WalMart, Gallup, New Mexico
I had a great sleep with only one 3 o’clock awakening and woke again on Sunday, Mar. 15th at 6:30. We were warm with the heater on, set at 2 ½ which doesn’t use a lot of propane at all but it makes a huge difference. Bill got up and actually turned it down ½ notch and we made our coffee and tea. I stepped outside in the 32F/0C morning and took some pictures of our location. We were blessed in finding a suitable spot for the night.
|The view from Love's in the early morning|
We’d planned on fueling up and pulling out at 9 but we were all ready to start fueling by 8 and were out of the Love’s lot by 8:10. Bill and I led, then Keith, then the Journey. We made the turn to hop on the ramp to I-40E and we heard a loud bang. Our first thought was ‘blew a tire’ but when we got out and checked them, everything was good and passed Bill’s ‘thump’ test. Hmm, now what? Bill opened the hood and sure enough, the turbo hose clamp broke and came off.
|Mechanics on duty|
|While they worked on Black Beauty I found this on|
the side of the road
A good sign?
This time 3 heads put together came up with a better solution to try and all we could do was try. The problem with traveling on Sunday is that no dealerships are open even if we could get to one. We are trying to be positive and praying for some spiritual guidance as we pull out once more. We are so thankful for our friends as well as the fact that we have so far been able to come out on the other side of each of our issues.
|Evidence of the previous rainfall|
|New scenery, similar to our north country at home|
|Destination - Winslow, AZ|
|low flat plains|
Our next destination is Winslow, AZ for a brief stop and they can check on it there before we forge on. It feels like forging right now but we are still enjoying the changes of scenery with open plains as far as the eye can see. It’s beautiful. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a cowboy, a wagon train or a herd of buffalo! It was around 10:30 when we drove into Winslow and that is another bucket list entry.
|The boys tightened it once more once we stopped|
|A nice large area to park while we visit the popular little town|
Ken had Googled and found that we could park easily at the Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre. It was easy to find after taking Exit 252 and it was a huge empty are beside the train tracks. If you like watching trains, you could spend the day here. The Centre wasn’t open but we didn’t need it to be. The temperature had increased to a balmy 50F which meant no gloves or heavy coats were necessary. Yay!
We headed directly to the ‘corner’ and took pictures of each other and then I set up my tripod for a group photo. We were there at a great time as there weren’t too many others there yet. We visited a couple of the souvenir shops, of course, and got our collector pin, a souvenir penny (Kim and Ken got us onto that), and a license plate for the bunky. Little things that mean a lot to us.
|Standing on the Corner|
We headed back to our rigs and because it was noon hour and we were ready, we stayed for lunch. I made Keith and I a sandwich of lettuce, ham, cheese and tomato and Bill made himself a peanut butter and cheese. I also made myself a coffee. That was a good lunch, I didn’t eat cereal earlier. We were on the road, after Keith reorganized his cargo trailer and Oreo got some exercise chasing his favourite thing in the world. His ball.
Upon approaching in Winslow, we’d seen signs that 68 miles ahead was a serious crash causing the closure of I-40E. Oh-oh. We had no need to rush so at 12:30 Ken said they had started to re-open the interstate so we were good to start out. Those closures, with no way around, can cause a huge backup for sure. We’ve all seen that. We led and everyone was feeling pretty good with full tummies and a warm 60F/16C.
Bill, Patsy, Glenn Frey, Keith, Oreo, Kim, Ken
|There was a nice walkway along the tracks in Winslow|
paved with red bricks
|Oreo ran free for a while, having fun|
No one was around but the 6 of us
One side of the highway was low flat plains with the occasional cattle and on the other, rocky hills and red sand. Sadly, we’re up too high to see any more cactus so it is good to appreciate the things we are presented with. 😊 No sooner do I say that and we enter New Mexico. Talk about a change!
All of a sudden both sides of the interstate are laced with absolutely gorgeous ribboned rocks. Red ones, and pink and some brown, some with holes and smooth caves and some with trading posts tucked in them. Gorgeous!
I’m really trying to curb so much picture taking but it is really hard. At least I can restrain from posting an overload. We didn’t experience any more difficulty with the turbo hose, thank God, so just kept moving on at a steady pace and took the hills a bit easier. We made it to Gallup, New Mexico to a Walmart. It was around 2:30 and we decided to make it our home for the night rather than push on any further. Bill was tired and we were all ready to stop. We were able to take advantage of some nice spots away from the transports and yet cuddled in a group of our own.
|Stunning New Mexico|
Bill and Keith took care of another, more secure fix on the hose by using a spray adhesive and then reclamping. This, hopefully, will get us home. When we turned into the spot at the Fire Road at G.C. there was a stubborn evergreen branch that caught the roof of the Suite. Naturally it did. Ken climbed up and had to physically break and tug and disengage it from our ladder. He checked the solar panels and they were fine but there was a quarter size tear in the membrane.
Today, Keith and Bill climbed up and used the spray adhesive and tape on that as well. It’s never ending, it seems, this winter but we are still here and we are still healthy. Keith is moving on in the morning so once we were all set up, we gathered in Ken and Kim’s home for a final 5-person Happy Hour.
|A little repair job on the roof edge|
The sun was coming out warming things up nicely but we had no chairs out and were too lazy to get them out. I’m sure it is frowned upon anyway, especially where alcohol is involved. Keith left earlier than Bill and I, we were enjoying the banter and we discussed various things. It was a late start to HH so therefore a late ending. It was 6:45 when Bill and I came home for supper. I warmed up a tub of chili and we finished off the cheesecake for dessert.
|No bread, No milk, No water, No t.p., No bleach, dish soap|
|But our friend, Doug, would be happy!|
There isn’t anything else to add for today’s post, I’m sure it will be a quiet evening with our books. Bill still hasn’t dozed so I’m sure after just a few minutes he will be in dreamland. Even with the added problem we’ve been dealt with, we are still happy and very fortunate to have the friends we have. They have all been more help to us on these last two months of our journey than they know. We are truly blessed.
|Our cozy little campsite, together, at WalMart, Gallup|
|Oreo kept an eye on me while I was out taking pictures|
Good night from Gallup, NM
Thank you for checking in on us and for all your concerns. We are fine. As my sister, Gayle, says “Life goes on”. Comments are always welcome and so are your reactions.