OUR LAST SUNRISE AT THE FLYING W
Saturday’s tremendous winds slowed themselves down a bit in the night but never totally abated. Despite the slide awnings flapping we did manage to slip off to dreamland.
I was up at 3 & Kelly at 5. Sky was overcast & gloomy. It matched our moods because this was the morning we left the Flying W Ranch. I filled the bird feeders for the last time & topped up all the water dishes. Kept myself busy packing things up so I wouldn’t think about the ranch. Kelly did the same. The winds were brisk & cold. Even the Swisshelm Mountains lacked their morning appeal. A last minute check of everything & we were almost on our way, but……:((
Our main slide would not retract again. Switch was totally dead just like our last move a week ago. Wasn’t until I moved the Motor Home ahead & back that the switch worked & the slide came in. Definitely something amiss with our slide. Not a fuse & probably not the motor. More like a loose connection somewhere. We had the big wheels rolling at 10:05.
I’m not going to tell you how we felt as we rolled out the driveway. I have said enough about all that already & as previously stated I concentrated my mind on the journey ahead & not the journey behind.
Couldn’t help but reflect on some fine memories of the past 3 months as we rolled north through the Sulphur Springs Valley. Jeep tours with Jeanie & Ray along with Rosanna, Carol & Joy. Lunch at Margie's with DOUG & JOANNE along with FRED & JO. Breakfast with JOE & NANCY at Sandy’s RV Park, hiking the Chiricahuas, my Tumbleweed Photo Group friends, the wiggly piggly gang, meeting W.D. Arizona, cold nights and broken pipes, Rucker Canyon & the Muleteam Hiking Club, Bisbee’s many photos, Parker Lake tour, Wings over Wilcox, Grapevine Canyon Ranch, up & over the Middlemarch Pass. Shopping at J.C. Pennys & finding Cochise’s Council Rocks & let’s not forget searching for the lost Donkeys. RVing friends JERRY & SUZY, Kathy & Bob, Ed Frey, Ivan, MIKE & JANNA, JIM & RENE all dropped in to see us. Bob even considered waving a white flag before approaching:))
These few memories of the past 3 months are some of our best & it would take me all night plus a day to list the rest. Thanks to everyone for making our stay in Cochise County again the absolute best ever & if we weren’t heading west at the moment we would head right back there & do it all over again. Hello to Paula in Bisbee:)) Cochise County has definitely become a second home for the Bayfield Bunch…10-4 & then some:)))))))
Waved to JERRY & SUZY as we rolled through Benson about 11:20. Darn nice folks those two & probably the Bayfield Bunches greatest supporters. We did make a quick stop for $225 worth of fuel for the rig in Benson plus $12 worth of McDonalds for us:))
The sky brightened a bit as we headed into Tucson & sailed through the city & embedded ourselves right into the rear end of a massive traffic jam just north of the Tucson on I-10. That cost us the best part of an hour before getting through that mess. An eastbound vehicle had rolled across the median into the westbound lanes involving several other vehicles.
DOWNTOWN TUCSON & A TRAFFIC JAM
Jim Kortsen Park west of Casa Grande has always been a nice little free spot to pull in for an overnighter when traveling through the area & we have stopped there several times before. That was our destination today but were disappointed there were no spots available. Seems like a lot of Snow Birders have found the Park as well & are now calling it home for the entire winter. Decided to push on for Gila Bend.
Gila Bend is another little place very familiar to us having stopped here to take on propane, fuel & water over the years. Gray & Black water tanks can be dumped here free of charge as well behind any of the 2 Shell stations.
Kelly noticed in her Day’s End book that Gila Bend also had free camping at the Elk’s Lodge. Took us a bit of fumbling & backtracking but we finally did find it at the northern outskirts of town on highway 86 to Buckeye, west side. Very large flat parking area with no facilities.
OUR OVERNIGHTER SPOT AT THE ELK’S LODGE IN GIAL BEND
Would you believe our slide would not deploy at first but after repeated threats to the slide Gremlin it finally went out. I suspect we’ll have trouble retracting it in the morning. Kelly has already sent in a question to RV NET FORUM asking about reliable RV repair places in Yuma & we are already receiving replies. Gotta love these RV folks. We have to pick up some special dog food in Yuma anyway Monday so we’ll see if we can get this slide problem looked after as well.
Anyway, that’s it for tonight folks. We are in Gila Bend Arizona with our destination being Yuma in the morning. Well, sounds good in theory anyway but knowing us we could end up just about anywhere………………
How Old Are You Really?
From the following list of 25 items, count all the ones that you remember -- not the ones you were told about! How to score yourself is at the end.
- Blackjack chewing gum
- Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar-water
- Candy cigarettes
- Soda-pop machines that dispensed bottles
- Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
- Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
- Party lines
- Newsreels before the movie
- P. F. Flyers
- Butch wax
- Telephone numbers with a word prefix (e.g., Olive - 6933)
- Howdy Doody
- 45-RPM records ... and 78-RPM records
- S&H Green Stamps
- Hi-fi systems
- Metal ice trays with lever
- Mimeograph paper
- Blue flashbulb
- Rollerskate keys
- Cork popguns
- Drive-in theaters
- Washtub wringers
0 - 5 = You're still young
6 - 10 = You are getting older
11 - 15 = Don't tell your age
16 - 25 = You're older than you think!