October 26 – We must be excited for warmer weather, since we got an early start this morning from Idaho Falls, by early I am talking 8 AM!
We have another long day of driving, as Mesquite, NV is our overnight stop!
Every year driving through Salt Lake City is a challenge. It is always interesting to see what obstacle course they have come up on the I15 as they seem to always be doing construction. This year they did swerve lanes……… multiple swerve lanes!
If you look up ahead you will see these swerve lanes, yes it’s exactly as if you had to swerve to miss something on the road.
Now I’m talking 5 lanes of traffic, all doing 100 +km/hr or 62 mph and there were several of these along the way! Congratulations Salt Lake City, you always make the trip through exciting for us!
We have a video we will upload later with our drive through the mountains from St. George to Mesquite, NV. (Once I figure out how to do it 😉)
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October 25, 2018- We managed to leave Milk River, Alberta by 9 am, which is actually quite good for us as we usually don’t get mobile till around oh around 10:00, lol!
This would be our first time crossing the USA border in warm weather and early in the morning, only to be welcomed to a mile long line up!
It took about an hour to get through the line up, but at least we had entertainment! What do you get when you have that many Canadian Snowbirds trying to head south at the same time? Some serious road rage! Wow, stay out of these rvers way heading south!
With our passports in hand, a few questions and we were officially across the border.
First stop was Shelby, MT for a quick stretch and doggie bathroom break.
Here are a few photos from yesterday as we made our way through Montana, it sure looks different from last year when we traveled down.
Just outside Shelby, MT
Highway view Cascade, MT
Crossing the Missouri River
Mile marker 222 – Wolf Creek
A friend of our recommend a different route off of I15 to avoid going through Butte, MT and the 2nd chain up area.
You turn off at Boulder, MT and head east on Montana’s 68 South for 31 miles. Turn right onto Montana 2 West for 6.5 Miles.
Turn left onto Montana 55 South for another 26 mile.
Turn right on Montana 41 into Dillion, MT.
Beautiful drive through cattle country, and newly paved highways!
We usual have 2 days of hard driving, then we slow down and smell the rose.
We made it to Idaho Fall, ID just in time to hit up Walmart for a few fridge groceries and of course a box of wine! 🍷 Hey I do have priorities!!
This past summer we had an unexpected visitor move into our Rv! We got the surprise one morning when we open up our cutlery drawer and surprise, something left us a turd!!
Yes, you guessed it, a fricken mouse!!
Grrr, now everything has to be completely cleaned and sanitized. These things creep me right out! Ok truth be told, I am scared shitless of them. Yes I know they are smaller than me, but nope not happening. I will scream like a little school girl, and I am not afraid to admit it.
Any plans Myron had that day were now put on the hold, as he now was on a search and destroy mission!
Aha, a section of our underbelly had come lose and allowed for a perfect entry point for the mouse to get in.
With traps set, it didn’t take long and snap…….. we caught the bugger!!!
We always knew it wasn’t a matter of if we would get a mouse, but a matter of when! We thought we had mouse proof our rig, but sometimes they just get in!
Not wanting them to ever get near our cutlery again. Myron came up with these sweet drawer covers.
He already had this clear heavy plastic material similiar to Lexan in his mobile shop, so he figured it would work perfect for the job.
Strong enough to hold my glass of wine!!
He used Velcro to temporarily hold them securely in place until we find the right fasteners.
The Charge Wizard constantly monitors battery voltage and battery usage then selects one of the following four operating modes to properly charge and maintain the batteries. Since we mostly boondock (Dry Camping), we are able to charge our batteries up faster with the generator on those cloudy days.
to access the converter we had to removed the electrical panel,
then remove the kitchen drawers on the other side of the cabinet.
Not the easiest spot to get to in the Cougar 337FLS, this took team work.
Out with the old, and in with the new!
It also comes with a remote pendant that we can manually control the charger.
The more time we spend in our RV, the more we find some of the design aspects of our Cougar are just not to our liking.
Our entry door came with a gas cylinder that was installed at the bottom of our door to keep the door open.
Cylinder head is connected to a steel ball installed in the sill and one at the bottom of the entry door.
Great idea, at first we really liked it. Well, that was until a gust of wind came up and grabbed the door and snapped the cylinder head which caused the door to smashed up against the trailer! Thankfully we had a broom leaning up against the trailer so this stopped the door from smashing our big picture window.
We have removed the gas cylinder and installed the trusty old plastic door holder.
Myron also install a 3″ rubber door stopper.
Not only has this upgrade now allowed us to have our door completely open in a breeze, but it also allows a full view from our door and opened up our seating area to utilize the entire awning.
” If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” – Rachel Wolchon
Today marks 1 year since we moved into our 5th wheel.
July 22,2017 we officially moved out of our house.
It was time to start the final demo on the last 2 rooms in the house.
We are pretty luck, we have 2 amazing and talented kids. They stepped up and helped Myron finish the renovations.
The master bedroom and bathroom were completely gutted and redone.
Our son Randy installed all our flooring, and he did an amazing job!
The only thing left in the kitchen was the completion of the backsplash. Our daughter Courtney picked out the tiles and our son Randy did all the installation.
Now with the inside done, the outside needed a facelift. Again our kids, son in-law Glenn and our friend Gwen stepped up. Without their help we wouldn’t have completed by the deadline as we were both still working full-time. For that we are thankful!!
Renovation now completed and it was finally time to purge our stuff.
We sold, gave away and donated whatever we didn’t want to keep.
With the house emptied, now it came time for Myron’s shop. This was a challenge to say the least. He still planned on doing upholstery when we are back in Canada, so that meant he still needed to keep a lot of his supplies.
Anyone that knows Myron knows if you need it, he will have it!
It took about a week and a half and it was finally done.
And on October 31, we said our final goodbye to the house that we raised our children in and locked the front door for the last time, as the next chapter of our story began.
We decided that Yuma,AZ would be our next stop as there is so much to see and do in the area. We decided instead of staying out in the desert that we would blacktop camp at Cocopah Casino just south of Yuma. The casino will allow you to stay in their RV parking lot for $6.00/night or $35.00/ week. This is just blacktop camping with no hookups. They do have level sites, security that drives around, and daily garbage pick up.
A view from the RV parking lot looking at the casino.
The RV sites are wide enough to have your slides out and be able to park beside your rig.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to cross as much off our list as we had planned, we did however spent quite a bit of time at the Foothills Animal Hospital in Yuma. Our little Miss Bella ended up with stuvite bladder stones that required emergency surgery.
The surgery went great, Miss Bella is doing fantastic and has healed quite nicely.
We did manage to take in some Yuma history which I will post in another blog.
We are hoping to make it back to Yuma later this winter to cross more off our list.