1/1/17 in Winterhaven, CA (Pilot Knob-ROD)
Because rain was predicted for today, we’d put our slides in (except the closet which would come over my part of our bed) and jacks up yesterday. Thank heavens, because it was pouring when we were ready to get going. Naturally, the rain largely stopped as we neared the Resort exit.
Our next good news, the gas station at Fry’s (where we needed to get fuel) was open, thus we could also hook up our toad/towed car. Yay! On our way by 8 too. It rained periodically on our trip, with headwinds, but not like Florida rain and we didn’t run into any flood waters thank heavens.
Because I’ve changed to a Windows 10 computer the GPS that worked with our Microsoft Streets and Trips program was incapable of communicating with my computer, so I’m using a phone app: Maps.me. Having loaded the various state maps on to this program, it runs a GPS on those maps, thus I’m not using data/WiFi/Cell phone service. It’s very comforting for me. We also learned a nice trick to help us go the route WE chose. We list the turns we want to take on a sheet of paper at the dashboard, so both of us can see it. For example, on this trip our list reads thusly:
RR>SR347 (Exit 164)
RA (Rest Area) MM85
R>Sidewinder Rd (Exit 164)
R>Frontage Rd (Pilot Knob RV)
In time I may wean myself off MSST. We’ll see. I really like these new aids.
We arrived right at noon. We were here last year for the same reason, to see our Mexican dentist. Hopefully we won’t have the number of cavities that we had last time!
This campground is okay for a desert place. They have a nice pool and small hot tub, with a variety of activities and very friendly campers. There are level sites on sand with concrete pads and generally a tree for each site. You do need to pay an extra $5/day if you choose a 50 amp site over 30 amps. No WiFi but Verizon is good and TV satellite has lots of sky. Right off I-8 but the sound hasn’t bothered us. It does tend to be windier than other places north of here. We got to choose which available site we wanted-#160. We love that it’s really close to our exit to Algodones, Mexico, where our dentist is. We’ll be here until Jan 10th, so let us know if you happen to be around when we are.