Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day Trip to Parker and Lake Havasu City

We started out a little slow yesterday. A few guys were gathered around the campfire and it was a little nippy so we started the fire. We chatted for a while and watched as quite a few people got ready to leave.
They were packing up and before we knew it, they were gone. By the end of the day we only had nine rigs left in our Tiffin group. Many were leaving because they had reservations elsewhere or they did not want to handle the BIG rainstorm the weatherman promised.
After we said our goodbyes, Pam and I took a drive north to Parker, Arizona. There were some State Parks there that we wanted to look at for future stays.

The only one of the three State Parks and one commercial park we liked was the one at Buckeye Mountain State Park.
It was right on the Colorado River and the sites were pretty nice. Plus they were right at our budget of $25/night.

After Parker we drove up to Lake Havasu City to take a look at the London Bridge.

Yep - the real thing.

The London Bridge was completed in 1831 but by 1962 it no longer had the structural integrity to support the modern day traffic. So the City of London sold it to Robert McCulloch who was the founder of Lake Havasu and the Chairman of McCulloch Oil Company.
It was shipped from England and every brick and support was numbered for reassembly. Today it serves as a tourist stop in an out-of-the-way place. It was fun to see and a nice way to spend a couple of hours.
On the way back to Quartzsite, we stopped at the new Walmart in Parker. We returned a heater that didn't work and go some groceries.
Early in the day Pam had started making some stew. She left it in the crockpot, put we turned it off when we left for our drive. When we returned, she fired up the crockpot again and it turned out great.

After we got back, we switched on the generator. After about 20 minutes, we noticed it was not charging the batteries. Now what do we do. We looked through the manuals, but that was not very productive.

Art and Chris were outside so I went over and told them about it. Chris was thinking the circuit breaker on the generator may have popped. (Who knew there was a circuit breaker on the generator?) I pulled it out took a quick look and that is what the problem was! That was a relief!

We watched some TV, had the GREAT beef stew and called it a night.

Thanks so much for viewing the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. Looks like you had a great day. That bridge is a mind bender. Thanks for the campground review, we might go there for spring break. It is still 5 below zero each morning when I go start my car for work. I look foward to becoming a part timer, which is a big step up from some timer. Keep up the fun travels.

  2. We spent a few weeks in Lake Havasu two years ago, so itwas nice seeing your pics of the bridge again. It sure is a strange sight to see. Nice pics of that state park too!

  3. Randy - are you and Pam going to be in the Prescott AZ area at all?