When it came time for the decision to be made whether to move or not, I had a little help. My main power inverter decided to fry itself early in the morning as I was checking the news and weather, so that was all the urging I needed to pull of stakes and head out. My back-up inverter is noisy and only works some of the time, so it is not much help. I could always run some of the stuff from the generator, but I prefer the quiet of the suns rays and battery power if at all possible.
A pair of hikers approach the bottom of the main dune summit.
They are at low center of the photo and the trailhead is at the top center.
So we loaded up in the morning and headed further east on I-40 into Needles, where I googled a recycling depot and off-loaded all my cardboard, paper, and cans. They didn’t do small batteries or plastics, so we still have a bit of that. Loaded up on a few groceries at Bashaw, then headed for Arizona and a return to Mountain standard time. I was sure there used to be an RV dump at the Pilot truck stop at the 95 junction, but there wasn’t one in the area, nor was there a convenient water source. Nor did they fill propane tanks! But they did have power inverters, so I went all out and got a 1000W version.
I came up the ridge line, which was somewhat easier. Sort of like climbing in snow, except not cold or wet.
Then we headed into Craggy Wash BLM site just north of Lake Havasu City. More changes here again! Last time I was here they closed the first mile of camping area, now they have an active host on site who actually issues permits! They are free, but it is a way to enforce the 14 day rule, as there had been a fair sprinkling of homeless types in the area, and a fair bit of garbage, etc. It’s all good, I guess.
But the road has suffered a bit of damage, partly due to flood waters at some point, and too many quads on the corners which forces all the gravel to the outside and makes quite a slant. One corner was a bit too interesting to make it around with the fifth wheel – even in 4 wheel drive. May have to do some roadwork myself to make it safer on the way out! But I like to go a lot further back than the majority of campers, so for them it is not a problem.
Lake Havasu in the far distance, Hailey in the foreground.
But we got all set up in time to watch Hockey Night in Canada, and are all set to watch the Grey Cup game today.
If I don’t blog again for 3 weeks, maybe it is because the Rider’s did not win? But there is little chance of that.