Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Wrapping up in the bay area

Well, we have been here just a day shy of eight full weeks (including the time we spent in Hawaii). Even though, once again, we have not managed to see everyone we'd like or to take care of all the local errands we have, we are very much ready to be back on the road, and are preparing to leave.

Just before New Year's we moved Odyssey to the Palo Alto Elks Lodge (map), fearful that any more rain in Sunnyvale would strand us there in the mud for the rest of the winter. We like Palo Alto, since the lodge is walking distance from a number of restaurants, and convenient to some of our friends further north. However, this is likely the last time we will be able to park there, as the current lodge is slated for demolition to make way for new homes on half the property, and a somewhat smaller facility on the other half. Hard to say if the new parking lot will accommodate us, but, in any case, nothing will be possible in the interim.

For the past week we have been at another of our old haunts, the San Jose Elks Lodge (map). Palo Alto has no hookups, so our $10 parking fee there had to be supplemented with another $15 or so in diesel for the heater and generator. Here, $18 per night gets us 50-amp service, handy with nighttime temperatures dropping into the 30s. Also, this spot is walking distance to the light rail system and the railroad line, and we've been taking both to various errands and visits over the past few days.

We had been planning on pulling up stakes today and getting on the road, but getting everything packed back up and our affairs in order may actually run into tomorrow. At which point we will make our way south and then east, stopping first in Monterey for another family visit.

Our short-term goal is to be in Quartzsite around the 15th or so for a rally that starts on the 17th. Afterwards we will stick around for the big RV show, and maybe get some long-overdue maintenance projects taken care of in the warm and dry. We will likely hang out in the southwest until early March, when we will make our way towards Nashville where our new windshield and tag axle A-Frame await us.

Look for my regular postings to resume here in the next day or so, as we get under way.

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