Have no fear, we’re still here! We’ve just been having way too much fun to take time to sit at the computer.
When I last wrote, LeRoy and Clifford were in the middle of what turned out to be an unsuccessful venture in radiator repair. Every time they fixed one thing, something else leaked until it looked a little like pouring water into a sieve. Fortunately for us, Clifford has a “spare” bus sitting in his back yard and was able to loan us the radiator until we can get another one, so we were able to get to the bus rally in last week. We drove out of the shop and hit the road on Sunday the 15th for a pretty uneventful trip down Hwy 95 from Mohave Valley, AZ to Needles, CA (only about 5 miles) and on across the desert to Quartzsite, AZ.
Quartzsite in January is just an unbelievable place, sort of like a gigantic flea market except that most of the merchandise is new. Row upon row of tents and temporary shelters spread over acres and acres. In January, the first section is mostly gems and minerals. Rock hounds flock in to buy and sell stones and supplies.
The vendors have anything you could want from kitchen gadgets to RV mats, nuts and bolts to gloves. Even box after box of duct tape, the RV owner’s staple.
The long expanse of white tent in the background of the first picture is just called the Big Tent. From January 21 to 29, it hosts the Sports, Vacation and RV Show. A trip to the Big Tent is not for the fainthearted! You just step through the gate and move along with the herd, lockstep with the people next to you, stopping wherever the crowd stops to see water filters, dip mixes, RV resort packages, or a jiggling machine to tone your flabby body!
Most of the 86 rigs that attended the bus rally were Eagles like ours or GM buses or MCIs, like the bus we started in. There were some really interesting ones, though, like the 1948 Silversides parked near the firepit and the red Flexible of the same vintage. It made me think of a cartoon in a children’s book, kind of like the little bus that could!
Another unique bus showed up next to us last night, after most everyone was gone. It is a one-of-a-kind handmade Decoliner, which can be yours if you happen to have a spare half million dollars lying around. It can be driven from the upper deck or from inside, in the usual driver’s position.
The rally was over on Sunday, but several of our friends stayed on. We took a day trip Monday to the medical haven of Los Algodones, Mexico with Eagle friends from Colorado. We checked out the Purple Pharmacy for medications and they went to Algodones Optical (there are 8 locations of just that optical company in that tiny four or five square block area!) for new glasses. We ate good Mexican food and drank Mexican Coca-Cola. It was a very enjoyable day.
I’ll have to admit that I’ve felt better than I did Tuesday and even today, but I seem to be about back to normal after eating pretty sparingly today. We left Quartzsite before noon and are settled in Casa Grande for a couple a nights. LeRoy’s Alaskan cousin Beverly and her husband Brian came to visit us this evening and we’ll spend more time with them tomorrow. Retirement has allowed us to get better acquainted. LeRoy and Beverly had only seen each other once since high school until last winter. We are enjoying getting to know them.