Wednesday, March 4, 2020

La Dentista........

7:30 am - Wednesday - March 4th - Winterhaven, CA - 52° F, 83% humidity, wind 3 mph out of the north by northeast.  Clear, blue skies today with a forecast high of 77° F, which we will not see as we roll our wheels in 30 minutes!

Usually when we have dentist appointments in Los Algodones we drive the Beetle down to the border parking lot (operated by the Quechan Casino), pay $6 to park, and then walk to Dr. Ureña's office, which is about 4 blocks.  This time TLE thought to ask the nice lady at the front desk if they had a shuttle bus making runs from the Casino to the border, and she said "Yes!".  My appointment was for 11 am Arizona time, so we picked up the 9:45 am shuttle (arrived to pick us up around 10:05 am) for $1/person.  TLE wanted to order some prescription, polarized sunglasses at Best Optical, and we were there by 10:15 am after a brisk two block walk.  Once she had placed her order, she asked how soon we would have them, and the cashier said by 2 pm.  We arrived at Dr. Ureña's office by 10:30 am......


....one of the things I appreciate about her dental office is that you are usually called into the back room within a few minutes of your actual appointment time, and they get right to work.  I was done with my 'DEEP cleaning' by 12 pm, paid the tab, and we were on our way down to the Rancho Cafe, which is about 1/2 block from Best Optical to get a Mocha Frappuccino (for moi), and a Cappuccino Frapé for TLE.  They have free WiFi, and that is the code at the bottom of their cash register sign......


....Rancho Cafe is in a courtyard off the street, and is a very nice place to hang out while you are waiting for that which you may find yourself waiting.  We sat there for an hour before TLE decided to walk over to Best Optical and see if they had gotten her glasses in early.....they had not, so we waited another half hour before walking back, and this time they had the glasses 1/2 hour early!  By the time we got to the border crossing to reenter the USA the line was all the way back to the pond.....about 1/16th of a mile long.  Fortunately the computers were running fast this day and we were showing our US Passports and back in the USA 30 minutes later....not too bad!

By the time we exited the border crossing we knew we had missed the shuttle back to the Quechan Casino by 30 minutes so we decided on the spot to just walk the 1.7 miles back to the Newell....it took us exactly 30 minutes, and we needed the walk anyway.

I spent the rest of the afternoon recuperating from my deep cleaning.  By the time we arrived home (3 pm) the novacaine had worn off and I was beginning to feel the effects of the DEEP cleaning, so I took some Tylenol, and then took a nap.

I did not tilt up the solar panels for our brief two night stay at the Quechan Casino, but our batteries got back to 96% from a low of 82% in the morning anyway.  Right now as I write our Kohler 7.5 kw generator is running the block heater, and our battery charger.  In about 10 minutes we turn over the big Detroit Diesel 6v92 and begin our eastward run to Wittmann, AZ.

'Pre-flight' check list

One last thing.....many of you know I keep a 'white board' on my steering wheel with 'pre-flight' stuff I need to do before rolling our wheels each time, or before we dry camp.  The left side under 'Travel' is what I do before we roll our wheels.  The right side under 'Dry Camp' is what I do to set up after we park in a dry camping, or boondock site.  It's been a while since I wiped it clean and updated it, but I finally did a few days ago.

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