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Friday-Sun Sept. 23-25: The Secret “Stong” Caravan

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Yours truly taking a selfie at the Snake River completely oblivious to the fact that minutes earlier (just as we were crossing the Snake River Bridge), Eddie Braun was completing Evil Knievel’s jump across the river. We couldn’t have been more oblivious to it.

Beginning on Friday September 23rd, a small caravan of Ann’s cousins traveled to New Mexico to surprise Ann’s uncle, who recently retired. I couldn’t report on our trip, because this was all a top secret surprise and sometimes Ann’s aunt sometimes reads eWillys to follow our trips. Besides, we mostly just drove during the day and RVed at Walmarts at night. That’s why emails have been delayed and posts limited. On Tuesday regular updates will resume.


Left on Friday morning. Spent Friday night in Brigham City, then Saturday night in Farmington. Arrived in Tularosa on Sunday.

The only hiccup was a blown tire on one of the trucks. Then, we couldn’t find the socket to unlock the spare. We persevered and eventually loosed the spare, canalized some lug nuts from another truck, and got back on the road.flat-tire-repair2 flat-tire-repair

The Brigham City, Utah, Walmart is a nice place to stay (and free) with a great view of the mountains.





8 Comments on “Friday-Sun Sept. 23-25: The Secret “Stong” Caravan

  1. SE Pennsylvania Steve

    Dave, no one out there has any problems with anyone staying overnight in the Walmart lot? If you tried that around here I’m sure the local cops would chase you out.

  2. Minnesota Chris

    Oh the old spare tire lock socket. I love those. I keep mine in with the jack tools for it doesn’t get lost

  3. David Eilers Post author

    Steve: According to the internet (not sure how accurate) 80% of Walmarts allow RVs/cars to stay over night for free. Of course, not all Walmarts are created equal, so some are safer and nicer than others. Most times I prefer staying in more interesting places, but staying at the Walmart was easier for the caravan. And, we were basically stopping, going to sleep, then leaving early in the morning.

    For Walmart camping there is this site:
    or for a list of Walmarts that don’t allow it:

    Bob: K-balling. I’ll ask Ann about that 🙂

    Chris: I’m sure Uncle Bob will never lose that socket again.

  4. Joe in Mesa

    Where else in the greater Southwest will the caravan be going? You’re always welcome in Mesa… plenty of Walmarts 😀
    Safe travels!

  5. David Eilers Post author

    Hi Joe,

    The caravan splits up following our stay here in Tularosa. I *think* us three (me, Ann, and my mother-in-law Rosemary) will be here through Thursday or Friday. Rosemary wanted to go to Walt Disney World, but we shot that idea down because there is no way we could afford that at this point. Since this is basically a trip for Rosemary, we are working with her to determine what else she wants to see while we are down here. It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t know where we were going until Thursday 🙂

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