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 9/17/2008 9:53 PM
 
If you'd like, look on a map of Northern California about halfway between Red Bluff to the north and Sacramento to the south, along I-5. There’s a small town called Maxwell located between Willows and Williams. I was getting tired of driving and needed a break for lunch, so turned off what I THOUGHT was Highway 45, which parallels I-5 a little east. Well, couldn’t find a shady spot or a spot to turn around and get back on the highway. No cross streets, no nothing. No way I wanted to unhitch the pickup, unless really necessary.
Okay. Trudy knows I’m all for driving adventures, but not so much when I’m driving an RV by myself and towing another vehicle. Anyway, I kept driving on the road, which turned to well-packed gravel quickly. In fact, highway crews were running pilot cars part of the way. I figured the road must eventually go to I-5 so wasn’t too worried. However, then I noticed this sign: Narrow, winding road for 18 miles. Nothing about a dead end or anything like that. I still wasn’t too worried. After all, I’d driven the RFH (road from hell) – Coffee Creek Road many times and it was much, much worse. I kept on going. Reached a crossroads of sorts, with a sign pointing in two directions. I didn’t recognize the town names that were 15-25 miles away to the right, so turned left. First mistake. It was narrow, it was winding. And, it was also very pretty going through the mountains. Figured there were just a number of large ranches on the way to the freeway. Second assumption mistake. Finally had to turn on the air conditioner because it was just to dusty even going 15 MPH.
Just when I figured the freeway would be around the next bend, I ended up at a DEAD END on someone’s ranch area. No where to go, certainly no freeway. A very nice young man asked where I was going and I showed him my map. I had no idea there was a frontage road paralleling I-5 – wasn’t shown on the map—but I’d been on it before turning off. Duh. It wasn’t Hwy 45 at all. The only way to get out of there was to drive all the way back to town. However, the first problem was turning around. Nowhere to do it.
Well, I guess everyone can use practice in unhitching a toad from the towbar. But we first had to figure out how to get the car straight enough to do that – and there was a huge pile of hay bales in the way. Well, somehow I managed to pull just far enough ahead so we could pound out the pins holding the towbar to the pickup. I backed up the pickup and moved it to a better spot, out of the way. Then had to back up the RV to get it somewhere I could re-attach the pickup and get out of there. The guy was very, very helpful and we managed to get it all done. He showed me the best way to get back to the road, and I handed him a $20 dollar bill and gave him my most sincere thank you.
Back to the road and finally back to town. Turned out the entrance to I-5 South was about 6 blocks the other direction. And it had definitely been a frontage road I’d been on since Corning.
I’m now at the Happy Time RV Park in Dunnigan, very reasonable at $19/night. It’s right by the freeway, but has a pool and all hookups. I can stand that for tonight, especially since I pulled in here at 4:30 because I didn’t want to drive in through Sacramento in rush hour traffic.
So, Trudy, wouldn’t you have loved to go on that little adventure with me? Chris 2006 Forest River Lexington, 23 ft

Chris Blog: http://piecingalife.blogspot.com
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 9/17/2008 9:58 PM
 
Chris, I'm never riding with you again - HA !!!! I'm glad you found your way back to the highway, that's a sick feeling when you know you're going the wrong way but there's no way to turn around ! Enjoy your evening and no more "adventure roads" HAHAHA !!! Trudy, Molly & Murphy 37' Montana 5th wheel - "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 9/17/2008 10:05 PM
 
Yep. Tonight will be very tame compared to this afternoon. I restocked the RV with food this morning and bought a copy of the DVD, "The Whale Rider," which I saw once and loved. Oh, and maybe another swim. Chris 2006 Forest River Lexington, 23 ft

Chris Blog: http://piecingalife.blogspot.com
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 9/18/2008 12:14 AM
 
Oh my Chris what an adventure?? for lack of a more meaningful word!! That would just be scary having to worry about turning an rv around like that. Glad someone was there and willing to help. sheila
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 9/18/2008 1:52 AM
 
LOL, Chris, sounds like something I might do...:)
I took the same wrong road three times (!!) driving up the country from AZ this summer. I had to make almost an hour loop each time and then did the same danged thing! I blamed it on particularly bad directions but really, I know it is my bad sense of direction. You'd think I'd have noticed.... :blush:
Glad that young man came along...and that you are safe and sound. What better place to have gotten lost in order to find?? :)
jan I care very little about where I am going, so how can I be lost?
34' Winnebago Vectra
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 9/18/2008 9:36 PM
 
Did something similar last Sept in Arkansas...pulled off to go potty and wouldn't you know it, it was one of those off ramps where the on ramp is right beside you...can't swing a u'ee, so looked at the map, turned right and of course, a small town with the electric lines to low to go around the block, no parking lot, dead end road...but I managed to swing a u-turn at the end of the road and just missed a ditch by about 6 inches. Whewww! Don't ya just love it at times???? But at least I didn't have to un-hook the toad. Been there, done that! LOL! "Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." Guillaume Apollinaire
'05 Monaco Knight 34ft (Hope) '04 Jeep Liberty (JipJip) Sam the cat with Attitude Chewy the wannabe

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. '05 Monaco Knight 34ft (Hope) '04 Jeep Liberty (JipJip) Sam the cat with Attitude Chewy the Land Shark
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