We left the Valencia Travel Village RV Park at 11:00am. Traffic was very smooth. Wind was a little strong but not anything to be overly concerned about. We stopped in Barstow to eat and to give Chuckie a bathroom break and to let him move around outside.
When we reached Baker, Ca. The GPS directed us to Hwy 127 heading towards Death Valley. We would be on the 127 for 60 miles. We were concerned that other directions we looked at kept us on the 15 until we turned off on Hwy 160. We stopped and asked about Hwy 127
and we were told it was a good way to get to Pahrump
. So we decided to stay with it. Well that turned out not to be a smart choice. It basically was a 2 lane road, completely desolate desert area, no indication of people in sight. In the full 60 miles on the 127 we probably encountered maximum 10 vehicles. So far it was a little uncomfortable because you are out in the middle of no where, but we kept on. We finish the 60 miles and we are directed to Old Spanish Trail Hwy for another 22 miles. Another 2 lane road in the middle of nowhere. The road is not as in good condition as 127, but ok. We do pass a handful of clumps of living structures, mostly dilapidated houses and trailers. At the end of the 22 miles, the GPS instructs us to turn left into an unmarked one lane dirt road for 8 miles. Yikes! No way, we are already a little cautious of where we are driving, pulling a 30 ft. trailer, now a narrow dirt road that we can't believe the GPS actually found. We decide not to take the turn. We then either turn around (mind you we have been driving for over an hour) or try and find someone to ask. I try my cell phone, calls are not connecting. We drive a short distance and come across a cluster of living structures, yay! Pull onto a dirt road. We see a car heading our way, Manuel gets out of the truck to flag down the car. There is an older lady driving the car, she completely ignores Manuel, he is asking her to stop and waving his arms, she just drives past him like he is not there. It was kind of funny, maybe the lady was scared of Manuel
. We drive a little more towards the homes. I get out to see if there is someone home. As I am calling out hello, two big dogs inside the house start barking at the front door. It's a sliding glass door so I can clearly see them and of course they can see me. Luckily a young man comes out a few seconds later. I explain we are concerned that we may be on the wrong route to Pahrump. We are not, we are just about 2 miles from coming to the 160. He directs us on how to stay on the better roads, not the dirt roads. Off we go, we were about 18 miles from our destination. Thank you God!
We arrive at the Lakeside Casino and RV park! It is beautiful. The RV sites surround a seven acre man made lake. The landscaping is lush, green, full of trees, and very well kept. The RV sites are a good size and have pavement, gravel, trees and lawns. There is a very small, I mean small, Casino with a restaurant and bar at the front end of the RV park. Since it is evening by the time we settle in we don't feel like exploring. We'll do that tomorrow. We did go have dinner at the restaurant, dinner was not that great. They were serving 99 cent margarita's. They were not that bad, I had two while playing video poker. Lost $5. No card tables at this small casino, Manuel just sat with me (he, he!).
By the way, driving on those roads especially when we had to drive the bumpy dirt road to get to the homes, we had a mess in the trailer. Lots of cabinets opened and things fell out, luckily only 1 plate broke. AND the biggest bummer is that we lost a window somewhere along the way. We must not have closed it tightly enough when we started our trip. We'll need to get it fixed along the way.
This was a good lesson on a couple of things, we need to be more careful checking the RV when we are ready to move it and check out routes more thoroughly, don't rely too much on the GPS.
We'll see how tomorrow goes.
We are leaving California, heading to Pahrump, Nevada. We will be staying at the Lakeside Casino and RV Park. According to driving directions, the trip should take 4.5 hours.