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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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Aug 20, 2013 - Bakersfield, CA

Spent the day "chilling out". I put out thermometer outside and it went to the top-120 degrees. It's only 101 now at 6PM. Actually visited a few farmer markets. Found out they grow mostly citrus, onions and potatoes and apples because of the sandy soil in this area. The lady at the stand said most of the tree farms we drove through on I5 were pistachios and almonds. She told us that each area of CA specializes in certain crops depending on the type of soil. Got some good plums, tomatoes, oranges and pistachios. Plan to leave here early in...

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Aug 19, 2013 - Bakersfield, CA

Sat. we went to the Tomato Festival in Fairfield. There must have been 15-20 different kinds of tomatoes to try. Some were really different and very sweet. Then of course there some we didn't care for. Only problem was we couldn't remember which ones we liked best. Should have brought pen and paper. Then there were different olive oils and different kinds of vinegars to taste. There was one market where one could purchase some things and they also gave samples of peaches and plums. We had some plums that were the sweetest and best I've ever...

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Jun 27, 2013 - Day One: Bakersfield: Oh NO!

We didn't hit trouble till we made it all the way to Bakersfield. Three hundred miles of uneventful is a good thing -- not much to write about, but good. Too bad it didn't stay that way. We arrived at Bakersfield RV Resort at 1:30 p.m. It was, of course, hot as heck and Jim 'profusely diaphoretic' as he worked to hook up electric, water and cable connections. He then tapped the switch to lower the levelers and.... Nothing. Tapped again.... Nothing. Hot and bothered, he stepped back to think clearly. Did he miss something? No. It simply...

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Apr 28, 2013 - day 4 bakersfield, CA

day 4 we went bar hoppin' stopped at ethels for a sunday dinner and jam more blues/rock than country but they were good especially the drummer who, of course, looked like a friend we know from the renegade, 'mike" (remona mike) after the jam we drove into one of the largest oil fields in america, so big they named it as a town "oildale, ca.", to top the day off with something sweet, we stopped for ice cream at our favorite dairy, family owned, called "rosemary's" who the we know the older owners - we would be totally lost without of friends...

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our 2013 spring trip

Apr 27, 2013 - day 3 bakersfield CA

day 3 we did a "real" mexican rest in lamont ca., (in this little town you had better be up on your spanish) where prices and food were good, after, we went to an old honky tonk bar where things we a little slow so we went on to another bar for some dancing and joe who likes to do a little "live" karaoke singing... (joe, we call him mr bakersfield, he know every little anything about this town) our day 3 photos and videos (it was very dark and so are the videos and in the dark it doesn't focus well...

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our 2013 spring trip

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