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Our boondocking spot at dusk near Bridgeport, California.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Bishop, California.

Where are they going next? South, towards Death Valley National Park.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Meeting our Mexico RV caravan group

We had a couple of stops to make yesterday morning before heading to Mission West RV Resort in Palmview, Texas.

We were looking for an old steel cookie sheet. Yes, we could have gone to Walmart to buy a new one, but for what we were using it for, it didn't make sense to buy new. I found a goodwill store along our route, and we stopped in there to see what there was.

The store wasn't well organized, and all of the kitchen and miscellaneous stuff was stored on top of each one of the clothing racks, and so you had to wander each aisle looking on top of the clothing racks for what we needed. Do you think we could find a steel cookie sheet? Nope. Did pick up a three ring binder for $0.99 to keep our road logs in for the Mexico caravan trip.

Next stop was a Dollar Tree store to pick up a couple of things. Wouldn't you know, they had exactly what I needed. Not really a cookie sheet, but a small baking pan for a buck.

Next stop, to fill Sherman's fuel tank with cheap Texas gas. It's not as cheap near the border any more now that Mexico's fuel prices are higher than the U.S., but we topped things up at $2.30 a gallon ($0.78 per liter CAD).

Then, we headed to the RV Park.

A beautiful day.

It appears that the bad weather is finally behind us. Yesterday was beautiful, and they're calling for a high of 67F (19C) today. The forecast is for improving temperatures right through to Sunday, with decently sunny skies. Finally.

Including ourselves, we will be 12 rigs touring Mexico. There were already four of our group here when we arrived, and four more showed up as the day went on. Everybody is scheduled to show up before 4:00pm today.

We had a bunch of Amazon packages waiting for us in the office. Some of the stuff is for Mexican friends who live outside Mexico City and have just bought themselves a travel trailer. They wanted some RV accessories that aren't available in Mexico and asked if we could bring them down for them.

And the other packages were our new bedding! New cotton sheets and a duvet cover for our new silk filled duvet. We didn't cheap out on any of this and bought good quality stuff that should keep us comfortable for years.

Woody the woodpecker in a tree outside our door.

Now, I suppose you're wondering why I needed an old steel cookie sheet.

Well, these new GMRS radios that we're using for this trip have an antenna with a magnetized base. Apparently the ground plane effect isn't as important with GMRS radios as it is with a CB, however I have read mixed opinions on that, and I don't know enough about it to have an opinion myself. However, because Sherman has an all fiberglass body, there was nowhere to mount the magnet base for the antenna.

So I bought a the baking pan and attached it to the roof with RV roof caulking!  It won't go anywhere, and now I have somewhere to stick the antenna.

At 4:00pm, we had booked the small meeting room for happy hour for our group here at the "resort". We've got the room booked at 4:00pm today and tomorrow as well where we'll combine our meetings with happy hour at that time. We've got a lot to go over with the group in preparation for our trip and I'm sure they'll have lots of questions. That gives us all tomorrow to do any last minute things.

Getting to know each other.

Everyone is very excited about our upcoming adveture, and so are we!

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24 comments:

  1. Best wishes for a great trip! Weather here is perfect, although the locals are in full on winter dress.

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    1. Thanks Kent! Yep the weather should be beautiful from here on in. We totally get you on what the locals think of cold weather and we we think of cold weather. ;-)

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  2. A good start with the group, best of luck in the three months ahead.

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  3. Sound like so much fun - I hope it is fun for you guys as well and you don't have to chase after/babysit anyone :)

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    1. We think that we are all going to have a great time! So far the group seems like it going to work really well together. We just need a few days on the road to get everything running smoothly and in a routine.

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  4. How exciting! Someday maybe we will make that trip!

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    1. Yep, it sure is exciting! I sure hope that you make this trip sooner than later, otherwise you will be kicking yourself for missing all those previous times. ;-)

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  5. I am so envious! Hope you all have an excellent trip, and send some of the warm weather to central Florida. We are still shivering here!

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    1. Sorry we aren't trying to make you jealous! ;-)

      If we could send you some warm weather we certainly would! You must now be getting that cold front that we had a few days ago. We are sure it won't last too long.

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  6. Glad you are ready for the trip and keeping it on the cheap as well.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your adventure in Mexico.

    It's about time.

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    1. Thank Rick and Kathy. We are just about ready, but boy it does take a bit of planning and quite a few last minute things to do.

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  7. So glad you are having warmer weather! Getting closer to lift off day!!

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    1. So are we Connie and Barry! I hope the cold is lifting for you guys as well, although you still have a long winter ahead of you.

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  8. Next year Kevin and Ruth. We will be right there with you.
    Thanks
    Greg and Susie Kitchener Ont.

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    1. I sure hope that you will, Greg and Susie! :-)

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  9. Glad the weather has finally warmed up for you folks. Exciting times meeting and greeting all these new people and getting set to start a new adventure. Good luck! Safe journey.

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    1. It is so nice to finally have some warmer weather and then to know that it is only going to get even better as we head further south. :-)

      The adventure starts tomorrow and we are so excited!

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  10. Have fun in Mexico!!..we know your neighbours in the picture !!

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    1. Thanks Sue and Doug, we will all have a great time! I know exactly who you are talking about. :-)

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  11. Safe travels. Enjoy your adventure, I would love to follow you all.

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    1. Thank you Darleen! It should be a real adventure for some of our group. :-)

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  12. Safe travels from a Canuk (Hamilton, Ont!) Following along closely as I am planning to go through Mexico in Fall 2019. Will you be doing it again? Hopefully there will be caravans I can join around that time! :+)

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    1. Thank you Salma. Our trip is over now but it was a fun one. Everyone got to see some beautiful and interesting places on this tour. I hope you continue to read the other posts to see how the tour went and the places that we visited.

      We will probably do it again but we haven't made the final decision yet. The company does have tours lined up, whether we do one or not. Here is their website www.mexicorvbuddies.com.

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