A Very Windy Travel Day

Tuesday February 25th 2020

My day began very early. I got up at 4:45AM to make another reservation for January 2021 in a Florida State Park. It was a successful early morning mission. I have a reservation at the Silver Springs State Park starting January 25th, 2021.

Since today was also a travel day, I didn’t want to risk going back to bed. Over sleeping would not be a good way to start my 2020 travels. I had breakfast and did a little internet reading before slowly starting to pack the last set of things. I needed to pack the coffee brewer and breakfast dishes as well as the computer. In the back of the RV I needed to pack up the bathroom and get the bedroom ready for travel. Around 8:30AM when my neighbors were awake, I started on the outside packing activities. I was ready to leave my site at 10AM as planned, but it still took until 11AM before I pulled out of the Las Vegas RV park.

When I got to the front of the park at the area designated for hooking up towed cars, I was behind two other Motorhomes. There is room for two Motorhomes to hook up at a time, but as number three, I had to wait. I used the time to check out at the office and get my key deposit back. That wasn’t quick, I needed to wait behind the occupants of the two other Motorhomes in the office as well. Overall, it was about half an hour wait. It usually takes me about ten minutes to hook up the Honda CRV, but today it took about a half an hour. I was out of practice and I was hooking up a new supplemental brake that I bought over the winter. The old one stopped being reliable.

Once I was on the road the biggest challenge of the day began. Mother Nature decided today was a good day for a strong north wind. It was between 20 and 30 MPH with stronger gusts. Under different circumstances I’d have stayed an extra day or two, but my extensive list of reservations makes that more difficult. At least I only had 125 miles to travel. The wind was bad. On one stretch of road in the open desert south of Lake Mead I had the steering wheel turned 45 degrees to the left just to keep the RV going straight. Climbing steep grades into the wind was also a real chore. Once I got over the ridge along the Colorado River it got a little better. Either the wind direction changed or it was a little less powerful.

The day’s second challenge was buying gas in Kingman AZ. The station was very busy. I was in line at the RV pumps behind another Motorhome that I thought was well into filling its tanks when I arrived. I was wrong. After I’d already waited for 5 to 10 minutes, an older gentleman using a cane slowly made his way from the building out to the RV to begin fueling. Overall I was probably at the gas station for 45 minutes, but it seemed like hours.

Site 15 at the Blake Ranch RV Park and Horse Motel.

My destination for the day was about ten miles east of the Kingman AZ gas station. I’ve stayed at the Blake Ranch RV Park and Horse Motel twice before. Tonight I’m in site 15. Tomorrow I have 145 miles to Lake Pleasant Regional park on the north side of the Phoenix Valley of the Sun area. I’ve been there before as well. This time I’ll be there for two weeks.

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