Monday, January 23, 2017

The Q....Day 4

7:54 am - Mountain Time - Monday - 49º F, humdity 79%, wind 14 mph out of the south......partly cloudy.....beautiful sunrise......we are facing the eastern sky and on mornings when there is no cloud cover we get sun through our front windows and the coach warms up much more quickly, and we have to use our heaters much less.  It was warmish overnight because it only got down to 61º F inside the Newell last night, and what is the significance of that?  Read on..........

Quartzite morning four

......Sunday began cloudy and cold, and remained cloudy and cold all the day was not windy!  With the heavy cloud cover and no chance of getting sufficient sun rays on our solar panels we ran Mr. Predator pretty much all day long, and by the end of the day as the sun set we were back to 97% and that is not too bad.  When it does not get too cold outside our batteries tend to lose their charge much more slowly.  Typically when we start at a 100% charge and do our usual TV watching at night we lose around 12-13% of our charge overnight.  Last night we began at only 97% charge, but ended up at 88% this morning, so only an 11% loss of charge......not bad.  Obviously we were not getting much benefit from the generator once the charge got back to 95%, but we were watching the NFL playoffs all afternoon......but I get way ahead of myself.

We wanted to go shopping in the Tyson Wells daily flea market and get in some walking so we left sometime before 11 am for our walk over and then proceeded to walk up and down the aisles looking for things we could not live without......apparently I was the only one who found things in this category.....TLE found a couple of jewelry type items in which she was interested, but apparently she was able to resist........she did, however, buy a small $1 eyeglass repair kit (screws, screw drivers, etc.).  I, on the other hand, came away with a few small things.....a couple of 3/8" ratchet extensions, and three 1/4" ratchet extensions......all of which I needed.  Every 100 yards, or so we would pass someone selling something delicious to eat, but we were strong......

 Shopping at Tyson Wells......forgot to smile....😋.....I really wanted to try those hand dipped onion rings.....

......around 12:30 pm we began our walk back to the coach so as to be on time for the 1:05 pm start time for the NFC playoff game between the Packers and Falcons played in Atlanta.  This game was over by the middle of the 2nd quarter, and by half time it was 24-0, so we took a drive over to Main Street to buy a few grocery items.

There seem to be two supermarkets here in Quartzite.....the most frequented is the Road Runner Market where we made our first stop.  It is a good enough market, but all the aisles had this 'picked over' feel to them, and we were not too impressed with their meat counter, or deli.  We bought a few things there and then drove about two blocks down to the Quartzite General Store which was not crowded at all, but all the shelves were stocked, and the prices were a little lower.....the big plus is they have a wonderful meat counter, and deli, so I think we will revisit them for our next major shopping foray.  

The Packers vs. Falcons game ended with the score in favor of the Falcons 44-21.  We had hopes of the late afternoon matchup between the Steelers and Patriots (played in New England) being more competitive, but it was not to be.  The Steelers kept it close for the first half, but ended up losing 36-17, and it was not that close.  So Super Bowl 51 will feature the Atlanta Falcons  and the New England Patriots in two weeks (February 5th).  Hard to believe there is only one football game left until next August!

One thing I neglected to mention in yesterday's blog was that I bought a flag pole LED light to properly illuminate my 'Stars and Stripes' at night, which is the proper flag etiquette........ really is quite nice, and also nicely illuminates the area around the trailer night, of course.

That was our fourth day at the 'Q'......thanks for stopping by!


  1. The Quartzsite General store is my favourite as well, love the smoked pork chops there.
    Like you flag pole light too.


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