Unfortunately I hit Vegas about 4:45 p.m., the worst possible time. I hate cities so I wasn’t thrilled but I managed to keep up with traffic and find #93 headed toward Phoenix. The most interesting thing about this area in my opinion, is the progress of the new bridge at Hoover Dam. On the NV side of the river, there is no place to pull off so I took several pictures as I drove along. It is not finished but it is beautiful. I can’t quite figure out why they built it so close to the dam they are trying to protect but “they” didn’t ask me.
The road beyond the dam has also been improved for quite a ways but so far a lot of it is 45 mph which means if you go the speed limit as I was doing, you will have a line of impatient drivers behind you. The way the highway is carved out of the mountains, it looks like a line of pyramids beside it. The sun was sliding into the desert as I hit Kingman for food and fuel. I had already driven far too long but it was too hot to stop. I was about three hours from North Ranch.
I didn’t find any convenient boondocking spots and #93 had been improved greatly so I kept going. When I pulled into my driveway around 11 p.m., I knew the water was still turned off so I just slept in the van for the night. I was home, that’s all that counted.
The next morning, on 9-27, I awoke to my personal jungle. All the trees had grown greatly since I left in mid May. In the weeks since my arrival the end of Sep, we have had a major storm and messed things up royally but I am slowly getting the house, office, and lot in some kind of order. It was a tremendous summer in WY and WA and I’ll tell you more about all that as time goes on. The Astro van worked really well for all the nights when I didn’t have an apartment. God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”