Driving To Arizona

Yesterday’s drive from Ouray, Colorado to Flagstaff, Arizona was a day to remember for several reasons.  For one thing, we could not get our act together to make time.  I won’t go into the blow by blow details of how many times we stopped because I can’t count that high.  But it went something like: Stop to go to the bathroom, 10 minutes later get gas, 10 minutes later turn on the tow vehicle for it’s 15 minutes every 200 miles, 10 minutes later go to the bathroom, 10 minutes later walk the dog, 10 minutes later stop at a gas station to dump but there is no dump, 10 minutes later stop at another gas station but it’s too crowded, 10 minutes later finally dump but forgot to get water. ALL DAY LONG.

Anyhow, the views were super mainly because of the clouds.  Arizona, normally dry, has also been having a lot of rain.  So much rain, that the area we were to drive through was under a flash flood warning so we detoured to the east  going south in New Mexico instead of Arizona.  For some reason the storm, which we could see, remained right on the Arizona state line and left New Mexico alone.

Now for some pictures as we move from southwestern Colorado to New Mexico and then Arizona.  Actually, that’s not true.  We went from Colorado to Arizona back to New Mexico and back to Arizona.

DirveToArizona 1Southwestern Colorado

P1000306P1000315P1000317As we go further south the mountains become smaller and take on unusual shapes

FlagstaffToSedona 14FlagstaffToSedona 16FlagstaffToSedona 17There were some strange clouds in the distance as we got nearer to Winslow, Arizona.  Take a look.  This thin band of clouds just above the ground stretched for 15-20 miles:

FlagstaffToSedona 18FlagstaffToSedona 19It’s too bad I couldn’t take a picture of the whole length at once to show you how unusual this cloud was.

FlagstaffToSedona 20FlagstaffToSedona 22Once we passed under those clouds the wind and rain became very strong and we decided to call it a night and pulled into this Flying J truck stop where they had some pull through parking spots just for motor homes.

TruckstopUgh, no doubt we are in a truck stop restaurant and our tummies paid us back.  After we were done eating and went out front, a Flying J employee came up to us and said that a semi truck had side swiped our Tracker tow vehicle.  The thoughts that went through my head…………but the employee was wrong, the truck had hit the tow vehicle of the motor home next to us.  Poor guy who owned it.  The car was damaged from front to back and the semi had disappeared.  Which we promptly did too……after dumping and forgetting to get water. No showers for us plus a sink full of dirty dishes that had to wait another day.

FlagstaffToSedona 1We found a casino well off the highway with plenty of parking and a quiet night of sleep until the storms began again about 4 am which made for a beautiful morning.  I’ve never seen Arizona looking so green.

P1000358Our destination today was Prescott and we took the scenic route through Sedona, known for it’s red soil and rocks.

P1000359Our plan had been to arrive in Yuma today but we decided to stay the night in a real campground in Prescott with hookups so that we could cook and bake everything possible in our refrigerator, do laundry, organize our packing, clean the RV inside, and write blog posts.  Another reason is that Prescott is still high enough in elevation that the weather is very comfortable and is the last town south before we descend into the inferno.  It will be 112 degrees (144.4 Celsius) in Yuma Friday.

We will be on this first cruise for 24 days.  Internet is a very expensive add on and so I don’t know how often I will post.  I’ll do my best.