November 5, 2008 — It took us all day to go from Blythe, CA to Quartzsite, AZ. That’s right. I know if you look at the map, you’ll find that these two places are only 30 minutes apart. So, why all day?
Well, if you read about our adventures yesterday, you’ll remember that the GPS went on the blitz post L.A. So we decided to go to Phoenix to get a new DVD — the one we had was suspect, anyway. This would then eliminate or highlight the DVD player as the problem. Then we were hoping that the this would be covered under our warranty. Since our plan was to head for Tucson, this all made sense.
Instead of just passing by Quartzsite on the highway, we decided to drive through and see how much more it had filled up since our last visit. We noticed that there were more RVs for sale, solar panels and even information on setting up a Montana LLC (a way to register the RV when you don’t have a permanent address). So we left and continued on to Phoenix. While we were driving we started talking about maybe Quartzsite as a place for us to spend some time. It was the first time that we noticed that there was a Super 8 Motel.
We found a new Toyota dealer in Avondale (outside of Phoenix) and stopped here, rather than driving all the way into Phoenix. Turns out that we must wait a week to get the DVD. We ordered it anyway. (Staying in this area for a week is not a problem.) Over lunch we decided to head back to Quartzsite, so we drove the 100 or so miles back. So here we are for tonight. Though I think we might go to Yuma tomorrow since the Microtel hotel down there is less expensive than this Super 8 and far better.