Old Country (USA)

Trip to the “Old Country”

Sunday I drove north to Calexico and El Centro California USA. The road north was interesting in that we had rain off and on for two days prior to my departure and I wasn’t to sure about the road conditions. The road north was good until I got to Ventana Canyon and there the construction began for five kilometers. Some places in this stretch were narrow and one had to be aware of the on coming traffic as a truck and car would find it hard to pass safely together. The road its self was muddy, bumpy and lots of puddles. The signage was lacking in some places so I wasn’t sure where I should be driving. I made the right choices and got through that five kilometers okay. The after that construction were five small detours off the road onto what was supposed to be hard pack, but was rocks and mud. These detours were because of bridge construction. Once through the construction the road was smooth and dry all the way to and through Mexicali.

Then came the wait at the border to cross into the US. The wait in my line was an hour and half on a Sunday. I was getting concerned as my truck was heating up and there was an odd sound when it was sitting still and in gear. I used an old trick of turning on the heater and opening the windows to dissipate the heat from the motor and it worked. Of course I couldn’t use the AC so it made the cab uncomfortable but bearable. When I got to the border the K-9 inspecting my truck to a liking to my front end for some reason and I had to open the hood for inspection. Of course there was nothing to be found, my best guess is that the neighborhood cat had slept in the engine compartment leaving a tantalizing odor to interest the dog. Just my luck to be housing a cat in my truck.

Once cleared at the border and picking up speed the motor cooled off and I could use the AC again. I paid a visit to Walmart and began the process of having my prescriptions filled, this was the main purpose of my visit. I had two prescription not filled and it was because my doctor’s office didn’t respond timely. I’ll get that taken care of when I go north in December. I stayed at Vacation Inn in El Centro it is not fancy and not expensive and if I needed to I could bring a pet or two.

The trip back home to San Felipe was uneventful. The construction area at the pass was still a mess and seemed to have a lot of traffic going north which slowed things down as we went through the narrow areas. Still I got home okay and I was happy to be in my little house safe and sound again. I and lots of other people will be pleased when the road construction is finished and we can travel smoothly and safely back and forth to Mexicali. Still no banditos, shoot outs or bodies laying about to scare people 🙂

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Rain last night

and today we had more rain. This is big news here in San Felipe as we don’t get much rain here. It rained hard enough and made enough noise that I got up to check and see if the rain water was coming in anywhere. I was pleased to find it wasn’t coming in the house or across my veranda at all.

I was planning on going north to Calexico tomorrow (saturday), but I’ve changed my mind and will wait till Sunday to go up there and let the road dry out a bit. The construction area is bad enough dry and if it is wet it might be flooded in spots and I don’t want to deal with driving through flooded areas. The reason for going north is to get refills on my prescriptions. Once the refills are in hand I’m good for almost three months.

I am hoping that the rain stops sometime tomorrow so I can safely make my trip north to the “Old Country”.

Rain camera

Rain camera (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

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AAAaaaaargggg Tax Time Again!

English: "Eurorelais" Motorhome area...

English: “Eurorelais” Motorhome area. Valuéjols, France. Français : Borne de services “Eurorelais” de Valuejols en France. Elle est conforme aux normes européennes pour la connexion électrique entre autres. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Tax (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

mystery rv 1

mystery rv 1 (Photo credit: Slideshow Bruce)

Deutsch: Mercedes-Benz O 508D Wohnmobil.

Deutsch: Mercedes-Benz O 508D Wohnmobil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Pilote recreational vehicle «R590» us...

English: Pilote recreational vehicle «R590» using a Citroën C 25 D Deutsch: Pilote Wohnmobil „R590“ auf Citroën C 25 D (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISUZU, ELF,(It is called N-series or REWARD ex...

ISUZU, ELF,(It is called N-series or REWARD excluding a Japanese market.), Recreational vehicle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m running out of procrastination and will have to tackle tax preparation time. I don’t like this onerous task it just makes me stressed and worried. I stress I’ll forget to include something or transpose a number or well screw it up somehow! Worried I’ll be audited which will cause more stress and worried I’ll have to pay which will cause more stress …. yadda, yadda, yadda! I’l just have to buckle down and get the job done whether I’m stressed or not. Sheesh this adult stuff suxs 😦

I had a man come over and give me an estimate on fixing a 6″ crack in the wheel well fiberglass cover on my RV. He said he would do a first class job for $250! I think I’ll try and find someone else that will do a first class job for $100.

Today and last night the wind has been blowing hard making walking a very unpleasant task so I gave up. I’m not into being pelted by sand and wind during my walks. So for exercise I cleaned the stove, washed dishes, made the bed cleaned the counters and bagged trash. Not the same as a walk, but the kitchen looks better 🙂

I included the photos of the RVs just for general interest, some of them are rather unusual looking.

German RV area sign

German RV area sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Back from the “Old Country”

The trip north went well, no problems with the car and with my most important mission; getting a new Social Security Card. The Social Security Office I went to in El Centro was very efficient and I was told I would get my new card in about two weeks. That is good as I need one to get my replacement driver’s license.


I did some shopping in COSCO for myself and a neighbor. I also bought some laminate flooring at Home Depot. At Walmart I did some shopping and was frustrated that even though I was told I could not order on line as they were only available at the stores, but the stores don’t stock the item either. Seems one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing. I also found selection of other items either not available not in stock or just don’t carry the item anymore. My rating of choice in Walmart is POOR and Frustrating !


The Motel I stayed at in El Centro could be rated as basic, I would only stay there again if some other place was not available. The place is worn out and I had some respiratory reaction by morning where my sinuses and ears were stuffed up or blocked, a few minutes after leaving the room I was fine. I have no idea what was in that room, but it sure affected me. I will say the bed was comfortable and clean.


Now, I am back in San Felipe and getting back into my routine; seem silly being gone only two days, but there you have it.


The Imperial Valley below the Salton Sea. The ...

The Imperial Valley below the Salton Sea. The US-Mexican border is a diagonal in the lower left of the image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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Going North

Modern Social Security card.

Modern Social Security card. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Tomorrow. I am headed to the “Old Country” to get some shopping done and hopefully get a new Social Security Card to replace the one stolen. When I get the card then I can apply for a replacement driver’s license as well.


I have my own shopping list as well as a list of things to buy for neighbors. It is a common practice here to pick up items for the neighbors when going on a trip north. I will not get all my errands done in one day so I will stay over night and finish my shopping the following day. If I don’t get everything done by the afternoon of the second day I will stay one more night in the “Old Country” then return in the morning. I don’t drive at night in Mexico if I can possibly avoid it.

I get nervous driving north as it is a two and half hour drive and up to an hour in line to cross over into the U.S. and my vehicle is an old clunker so anything could happen on this long lonely drive and long waiting period to cross over the border. Then coming back to San Felipe it is a long lonely drive to get to my house in Pete’s Camp. So, I get a little nervous and watch both the road and the gauges and sounds in the car.





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