New Shoes for Gulliver
We spent our first week on the road north of Flagstaff, Arizona, near Humphrey’s Peak, where high temperatures ranged between 60 and 70 degrees and lows dipped down to 27. Yes, you read that right: 27. We had to dig out our winter clothes and heavy blankets, especially after leaving 100-degree temperatures in the Valley.
We camped with Bob’s brother, Tom, and family. They’ve been full-time RVers for two years and gladly shared lots of tips and tricks. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to start our journey (although a little warmer wouldn’t have been bad).
Since I don’t have a full-time job right now, we decided to get a jump-start on the holiday weekend and head to Oregon. We planned to travel to Medford, Oregon, in three days. Plans are subject to change, and they certainly changed for us.
Pit Stop in Las Vegas
We made it north of Las Vegas around 4:30 p.m. when a fellow motorist waved us down to let us know something looked wrong with one of our truck tires. We thanked him, moved to the right, and started navigating Google Maps to find a gas station with enough clearance for our trailer.
As it turned out, the exit we took also led to a tire shop — probably the last easy-to-get-to tire shop before leaving the greater Las Vegas area. We went directly there.
Upon examination, we realized the tread on our front passenger tire had started to split. It wouldn’t have been much longer before it let go completely. The other front tire didn’t look much better. God was definitely watching over us. If we had attempted to drive to our intended destination, we could have had a major incident on the freeway.
The listing agent for the sale of our house had encouraged us to get new tires before our journey. We should have listened to him.
We decided to replace all six truck tires, but the shop couldn’t get them until the next day. Not wanting to pull the trailer anywhere with the unsafe truck tires, we spoke with the store manager about where we might be able to park the trailer.
He called the owner, and they agreed to let us park our rig at the back of their lot overnight. Even better, they let us sleep in it on the property as long as we didn’t open the slides. (Fortunately, our model makes it easy to get to the bedroom and bathroom without opening any slides.) And, the property had 24-hour surveillance.
Rolling with the Punches
We could have been frustrated and upset, but instead, we chalked up the detour to part of the adventure. We gained time to bum around the northern Las Vegas area, taking a Lyft to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
The beautiful thing about our new lifestyle is we don’t have to be anywhere at any certain time. So, we’ll just arrive in Oregon a day later than anticipated. No big deal. The important thing is we still have our home and each other, and Gulliver has new shoes.
5/22/2020 12:51:07 pm
I was hoping to hear from you soon. Knew you were traveling again. You were very blessed.
5/22/2020 12:51:10 pm
I love that you guys are taking everything with a grain of salt... that mindset will make the most of your adventure! I'm loving tagging along and following Gulliver's travels. Have fun!
5/22/2020 01:03:28 pm
You can't beat free lodging for a night!!! There will always be learning pains, but you are learning fast. It's great that you were able to get some advice from experienced RVers.
5/22/2020 04:33:35 pm
Every time I read all your articles it is as if I was there myself living that amazing experience. I am happy to see Gulliver in new shoes. well, I hope that everything is better with the blow he received. I love you Bob and Lana, please don't stop sharing your experiences with all of us because we really enjoy it and it makes us feel like we are part of your family. Always a prayer for your family ❤
5/23/2020 05:38:48 am
I'm praying that everything will take a turn for the better. That all of these "school of hard knocks" lessons will cease. Gulliver will continue his journey without misfortune or incident of any sort. Here's to good times coming your way. May God bless you both, abundantly and forever.
5/27/2020 12:39:05 pm
I live in Oregon are you coming my way.
5/28/2020 07:32:30 am
I'm sorry, Aunt Eva, but we're not going to make it to your area this time. Maybe the next time we're in the area. I hope you're doing well.
5/28/2020 08:11:03 am
Whew!! Definitely you've got a few angels on your shoulder as you travel, and thankful you do! You were only a 3 hour drive from a beautiful part of Nevada (where my sister lives), in Lincoln County. Panaca Nevada is home to a State partk visitor center, outside Cathedral Gorge State Park, that serves 4 other state parks in the area. I don't remember all 4 of the parks, but Kershaw Ryan is one of them, and it's right next to the town of Caliente, which is 15 miles south of Panaca. Both have camping opportunities. I could even give you my sister's contact info. She worked for Nevada State Park system as a park interpreter for 30 years, and knows all the great spots for camping, hiking, viewing petroglyphs and other natrual wonders in Nevada. Glad that Gulliver is properly shod, and hope you have a great time in Oregon (I read your post about that already-you are definitely having adventures!!). Stay well and safe!
5/31/2023 08:31:02 pm
This was a lovely blog posst
5/31/2023 11:58:01 pm
Thank you. Glad you liked it.
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This is the travel blog of full-time RVers Bob and Lana Gates and our truck, Gulliver, and fifth wheel, Tagalong.