The misadventures of Commander Merlin and the crew of RV-103
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April 12th, 2010 RV-103 Starts Re-entry

Today we packed up RV-103 and started the long journey home to Florida.  We have been sitting in one spot for so long, that it took us a little longer than usual to get RV-103 ready to leave.  Usually, it takes us less than 30 minutes to pack up and get moving, but when you haven’t done it for a few months, you have to take your time and remember all the “little” things that are required.  So, it took us nearly an hour to get her ready to drive.

We decided to take a new way south through CA based on advice of a fellow RV’er named Art.  Art has turned out to be a wealth of information when it comes to finding good and interesting routes while exploring CA.  It was due to his directions and advice that we had such a fantastic day traveling to the Redwoods and we found his advice taking this new route out of CA to be just as valuable.

Instead of taking Interstate 5 south through CA, we took a parallel route south on SR 99.  We ended up cutting about 2 hours off our trip out of the state and got to see some new sites.  Many RV parks along SR 99, along with farms and orchards, not the dust bowel like you see on I-5.

We eventually left SR 99 and went east after passing Bakersfield CA.  We started to drive through the Mojave Desert.  I wasn’t too impressed with Mojave.  Because of the name and reputation, I expected the Mojave to be more impressive than the unnamed deserts we saw in NM and AZ, but it didn’t even come close.

We ended up spending the night at Sierra Trails RV Park (sorry, no website for them) in Mojave CA.  Using our Passport America membership, we were able to stay the night for only $13.25.  They even had a specific area for overnighters only that was easy to enter and exit.

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