Yesterday morning, we dropped off our rental Beetle. What a great deal, at $205 USD ($266 CAD) for two full weeks. Taxes included. Then, it was time to get on the road.
It's just Ruth and I in the motorhome now, and back to our normal lifestyle. Good thing too...we got our monthy expenses up to date, and we spent as much in the last two weeks as we do in a normal month. The next two weeks are going to be pretty frugal! No more campgrounds for us. And no more restaurants! But, it was a fun two weeks and we enjoyed our time with Helen and Tony.
I'm sure it took us an hour and a half just to get out of the urban congestion. Once we got on to the Interstate 15, it was busy but traffic moved along quite well. The I-15 goes directly to Las Vegas, and although we don't like traveling on the Interstate highways, there is really no other logical route.
A little smog on the horizon?
And then we saw the sign.
"Gusty Winds Ahead".
I had checked the weather forecast ahead of time, so I knew that there was a wind advisory for sections of the I-15. We got through the pass, and when we got close to Barstow, I thought we'd pull over, have lunch, and take a break from the winds.
As we had lunch at the Home Depot parking lot (with their free wifi!) it was about 2:00pm, and I decided I had enough of the windy driving. It's not fun, and with gusts up to 50 mph (80 km/h) it also a little dangerous. Not worth it, so I went in and asked if we could spend the night in the Home Depot parking lot, and they said "no problem". Kind of a last resort for us, but still better than a Walmart!
Heading through the pass.
Lots of traffic on the I-15.
And so we simply stayed in the motorhome for the rest of the day. Played some backgammon, and watched some videos...and used the fast free internet from the Home Depot.
We're able to do this and get five bars of signal strength from the far end of the parking lot by using our BearExtender wifi antennas. We were so happy with the first one that we bought a second one for Ruth. They work great!
You can buy one here...
Today, we're heading to Las Vegas. Just passing through, on our way to Utah.
Yesterday's drive, 131 miles (210 kms).
Sherman, parked up at Home Depot for the night. Nice blue sky this morning!