March 3, 2013 – In California so long we were afraid becoming a Californian

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In California so long we were afraid becoming Californians. Holly was already turning in to one.

One should use caution when bringing his young girls to California. They are especially susceptible to becoming Californians. The girls get too close to the California boys and get boy germs. These boy germs attract more boys! Before you know it, your girls will be bathed in paranormal attention, that they can no longer resist. Once this happens getting your girls out of California is like pulling an onion bulb out of the dry summer baked soil in late August.  I hate to think what would happen to a family who stayed several months at once  in California. I bet they would start thinking that all that tax they pay every day is reasonable, or worse, ask to pay more!

Actually, we had a nice visit in California, and want to thank Margie and her family for showing us around, and proving to us that there are very few Democrats in California. :) The time however has come, and we are headed to Arizona to see Steve, Martin, Mark, and Sue.  Here is the trip to Arizona via a nuts shell:

We Leave Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails, Dead Headed to Verde Valley Arizona taking I-215 to Hwy 60 to I 10 to I- 17 in Phoenix, ending on Arizona Hwy 260. Approximately 450 miles. One planned fuel stop at the Flying J in Quartzsite Arizona.  This is a pictorial lay of the land for this run.

We hooked up our tow vehicle using the Ready Brake from ReadyBrake. I wish I could sell these things, nothing beats this tow setup for durability and usability.
We hooked up our tow vehicle using the Ready Brake from ReadyBrake. I wish I could sell these things, nothing beats this tow setup for durability and usability.
Well it is 8am on we are ready to roll.
Well it is 8am on we are ready to roll.
We arrive at the Flying J truck stop. Planned on a 3 minute fuel stop as we only needed  half a tank or 55 gallons. Our Bank froze our accounts once they saw we left California. This never used to be a problem for us, but they said they have a new anti fraud policy and we have to call before entering a new state. Looks like we will stop using our Master card for fuel.  Probably will get a few national gas cards, don’t want to carry that much cash on our person.  Took an hour to get our accounts freed up, so we stayed for lunch and watched guys like the one in the picture. Has a smart car on his truck, a fifth wheel, and his motorcycles on a wheeled platform behind the fifth wheel.    We were thankful however when Athena got us refueled, as the kids really did not want to become the only full time residents in Quartzsite.
We arrive at the Flying J truck stop. Planned on a 3 minute fuel stop as we only needed half a tank or 55 gallons. Our Bank froze our accounts once they saw we left California. This never used to be a problem for us, but they said they have a new anti fraud policy and we have to call before entering a new state. Looks like we will stop using our Master card for fuel. Probably will get a few national gas cards, don’t want to carry that much cash on our person. Took an hour to get our accounts freed up, so we stayed for lunch and watched guys like the one in the picture. Has a smart car on his truck, a fifth wheel, and his motorcycles on a wheeled platform behind the fifth wheel.
We were thankful however when Athena got us refueled, as the kids really did not want to become the only full time residents in Quartzsite.
The heat must have gotten to the locals, they seem to think there is an ocean in Arizona. The yacht club is in Quartzsite right across from the truck stop!
The heat must have gotten to the locals, they seem to think there is an ocean in Arizona. The yacht club is in Quartzsite right across from the truck stop!
See the guy with the flashing lights? He is headed to a motorcycle crash up the freeway. Guy lost it in the left lane and planted himself in the meridian.  I do not believe in helmet laws, but I do believe your chances of life after a motorcycle crash are better. Please do your family and friends a favor and wear your helmet!
See the guy with the flashing lights? He is headed to a motorcycle crash up the freeway. Guy lost it in the left lane and planted himself in the meridian. I do not believe in helmet laws, but I do believe your chances of life after a motorcycle crash are better. Please do your family and friends a favor and wear your helmet!
We were passed by the Hell’s Angels Arizona chapter.  I always thought the  gang was a bit larger.  (Note the left overs from the Hell’s Angels are wearing their helmet.)
We were passed by the Hell’s Angels Arizona chapter. I always thought the gang was a bit larger. (Note the left overs from the Hell’s Angels are wearing their helmet.)
We arrive in Phoenix, and are on the top layer of  at least three layers of bridges.
We arrive in Phoenix, and are on the top layer of at least three layers of bridges.
Phoenix likes art, almost all their structures are decorated like this bridge. I like the cities graffiti better than that of the kind that evolves on wall and signs on its own.
Phoenix likes art, almost all their structures are decorated like this bridge. I like the cities graffiti better than that of the kind that evolves on wall and signs on its own.
My favorite thing to do with any city, is to leave it.  As we venture up the mountain north of Phoenix, we see a southern forest.
My favorite thing to do with any city, is to leave it. As we venture up the mountain north of Phoenix, we see a southern forest.
The slot that takes us into the high plains where nothing seems to grow. In fact it looks like the dead of winter on the tundra.
The slot that takes us into the high plains where nothing seems to grow. In fact it looks like the dead of winter on the tundra.
Now this is a crazy road name. Seems like a great way to discourage visitors.
Now this is a crazy road name. Seems like a great way to discourage visitors.
Truck drivers, please think about common courtesy to other motorist before choose a place to back up to and unload your rig.  This guy has limited the up hill traffic to just one lane. With the volume of cars on the road, that caused traffic to be tied up for miles.  He probably is congressman who drives truck when congress is not in session. This would explain his obtuse behavior.
Truck drivers, please think about common courtesy to other motorist before choose a place to back up to and unload your rig. This guy has limited the up hill traffic to just one lane. With the volume of cars on the road, that caused traffic to be tied up for miles. He probably is congressman who drives truck when congress is not in session. This would explain his obtuse behavior.
We are dropping into Verde Valley, which is our destination.
We are dropping into Verde Valley, which is our destination.
We have arrived, and some how we were lucky enough to only see traffic bottle necks, and not be a traffic bottle neck. That being said, this was a great trip! Have a good evening and a good night!
We have arrived, and some how we were lucky enough to only see traffic bottle necks, and not be a traffic bottle neck. That being said, this was a great trip!
Have a good evening and a good night!
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