The RV park is having a RV park wide yard sale.
We do not have that much to sell so three of us got together and put
our stuff on one table.
It was very successful for us!
The temperatures have cooled off in the past few days. So after
having spent the morning outside in the "cold", I chose to read inside
in the afternoon.
Our last bingo at this RV park.
No luck for us tonight.
Sunday February 2, 2014
Brian and I went for nice 10 km bike ride. It was good.
Once I am back, I go and check with the gentleman who fixes bicycles in
the RV park and ask him if he sells gold balls for the end on the
kickstand of a bike. He does and they are free! He is a
golfer and he has a lot of used golf balls!
Here, I am getting the gold ball ready for the kick stand. The
golf ball at the end of the kickstand. This will help keeping the
bike up when you park" in the sand or other soft place.
Today is also Super Bowl day. We are invited to Lucille and
Alfred's place to watch the game with friends.
This was not the game any of us expected! The favorite got
The gang watching the game... We are only missing Alfred on this
With football you have to have chicken wings! We are full of food
and very well hydrated!!!
Monday February 3, 2014
I am starting the packing for our departure tomorrow.
A lot of stuff can go in the basement of the motorhome.
I even found time to go for a bike ride with Dawn and Brian.
Later in the afternoon, I realize I have another flat tire on my bike???
During the evening, it dawned on me why I have so many flat
tires. There is some little "prickly" things falling off trees
they are very sharp and strong. I got a few in my tires and they
most have broken off and I cannot see them in the tires, but when I
ride over a rock of anything that makes the tire flex more tan normal,
it punctures the tube.
Off to Walmart to buy two new tires. They have all kinds of tires
and tubes, but none for my size!
Tuesday February 4, 2014
I call Best Optical to see if my glasses are ready. They are not,
So our plan to go to Quartzsite next is postponed for a few days...
This morning, we head to Target to buy the last season of Dexter for
We stop at a hardware store and found two tires for my bike.
The last few things to pack and we hit the road to the Quechan casino,
really close to Mexico.
Goodbye Friendly Acres, we had a great time and maybe we will come back
in the future!
On our way to California and the casino.
15 kilometers later we arrive at the casino.
Looking east towards Arizona and Yuma.
Looking west towards El Centro.
Some of the nice mountains we get to see here in southern Arizona.
Us in the middle of the parking lot.
Can you see us in the middle of the photo? There is more than 100
RVs in the casino parking lot. It is free to camp, but no
Some people have all the toys.
My new tires, now I hope not to get any flat tire any time soon.
There is no trees here so I should not have any flats.
When you camp in a casino, you cannot complain about the noisy
generators. Everybody uses generators.
Wednesday February 5, 2014
After a very noisy evening last night, I cannot understand how somebody
with a $300.000.00 motorhome would need a screamer for a
generator!!! Tabarnac they make a lot of noise.
We also are located on the "truck" side of the parking lot.
RV side of the parking lot there is a nice space waiting for us if we
make it there fast enough. The sun will hit our solar panel all
day long. We will not have to use our generator as much.
Our new home!
And what a view!
The sun is very hot here. I am looking for some shade.
Thursday February 6, 2014
Our leveling jacks are not working for us! I can see $$$$ going
I take a quick look and decide to let the pro do the repair.
There is a RVer here in the casino parking lot who do repairs on
I talk to him and he will come have a look tomorrow afternoon.
Just playing with the camera...
I cannot wait to get the leveling jacks repaired.
Friday February 7, 2014
First ting we did this morning was watch the opening ceremonies of the
2014 Olympic games in Sochi on TV.
Phil arrive in early afternoon with his truck/workshop and gets to
First, jack the motorhome high so he can access the pump.
His truck and workshop...
We are in luck, he has a used motor we can use. Cheaper too!
The installation is done fast and he only charges us $100 for the labor
and $100 for the used motor.
We test the jacks and all is well.
Phil goes home and we start to level the motorhome and .... the
motor quites. Just like that!
I go and talk to Phil and he says he will change the motor with a new
one, but I have to get the new motor. He gives me back the $100
for the used motor.
I found a place in Yuma who has the motor and of course they see you
coming a mile away. It is for a RV, it will be expensive.
$300 later I got a new motor and solenoid. After talking to Phil,
he will change the motor and solenoid tomorrow afternoon.
We are not upset that the used motor quite on us like that, it was used
Saturday February 8, 2014
Phil is back and ready to replace the motor and the solenoid.
Our new motor and solenoid.
Where the new motor will be going.
Phil did not charge us anything for the "second" replacement and
installation of the solenoid. We found him to be really fair.
The sun goes down really fast here, in about 40 seconds the sun is
behind the mountains and it gets cold quickly.
Since we were off the jacks after the fix, I went and dumped the used
water and refilled at the RV park close to the border. It is only
$10 for dump and fresh water.
Sunday February 9, 2014
I am out for a bike ride this morning. Here at the casino, it is
not a good place for bike riding.
I take the road toward Winterheaven, it is not a very good road for
biking, I think a dirt road would have been nicer.
Some of the sight I saw today.
The guard-rail is made of railroad track, I am sure it will last 200
The "All-American Canal".
It is the water from the Colorado river and it is used to water the
crops here in Yuma and southern California.
The red arrow indicates the Interstate 8. On this side, we are in
California and on the other side, it is Arizona.
The campsite on the right is a "permanent" resident and on the other
side, it is a casino with an RV park.
This bike ride was not one of my best. I still did 6.5 km.
Monday February 10, 2014
First thing I do this morning is to call in Mexico and find out if my
glasses are ready. D&rn!
They are not because they did not make a new lens so they sent it back
to get the new lens, again!
Another two or three weeks waiting time.
We are not staying at the casino any longer, we are moving to
Quartzsite. We will drive the car back here to get them when they
will be ready.
The inside of the motorhome ready for traveling. We use the
seatbelt to hold the TV stand.
Time to hit the road.
A local resident, that was on the back of the motorhome. He was
not happy to have to move!
Goodbye Casino Quechan. This is a very dusty place in the RV part
of the parking lot.
We are back on the I-8 towards Yuma and we enter Arizona after a few
Our first stop is at one of the Walmart in Yuma for some
groceries. Our next stop is at the Flying J to top up the propane.
The last time we filled up with propane was in Las Vegas and the price
per liters was $0.54. With all the cold and winter storms hitting
the north, the price is now $0.78 per liters.
We finally got on highway 95 North towards Quartzsite.
As we go by the Yuma Proving Ground, we see this military vehicle
driving by. The Proving Ground is the testing establishment of
the US military.
A Border Patrol Checkpoint is coming up. They are looking for
illegal alien and drugs.
One or two question from the agent and we are back on the road.
Just long enough for the dog to go around the motorhome and the car.
The dog is looking for drugs, can he smell Mexican too?
Our next stop is at the dump station for the used water and we fill up
with fresh water.
We chose the La Posa North to camp because it is closer to Quartzsite.
Here, in Quartzsite we will have more things to do them back at the
casino. I will be able to bike into town everyday if I want to.
I forgot, we are watching the Olympics game everyday. Canada is
doing very good at the games!!!
Tuesday February 11, 2014
My day starts with a bike ride of 16 km. I basically went around
One of the many RV here at the BLM. This one is really well
My first geococcyx this winter. You are probably
wondering what kind of bird this is? It is THE Roadrunner, BEEP
Not a great photo, but it shows you what Quartzsite looks like.
Time to wash the windshield form all the dust and give us a nice view
of the mountains. Look at the athlete!
Our first campfire in 2014!
Wednesday February 12, 2014
Back in Quartzsite with my bike this morning.
This is a different way of taking your quad with you!
My travel takes me by the RC club of Quartzsite. I stop for a few
minutes and watch the airplanes fly around.
I also found the oldest tree in Arizona. An ironwood tree.
The ironwood as the most dense and heavy wood in the world.
We have a nice sunset tonight.
Thursday February 13, 2014
Another easy day in the desert.
Some biking and mostly reading.
Some months ago I bought this "comb" to straighten out fins on
This is the first time I use it. My two transmission oil cooler
have a few bent fins so I use it there first.
The comb worked really good. The next item to use it on will be
the AC on the roof.
Friday February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine's day to everybody in the world.
Just another relaxed day for us. Somme groceries shopping and
mostly reading and watching the Olympics games.
Saturday February 15, 2014
Forecast for today, hot! It got to +31 C today.
Michele makes a big breakfast this morning.
Next we hit the road for a visit of the little town of Bouse. We
are taking the scenic route of Bouse.