I fly into Ontario and get a cab to the
RV company. When I arrive, the RV I have reserved had not been returned
and the people were still about 1 hour away. The Company apologizes and
offer me another Newer, but smaller RV as an alternative. After looking at
it and finding out actually how long it would be for the one I reserved to
be ready; I decide I would wait..................meanwhile, back at
LAX.......... Dave had made his way to a shopping mall a few miles from
LAX and was beginning to get to know everyone that worked there, because
he was there so long.
About 2 hours later I was told the RV
was ready for me and I needed to go around with one of the Reps to inspect
and learn everything there was to know about it. It looked pretty clean
all except for the BEACH at the steps (Sand just kept coming out from
under the carpet onto the steps.). It was an older model 1994, I think,
but still...........it has a radio and a TV, cooker, Microwave, AC and
heat! and plenty of room. What more could one want?
After the quick once over, I'm given the
keys and told that if the Gas gauge gets below 1/4 of a tank the Generator
will stop running, then allowed to go on my way. Ah! Not just yet! I need
to adjust the mirrors first..............um! can't find the switch for
that. And I can't reach the mirror from inside to manually adjust them.
I get out and call for help, which I get
fairly quickly and everything seems OK, so off I finally go.
I know roughly where I'm going, but I
forgot my Rand McNally map book! If I have the Map I never need to look at
it, when I don't have it, I always want to look in it. It's like giving up
smoking...........if you don't have any cigarettes the craving is REALLY
bad, but if you have some, it's easy to say no. Anyway, I miss the first
turn I needed to get up to I10! (see what I mean) That should have been an
I went down the road a little further
and did a Left, Left, Left and Right around a block. Get to the left turn
and discover that the left Blinker is not working NOW........5 minutes
after leaving the rental yard..GREAT! Oh Well! Just keep going.
I figure I'm going to go across I10 and
go south on the 605 to the 105, that will take me straight to LAX and the
405? or is it I5? well one of them.
Everything is going fine, just a few
noises I'm having trouble getting used to especially this "Squeaking Wood"
noise. I have no idea where its coming from.
I seem to have been driving for a long
time and must be near LAX (Dave was at a shopping mall just off the 405
North of LAX) I see a sign telling me the 405 is 3 miles ahead. Great
after about 7 miles I decide I went over it a few miles back so turn off
the 105. And the "Squeaking Wood" noise has gone as well. I discover that
the reason that noise stopped is because one of the overhead cupboard
doors had fallen apart and off! I stopped and pulled it completely off and
put it inside the cupboard.
I head back the way I had come from only
to find it was the 110 I had gone over, so cannot figure what sign I had
seen. (I was only 1 mile from the 405 when I turned around) I decided I
better take the 110 North as Dave, was beginning to be watched by the
Police at this stage. He had been there the best part of the day. I go all
the way up to I10 again and take it West knowing it will get me to the
405, but now I'm not sure if I should go South or North on the 405. I go
South. And so does the overhead cabinet door above my head, so I stop
before it falls on me and tie it up with a bit of seat belt that is not
attached to anything!
I finally get to the
Mall and find Dave. When I pulled up he said, "I knew you were getting an
RV but I didn't think it was this big!" He gets in with his bag and we
take off. It's "Rush Hour" now so it's going to take forever to get up to
Solvang for our appointment at the museum in the morning. (That was good
We get out of LA and
are heading up the 101 towards Buellton and Solvang and another door panel
falls off in pieces! The top of the cooker bounces off and makes all kinds
I have printed off some
photographs on my computer that I had taken (Some at the top of the page) when I was at Laguna Seca in 88 and planned on having them autographed, one was a beauty of Eddie
on the Yamaha, see! So Dave is getting them out of my back pack to have a
look at them.............WELLL they obviously were not dry enough
when I put them away and were all stuck together! :(
We settle down after all the disappointments and are
driving through Santa Barbara, and I'm thinking we are getting close to a
1/4 tank of gas we had better get some now as there's not much between
Santa Barbara and Solvang.
Wouldn't you know it! Because there are not many signs on
the freeway for gas we go past the last one. We turn around and go back
and put $10.00 worth in. Should be plenty especially as the gauge went up
to 1/2 a tank.
pull into Buellton and buy some supplies, food etc. But we decide we are
not cooking tonight and have dinner at the Bakers Square. The RV is across
the road, just a couple of steps away. So in the morning we decide to have
breakfast there as well.