I left Quartzsite this morning about 8:30 and arrived at Ben Avery's gun range near cave Creek Arizona just in time for lunch. Fortunately for me there was just enough leftover clouds in the sky to keep the morning sun out of my eyes since I was mostly heading east. I signed up for a week of boondocking at $10 a day and they said it would be okay to re-up for another week if I wanted to.
Being here will give me a chance to catch up on some mail and do some maintenance things that I've been putting off. There's also a Verizon store nearby, so I'll talk to them soon as I get a chance about the unlimited data with the jetpack deal.
It will also be interesting to see if the three legged coyote is still running around, or should I say hopping around. I think the last time I was here I didn't see him. But the fact that he even survived his injuries is amazing to me.
As soon as I pull into Ben Avery's gun range I feel happy and at home. I guess its partly because I've spent so much time here in the past. I'm sure it's also because I fit in here, I've been a gun guy all of my life and obviously the people here, both the customers and the employees are also gun people. So it doesn't matter who you are, you can be a gypsy boondocker like me, or a multimillionaire sports star, which by the way I've seen here, as long as your a gun person you fit right in no matter what your other life happens to be.
But one things for sure, if your going to camp at either of Ben Avery's three campgrounds you had better not be bothered by the sound of gunfire
I like boondocking at the rifle range, because unlike the Trap and Sporting Clays camping area, there's hardly anyone over here in less there's some kind of multi-day competition going on.
It's been pretty cloudy today, and the clouds are thick enough that I'm only getting about 10 amps an hour from the solar panels. And even though that's about 1/3 of what I would normally get in the winter with the sun this low on the horizon it's still enough to charge my batteries back to full in a few hours.
It was great to have a night last night of absolute silence. At the place where I've been for the last two weeks, the place that rhymes with "have a Sue", there was enough people around me that with the noises people normally make and their generators running, there was almost never any silence, so last night was a real treat.
Despite the fact that I'm going to leave tomorrow morning I was still going to roll the little Beta 250 off the rack and ride it around a little bit, I promised it I would. But the weather even though still warm wasn't a motorcycle kind of day so I left it covered up and locked down until we get to Ben Avery's gun range.
A boondocker's view.
After the holidays when folks start coming to town this view will have several RVs In it. But at the moment there's not much going on, just peace and quiet.
I'm finally boondocking again in a real desert. And I can tell It's a real desert because when I pulled in it was 78° and 16% humidity, and also I was level front to back, side to side. the desert is level very very level.
When I pulled out of Lake Havasu this morning, hopefully that will be the last time I write that word, I had every intention of going to the Parker Sand Dunes for a few days of riding the little Beta 250 around. But while listening to the radio on the way there I found out there was a 70% chance of rain tomorrow, and even though I believe the rain is not likely to be a problem, the sand dunes are not a good place to find out I was wrong.
There's some mighty big dry washes at the sand dunes which means on occasions they get a lot of water out there, and I wouldn't want to get stuck at the dunes since it's kind of out in the sticks, so I changed my plans, which never seem to work anyway, and decided I would stop in Parker at the Walmart pick up a few groceries and come up with a brand-new plan.
Well that plan didn't work out either, I pulled into the Walmart parking lot and it was packed to the gills not just with cars but RVs, I don't think I've ever seen that many RVs in a Walmart parking lot. They not only filled up the parking lot near the main road which is where they normally park but I could see RVs parked on both sides of the Walmart where the delivery trucks usually go.
I took all that as an omen that I was not destined to stay in or near Parker Arizona so I eased on down the road till I got to the first BLM boondocking area near Quartzsite which happens to be Plomosa road, where I pulled in, put out the living room slide and prepared to stay for a couple of nights.
I'm not sure exactly what I want to do after I relax for a couple of days but there are several options available including staying here for two weeks. But since I've heard from my family that I need to get somewhere with reliable mail service, and I need to order new wired backup cameras, mail some Christmas presents if I ever get around to buying any. And last but not least figure out what I want to do about this new unlimited Verizon phone plan that requires a jetpack, I'm thinking my most logical choice would be to drive over to Ben Avery's gun range near Cave Creek Arizona and stay there for a while until I get all these problems solved.
The benefit of being at Ben Avery's is, first of all I really enjoy being there, I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning, UPS delivers there, and real civilization is only a couple miles away. But I decided not to call it a plan because that usually jinx's everything so right now I'm just calling it a viable concept that may or may not come to fruition.
It was about 40 miles to Parker this morning, and the boondocking union requires that I take a break every 20 miles. The union used to require that we took a nap at that time but the union had to get rid of that rule because before we got anywhere we were too old to drive.
I took this picture so you could see my nearest neighbor. I hope I'm not disturbing him.