Travel Day: Buckeye, AZ To Quartzsite, AZ

Posted by on January 18, 2018

Bah humbug!

​6:55 am  – We pulled out of the Walmart parking lot and made our way through the maze of lots to Cracker Barrel for breakfast.  It was a pretty tight parking so we moved into the Lowe’s parking lot where single cars we’re interspersed here and there.  A combination of that, partial darkness and tight turns we caught the front passenger bumper of an employees car.  Another employee saw it happen and called the car owner who came out and swapped info with us.  Not the best way to start the day.

We finally got to Cracker Barrel about 7:20 am.  We both ordered our usuals and pretty much ate in silence, feeling pretty crappy.

DOUBLE bah humbug!

Michael didn’t want me to mention anything here because he thought it would make him look bad.  But I don’t want to ‘sugar coat’ our lives.  We love our lifestyle but it’s not always roses…shit happens and we have to live with it.  Besides, we have the best friends, family and followers and I know you’ll all give him/us words of encouragement rather than criticism.

We texted the kids and told em of our mishap.  We felt bad but they were good about not making us feel worse and telling us to ‘move on’ and not dwell on it.  No one was hurt.  We have insurance.  A lot worse things could happen.

As we closed in on QZ we started seeing more and more boondockers in the BLM lands…LOTS and LOTS of them!

We pulled out (extra carefully) of the parking area at 8:16 am and we’re back on I-10 at 8:18 am.  The GPS showed we had 99 miles to travel and would arrive in an hour and 24 minutes.

Stopped quickly for a potty stop and Michael remembered that he left his hearing aids on the dresser.  He went to check on them and found one where he left it and the other one was gone.  He searched the floor and the bed, both possibilities as to where it might have fallen.  Just as we were about to give up, Michael checked the top drawer, which some times pops open when we travel…and there it was!  Whew…thank goodness.

Being escorted to our midway site

We ended up pulling into the RV Show are about 10:00 am and immediately went to the check in trailer where we waited in line about 25 or 30 minutes for our turn. We chatted with a couple of other vendors, who were also here for the first time, which was nice to know we’re not the only newbies.

Parked but not set up

After a quick check in we were escorted to our spot right on the midway…a nice spot right on the end.  Someone was supposed to be next to us on the end but someone else cancelled and they moved them across the way so we have the whole corner to ourselves!

Two of the four pallets we received.

We pretty much hit the ground running as our deliveries started coming as soon as we were parked.  We started trying to get some organization going and sort through the merchandise (we have a LOT more to do tomorrow).

We had a customer come to pick up his kit that will be installed tomorrow and in talking with him he suggested we stop by the Grand Design rally (just three miles away) and introduce ourselves…he thought we could grab some extra sales.

Grand Design rally-goers

We followed him back to the rally area and he introduced Michael to the rally organizer who agreed to introduce us and anyone that wanted to chat with us was welcome to do so.  We just hung out by our truck and they came to us and asked questions, etc.  We ended up setting up two more installs (Monday and Tuesday), possibly one for Sunday and another for the southern California area in a few weeks!

By this time it was after 6:00 pm and we hadn’t eaten since 8:00 am so we were pretty hungry and decided to go into town and get some grub.  We found the Times Three Family Restaurant…it had good reviews on Yelp…so that was good enough for us.


We both ordered the Hot Turkey plate…pure comfort food for me….and it did not disappoint!  Real turkey…real mashed potatoes…tasty gravy and cranberries on the side.  Ohhh….a little piece of heaven on earth.

The restaurant was packed but we came just at the right time and got a table right away and our server took our order right away.  Good food, good service…can’t beat that in a town of 3500ish people who grows to nearly a million this time of the year!

6 Responses to Travel Day: Buckeye, AZ To Quartzsite, AZ

  1. Peggy K KREPELKA

    Accidents happen even in the best conditions, you were fortunate that you have insurance, no one was hurt, and you could go about your day! Blessings on you both!

    • Kelly

      Awww…thank you for the kind words, Peggy! So very appreciated. Hope you’re doing well.

  2. Victoria

    You guys travel all over an this little mishap is nothing. We all get to have one at least every now an then an sure don’t like it.

    • Kelly

      You are very right! Thankfully, this is the only mishap in nearly 7 years…that’s pretty good, I think!

  3. mike Tinklin

    dont stress about the mishap. like the kids said nobody was hurt. good sales and business will make all that go away or not hurt as much. good luck!

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