The Last Legs and Unpacking

The Golden Spike in Brigham City, UT
The Golden Spike in Brigham City, UT

From Three Islands Crossing we took Interstate 84 out of Idaho and into Utah.  On the well-intentioned advice of a fellow RV’r we stopped for the night at The Golden Spike Resort in Brigham City which in his opinion is a great place to stay.  We found the sites very narrow and difficult to get into and the park featured a great deal of both highway noise and train noise.  We did venture out, looked at the town and got fresh fruit, corn, and tomatoes from a roadside market which went a long way toward making up for the parks short-comings.

The KOA at Fillmore, UT
The KOA at Fillmore, UT

Our next destination was Yuba State Park but when we got there we really did not see anything suitable. It was still early in the day so we simply went on and found a nice place at the KOA in Fillmore, UT.  It was clean, wide open, quiet, and we were given free produce in the office.  We also got some peaches and corn at a roadside stand not far from the park.

Casablanca Casino Resort
Casablanca Casino Resort

We are pretty much just headed down the road at this point. So we really have no plans and just see what there is to see each day as we go. We spent one night at the Casablanca Casino Resort in Mesquite, Nevada. It was nothing special but ok for a one night stop. There wasn’t much in the way of signage (We finally found the park by using the theory that: One, it had to be there somewhere and two, there would be enough room to turn around if it wasn’t.) and we did not go in to the casino.  We had gone south out of Fillmore, UT passing St George and then through the very far northwest corner of Arizona where Interstate 15 follows the Virgin River through some very rugged mountains. I wish I could have taken some pictures to share as I was driving. That little stretch through Arizona was beautiful.

Ridgeview Resort Bullhead City, AZ
Ridgeview Resort Bullhead City, AZ

Time for a rest. Two nights here up on a mountaintop overlooking Bullhead City,  AZ, the Colorado River and the casinos in Laughlin, NV which of course are all lit up at night.  Quite a sight!

Elaine The Dancehall Girl and Some Donkeys On The Main Street
Elaine The Dancehall Girl and Some Donkeys On The Main Street

We took a drive of about 30 miles out to Oatman, AZ.  It is an old gold mine town on old route 66 turned tourist trap and we had fun looking at all the shops. The asses are wild and come into town most days to wander around and mooch a free lunch. Definitely worth the trip if you are in the area.

Colorado River Oasis RV Ehrenberg, AZ
Colorado River Oasis RV Ehrenberg, AZ

Two more nights in Ehrenberg, AZ near Quartzsite, AZ home of a huge flea market in late winter and early spring but nothing happening in September. Just some R&R time. The Colorado River Oasis is a nice park on the river that will fill up with the “snowbirds” soon but lots of room now.

Leaf Verde Resort Buckeye, AZ
Leaf Verde Resort Buckeye, AZ

We spent our last two nights of our summer oddyssey at the Leaf Verde Resort in Buckeye. We were not quite ready to go home and we wanted to do some shopping. The Ikea store there was on Elaine’s hit list, the Woodworkers Source was on mine, and there were a few things we thought we needed at Costco.  All were fairly close together there in the Phoenix area.

The Wood Collection
The Wood Collection

We arrived back at the homestead on September 28th. Bertha rolled 4,741 mostly incident free miles and we put 9,074 more miles on the truck.  Of course a few things went wrong but nothing we could not handle so we were able to keep on rolling.  We met lots of really wonderful people, created hundreds of new memories (too bad I can’t remember them all), and had a marvelous time.  As you can see in the photo above I was able to collect myrtle wood, redwood, pear, Oregon white oak, black locust, rhododendron, juniper, spalted maple, walnut, and holly so my shop will be busy this winter.  We still have more unpacking, cleaning, modifying, and repacking to do so I had best get busy.

I hope you enjoyed this trek,

We are already planning the next,

Your random rover, Gordon

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