Posted by: harleyhawk43 | November 17, 2016

Year Seven


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(Hawk and Karen’s two books on their full time RV travels are available at http://www.nstarsolutions.com/store/home.php?provider=harleyhawk)

363 Full color pictures!

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Well, we made it! Hauling a 2006 Forest River Cherokee Wolfpack with our 2006 F-350 Ford Diesel pickup, we, once again, for the 13th time made it across our wonderful country. We are so fortunate to be able to do this! For those of you new to our blog, we made a decision 7 years ago to let go of most of our belongings and fixed residence to join the full time RV fraternity. Since that decision, we have never looked back. Despite fairly regular impediments in our path, we have persevered and continued to focus on our objectives. They are;

  1. To be free to travel wherever we please in the U.S.
  2. To live within our budget
  3. To share our experiences with our children, grandchildren and friends
  4. To encourage like minded individuals to “take the plunge”.
  5. To record our motorcycle/RV adventures and encourage others to give it a try.

This particular time, we made it to Arizona without any mishaps. Then, the usual happened, a warning light on our dash, indicating an electric brake issue. We did not panic, since we have been through this type of thing many times. We were at Lost Dutchman RV Park in Apache Junction and called the nearest RV Mobile Shop. No problem, even though they and everyone else were straight out, they said they would be out to our site on Saturday November 12. Excellent! We waited all day and they never showed up. Since it was the weekend, we could not call them. So, we developed a plan; send them a voice mail and a text, expressing our disappointment in their lack of keeping their appointment and informing them we would be at their shop first thing Monday morning.

So, off we went, somewhat apprehensive about the brakes, but not overly concerned, because we had a flat route to the repair shop. They apologized for the mix-up, repaired the short in the trailer brakes and we were on our way for the final leg in this year’s journey (Arizona to California (Newport Beach). Below you will see some of the scenes in Apache Junction, near the Superstition Mountains, as we joined our Canadian buddies, Captain Canada and Debbie Dewdrops, for a reunion and hiking. We were tired from traveling and they took advantage of that during our 2 day dominoes tournament.

We made our final leg a two day trip, due to our late departure from the brake repairs and stayed overnight on BLM land, just outside of Joshua Tree N.P..

After a relaxing morning hike Tuesday morning, we drove the final 140 miles and landed in Newport Beach CA  around noontime and spent the rest of the day setting up camp.

After settling in to a routine and familiarizing ourselves with the area, we prepared for a busy weekend of celebrating Thanksgiving early (on Saturday 11/19) and then watching our beloved New England Patriots prevail over San Francisco today. The weather has been good with 50s at night and high 60s during the day. Today and tonight it actually rained!

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(An early Thanksgiving at Huntington Beach with Karen’s extended family)

More pictures of the campground in the next post.

 


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