We left Boise on Wednesday morning for an overnight in Winnemucca, NV. The ride was pretty uneventful and desert dry. Leaving the Boise area meant leaving most anything that was green behind us for a while. Winnemucca is a very hot and desolate place. The RV park was nice but mostly empty except for a few RV’s that, like us, did not detach their toads so they could get a jump on the next days drive.
We left Winnemucca pretty early to drive to the next campground south of Carson City Nevada, another very hot place. Unfortunately when we pulled in and registered for our pull-thru, the clerk said we would need to detach the toad prior to him leading us to our site. When I asked why, he mentioned his pull-thru’s were only 45′ long. Technically it was a pull-thru, but not what was expected when they charged us more for a “pull-thru” site. I think most folks would expect a pull-thru to allow them to leave the toad or truck pulling a trailer attached. That was not the case here. And the roadways between the pull-thru’s were barely 8′ wide, making me wince as I passed long trailers and coaches with only inches between my mirrors and their rigs. I would bypass the Silver City Resort if you have a larger coach or trailer. I had the same experience on the narrow roadways when leaving in the morning for the drive to Lone Pine.
During the drive south on US 395, we experienced a lot of smoke coming from the Sierra Nevada mountains. It was especially dense near Mammoth Lakes. In Lone Pine we pulled in to a very nice campground with quite a few trees in this very desert-like area. We had a true pull-thru and even had some shade. The trees weren’t the best for shading us, but anything is better than nothing. We left the campground before 8am so we could bypass a stay near Victorville where I assumed it would be even hotter as it’s pretty much in the middle of the Mojave Desert, and August in the Mojave is a pretty painful place to be.
We made it home by about 2pm on Saturday afternoon (Aug 4th) and it was really hot here too. UGH! We unloaded a few things from the coach that would be needed, like pillows and a few other things. On Sunday morning we started the real unload till around 9am by which time it was toasty again. It took us till Tuesday morning to get it fully unloaded and clean so I could bring it over to the storage lot that afternoon. Just in time to start gathering stuff to stay a week at the beach!