Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It:  Kiva RV Park & Horse Motel

June 25, 2020

Temperature 97 Degrees

Travel Day

We knew that today would be a long day on the road so we decided to get as much done the night before so we could get an early start.

We decided we would even pull the front slides in before going to bed.  That’s when things got interesting.  I pressed the drivers side slide switch – nothing.  OK.  I pressed the passenger side slide switch – nothing.  This was not good.  Nor funny.  What in the world was going on.  One more time.  This time I pressed and held the switch for about a second and then released it.  Just like that the slide began to come in.  Same for the other side.  Come on now, don’t tell me we have a ghost onboard Elvira also?

The next morning we were up early determined to be on the road by 8 am.  The back slides came in without an issue.  Time now to raise the jacks.  The last time I did this I was greeted with a loud bang.  This time they came up without a whimper.  We do, indeed, have a very interesting rig.

Time 8:06 am and we were on the road.  Once again the generator was running, the AC was on, and the refrigerator was doing just fine.

I decided to experiment some more today with Elvira.  Once on the highway I set the cruise control for 63 mph and decided I would leave it set while going up hill and down dale.  How would it do on the hills?  Would it overheat?  Would it be able to keep the set speed?

The answer to the above questions:  no problem with the hills; it did not overheat; yes, it kept the set speed without an issue.  Some more valuable lessons learned.  I’m beginning to finally relax while driving Elvira.

One big mistake today, we never set up the camera.  I mean we passed some absolutely jaw-dropping, spectacular scenery.  This is a mistake we’ll never make again.

Today was the longest drive day for us in a long time.  We drove for a total of five hours with only one short stop.  We were planning to stop for a bit at a rest area but everyone we passed was closed.

Roving Reports by Doug P: 2018-10 New Mexico

Did you catch the little sign in the upper right corner?  We are definitely in cowboy country.


No missing the stop and register sign.  But which way was the office?  Was it to the left?  Or to the right?


Kudos to my sweetheart she found it right quick.



Before she even finished registering a gentleman in a golf cart said follow me.  We are in row one, site two.


Here is our new home for the next twelve days.  Our site is a pull through,  hard packed dirt, reasonably level, 50 amp, and with good site separation.  We even have some shade on either side which is especially appreciated in New Mexico during these warmer months.


We even have enough room on one side for the car.  I could have pulled up a bit farther but stopping where I did


put all utilities right at hand.

So what do we think of our new home?  Our initial impression is a positive one.  The park is neat, well taken care of, and there doesn’t appear to be any trash lying around.  Our kind of home.  The only issue is there is nothing, like not a thing in the immediate area to do.  What we did discover in other surrounding areas was, unfortunately, closed.  I believe I sense a Mexican Train Marathon about to begin!

That was our very long drive day on The Road of Retirement.  About those reluctant slides from the night before, they went out without an issue.  I’m just hoping they come back in the same way when the time arises.  One more thing, I decided while setting up I would check the water in my house batteries.  Boy, am I ever glad I did.  The four six volt batteries took almost a gallon of distilled water!  Dodged a bullet this time.  Once again God has blessed us this day.  A safe trip.  A wonderful new home.  Problems averted.  Yes, God is good, all the time.  Well, it’s been a long day so if you’ll excuse me I’m going to get my PJ’s on and turn in early.

In closing.

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Thanks for stopping by today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before.

See you on down the road!




  1. You’re learning more and more about Elvira and I’m sure there will be more to learn. We’re still learning. I would love that site. Privacy and shade. Enjoy your stay.


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