Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday, On The Road

We woke up this morning to the rain that had been predicted.  Oh well.  We had hoped to get things unhooked, slid in, and ready to go before the rain, but you know what they say, "the best laid plans."  We were out the gate at Pismo Coast Village by 7:30.  As planned, we went North on Hwy. 101 to Paso Robles to take the Hwy. 46 connection.  OK...that was good.  The next plan had us connecting with Hwy. 41, and that would take us on a direct route to Kettleman City and I-5.  Those "best laid plans" had ideas of their own as Hwy. 41 was closed at that point.  Never at a loss for a "new plan" we continued on Hwy. 46 to Lost Hills and I-5.  It took us about 30 miles further South than we had planned, but it got the job done.

As we drove North, we had some nice views of the beautiful green rolling hills along our route.  The recent rains really greened those babies up!  Give it a few months and they will be as brown as the desert sand.  We also enjoyed all of the nut trees in the orchards that line the interstate.  They were flowering up nicely.
Before we got to the Harris Ranch area, we could smell the aroma from the penned cattle.  The aroma was enough to wake Annie from a sound sleep. She came forward and was giving the air a good sniff....around us!  I told her not to be confusing that smell with her Mom and Dad.
In Lodi we stopped for fuel at the Flying J.  It was time to give Annie a walk and Bruce got the job of washing some of the bugs off of the windshield.
This is our monitor for the back-up camera.  So wonderful to have....if it is working!  As you can see, the screen is blank.  We've tried our own trouble-shooting to no avail.  We've added it to the repair list for our appointment next week.
We drove all the way up to the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning for tonight.  We're dry camping in the large parking lot for free, so we went in to pay for the buffet dinner.  It is one of the best casino buffets we've found outside of Las Vegas.  It was great and, as usual, we ate too much.

I would like to thank everyone who left comments with 'safe travel wishes'.  Much appreciated.  So far, so good.  Tomorrow we'll be somewhere in Oregon, South of Portland.  Maybe way South of Portland if the weather is snowy on the mountain passes.  I'll check the weather reports before turning in for the night to see what the prediction is for tomorrow.

Until next long for now!


Cindy said... close ..when you are in Portland..that is where my birth family is. My niece is having her twins right now in Portland..I wish I could trade places for a 1/2a day. If I was Bewitched I could wiggle my Tell Bruce not to worry..I'm not..

Be safe..

In The Wind Adventures of William and Mary Ann said...

I don't comment anywhere near as often as I should, but I really enjoy both of your blogs Margie. And I really enjoy your photos. Thank you for your comments on ours. Be careful out there! Hopefully, we'll meet someday. :-)

Margie M. said...

Mary Ann...not to worry! I'm glad you are reading the 2 blogs and enjoying them, as I do yours! It would be awesome to meet you both someday. We've not had the pleasure of meeting any fellow bloggers yet, but hope to one day. Enjoy this great RV lifestyle!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

How nice that you show some of the everyday stuff of RVing, like washing your windshield, minor repairs, etc.

Karen and Steve

Margie M. said...

Karen: sometimes that ordinary stuff takes up more of our time than the fun stuff! :)

Have a great day.

Rick and Paulette said...

We missed the Rolling Hills Casino on our way down and I still find myself thinking about their buffet! You're right though, it is one of the best around, certainly the best we've ever been too. Won't be long now before you're home with the Grands!!

Gypsy said...

I can nearly start sneezing looking at the beautiful orchards in bloom. Lovely to look at, but brings on allergies!

Good travels ahead!

squawmama said...

Hi Margie.... Have had really lousy internet... Looks like your travels are doing pretty good so far... As for those minor gliches in the MH it happens to all of us... What can we expect going down these bumpy interstates & roads... I think sometimes I am coming undone... LOL We should be in Washington around August so hopefully if your there we'll definately meet up for lunch or something... Have FUN, Travel Safe and stay on the road!!!