Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Familiar stomping grounds.....

 7:51 am - Wednesday - October 20th - Carson City, NV - 48° F, 43% humidity, wind - CALM....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 61° F....looks like it will be a nice autumn day.  On this date in 2017 we were visiting Bryce Canyon NP......↴


When we awoke in Alturas, CA Tuesday morning the outside temp was 24° F....brrrr.  While I had turned on the block heater around 6 am, there was no way I was going to do anything outside until at least 9 am.  Counting the block heater we had 5 electric heaters going, and were using close to 50 of the 100 amps to which we have access.  With no wind, and few clouds the temps got into the high 30's pretty quickly, and we were rolling our wheels by 9:20 am.

While I was 'pretty sure' we had enough diesel to comfortably get to Carson City, NV where we planned to fill the tank, our analog fuel gauge tends to get very inaccurate when it reaches the 1/4 tank line, which should mean we have at least 45 gallons of diesel left, which at 6 mpg would give us a range of 270 miles.  Theoretically, if we have 45 gallons left we should need 135 gallons to top off our 180 gallon tank.  Often we have taken on less than 120 gallons in those situations, which means we really had 60 gallons.  There is no doubt in my mind that if I trusted that gauge even one time that would be the one time being 'pretty sure' would not be a good thing.  I say all that to say this....we decided to drive back into town to put in another 30 gallons to be on the safe side.  In California diesel prices run over $1.00 more per gallon than most other western states, and the best local price we could find was $4.72/gallon....that is the most I have paid since 2008.  In Pendelton, OR we paid $3.61/gallon on Saturday.  At any rate I reluctantly gave the cashier $150, and pumped in 31+ painful gallons.

We were on US-395 heading south once again by 9:40 am....


.....about one hour into our day we hit our highest elevation point in over 6 months......


.....and from there it was pretty much a downhill slide to Reno where we crossed I-80 for the first time since last February.  From Reno we continued south on US-395 to Carson City where we had planned to fill up using our TSD Logistics fuel card for $3.55/gallon, but soon discovered that most regular stations were selling at the same price, or lower, so we decided to defer the fill up until Friday, and continue on to our destination, Silver City RV Park, where we arrived around 2 pm.  Whenever we are going to be in the area for more than a day we stay there....they have sites large enough for our 62', and it is just 3 miles to the Trader Joe's and COSTO stores....


.....we stopped two, or three times over the 200 miles to Carson City to take breaks, and the big views were just stunning.....

One of our rest stops was a large turnout just before our descent into Standish, CA

....once again we arrived at an RV park without a reservation and snagged a long pull through site for two days before heading out in the VW to have a late lunch at the local In 'N Out Burger.....



I always get their #2 combo plate (burger, fries and a drink)....I think I got too much catsup.....lol!

I'm a happy boy!

.....we didn't do any shopping....we'll save that for Wednesday....so we were home before 4 pm.  I had forgotten the Dodgers NLCS game started at 2:08 pm, so I turned it on to see how they were doing.....they lost two games in Atlanta in the bottom of the 9th both times, and were now back at home where they were losing 5-2 as the bottom of the 8th inning began.  By the time the dust settled the Dodgers had taken a 6-5 lead on a three run home run, and a run scoring double.  They managed to strike out the Braves 1,2,3  in the top of the 9th to win the game.  Smiles all around!

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