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February 4 to 10, 2019




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Monday February 4, 2019


We will be leaving Wednesday morning.  Today, I filled the fresh-water reservoir because we will be spending two or three nights in the desert near Lake Havasu City.


I also check the tire pressure on the MH and the car.  All was good.
 

I am going to visit the classic car collection in the casino.


This home-made class "C" MH is really nice.


The collection is broken in two locations.  One is at ground level near the entrance to the casino and the other in on the third level of the casino.  They have a few other items on display other the classic cars, like this outboard motor.


I do not ever remember seeing or heard about this car before.


Being a casino, you got to have some old slot machines on display.  The value varied between $1,000 and $10,000.


Emilio Scotto drove around the world on this Honda Gold Wing 1100 Interstate.  You can read his story below.
   


This is the official site of Emilio Scotto.

Now on a different scale.
 

A Harley Davidson M50.


The 1937 Cord was ahead of its time with its retractable headlights.
 

Looks pretty dirty to me!
 

It is very rare you see a tow truck restored.
 

Any classic car collection has to have a least one Corvette.
 

This is the only Corvette we could afford.
 

So many nice cars, like this 1957 Plymouth Fury on the right.  Big cars like I like them.



The view from the third floor.  All the RVs you see are parking for a few days to a few months.  They have no hook-ups, but it is free.


Across the street is the casino RV Park.  We are at the red arrow.


Another view of the car collection.  Don Laughlin only own a few of the cars on display.  All the other cars are from private owners.  They are on loan to the casino.  It is a win-win arrangement for both parties.  The casino has more cars on display and the owner of the cars have free storage out of the elements.


I finally decided to go see the Oak Ridge Boys tonight.  Michele is not a fan of the group.  She stayed home.
A different view of Casino Drive.


It was an OK show.  The theater was not very good for this type of shows,  The way the seating arrangement is, if a person the same height as you sits in front of you, you have a hard time seeing the stage!


It was still a good day.



Tuesday February 5, 2019


A boring day, rain and wind all day.  It was OK, tomorrow the weather will be better for traveling.
 


A relaxing day.



Wednesday February 6, 2019


The sun is shinning, but it is cold (for Arizona).
Michele backed up the MH from the site and drove it a little further so we could hook-up the car.


Goodbye Laughlin!  Our two weeks here were good, but it is time to move on.  The RV Park was OK, but we were happy to leave.


Surprisingly, gasoline is cheaper here than Yuma or Phœnix and by more that 40 ¢ per gallon.  We fuel up the MH at $2.069 per gallon U.S. or about 75 ¢ CDN after you take into account the exchange rate.


I believe this is the first time we saw a trailer like this one.


Once again, we must go through California before coming back in Arizona.
 

Their definition of a rough road would be like a good road for us in Canada.


Oh the sceneries!


Arriving in Lake Havasu City.  The Lake Havasu is a reservoir behind a dam.
Lake Havasu City and the lac Havasu attract more that 750,000 visitors per year.


We are not staying at and RV Park.  We will boondock in the desert.
The place we found is about 6 km south of the city.  It is an old quarry.


After we had got settled in, we went to the information center is Lake Havasu City.
Lake Havasu is not just a popular destination because of the lake, but also because of the London Bridge.  Next to the bridge is the "English Village".  The information center is located in the village as well as many souvenir shops, restaurants and place to rent any type of water craft.  Michele is in the gate at the entrance of the English Village.  This gate was part of the Witley Court In Worcester, England.


The Lions Fontaine.


The London Bridge is a bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It was built in the 1830s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London, England. It was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona. The Arizona Bridge is a reinforced concrete structure clad in the original masonry of the 1830s bridge, which was purchased by Robert P. McCulloch from the City of London. McCulloch had exterior granite blocks from the original bridge numbered and transported to America to construct the present bridge in Lake Havasu City, a planned community he established in 1964 on the shore of Lake Havasu. The bridge was completed in 1971 (along with a canal), and links an island in the Colorado River with the main part of Lake Havasu City.


You can see where marks where left from the bullet fired from German airplanes during the second World War.


The bridge and us.


An English Village would not be English without a British phone boot!


Time to go on the bridge.  People still place pad locks on bridges!


We walked and drove on the London Bridge.
 

The English Village on the left of the bridge.


The city founders.



And back down in the village.


Lake Havasu City has a population on about 53,000 people.  This is the place to be if you like boating and off-roading.  It is a good retirement place.



Thursday February 7, 2019


It was pretty cold last night, 0° C and only +6° C in the MH.  Why so cold in the MH?  Simply because we have no electricity and to run the propane furnace you need power.  That power can come from the batteries, but they would only last half the night anyway.  You can not let your generator run all night, not pleasant for you neighbors.  We were not cold at all.  We had lots of blankets with us.

I got spoiled this morning, an egg with two yokes.


The views around our site.



I can tell you it is not easy to find a RV Park in February either in Yuma or Phœnix.  After two hours of calling every RV Parks, we found a place for a month at Friendly Acres.  We were at that RV Park in mid-November.

We are back at the English Village after lunch.


There are a few of those boundary markers around the village.
 

Some of the photos from the information center.  They explained the steps taken to get the bridge here.
The London Bridge in London.


The founder of the city, Mr. McCulloch and the city planner, Mr. Wood.
By the way, Mr. McCulloch is the owner of the McCulloch chainsaw.


How do you dismantle a bridge so you can rebuild it later?
By numbering each piece of the bridge as they are removed.
 

The only bridge that crossed an ocean.


Once the pieces were in Lake Havasu City, they built a bridge and used the pieces from the original bridge to "clad" the outside of the bridge.
   

The London Bridge in Lake Havasu City.


After we got back home, I went for a walk to the top of the hill.


A good day.



Friday February 8, 2019


Another night at 0° C, oh well!  Still not bad compare to -45° C in Saskatchewan.

We left our site at around 9.14 h.  Traveling south, we pretty much follow the Colorado River, some times closer and other times a little further.


Some of the sceneries are just beautiful.  I saw most of it, but I had to keep my eyes on the road too!


This is near Parker Dam.


Quartzsite. It seems like we were here not to long ago!
 

With all the rain we have been getting over the last month, the desert is turning green.


The entrance of the Yuma Proving Ground.  The canons that could shoot nuclear bombs.


As we are getting closer and closer to Yuma, we see more agriculture.  This a field of cauliflower after it has been harvested.


Back in Yuma.


After we got settled in, we did nothing for the rest of the day.  We will be here for a month.



Saturday February 9, 2019


An easy day at home again.


We did go out for some groceries shopping, so Michele could make her very good vegetable soup.


The temperature was a little too cool to wash the MH.  It sure needs it.



Sunday February 10, 2019


It is a little warmer today.  I wash the MH.  I started to wash in the morning before it gets to hot.  I did not have time to finish the last 20 feet on the driver side because the sun was beating down on the paint.  Way to hot to wash now.


But the most important part got done, the front of the MH so we could install the window covers for more privacies.


Our new home.


I also washed the car and the cement patio.  With all that done, we got all the chairs out and the table with the BBQ.


What a week!  Lots of fun for sure!
Where will we go after our time here in Yuma?  Who knows!

Until next time.

Life is good...




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