I was awake by 6:30 and packing to leave. Not much to do, but there is always last minute stuff. Yuma knew something was different and he was excited too.
When I was ready to hook the Jeep to the White Lion I turned on the ignition and let things prepare to start. Then the big test. It fired up without a hitch and I knew I wouldn't turn it off till I reached Quartzsite. But I was wrong!
As I walked around the Jeep, I noticed a puddle under the radiator of the White Lion. When I looked at the antifreeze overflow container, I noticed I missed a spot and it was leaking antifreeze. I didn't have time to Epoxy the crack because it takes 24 hours to dry properly, so I pulled out my handy dandy Duct tape and sealed it real good.
Said my goodbyes to Kay and at 9 o'clock we were heading west towards Quartzsite. I took the 202 Phoenix bypass and hooked onto I-10 on the west side of the city. Missed most of the traffic which was great.
I was supposed to meet up with Deb and Riley outside of Tonopah, but there was a mix-up. I pulled into the first rest area past Tonopah but they were 40 miles further down I-10 at the second one. Deb decided to head on to Quartzite and find the camping location and I would meet them there.
I drove 172 miles and arrived at out camp around 12:45, not long after Deb and Riley arrived. It is only 68 miles to Yuma so I won't be going far for several months.
Glad you boys made it to Quartzsite with only a small problem. Deb and Riley picked out a nice spot for you all to stay. Kay will probably miss having you and Yuma around. Hopefully the MH will run good and you'll see her again. Enjoy your first night on the road!ReplyDelete
Me too! Thank you. I was really tired for just driving, but figure it was stress.Delete
Starting right up is a good sign!! When you open blogger, look on the left hand side (just above settings) where it says THEME. Click on that and you can change the look of your blog. Glad you made it to Q. Happy camping!ReplyDelete
Thanks Nancy. So happy to be boondocking. I've been playing with themes but not lucky so far.Delete
Glad we finally made it. We are pretty close to Yuma so it will be an easy run. That big diesel will hardly get warmed up in that little distance.ReplyDelete
The spot is nice and I think we will enjoy for a while. The proving grounds run behind us I think.
Me too. Took three expensive weeks to get here so I'd best enjoy it. One start after another is all I want.Delete
Looks like it will be a great spot to hang out for awhile. Nice that Yuma is so close! I actually like the black background :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Shirley. I'm glad you like it because I can't figure out how to change it.Delete
Enjoy that wide open site you have, it looks great! Hope the overheating issue is just a simple epoxy fix.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jeff. It worked perfectly on the crack I fixed so expect the same with this one.Delete
Deb picked out a very nice spot!ReplyDelete
Yes she did. Right near Palm Canyon in the Kofa mountains. Beautiful here.Delete
Welcome. Glad you gotta to this beautiful place. I'm north of Q but will be back south soon.ReplyDelete
Doug, You mentioned it was necessary to pull over to let the White Lion cool down? Have you cleaned your radiator and inter-cooler? If not you should consider doing that or having someone clean them. Job can be a bit messy but will make a big difference in running temperature of engine. Cleaning must be done from inside engine compartment with water and cleaning fluid flowing towards back of coach and DO NOT use a high pressure cleaner because you will bend radiator fins! Good Luck.ReplyDelete
Glad you made it to Quartzsite without too much trouble Doug. I know the area where you are and it is one of my favs. I love the Kofa Mountains. I get so homesick reading everybody's blogs from down there. that it's hard for me to read them and look at all the great pictures people have. I like your blog set up and the black background will highlight your photos.ReplyDelete
Looks like a nice quiet spot for 2 weeks. Hopefully the Lion will continue to rise for a long time yet.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your stay!
This last spring I filled my empty windshield washer tank. It then ran out onto the shop floor, I guess the fluid was not the below 32* stuff, or they lied?ReplyDelete
What are the chances of finding a 34 yr. old replacement? I think I'll go your way with some of that expensive roof tape I have lying around.
You better have some fun now!