Prelude Trip to California – Day 1 – Mountain View RV Park

If you don’t know already my wife (Kate) our dog (Zeke) and I are heading out full time RVing starting Sept 1st 2014. In preparation for our big adventure we decided to make our previously planned trip to northern California for the Vineman Half Ironman triathlon on July 13th 2014. The plan was to take two days driving from Phoenix, spend a few days in a previously rented house in Guernville, CA and then grab the trailer back out of storage and spend a week driving back to Phoenix camping along the way.

The first day of driving from Phoenix to the Mountain View RV park in Tehachapi, CA ended up being a pretty good adventure. We wanted to stay off of the major interstates as much as possible so after taking I-10 out of Phoenix we got off at exit 45 and took Vicksburg Rd to the 72 then the 95 and on to Parker. From there the plan was to take the 62 across to Joshua Tree but a flash flood had shut the 62 down and we had to drive back to Quartzite and keep taking the 10 till the 177. Eventually we were on the 62 and got to experience 29 Palms, or as we now know it: 29 Tweakers. That was a strange town, granted we were only at the gas stations for a fill up so it may not be the best representation of the area. There sure were a lot of old RV’s all over the place. Probably a cool place to return to in the winter months.

We made out way to Apple Valley where I had a conference call with clients. That is one windy town. Holy moly!

Eventually we made it to camp after way too many hours of driving. We have decided that 300 miles in a day is the new maximum. The park was up against a grass runway for a small rural airport that also does glider trips. We setup ate dinner and crashed to prepare for the next day of driving.

By Roger

Roger lives fulltime in a 2008 Jayco Travel Trailer with his wife Kate and their dog's Dazey and Enzo. He works fulltime but is open to early retirement anytime.