It's that time again. Time to roll out. Before hitting the road I go through Penny and Shirley for a quick check up. Make sure all the fluids are still the right colors and at the right levels. Shirley looks a little worse for the wear. Oil was down 1/2 a quart which isn't that bad for how many miles it's been since I checked it. What I can't help but notice is the splattered red Moab mud all over the engine and the underside of the hood. It takes a lot of effort to hit a mud hole hard enough to get to the hood. Makes me smile. Good memories.
Today was going to be a bit of a stretch. Our path ahead of us was nearly 180 miles of traveling. That's a lot of driving after sitting in one spot for a few days. Sights were set on making it all the way to Lake Havasu City. This desert oasis town of 55,000 people had a lot to offer for an RV'er on the road. Penny took the plunge through Arizona's eastern mountain passes and hooked past Hoover dam on the way.
Lake Mead was a sight for sore eyes. Water in the desert is few and far between. Wisconsin is home and it seems like you can't go 10 miles in any direction without hitting a lake, river, or creek. That is one of the things we take for granted. Traveling the country brings a new perspective to the outlook of the world. Hoover dam was supposed to be one of those big things to see. You know, change our perspective on stuff. Over blown costs of $10 for parking, and an additonal $15 for the visitor entrance was enough to keep us away. We have already been on two other dam tours and I can't expect that this one is any more fantastic. We'll keep the money thank you.
My office has changed views yet again. This time it's overlooking a bunch of other hobo RV bums at the BLM campground Lone Tree. Here we can squat for up to 14 days for free. It's a bit more parking lot than nature, but free is free. Countless upsides to our new space cannot be overlooked. We have great 4g signal, 12 TV stations and are only 5 miles to Wal-mart. We are after all still in the desert which means Eli has plenty of room to stretch his legs.
The sun is on it's way down as we stroll through the rock hills. Life here actually has lot going on if you look close enough. Lizards scramble through the landscape along with spiders, deer, and bighorn sheep. Coyotes howl through the nights just to pass the time. After all, it's damn hot here all day.