Craggy Wash Boondocking

Just a 8 miles north of Lake Havasu City centre, Arizona, on the east side of the highway 95 is the Craggy wash area of BLM land.

Lots of great rock climbing.

You can’t see RV’s from the highway as you need to drive the one mile to the rocky valley camping. This is away from the airport

An ideal boondock location because the road is accessible for all size RVs, it’s convenient to town, and you have the option to park beside other RVs if you want to socialize or pull in farther for more privacy.

Hope you enjoy these 360 photos.

Mississippi and west!

Well we’re more south but the weather is certainly not yet that warm. Today we’re going to head from Athens, Louisiana to Rocky Springs Campground.

Athens is located in the north west corner of Louisiana. The village was named after the ancient city of Athens, capital of Greece. No resemblance though. The nearby welcome centre is quite a landmark. We were fortunate to stay at a BoondockersWelcome host home here in Athens.

After a couple hours of driving we arrived at the Mississippi Welcome Centre in Moss Point.

The stop is located as a rest stop right off the I10, offers travellers complimentary coffee until noon and has a great piece of art work inside.

We decided to take a night at Roosevelt State Park in Morton Mississippi.

The park was conveniently located outside of Jackson Mississippi and just before an entrance to the Natchez Trace at Clinton. Great park with all services $17 USD all taxes in.

It was a cool night however our furnace kept us nice and warm as did our IKEA comforter.

All sites were back in so we disconnected Lilly and backed Harvey into the snug space.

In the afternoon we decided that we would stop in at a city camp park in Lafayette Louisiana.

The Acadiana Campground Park is a nice little park nestled on the edge of a Lafayette housing neighbourhood. Although the sites were back in sites with only one pull through which was occupied they were of a good size to fit our rig.

To our surprise was a park within a park.

The Acadiana Nature station is a cool and I mean cool place to visit. The evening temperature here while we’re here was in the freezing range.

We weren’t aware of what time the station would open in the morning or what time we’d be leaving so we took advantage of the 30 minutes that it remained open while we’re here and gave it a quick tour.

Perhaps it was our quest to live like Robinson Crusoe but we love the construction of the nature stations office.

We took a quick walk on the wooded boardwalks through out the woods we headed back to Harvey and had a great dinner and sleep.

We started the day off with a visit to the Gator Chateau ….

We both got to hold this baby Alligator and were educated on their release program.

Later we stopped at the Texas Welcome center right after crossing the border over the Sabine River of Louisiana into Texas. The in an area called Orange, nope, no orange trees where we were.

These folks here are really great they help you with lots of information ideas and maps.

Next time we travel through Texas and meet up with a travel friend from last year!

And we’re off..

Our first overnight was at the Tilbury North Enroute rest stop. It turned out that a lot of trucks and RVers had the same idea. Capacity crowds made it feel like a campground.Heading to the Ambassador bridge, connecting Windsor with Detroit, we were reminded that there are only 17 intersection traffic lights between Detroit and The Ontario/Quebec border. All of them within site of the Ambassador bridge in Windsor.We approached the CBP gates and were redirected to the only gate for RVs our size. Unfortunately, while towing a car (toad), using our Blue Ox towing system, we are unable to backup haRVey. The friendly traffic folks had to stop all lanes of bridge traffic so we could do a full circle turn back towards Windsor and line up at the full RV body scan booth. The scanners are those big yellow boxes down the sides of the driveways. After a friendly onboard visit by the border patrol officer and a chat about his assignment and travel tips while posted in El Paso, Texas we were on our way south.Our trek south along the I75 through Michigan has to be the roughest road outside the I10 in Louisiana across the swamp and the rock roads through the Arizona desert.We were relieved to see the Welcome to Ohio sign overhead and the extreme road conditions change.
We continued our journey we took a short lunch break and time out to purchase of our Cricket phone plans in Madison Indiana.After an hour driving on narrower than comfortable county roads, due to our quest for adventure, then we arrived safely. It was a year ago that we stayed with Sharon and Todd at Reflections.It’s easy to see why we visit this Boondockers Welcome.We had the opportunity to go hiking with our friend Todd. It turned out to be a great 2.7 mile hike around the lake.it was a great hike and I got to see some great little growths on trees.Even some little people in the forest.We both had a really great visit and we’ll look forward to coming back to seeing our friends but it was time to hit the road as the weather is cooling off and with rain forecast that could be snow.We took the day to drive from Indiana, through Kentucky, Tennessee and Boondock in Athens, Alabama.Saturn 1B Rocket in Elkmont, Alabama.Installed in 1979, the 224′ / 68 metres tall Saturn 1B was a forerunner of the Saturn 5 launch vehicle for NASA missions. It boosted unmanned Apollo modules and a few orbital trips.Next time we head south and west. Mississippi here we come!

NO pressure

Earlier this year we installed the Valor TPMS – Tire Pressure Management System in haRVey.

Up until now, the method of checking our towed Toyota car Lilly was a handheld tire gauge. This was only happening from time to time.

We took Lilly to Rick’s Auto repair in Rodney Ontario for installation of sensors inside her tires.

Nick the technician did a great job getting the clamps and sensors installed. I had the opportunity to help with the installation. After a quick balance of each of the tires they were reinstalled.

Each sensor has its own corresponding chip and identification. I ensured that each chip was marked with the corresponding tire position LF LR RR and RF.

The next step was the placement of the chips into the Valor command module.

It was a quick call to the north American distributor Don and I will step through resetting the computer. It was a piece of cake and just like that Lily was reporting temperature.

Now now as we travel down the we will constantly have a readout of the pressure on each of the 10 tires. If the pressure or temperature changes outside the parameters we will be alerted giving us plenty of time for us to pullover and avoid a costly accident.

Were glad to have this safety measure in place as we head on down the highway.

A challenge with living full-time in our RV is connecting with friends that visit our hometown. We were thankfull to have a visit with Tammy and Mike from The Netherlands.

Our travels together took us to Erieau Ontario to see the higher than normal water level of Lake Erie.

It’s always terrific to spend time together getting the best pictures is an adventure in itself.

A day of adventures is never complete without a walk on the Port Glasgow beach a a visit to a favorite of ours, Tall tales cafe

We had the opportunity to craft a story, collectively with the kids about the Niagara River monster. A definite tall tale! The tallest tale teller of all went to our great friend Mike!

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With our home base park closing at the end of October we were invited to stay at our friends Bob and Simone in Dutton Ontario.

We had a great stay with them and we’re very thankful. a great staging point for us for water and to fill up our propane at the local Rona.

We had the opportunity to visit Strathroy and have Lunch with our friends Tena and Grant.

They always have tips and are happy to dream with us on what the upcoming trip may have in-store. Thank you dear folks.

Aftera quick trip to pick up haRVey we were on the way to our first night stopover at Tilbury Enroute rest stop. It appeared from the number of neighbours that we had at night they had the same idea.

We were up and ready to roll leaving at 6:38. With clear roads and warning of snow showers later this week we are heading south.