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Coachella To Gila Bend, Arizona By Way Of Quartzsite, Arizona

Updated: Mar 21, 2023









Nothing but desert out here but along the Colorado River there are patches of farmland. This is the Colorado River from the California side.





Out of place below. The drive in Arizona.



The Colorado River from the Arizona side. That's a gas pipeline crossing the river.




Above -- sketchy area.



Why camels?





Video about Quartzsite:





Once again I am reunited with my friend US 60!







I think this was my feeble attempt to photo all the campers who camp for free on the BLM land around Quartzsite. It is quite a sight.



















Thinking of Lowell George and Little Feat --


And if you give me; weed, whites, and wine

And you show me a sign

I'll be willin', to be movin'



Thanks to a "wrong turn" I saw what appeared to be three containment domes several miles away. That's a dead giveaway for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. I was surprised that there is no sign of a river or lake near the plant for cooling water. Subsequently, my buddy Steve told me that the plant uses reclaimed water from Phoenix (which is roughly 50-60 miles away). The plant uses between 40,000 and 60,000 gallons per minute. That water has gotten very expensive these days!






Before getting to Gila Bend, I drove over the VERY old Gillespie Dam Bridge:








The Gila Bend natural gas fired power plant. This a bigass combined cycle plant.









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