desert the unpklanned happened. We ran into 40MPH head winds and blowing sand like I have never seen. Wind and sand continued all day long until we were past Edwards aif force base and descended out of the Tecupolah mountains. Then there it was. Grass, trees that weren't palm and moisture in the air. You could just feel it spread thru the...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Bakersfield Days

So we did Bakersfield again today. Spent the morning at Hart Memorial Park as planned, walking along the banks of the Kern River looking for interesting stuff. Met a woman prepping a huge birthday party for her 18 year old son, who said "Why on earth would you spend time in Bakersfield?" and then went on about how beautiful the light is here in the early morning and where we could go for the best views, saw a man and woman costumed as little red riding hood and the woodcutter having a photo shoot in the woods, and came across a man with a...

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Feb 14, 2014 - OMG!! Peacocks!

So we left Borrego yesterday morning. It was a beautiful day, but slightly clouded for us by the fact that our electric stairs wouldn't go in. Then they would, so we left. Then they flew open again as we were driving down the highway. And then back in again. And so it went. A bit disconcerting. Hit a dip in the road, and you could be in big trouble. Luckily we drove very slowly over the dips and the stairs settled down and disaster was averted. However we just drove straight through -- about six hours -- only stopping for gas, and it ended...

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Jan 20, 2014 - Bakersfield, CA

Another beautiful day to travel south on I-5. The roads in spots are getting a lot better, but turning off Hwy 99 onto Hwy 58 not so much. They are working on the roads, but oh so rough and dangerous. I will say that the highway litter that I complained about so much last year is somewhat better, but the highways of the U.S. are appalling, in general, for the litter. No pride in keeping our roadsides clean. Enough of that! We arrived at Orange Grove RV Park and were greeted by our friends Bonnie & Don Fine, from our McKenzie RV Group who...

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Jan 5, 2014 - Traveling to Bakersfield

We are leaving Chowchilla RV site(the lakes Golf and RV) $45 full hook-ups with golf for (2)two. We will have internet at Bakersfield Walmart on Hwy 58/Rosedale. Arrived safely, short drive today which is a nice break, tons of grape vineyards along hwy 99. We are Logged into the Home Depot WiFi. We will then head on down to Hemet, Mountain view RV park.

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Jan 3, 2014 - Home with the new year

As often happens, all did not go as planned. Linda woke up with major digestive problems early morning the day we were to head to Bakersfield so we spent another day in So. Cal.’s 80 degree weather. She felt much better on the 27th, so we headed to Bakersfield, planning to meet the next day with the couple whose wedding I was to do on the 31st. But again, her problems returned, so another delay. Finally on Sunday evening we met with the couple and had a good time getting to know the prospective groom. The rehearsal and wedding proceeded...

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Dec 28, 2013 - River Run Rv Park

Little later start today due to fog but didn't have a lot of miles to do. Made the requisite stop at Wally World to see if any Christmas bargains were left, pickings are slim at best. Found another Pilot station but gas was still 3.43/gal, welcome to California eh. Arizona will put gas back within reach thankfully. Plan is to be in Yuma Monday so will likely casino camp tomorrow around Desert Palms somewhere to split the miles that are left. Thanks for replies to my request folks as I said I messed up the initialization of the blog. Temps...

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Dec 16, 2013 - "Tule" City -- cough, cough!

Hal is in revolt mode. She desperately wanted us to take the 99 south to Bakersfield. We didn't want to go that way. The road is heavily travelled and was in a sad state the last time we travelled it, so we insisted on the I-5. She was overruled and not happy. She does get a certain tone in her voice when she's overruled. Can they program these things to be passive aggressive? Anyway, we took the I-5 against Hal's insisting otherwise. A long, boring route, but better road -- almond groves, orange groves, feed lots, grasslands, power lines,...

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Nov 26, 2013 - Chula Vista, CA to Bakersfield, CA

Chula Vista, CA to Bakersfield, CA 11-26-13 Very pretty sunrise here in KOA Camp Chula Vista. Got the RV ready to roll (carefully checked for my Black Widow in the electric box, he moved on), got breakfast, and got a shower. Today’s juice was “Orange Broccoli” which was very good (really!) We were on the road by 9:30AM and headed north toward Bakersfield. The drive from San Diego to Bakersfield takes you right through the belly of the beast, Los Angles and environs. It’s an exciting drive, particularly if your GPS decides to get slow and...

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Nov 22, 2013 - Day 24 - to Bakersfield, California

We left Sacramento with mostly blue skies, but windy, 13C. Nice change from the damp weather we have had so far. We stopped at a rest stop north of Tulare for lunch, then continued on to Bakersfield. We took a site at the Orange Grove RV Park, aptly named for the orange trees lining the streets. Ripe oranges of various sizes are available for us to pick for free, limited to a grocery bag full. We went into Bakersfield to a mall with an Apple store to get the phone checked out. We had to wait a hour for a technician, so we stopped at the...

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Oct 26, 2013 - Back to the oil patch

Well, 208 miles went by today...some on good pavement and more than we liked of very rough road surface. It seems very odd to me that California is spending billions of dollars for a bullet train to nowhere and ignoring maintenance on I-5, which is the major north south route in the state. Flat terrain and no wind certainly helped out with our fuel mileage. We managed to get 12.6 MPG with the wheeled villa riding behind us today. The bad roadway doesn't appear to have caused any damage to our rolling home, but the shower door seems to be...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Yosemite to Bakersfield, CA

I was so wrong in my statement about going over the mountain again like we did coming in to Groveland on Rt. 120. It was far worse. Not only did we go over the same mountain, but we did probably another 30 miles over the top and down of several mountains of the Sierra Nevada range. I give Bill some real kudos for all the intense driving he did. We figured it was a total of about 50 miles. I didn't think it would ever stop. I was actually getting nauseous. I've never been so happy to get to a flat road. The driving we did from our...

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