Bye, Bye Big City
As John Denver so eloquently put it all my bags are packed and they’re ready to go. Unlike the original song though, there’s no taxi waiting and I’m definitely not so lonesome I could die. Rather my bags are in “the beast”, the engine is roaring and I’ve got everything and everyone with me I could ever want in life. Pretty good start, right?
So where are we going, you may ask?
Well, we planned and we plotted and we strategized for weeks looking at all the possible options going north. Hwy 5 was out of the question (especially after our last drive up it in 2012), Coastal Hwy 101 was definitely in the running and Mountain Hwy 395 was always (as it always is) a mighty tempting option. We actually did plan to do the coast, honestly we did, but everytime we looked at the route we just couldn’t get excited about it. After a month of crazy San Diego city traffic we simply couldn’t bear the thought of traveling through LA and having to book and squeeze ourselves into pricey CA coastal parks, many of which are not really “beast friendly”.
No, we were craving SPACE and NATURE and inexpensive, GRAND camping in a massively needy way, and for that purpose Hwy 395 was really the only logical choice. Besides, we reasoned, although we’ve traveled it at least 5 times we’ve never done the drive in Spring. Something new, no?
So, after all that hoopla we’re going back to a route we love….get ready for some repeats folks!
In the meantime we say goodbye to the big city. It’s been an amazing, intense month here. Between family visits, old local friends, beer escapades and RV buddies area we’ve been booked solid pretty much every single day (sincere apologies to blog readers who were trying to catch us here…we never expected to be so busy). We will miss this place, as we always do when we leave, but we know it’s here whenever we want to return.
We’ve also managed a few repairs. Our convection/microwave oven after 5 MONTHS without any function is finally working!!!! Whooooo hooooooo! The stupid thing broke in October and as it turns out there are no (zero, nada) certified warranty repair guys in the ~1200 miles between Cape Blanco and here (seriously, I checked every town).
San Diego was our only hope, so we rushed the piece of rubbish to a (literally) hole-in-the-wall shop in Poway the day after we arrived and then waited….and waited….and waited. The owner explained, in a very thick Eastern European accent, that there was only one repair guy with a rather iffy heart and parts might or might not arrive within the month.
“Iz is done, vhen iz is done, o-kay?!”
Three days before our departure the poor guy was back in the ER & our parts were still in never-never land. At that point it felt far too mean to ask if our microwave would ever get repaired. I mean, it’s just shockingly poor form to ask about a stupid microwave when the guy is on a gurney, right?!
“Oh geez, I’m so sorry your employee might be about to expire, but could you please make sure our perfectly insignificant piece of equipment will be repaired before we leave?”
So, we just wished him good healing and pretty much decided that we would just leave it in the shop to do with as they pleased. Then, miracles of miracles the day before our departure the guy (fresh off the hospital bed I guess) called to say our microwave was ready. Holy mackerel of surprises…we can now re-heat coffee and food with actual electricity (well, microwaves technically, but you get my gist)!!!!
With a story like this you might wonder why we didn’t just buy a new, cheap replacement 5 months ago? Well, combine sheer hardheadedness with a very awkward (=custom) space and the fact that repairs always seemed “just around the corner” and well…before you know it you’re in neck-deep waiting 5 months for 3 parts and a guy who might or might not make it. These things evolve with a life of their own, you know.
We also managed a few more knick-knacks -> some new camping chairs (Paul finally caved and bought the Zip Dee’s he’s been wanting for over a year), a new awning shade (we ordered this zip-up version and really like it), carpet cleaning (Heaven’s Best did a nice job for us), propane filling and more….
So there you go. We’ve enjoyed our month here in the big city and especially our time with friends but we are SO ready to hit the wilds again. With a bit of luck my next post will come with a view that will have you drooling. Northward ho we go, we go…..
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