Man, that is getting to be some cheap gas!
Filled up the motorhome from empty for $96.52 ($120.65 CDN). I put in 54.87 gallons (207 litres), and the tank only holds 60 gallons (228 litres) so it was getting pretty dry.
Next stop was another Walmart to look for a little laptop. They've got one on sale for $218 ($272.50 CDN) but again, they were out of stock.
So we hopped on the highway north towards Tucson. Don't normally drive on the interstate highways, but there's not much other choice in this area!
Scenery from the road.
We pulled in to the Best Buy store in SW Tucson. Their website advertised a 15.6" HP laptop for $229.99. Sure enough, they had one in stock and we bought it!
We also bought a Verizon "jetpack" mifi for internet. Only $49.99.
But of course while these are great prices in U.S. dollars, they are not so great when you add in the 25% Canadian exchange rate.
So, with 8% Arizona sales tax, the laptop came to $248.62 ($310.77 CDN).
I checked my email, and there was a note from our friend Renate who we had met at Hacienda RV Park in Mexico a couple of years ago. She's been a loyal reader of this blog for many years and noticed that we were heading her way. She's parked up with her motorhome at Casa Grande RV Resort and asked if we had time to stop by. Of course we did! And it so happened that was about where we wanted to stop for the night anyhow.
So, back on the road...
Huh?? I thought the U.S. was stuck in standard? What's with the metric road sign? Are they thinking about joining the rest of the world??
Nice lookin' overpasses.
Ruth relaxes while I drive. There's no topes or livestock on the road to watch for!
Yep, we're in Arizona.
More nice lookin' overpasses. And signs that are back in miles.
They must have lots of taxpayer money here.
I gotta admit, it looks nice.
We arrived at Casa Grande RV Resort, and I went into the office. No way were we paying $28 ($35 CDN) to park for a night, so I asked if we could dry camp in their storage lot. Yep, for $10 ($12.50 CDN) that would be fine. Sold!
We went and socialized with Renate for a while. Then she came over for a drink in the evening with her dog Rocky. Nice to see you again Renate...hopefully we'll see you again over the next few weeks.
Renate, with her dog Rocky.
I tried to get our new Verizon "jetpack" activated. It's all supposed to be "plug and play", and really it was very simple.
Only one problem.
The very first thing that it does is bring you to a website so that you can pay for your data package. That's fine, but it won't accept our Canadian mailing address or credit card combination. I tried numerous different addresses with a couple of different cards and it always comes back as "address invalid".
The only other option it gives is to pay with a Verizon card that you can buy in many stores. So we'll have to go pick one up, or stop in at a Verizon store and try and get it sorted out.
Today, we're arriving at Quartzsite!
This is the laptop we bought, except we paid $229 at Best Buy!...