Destination Bridgeport - on our way to Yellowstone

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
Trip End Oct 15, 2010

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Bridgeport Reservior RV Park

Flag of United States  , California
Friday, September 24, 2010

We are getting better now at waking up with the squirrels and getting ourselves ready. Before leaving Yosemite we walked down to Curry Village and the girls purchased their hat badges.  We also sat at a free WiFi site at the Village but it cut me off before finishing so we left.

The Tioga Pass Road was open (no snow) and we hit it about 10am.  Another wow.  Thin roads and thin roads where in store.  Amazing views surrounded us once again and we passed through some areas which were hit by fire probably a few years ago.

My goodness there was not much room on the road. My side of the wide RV was hanging on the white edge line and Darren's mirror was hanging on the middle yellow line.  The RV couldn’t hang over the passenger edge at all as steep edges, rocks, or trees would have taken off my side of the RV. get the idea.  So yes...we got out of there ALMOST in one piece!!! 

Yes...almost!  With an almighty smash we clipped another monster car which was coming in the opposite direction. It also had huge overhanging mirrors like our RV and before we knew what happened, there was an almight smash and Darren was sitting covered in glass.  The actual mirror frame was fine but the glass was in a million pieces.  This made driving when merging traffic or turning very difficult.  For the next few hours whenever the mirror was required I had to wobble to the back of the RV, lie on the bed and bellow out instructions on whether the road was clear of traffic or not.

The Apollo service team were very helpful (when we could finally get a little phone reception) and in the meantime we have patched the mirror up with a camping mirror and duct tape.  We purchased this from a sporting store just out of Yosemite /Tioga Pass exit and the attendant told us not to worry, as the same thing happens to about 5 campers each week.  He apparently stocks up on these!

May I say...boy it is hot and dry!  They are apparently having a heat spell here.  It was about 32C degrees today and it will get below freezing again tonight.  We are at 6900 ft high and are camped at a lake where locals come primarily for fishing trout!  We have full hook-ups tonight at Bridgeport Reservoir RV Park so we are recharging everything and can read with the lights on for a little (if our eyes stay open long enough.)  The altitude has made us all tired and the air feels thinner and drier.  My throat feels so dry too.

It’s a big drive towards Yellowstone tomorrow and I hope to reach Elko without a hitch.  We have met a nice couple from the UK who are also going the same way as us and driving an Apollo.  We laugh each time we bump into them.
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William Tomany on

I'm enjoying your travel story

miniwanderers on

You're most welcome. It's a great way to keep track of what you do when traveling!

Chez on

Back at school and all good. Your travels are exciting and so much detail! You are a dedicated reporter Sonia. No news on your back, does that mean that it is good these days? Chez xx

miniwanderers on

Hi Chez,
I am trying to be careful with back and leg! It is a bit better than it was but it is hurting a bit more the last day or so. I lie on the floor in the hall of the RV and stretch and do my push-ups. I just try not to write about this all the time as I don't want to bore people with my aches and issues.
It was so stressful before coming that I think it put us all under a lot of pressure and I just made a point to myself to not mention it too much. My calf is constantly strapped and I take my lumbar support with me everywhere!

Glad to hear all is well at school. We can see the end of our trip in sight now sadly...and it will be full steam ahead for the final term when I return. love Sonia

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