HEADING FOR THE ARIZONA STATE LINE THIS MORNING (KELLY TOOK SOME OF TODAY’S PICS)
The winds howled all night so neither Kelly or I had a good night’s sleep. Saturday morning dawned with a heavy cloud cover & it was cold. Despite a wind advisory for the area we decided to hook up & get out of town. We did not want to be stuck inside all day being continuously punched & kicked by the relentless wind gusts. At 7:15 I had the Jeep hooked up & we hit the road.
LAKE MEADE APPROACHING THE HOOVER DAM
Up until a few days ago I figured we had to go back through Las Vegas to get ourselves back down to I-40. I was not looking forward to that!! You can imagine how happy I was when I found out the very road we were camped beside actually went all the way down to the Hoover dam & Arizona without going anywhere Las Vegas. Can’t remember the highway number but it’s a beautiful scenic drive all the way with very little traffic & an excellent paved surface.
The wind gusts harassed us big time all the way on the winding roads so it was a bit of a nail biter at times. Kept the speed down to 40 for the whole 60 mile drive to the new bridge span over the Colorado River. Bad road signage in the Dam area had us guessing how to get across the river but we managed to guess right & miraculously ended up crossing the new bridge span on highway 93 heading for Kingman Arizona. The winds never let up & we fought it all the way to Kingman.
At a gas stop in Kingman we noticed the electric plug between the rig & the Jeep had become pulled out of the Motor Home & had dragged on the road totally destroying it. Luckily I had put a spare cord in the Jeep before leaving home last November. We climbed aboard I-40 & headed east. For the rest of the day we fought heavy crosswinds all the way to near Winslow Arizona.
ALMOST GOT OURSELVES WEDGED IN A RAILWAY UNDERPASS NEAR FLAGSTAFF
Our plan had been to find a boon docking spot somewhere around Williams for the night & then head up highway 89 Sunday into Monument Valley for a few days. But, it was not to be:(( The County Park we had planned to stay at was still closed for the winter & to make matters worse it was located on a dead end road. Yep, had to unhitch the car to get the Motor Home turned around. Not a happy camper!! And we nearly got ourselves wedged in tunnel coming & going too. Second option was another Park area in Flagstaff but after becoming turned around somewhere between highway 89 south & 17 to wherever we found ourselves back up I-40 heading further east.
THIS SET UP PARKED BEHIND US FRIDAY NIGHT
It was 89 North that we had planned to take up to Tuba City on our Monument Valley drive but now we found ourselves well east of that, very tired & very discouraged. It was late afternoon & combined with our lack of sleep & rough day of fighting tough cross winds we resorted to our last & least favored option of the day. An RV Park!! Meteor Crater RV Park is a few miles west of Winslow Arizona & for all intents & purposes looks like a clean & neat little place. It’s a good place for us to re-access our travel plans for the next few days.
The weather is not cooperating & the heavy cloud cover was still with us as well as the wind when we checked into the RV Park. Weatherman said no sun until Wednesday at the earliest but when Kelly went outside with the Motormouse around 8 tonight she said the Moon was up. I went outside & sure enough we were under clear skies. Didn’t have the energy to haul out my camera equipment for a Moon shot so just took in the beautiful moonrise for awhile & came back inside.
Anyway, in an effort to keep this blog short let me just say we are mulling over a revamped version of our Monument Valley & Canyon De Chelly plans tonight & if we wake up to a sunny morning we will likely head on up that way tomorrow to see what we can see. But, if the predicted storm arrives, we just might……well, we just might.
Ok, that’s enough out of me after a very long & stressful day………zzzzzzzzzzzzz
OUR SCENERY SURE HAS CHANGED AS WE APPROACH WINSLOW AZ.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( And, some more Elephant logic………
Why is an elephant big, grey and wrinkly?
Because if it was small, white and smooth it would be an aspirin!
Why doesn't the elephant use the computer?
Because it is afraid of the mouse!