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Sunday, January 3Our good friend Dave was going to drive our truck to the airport to pick us up but he couldn't get the truck started. He came in his truck and we arrived back here in our trailer around noon. It turned out the battery was just a bit too weak from sitting for over a month. After a jump it started fine. After hooking up water, we discovered the hot water heater wouldn't light. Later in the evening we called a mobile RV repair but they were closed so we left a message. Jim, Dave Tom and Frank went to a late lunch at Applegate Restaurant near here.
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|We made the final decision to go over the mountains on I 70 rather than south into New Mexico, and it was the right choice. We had no problems with slippery roads, despite the heavy snow storm of a few days ago. All the roads were clear and we made good time. All our water pipes are still frozen along with the sewer valves so we used the campgrounds facilities. Last night it got down to -1 here in Grand Junction. Tomorrow we are expecting similar temps but by the next day we should be in Las Vegas with temps in the 40's.|
|Today was a long day of 280 miles, but we are only a day away from Las Vegas now. The temp got up to 45 at times and our water finally thawed out and we got the sewers dumped. The scenery along the way was spectacular. It was like rediscovering the desert all over again with snow accenting much of the landscape. Red stone and white snow were everywhere.|
Today we drove 235 miles and returned to Las Vegas. What a contrast. We awoke in Utah where the temperature was 2 degrees and again with frozen water pipes. After ariveing we cleaned the inside of the trailer. This afternoon in Las Vegas the temperature was 65 degrees. Nice. For dinner we had hamburgers and baked beans in the trailer.
Monday, January 11
Tuesday, January 12
Wednesday, January 13
|Today we left Sam's Town RV Park and drove the great distance of six miles to the Tuscany. We parked the trailer in the east lot for oversized vehicles and started moving into the hotel. Later in the day, Frank went with some IGRA folks and drove down to Laughlin, NV about 100 miles away where IGRA will hold next year's finals. Tom moved more stuff into our hotel room, and visited a local Ford dealer to get a replacement part for a truck connection which was broken.|
Today we finished up at the Tuscany with University. Had lunch there during awards. Then we moved out of the Tuscany Casino and Hotel back into the trailer and drove back to Sam's Town Hotel and RV Park, about six miles away. Our reasoning was that we wanted to get back into the RV park before the rains started.
Monday, January 18
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Sunday, January 24
|A long drive today but beautiful snow covered scenery. Campground is under about a foot of snow but plowed. Services are over priced, cable $2.50 which was snowy and Internet $2 which was terible. We ended up using our own Internet connection most of the time.|
We have arrived in Elko. Nice campground but a bit expensive. Appears to be operated by the Hilton Garden Inn next door. After setting up we went downtown and picked up our tickets for the various events we plan to attend at the Elko Cowboy Gathering. This evening was our first show with two very good lady cowboy poets. Then we were entertained by Dave Stamey, Frank's favorite cowboy singer. You can hear a lot of Dave's music on our Cowboy Music page.
Wednesday, January 27
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Friday, January 29
Saturday, January 30
|Sadly we left Elko behind and headed toward Las Vegas, which takes us two days to get there. The high today was 38 degrees, but tonight in Ely, NV the low is expected to be 1 degree...so our water pipes will freeze again. Then tomorrow off to Las Vegas and warmth. Here are a few photos along our route today.|