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Jul 27, 2014 - Cambria to Barstow, California

We drove inland about 300 miles east today, crossing off the first 1,000 miles of our trip. Julie is still married to me, despite me searching for a shuttle bus as we passed Edwards Airforce Base in the desert. A useless piece of information from Julie – when we left Cambria the temperature was 62°f, arriving in Barstow it was 104°f!!!!! Before we crossed the desert, we drove through miles of California wine country and then very rugged ranch high plains. We're staying overnight in Barstow before setting off for Las Vegas in the morning...

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Jun 5, 2014 - Barstow CA.

A little challenge at the gas station in William's this morning. The slide which was suppose to be fixed was still not locking. When Larry went to fill up with gas, the nozzle wouldn't fit into the tank because of the slide. We had to level the Motorhome, and pull-out and back-in the slide a few times before we made it work. NO FUN! Later we stopped and called the dealer that did the repair. It took just a few minutes over the phone and we learned how to reset the slides. They could have explained that when we picked it up. Hopefully that's...

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Jun 3, 2014 - Not such a glorius beginning!

Well we didn't have that great of a start to our trip. Actually the start was pretty good but the first day was not. The photo shows our first food stop at Lost Hills, CA where CA-46 (the road we were driving) crosses Interstate-5. I hope to keep posting photos of gas prices as we travel across the country so you can get a feel for how varied they are. I am pretty sure that from the states we plan to travel through that CA will have the highest prices. Maybe the only place to compare in the continental US would be New York....but not sure...

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Apr 29, 2014 - On to Pahrump, NV

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Our drive from Barstow followed Interstate 15 until we got to Baker. We then headed north through the picturesque Mojave Desert. We avoided the memorable “Baker Grade” but still had some smaller mountains to transgress. We arrive around noon and set up in the parking lot of the Sander's Family Winery in Pahrump. Pahrump is a small high desert town (2,600 feet) between Death Valley and Las Vegas. The population is around 35, 000 and the strange name is derived from the Paiutes native american words for “flowing...

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Apr 16, 2014 - CALIFORNIA Bound

371 miles today 2,696 miles total We blew by Winslow Arizona and ended up in Barstow California. After a 2 night stay with Larry and Pam we continued westward with Larry riding along. While at the gas stop those Tigers decided to lay down!! I added the excitement of a tip over into Teresa which in turn caused her to tip over onto the gas pump. Only caused slight damage to her windshield but a lot of damage to my pride. I tried to cover the tip over saying I just did it for entertainment purposes. No one bought that story. After lunch Larry...

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West on 2 Wheels X4

Mar 7, 2014 - Almost There!

We have had an amazing trip across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and now, into California. The weather could not have been better. The cold front we were anxious about missed us in El Paso and the rain that was predicted today in Phoenix only resulted in a cloudy day for us yesterday. Today, it was pretty windy but our navigator handled it perfectly as usual. -- It is hard to travel every day and we are exhausted. Even the kitties are going to bed when it gets dark and don't get up until we leave the next morning. We will be so happy to get...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Nov 3, 2013 - Pahrump

Saturday Oct. 26, 2013 We checked into the Pair-A-Dice Escapees Park in Pahrump for a week. A coyote ran out in front of us near Beatty. There were a lot of Brothels along our route but Sharon would not let me stop at any. Saturday night we played card bingo and 65 at the clubhouse. We ate the last of our halibut for dinner so will have to start thinking about going back to Alaska for more. Sunday We went to the Brunch at Terrible’s Lakeside Casino and Sharon played slots a little and won $16. We did some shopping and on the way back to...

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Oct 25, 2013 - The Rallies End. On to Barstow for the night

We had another great rally week with the Newmar family in California and saw a lot of interesting sites in Hanford. Ruth Ann and Marty won the Cow Milking Contests. Us out of staters showed the California folks how it was done! We said our good byes to those we met this week and many that we have been traveling and rallying with for four weeks since we joined the first Nevada rally in Minden, NV. We attended five rallies over a six week period and are now 'rallied out' for a while. We are anxious to get to Tucson and see our place there...

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Sep 11, 2013 - Armpit

Today was a relatively short travel day of around 150 miles to beautiful, downtown Barstow. Why do people live in Barstow? What possible reason could there be? It is the armpit of America. But, we stay at the KOA here which is actually very nice. -- It was 93 degrees when we pulled into the KOA at 10:30 this morning. I don't know what the official high temp here was today, but at one point, our temp gauge showed 107 outside. All we know is that it is HOT. This just reaffirms that we will definitely stay longer on the Oregon coast next...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 21, 2013 - Barstow, CA

Had a nice drove over one Mountain and into the desert. We stopped at Boron, CA to visit the Borox Visitor Center. One HUGE open mine pit. Saw one of the original twenty mule team wagon. They were used to haul borox out of Death Valley from 1883-1889. Now they get the Borax from this open mine in Boron and transport it by rail. They mine over 12,000 tons of borate ore in one day. Three million tons of ore is mined a year and they produce about one million tons of refined products annually. They ship around the world. 800 people work at the...

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Jul 30, 2013 - We have found the desert and it is hot

So today started out early with me taking the Chevy in for a well deserved oil change. The poor car has been driven as if it were a mountain goat. They were also able to fix the trunk latch after about an hour of fiddling around with it. At about 11 am we headed for our next adventure. We set our across a few smaller mountains and then hit the desert. We could tell it was the desert because it had cactus, and it was hot, it had dirt everywhere, and it was hot, it had sand and it was hot....oh and did I mention it was hot???Yes it is HOT....

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Oct 6, 2012 - Heading West

We are on the final leg of our coast-to-coast journey. We left Fountain Hills in the morning and headed west, across Arizona and into central California. Black Beauty is providing the "wheels" for this final segment; and I have to say that it is nice not to have the RV in tow. It was hot crossing the Mojave Desert, which is surrounded by mountains and hills, but very dry and desolate. We saw volcanic rock in fields along the highway as we crossed. Spent the night in Barstow, CA, staying in a truly awful hotel (note the view from our room)....

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