Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Headed North

Needles, California
Elk's Lodge

 We didn't have to wait very long to have the rear jack motor installed once the part arrived.  Bill and I both sat in the waiting room and before we talked about where to have lunch the service tech said the coach was ready.  

Knowing that we were going to be traveling in California and how bad the roads were the last time, I climbed in the co pilot seat.  I'm no dummy.  

We made a short lunch stop at the rest area.  We talked about driving to Pahrump but since we had a late start for us, decided to stop in Needles.

Most of highway 95 didn't have any shoulder, but the traffic was light and the road was in good condition.

We pulled into the Elk's and there was only one other travel trailer there but the other 6 sites filled up later.  They have 50 amp full hook ups and they also are pull thru.  They have planted oleanders between each site as a privacy fence.  Twenty per night isn't bad for California.  

Diesel was $3.89 a gallon in town.  Bill didn't want to contribute fuel tax to the state of California so drove back across the Colorado River for Arizona prices.  Diesel was $2.75 a gallon at a station right by I 40. 

For those that have no idea where Needles is, it's along the old historic route 66.  

This wheel was used in the filming of "20 Mule Team".

The Elk's had a Cobb Salad tonight for $7.00.  Bill and I both thought that sounded good for dinner.  We found out that dessert was also included with the salad and rolls.  

This lodge has a beautiful patio area that overlooks the valley.  

Turtle Safely.......


  1. Have been seeing a lot of different fuel prices the last few days and can understand trying to safe some cash on it.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Looking forward to going to Alaska with you!

    1. Where are you going to cross the border?

  3. Love it there in Needles stopped for a week a few years ago. Yes arizona fuel prices are much better.

  4. $20 for any place in CA is fabulous. Safe travels.

  5. You will find that "most" of the main roads in California have been replaced (with a couple of exceptions still under construction) making for a much nicer ride than it has been for the past fifteen years. Fuel is ridiculous and is going up another 12 cents a gallon shortly. Just fill up as much as you need to get across the border. Oregon should be MUCH better price wise.

  6. We should have become Elks. So many people have such good experiences and reasonable prices staying at the lodges.

  7. We have stayed at the Elks in Needles several times. It's a great place to spend a night or two.


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