The day has come...time to hit the road and start our winter travels south! We pulled out of Fort Camping shortly after 9:00 and headed to Kal-Tire. Our first stop today would be there to have the 'balancing beads' removed from the trailer tires. When we had the warranty replacement wheels from Trailer Tires and Wheels installed at Love's Truck Stop in Quartzsite 2 years ago, they recommended these beads. Apparently the beads self balance the wheel when it rotates. Well, they have turned out to be more of pain because three of the valve stems blow air when Steve removes the tire pressure sensors. Steve even tried tightening the schrader valves in the valve stem to no avail.
Crossing was a breeze...only two RV's ahead of us and we were through in no time! That has never happened before. Our experience has been if they say it's a 15 minute wait it's usually 45 minutes.
Tulalip Resort Casino, a spot we usually stop at on our way either south or north. They have lots of RV parking...and our concern being a Friday and the start of a long weekend, it would be full. But, nope...lots of room for us. It did fill up by nightfall, though.
As we pulled into our spot, we noticed a Momentum fifth-wheel...and as we got out of the truck, there was Bob Wild to greet us! It was their Momentum. Bob is a fellow ATV'er whom we seem to run into ALL of the time...Tunkwa Lake this last summer and even at the Walmart in Cabo, Mx!!
We chatted for a bit, and then levelled off and did a minimum set up inside. About all we did that evening was take a nice long walk to Walmart. We were both bushed as we had a restless night and were wide awake at 4, so had a light dinner and were in bed by 8:30 reading for a bit before lights were out.
Saturday morning, after a good night's sleep, we were up early. No coffee for me right away, though...instead, we got ourselves cleaned up and headed over to the casino and had a delicious breakfast with plenty of wonderful coffee!
On our way back to the trailer, we had a chat with Bob and his wife, Cory and then said our goodbyes. They are headed in the same direction as us but will be meeting friends in Yuma and will continue down to their favourite winter spot just north of Cabo San Lucas, Mx. We're very intrigued by the idea of spending the winter down there...but not sure about taking our rig down. They've done it 12 years and usually have a "convoy" of rigs that go down with them...maybe one day we'll tag along.
It was a rather cool, dreary day as we headed south on I-5. Checking the weather it said it was snowing up here but we never saw any...
We took I-5 to I-90 (Snoqualmie Pass) East to I-82 South to I-84 East. Our destination today is Wildhorse Resort and Casino near Pendleton, OR.
Here is what we saw along the way...
Sunday morning, without really trying, we were ready to hit the road at 7:30! Steve got out and took a couple of pictures before we left. That's Bob and Cory's Momentum on the left with us beside them. It was very busy here last night...
Los Rieleros Del Norte is performing tonight...and obviously they are very popular with the local folks. We were watching TV when the trailer was jolted...a pick-up truck parking had backed into us even though nobody was in front of him and the lot was still half empty!! Steve went out...couldn't really see any damage to our bikes in the fading daylight. So he grabbed a flashlight and we both went back out and found where we had been hit...at the very bottom of the bike rack. It had put a small tear in our new bike bag. Hopefully, that is the only damage! I have already needed a new wheel on my bike from someone backing into us!
It was well after 9:00 when the band really got into full swing...and it wasn't until about 12:30 when folks started streaming out and leaving. Of course, we were not going to go to bed until all vehicles around us had left. So it was going on 1:00 by the time Steve followed me into bed.
Not a very peaceful night for us! We've stayed here before so it's our fault for not checking to see if there were any events scheduled for the long weekend.
We have decided to stay here an extra night and take a day trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument...stay tuned!