We drove back to Quartzsite to get new shoes for our baby. Six truck-size tires were installed in Quartzsite. Ralph noticed the front driver’s side tire wall was cracking. This happens to RV tires much sooner than the tread wearing out. They “age out” before they wear out. If one was cracking, the others wouldn’t be far behind. Good tires are extremely important on a 22,000 lb vehicle. A flat tire or blow out can cause a lot of damage to property and life! Nothing to mess around with so we called around and received a competitive price from an independent tire dealer in Quartzsite. New tires along with our new Tire Pressure Monitoring System gives us a more confident feeling moving down the road. When the tires were off they checked the brake pads and of course, we needed them too! So we asked for a recommendation in Lake Havasu City and made an appointment for Friday. It’s been an expensive trip with all the new gear. We are now totally prepared for our country-wide trip this summer, if indeed we finally decide to go. From Quartzsite, it is only around 90 miles north to Lake Havasu City, AZ, our next home for a while.
I don’t know what I expected from Lake Havasu…the only thing I did know was that the London Bridge was purchased, dissembled, shipped to Arizona and reassembled. I thought that was the craziest waste of money. But, indeed it is here in all it’s glory spanning the Colorado River.
Havasu seems to be a small city full of Canadian snowbirds. It is a nice size small city that even has a Dillard’s Department Store. We pulled into town thinking we were going to boondock, but the places we were told about were too crowded and not level. So we started calling around to several RV parks to inquire about open sites. No vacancies anywhere! Finally Prospector’s RV Park said they had dry camping available in their overflow parking area for $10 a day. SOLD! We parked in the overflow parking in the back, however, it was right next to the Clubhouse, pool, hot tub, showers and laundry. Score! We stayed through the President’s Day weekend. A couple of days hanging at the pool and reading was a welcomed change of pace. If we hadn’t found this, I don’t know where we would have camped. They say to always have a plan B…now I always will.
We hiked at SARA park, just south of town. It was a great hike up into the hills to a vista overlooking the lake. The trails were not well marked and we did get a little lost, but ended up back on the road about one-half mile from where we parked. SARA park is a giant park that has venues for the rodeo, R/C airplanes, sports fields and hiking trails.
We attended the Rockabilly Reunion on Saturday. There were several bands, none of which we liked. And they had a classic car and old motorcycle show. Ralph and I picked out our classic cars to buy (wishful thinking). Of course, we picked different cars! I like the Bonnie and Clyde cars and Ralph likes the old muscle cars. We ate dinner at the food court and left there pretty early. I like almost all types of music, including Rockabilly, but it has to be good music. Unfortunately, this was NOT good music.
On Sunday we took a ride to the Desert Bar. I read about the Desert Bar in a couple of blogs I follow and wanted to go see the place for myself. There are two roads that go up the hill to the bar; one is a dirt road that requires a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle and the other is a dirt road that an average vehicle can navigate. Both roads are about five miles long. As most of you know, I drive a Mini Cooper S…definitely not four-wheel and definitely not high clearance. So I thought, “No problem, we’ll take the “good” road”. We headed up the worst road I’ve ever driven on. They should actually call it a rock road, not a dirt road. Several cars passed us coming down the road, actually there was a bit of a traffic jam. In some places there was only room for one car at a time. Talk about white-knuckling the steering wheel. And do you know how long it takes to go five miles at 10 mph? A freakin’ long time! But, I wasn’t giving up. We finally arrived at the bar and were pleasantly surprised. It was a hopping place with a really good rock and roll band, food, and of course drinks. The bar is completely off the grid; it uses solar for power and the solar panels provide shade for the outdoor areas. We had a good time and I am glad we made the trip up the mountain. Ralph drove on the way down. We were very happy to finally reach the highway!
We also visited the Parker Dam. The poor Colorado River is all dammed up! There are lots of wild burros in the area and frequently cause cars accidents. These burros seemed to be very happy located on the local golf course. There are several RV Parks in the area, but they are much too crowded for our tastes.
I like Lake Havasu City very much. I can see why so many people flock here in the winter. It’s beautiful mountains surround the fairly large lake and there are plenty of things to do. And the weather was perfect! Don’t know when I’ll get back here, if ever. We did enjoy our time here.
Next stop Lake Mead and Las Vegas.
Until next time.