Saturday, April 16, 2022

Playing Taps Over the GPS - Needles, Ca


The Sun comes up early in Arizona, because Arizona does not do Daylight Savings Time.  So 5:00 am is really 5:00 am, and the sun starts coming up at 5:00.  By 6:15 the sun was coming through the window covers...and we started to get up.  By 7 am, we were on the Interstate, headed for Needles California, about 260 miles away.  The picture above is of the San Francisco Peaks, by Flagstaff.  The highest peak, Humphreys Peak, is the highest point in Arizona at 12,633.

It was shortly after this picture was taken, as we were driving west following the GPS and listening to a Country Western Radio Station that I suddenly heard some static in the music, and just as I said, "Uh Oh...." ZAP, the GPS (and all that comes with it) goes ZAP again.  Well, I guess it isn't the CD Player after must be a speaker wire (based off of the static) -OR- the entire GPS is just past its prime and needs to be replaced.  

I knew there was a Cracker Barrel along the Interstate in Flagstaff.  The picture above is from Google Maps Street View from the Interstate...and it almost looks like what we faced today.  I figured that if we could find a parking place, I would order breakfast ToGo and get the GPS running, grab our breakfast, eat and be on our way.  And it all worked out, despite the dozen or so RVs in and around the lot...most looked like they stayed there all night.

We barely made it out of Flagstaff, where there is much construction and very bumpy roads, and ZAP, the GPS bit the dust again...this time with nothing else going but the GPS.

TAPS for the GPS

GPS is done,
Gone the sun,
No more lake,
No more hill,
No more sky.
All is well,
Safely rest,
God is nigh.

So we get through the bumps and lumps of Flagstaff, and enjoy the scenery with a few tears in our eyes.  RIP GPS...   (See that silver trailer in the picture, it is a Airstream and I couldn't help but admire how nice they are...who knows the age...who cares, they hold up so well, but they cost a good chunk of money...not that we want to pull a trailer, but just saying...we followed them a good chunk of the way to Kingman)

Marcia got this picture facing north...nothing of interest up there except for a fairly large trench known as the Grand Canyon.

Another interesting formation...and the silver trailer is still in front of us.  (Sometime we got close to it, other times it was far away like this.  I could have passed it a time or two, but why?)

This is the exit we take on our way home each fall/winter, except we are going the other way.  We like US 93 through Wickenburg, and yes, that silver trailer is right in front of us...but we lost them shortly after when Indy needed to take one of her breaks and we pulled into a TA Truckstop.  (Ok, the stop was for me, and I also needed to call the RV Park in Needles.)

Here we have just passed through Kingman.  The exit sign is for Las Vegas, and as soon as we went around that corner there was a huge backup in the right lane.  I took the chance and got in the left lane, zipped by everyone who were simply getting off at the Las Vegas exit and causing a backup on the Interstate.

Had to toss in this picture of the Pilot sign.  Yes, unleaded for $4.39...and there is a Love's which has the same price.  Both stations were very busy with this exit just 9 miles from the California boarder.  I got as much in the tank as I could possibly put in!

And there is the boarder just one mile ahead, you cross over the Colorado River and you have crossed over into ... 

We arrive just past 2 pm, and enjoyed the shade as we could.  It got up to 87 degrees, 9% humidity, and just about the upper level of our comfort zone.  Now it is 9 pm, it is 80 degrees and it feels just fine.  It will get down to 62 degrees by the time the sun comes up.

We are again at Fender's RV Park, a Passport America Park where we pay $19+ (I just gave her a twenty and told her to keep the change) and we are in the exact same campsite we have been in the last 3 or 4 times we have stayed here.  Indy has been here before, last November on our way home.  She 'seemed' to smell more here than other places, she may realize that she has been here before.  If so, she must know that the big green lawn in Citrus Heights is awaiting her, along with her aunt and uncle who we 'HOPE' she will be nice to immediately.  Now, all I have to do is try and remember my way back home to Citrus Heights where I called home for most of 1975 through 1983.


  1. Lucky you even HAD a GPS. My truck is too old for that so I use my phone. I have so much stuff plugged into the cig lighters its depleting my batteries!! Diesel here is up to $5.99. Hopefully by the time you return, it will go back down a tad. BTW I checked on a GPS system for my truck ... $2,000!!! I'll virtually wave as you go by!!

    1. Ya, we "might" just be using Google Maps from here on out...unless we can ID a speaker wire type problem.

  2. Poor GPS. Hopefully your mourning process goes quickly, and you can find a suitable replacement. I love the looks and nostology of Airstreams but they are not for us either.

    1. I'm telling you, I told 'her' that I forgave her for the time she tried to lead across the Yukon River where there was no bridge nor ferry system. Or the time she took us down a fire road instead of to the RV Park near Yosemite, or the other half dozen times I had to unhook the car to turn around because 'she' took us down the wrong pathway. But I still love

  3. If you had driven over the Colorado in Needles going north on 95, you would have stayed in AZ long enough to get AZ gas at Thalypo, the station that has the BEST prices before driving back toward freeway going west. Much lower than the California side. And yes, that’s the name of the station. station.

    1. Well, when you are 40 feet long (motorhome, car and connecting hardware) you have to be careful where you pull in and try to put gas into the motorhome. Having traveled this route many times before, I stop at the gas stations that I KNOW I won't have problems with...even if I can save 10 cents per gallon at another gas stations not far from our route.

  4. Have you thought of having another GPS as a backup for just these kind of times. Having everything in one package always looks neat but lose one and you lose them all.
    Be Safe and Enjoy going home.

    It's about time.

    1. We have another GPS system in the car, not hooked up in the car but in the back seat on the floor as a 'just in case'. However, I have driven this route so many times over the past 30+ years that I don't need a GPS.


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