Love's Travel Centre, Williams, AZ
awake at 6 on Saturday, Mar. 14th. Maybe the ‘anxiety’ or ‘excitement’
of moving aided in the early rising. We weren’t looking forward to leaving the
warm weather behind but we were just ready to move. Bill and I showered and
then I went out for a nice walk. It is a pretty park and a pretty neighbourhood
with new business malls across the street. The buildings all adobe coloured,
to catch the quails again but even though that is obviously a favourite hangout
for them, they are still too far away for a clear photo. I could hear them
telling stories though. 😊 Goodbye little guys! Back at home, I
had my tea and we each had a bowl of Cheerios. The day was glorious, 55F/13C
and the sky is blue with big white fluffies. A perfect driving day. The rain is
done for a few days.
|Good morning and goodbye to the Gambels|
only 8 am so I sat and read some blogs until Bill was finished in the bathroom.
After brushing our teeth and securing two bathroom cupboards, I do the bedroom
check and make sure the closet doors are secured and work my way downstairs.
Bill does a similar thing outside the Suite. He brought the slides in while I
walked the garbage to the bins.
|The sun rises|
back far enough on our site to dump so Bill backed up and took care of that. We
have 35 gallons of fresh water in our tanks for the road. Keith was ready so
pulled up in front of our site and by 9:08 we were pulling out of Silver View
RV Resort. It is a nice park, we’d not hesitate in going back. As we pulled
onto Bullhead Parkway I texted Kim and they were waiting to follow the convoy
as we passed the K fuel station where they were topping up.
|It is very hard but I am limiting the pictures|
There were just way too many beautiful views
|I feel a bit offended - huh!|
some climbing up AZ-68 for about 12 miles. If you’ve been here, you are
familiar with it. We took it easy and set the cruise at 55 mph (in a 65 zone).
The bonus is the views we get. I’m awestruck every time and saddened that we
are soon going to be leaving them behind. We couldn’t see Keith or Ken and Kim
behind us but since we hadn’t heard anything, figured all was well. When we
turned onto I-40E I texted Kim. They were slowed down with the incline.
|And then the air and the sky changed dramatically|
but no precipitation dampened the drive
We were a
way down the interstate when we could see them behind us but Keith was supposed
to be in the middle! Kim said they never saw him making the turn in Kingman. He
sent us a text and with sketchy service in the area, we didn’t get it for 25
minutes. All he said was “?????” Meaning he couldn’t see either of us. It all
worked out and TG for the tekky world we live in as we were able to let him
know to get on I-40E. We took Exit 123 for fuel at a Chevron and it wasn’t long
and he pulled in too. Phew! Together again. Diesel was ridiculous at $3.39/gal.
|I kept busy too|
landscape changed around us and when we were about 15 miles from Williams, AZ
snow was quite visible in the mountains as well as on the grass. Not lots but
still SNOW. Keith will be happy; he has missed the winter over the last month. We
didn’t! The journey was good from there on and our next turn was onto AR-64
which is the road north of Williams to the Grand Canyon.
|White stuff we don't want to see|
|Driving towards the Canyon|
know our destination. We’ve seen it a couple of times already but Keith hasn’t,
nor have Ken and Kim. We should never say ‘you HAVE to do’ something. I’m
telling Bill all the time. They don’t have to! But this, if you are anywhere
close, you HAVE to see it to believe it. So, we are driving north about 50
miles looking for the Fire Road in the Kaibab Ntl Forest. Bill and I found this
free campsite in 2017 on our way home.
however, the weather was creating some concerns. It has snowed here over the
last couple of days and it has rained here over the last couple of days. The
dirt/sand roads into the sites don’t do well in those conditions.
|It was a nice 2 lane highway for 50 miles with the|
occasional passing lanes
Once you turn
onto this road, there is no turning around without going into these
semi-designated spots. We stopped, Ken stopped and Keith stopped. We’re on a
single lane and after walking to scout things out ahead, Bill tried backing
|There won't be any overnight camping here this trip!|
to say, it wasn’t going to work and my fear would be getting stuck and needing
to be towed out. Cha-ching! After much more deliberation amongst the guys, Keith
turned around easily and pulled off to the side. Ken unhooked their car and
dolly, Kim drove the car pulling the dolly out and off to the side. Ken backed
up their Journey motor home out to the road, turned it around, backed in to
hook up the dolly and the car again.
|The boys did great backing up|
to back up the Suite as well. No easy feat but painstakingly he managed to do
it, slowly back the ¼ of a mile. Doesn’t sound far, but it was not easy. He is
awesome and we didn’t get stuck! Once that was done, we pulled into a camp spot
off the fire road near the highway. We pulled in behind Keith and parked. Then
we all piled into Ken and Kim’s motor home and with the car in tow, drove the 9
miles to the Grand Canyon parking lot.
|Bill and Keith help Ken get turned around on the busy AZ-64|
|Bill rides shotgun|
My oh my!
Easily, he found a spot for rv’s in the first parking lot and we took the next
2 hours, walking along the south rim. It is nice for us to see it again, I’m
still blown away by the beauty and magnitude. It is just plain fun to watch and
listen to someone see it for the first time. We enjoyed that today. I still took
tons of pictures. The weather went through all the motions. We had sun, rain,
wind, sleet, more sun and over and over. It was a Saturday so it was quite busy
|Kim rides - um - backseat?|
|It was very misty which gave us a completely different view from past visits|
|Bear with me for a few pictures|
5:30 we hopped on the little bus back to the parking lot and Ken drove us to
the fire road where our vehicles waited. We couldn’t stay there for the night.
Bill and Keith followed Ken back the 50 miles to Williams to a Love’s Travel
Station where we hoped to park for the night. It was packed and Bill and I had
a few fretful moments of what now?
|Kim and I pose for a picture|
further do we want to drive and what are our chances of finding anything? It
was late and most truckers were off the road. Ken did some checking on line for
us about the Walmart down the road in Flagstaff and the Pilot J travel centre
but they weren’t going to be any help. Because of our slide-outs, these truck
stops are not where we go for the night. Ever. We don’t fit. Keith found a spot
for his rig so he was set up.
|Keith and Ken on the edge|
were 3 spots beside Ken (for rv’s) so we parked right in the middle. Bill put
out his corner traffic cones and we all went in to the Carl’s Jr. restaurant
for a late supper. It was 7 pm. Other than our morning cereal and we each had a
muffin and a snack bar, we hadn’t eaten. The burger and fries were good. Well,
they sure hit the spot and it beats heating up the chili. After we ate, we came
out and opened up the Suite and Bill turned our blue flame heater on. We were
|A nice picture of Bill|
|Kim is awed|
day! There were definitely good things about it, lots of those, but we have
learned things to. I-40 is not traveler friendly. There are no Rest Areas from
Kingman to Williams. Beyond that, we’ll find out tomorrow. It was smooth in
places but then out of the blue, you hit rough patches or huge holes in the
pavement. The scenery was certainly nice but when you are trying to make good
time, it isn’t our #1 choice. We’ll find another way to go home in the future.
|Bill, Keith and Ken|
Kim and I are present in our shadows
inside the Suite, I was too tired to complete my post with pictures. Bill sat
with his book and tried to keep his eyes open. My sweater was as far as I could
go without putting more thought into it so I wrote the day’s happening and will
worry about pictures in the morning. We are settled, safe and warm. I hope you
all had a good day. We look forward to a better one tomorrow. The outside
temperature when we went to bed was 37F/3C.
|We saw 3 double rainbows on the drive back to Williams|
|Couple of love bugs in the tree|
A bit of snow really sets off the scenery. Good that you didn't have to drive through it.ReplyDelete
Hope you have better luck finding good overnight spots.
Because of the rain and snow previous to our arrival, that spot was a no go. It would have been beautiful there under the pine trees. ;)Delete
Before you get to Albuquerque on I-40, you can spend night on parking lot of Route 66 CasinoReplyDelete
Thank you Rita. We are booked into a park at Tijeras for a couple of nights so we can tour Old Alburquerque. :)Delete
Ha, I see you had a little adventure. Good for your guys. :O) Adventures don't always turn out like what one thought.ReplyDelete
Yes, it was an adventure for sure! ha ha and I can laugh now that we aren't in need of a tow!Delete
Boys, Boys, Boys! They always have to get close to the rim! Then (mom, grandma, wife yells)!! Love the pic of you and Bill, and the one with the three guys! We hate I40 too much traffic and big rigs! Goodluck finding a better way home.ReplyDelete
You're right! And the chances others (non-related idiots) were taking made Kim and I turn away. Some Mother's kids!!Delete
We'll continue along I-40 for now since we are up this high but never again to go home. :S
It's just one of the most beautiful places on earth. I always stay at a park in Williams ... nice asphalt parking spots ... Flagstaff is not so RV friendly. Glad you found a spot to fit in. Hope the rain and snow holds off for awhile. It's finally been really nice here.ReplyDelete
Bob and Jo-Anne stayed in Williams (ahead of us) for 4 nights and I'm sure it was nice. We are skimping where we can with all the other stuff going on. :)Delete
We got lucky and slept well at the Love's.
Enjoy the nice weather!
The scenery is stunning! I'm so sorry that your trip there wasn't great though. Safe travels today!ReplyDelete
Thank you Maebeme.Delete
Major tourist attractions on weekends are for working folks. Traveling the middle of the week would make it much, much easier !ReplyDelete
yes, we realize that but sometimes it just doesn't work out. We didn't fuss over the crowds at all, just the parking situation. :)Delete