Heading to the Balloon Fiesta from California
First Stop Fernley Nevada
We left Sacramento on September 25th, heading east to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque taking the long road there!
We had a bit of a rocky start when our RVi Brake acted up braking hard when it should not. After getting frustrated about the RVi Brake we accidentally pulled the toad a bit in park! After several thousand miles pulling our vehicle it shows we can still do stupid things when we get side tracked! Oh well, live and learn.
We arrived in Fernley, set up camp and took the Eyes of Lola out for a fly. Our DJI Mavic worked like a charm. We stayed at the Desert Rose RV Park. It was a no-nonsense park that was clean and new. It was on Alt-US 50.
Next stop – Winnemucca and NEW TIRES
On the 25th we drove on to Winnemucca, and wanted to see a bit more about the town. We visited the Humbolt Museum first then down to Wal-Mart to get groceries. Thump-thump-thump… something was wrong with the toad. We stopped at one mechanic that had good Yelp reviews, but he didn’t have time to look at it, so he referred us to Speedy’s just down the road from the RV park that we are staying at. Once there Jeff spotted a flat spot on one of the tires, and the mechanic confirmed that was where we need to start in figuring out the problem.
You guessed it, we needed to invest in a new set of tires. Good thing there is a Les Schwab Tire Store in town. Of course, because of the all wheel drive you can’t just get one or two replaced. Nope, all four. Augh! Well, it could have been a lot worse. The transmission was fine, and the tires were past their prime so it wasn’t to bad that we needed to get all four replaced.
Weather was great and the high desert was… very dry ;-). We had to keep remembering to drink lots of water. (Beer too!)
We stayed at the New Frontier RV park outside Winnemucca – it was off the highway a bit so it was relatively quiet. We spent 2 days here so we could explore the museums (and get new tires). And another flight with Eyes of Lola.