Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


We moved on to Reno, and settled in behind the Atlantis Casino. They have installed some new, louder, speakers since we were last here, and now the music blares 24 hours a day. But it's free parking!

This is bike week, called "Street Vibrations" for good reason. Why isn't Sally here?

We're in the back, just to the left of the pole. Took this shot from the escalator in the Atlantis. Surprisingly, lots of the bikes are trailered, not ridden in, like rodeo horses hauled to the show.

We were parked next to fellow WIN, Grant, and his son came by with his bright yellow bike.

After 3 nights of poor sleep, Diana found us a spot in an industrial park near an RV repair place for the nights. We were ready with our sad story. We stayed in shopping centers during the day, doing the "boondocker shuffle," as Randy has poetized:

Boondocking in the City

Let us travel more boldly,
Range into urban locales,
Dare to camp in the city
Outside campground corrals.

Enjoy its treasures and splendors
And when comes time for dreams,
Slip away from no-no land
Into the city seams.

Seams are iffy zones
Where oversight is rare.
Sleep a full eight hours,
Then move away from there.

You’re doing the boondocker shuffle,
Moving twice a day,
Living free and easy
In Phoenix or San Jose.

Randy working on the blog. He often writes, and Diana edits and does photos. We try not to kill each other. :-)


Anonymous roamingbarbara said...

I'll scratch off the Atlantis - 24 hour music would do me in. Do you think they did that to discourage RVs?

Randy looks very studious. Loved the poem as always.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous PA Linda said...

Enjoy following your travels via your "Life on the Open Road." Sort of envy your lifestyle - would love to try it for a year but I need roots. Definitely would NOT like the music 24 hours a day. The boonies would be my choice.

8:46 PM  
Blogger sally said...

I'm so mad about the music!! It used to be such a great parking spot.

Oh, Sally isn't there because she's in AZ. :-)

6:11 PM  

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