Yesterday was a windy day and we would have been very happy to sit still at the Boulder City Elks lodge but the RV sites were all booked, and today the wind was supposed to be even worse so we decided to hit the road and make a run for it.
We were aiming for the Verde Valley Thousand Trails preserve near Cottonwood but I always have a couple of alternatives available if things get rough and we need to stop along the way.
A lot of people have been asking me about the new bypass bridge at Hoover Dam, but it’s a piece of cake. The bridge is nice and wide, high walls block the scary view, and RVs are directed to drive on the inside lanes.
This is all you see looking out to the sides from a motorhome.
We crossed the bridge into Arizona on U.S. Highway 93. The road has lots of curves and great views of the rugged mountain range and far down to the Colorado River.
It was breezy all the way to Kingman, where we stopped for fuel at the T/A Travel Plaza. We could have saved a couple of cents a gallon by going to the Flying J two exits down, but that place has the worst layout of any of their locations nationwide. Whoever laid out the RV fuel islands there must think we all drive VW camper vans. But at least the rock formations were photogenic.
By the time we had filled our tank the wind was starting to blow hard and all the way to Flagstaff on Interstate 40, gusts bounced us around. It wasn’t a fun trip but we took our time and managed fine.
In Flagstaff we turned onto Interstate 17 and immediately got slammed by the wind. White knuckle time for sure!
The highway drops from over 7,000 feet at Flagstaff to 3,100 feet, and signs warn drivers that they have eighteen miles of steep grades ahead of them. I let our Winnebago’s exhaust brake do most of the work, only occasionally stepping on the brake pedal when needed to keep things comfortable. I’ve become a real old fart and drive within my comfort level, staying in the right hand lane and letting the folks who are in a hurry pass me if they want to.
Signs along the way tell you how far you still have to go.
The views of the red rocks near Sedona were great, but my eyes were glued to the road and I had to rely on Terry’s pictures to see them.
I’ve never had to use one of these runaway truck ramps and I hope I never do!
Eventually we made our way down the hill to the Thousand Trails campground, where we found a nice pull through full hookup RV site and got parked and settled in. An extra bonus is that we’re parked close to Tommy and Carol Davis, a wonderful couple we’ve crossed paths with before at our rallies and in our travels and enjoyed visiting with. Once we were settled in we walked over to their site and visited for a while, and then our pals Bob Parker and Donna Huffer showed up. As it turns out, they’re also parked near us! We never feel lonely wherever we go.
Eventually our stomachs reminded us that it was past dinnertime, so we went to the Sizzler in Cottonwood with Tommy and Carol and talked some more while we ate. It’s nice to be off the road for a while. I need to get the new issue finished and sent off to the printer, and then we’ll do some relaxing. This is one of our favorite parts of Arizona and a good place to do it.
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Thought For The Day – There is no recession. It’s just the smallest boom we’ve ever had.