TownePlace Suites El Centro
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Today we, Ziggy and I, felt like we could die if this bike broke down or ran out of gas. I had a full tank, 180 miles, and I truly thought we could run out of gas. Fortunately there was a small gas station where US 95s hits CA 62w. 87 octane never looked so good. We rode 170 miles of desert. The heat never really materialized and we rode in 85 degree heat with hazy sunshine or thin cloud cover. CA ...
Remember a few entries back I talked about the 'dream'? Well these next entries are going to add to it. Three quite different places, three unique dreams, three separate experiences and yet, somehow these three all speak to me as one thing. Salvation Mountain - Niland, Colorado Desert, Imperial County, California. Go out of Los Angeles and you soon find yourself in a wilderness...they say California is the one US State where you can surf the sea in the sunshine of the morning ...
... Road is ****** in some places, worse thant Baja Peninsula, for crying' out loud. Went through the Box Canyon where the Mormon pioneers squeezed their wagons through - it's hard to believe they could survive that trip, but maybe that's why they're prosperous and flourishing.
Went though the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indian Tribes land, through Dripping Springs (yikes!) and stumbled on a state park with hot springs, ...
... McEntire, darn it.
Anyway, this lake was created by accident. In 1900 the California Development Company began construction of irrigation canals to divert water from the Colorado River into the "Salton Sink", a dry lake bed. Worked great and farmers had a very fertile valley....for awhile, haha. The canal filled with silt within two years, so engineers dug more canals (sort of on my principle that what's worth doing is worth OVERdoing, more yuks). ...
... than hell, there's nothing there but scrub brush, and it was probably intended to toughen them up. Can you say AWOL?
So, from there we went through Yuma, looked around, spit on the ground a couple of times, and beat it westward to stay at Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort. We stayed last year across the freeway at Sunbeam Lake, and remembered seeing this place, and it's better. Here we're parked for about 6 weeks so we explore a lot ...