It's about time.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saying So Long, Stunned By The Scenery and Parked For The Night.

Our Location today is Casa Grande, Arizona, U.S.A. 

Both Kathy and I had the typical Pretravel Night of Sleep. We would just get to sleep only to wake wondering if we had put such and such away when it wasn’t even morning yet. We finally just couldn’t stand the tossing and turning any longer and were both up by 6:30 MST. We really concentrated our efforts on closing the inside of the trailer and were fairly well packed by the time we went out to breakfast. 
Kathy half frozen from the wind.
Ready to roll.
Every Saturday morning at Dream Catchers RV Park between 8:00 and 9:00 they serve different types of Burritos with Tatter Tots, Orange Juice and Coffee that are prepared by the Volunteers starting at 6:30. The cost varies depending on which one you get so it cost us all of $8.00 for the both of us. McDonalds can’t beat that price. This also gave us one last chance to socialize with the people we’d gotten to know at the park. Many having seen me working on the trailer asked if I’d completed my work. Kathryn recounted how she had looked in the basement at the multitude of hanging wires and had run away in fear. When we said that we’d be back next year but I had no intention of working on our trailer at that time, Greg said that was good because he’d set us up next to his trailer and he’d keep me busy. As we were about to leave I mentioned about going for fuel across the street and at least five people told me of a better less expensive place to go. 
The beauty of the distant mountains
We enjoy the Cultural Displays on Public Structures.
Back at the trailer after I released all the Stabilizers and Kathy brought up the Rear Jacks while I flushed the Black Tank and dumped the Greys. Even though the temperature was in the Mid Forties the wind sent a chill right through you body. Kathy continued to watch how and what I do when hooking up the trailer not to be critical but just in case she would have to do it in an emergency.
Without turning on the heat in the truck,
I needed a sweater this morning.
Five minutes after getting on I-10 west bound we were already getting off. We found the service station everyone had recommended due to the lower prices as well as the fact that it had a separate RV Fuel Island that made getting in and out of the lot much easier. We first topped off our Diesel and with Kathy’s help I filled both our Five-Gallon Jerry Can and our Honda Generator. Since I hadn’t completed the Solar System installation before we left McGregor Kathy insisted we bring the generator with us just in case. 
We were actually moving faster than the trains
We were back on I-10 by 9:20 MST headed for our next destination, Casa Grande in Arizona. The scenery is so desolate that to us it is beautiful. Due to the little bit of sleep she had last night Kathy kept saying she was going to take a Snap (short nap) but then the view would catch her eye and she just hung in there. It was 10:20 when we crossed the Continental Divide and Kathy was upset with herself for not having the camera ready to take a picture of the sign that she knew would be up ahead. The problem was she was too much in awe over the scenery. 
We stopped at a TA Truck Stop shortly after crossing into Arizona around noon. We first wanted to stretch our legs, then have a potty break, have our lunch and then top off our fuel. We resisted the Weekend Buffet and just ordered something light from the menu. Due to the length of our rig we have to park with the Semis so that helped to partially walk off the lunch we’d just had before bringing the truck around to the RV Fuel Islands to again top it off. 
Shortly after 11:00 MST
Back on the road Kathy never did get that Snap she wanted and it wasn’t only because of the scenery. There was distant rain over the mountains and clouds that filled the sky for the entire afternoon. While driving through the Tucson area the outside temperature actually hit the low Eighties but as we left the area we were once again back in the lower Seventies. 
Rain in those mountains
It seemed that our new Rand McNally GPS was giving us the silent treatment. Kathy reset it a number of times but it seemed that it was just along for the ride. Finally, just after 4:00 MST Kathy said it was time to stop for the night so we took the Florence Street Exit off I-10. Looking to spend the night at the local Walmart we were disappointed to see signs saying there was “No Overnight Parking Allowed”. We had passed the Cracker Barrel on the way in so we headed back there. 
Kathy making a new friend.
Birds filling the tree tops for the night.
Our spot for the night.
It felt good to sit down and have a light Home Cooked Meal to end our day. When we were done our meal, we walked around their store getting more gift ideas for future giving. After driving 293 miles today we got Permission to Park For The Night. Tomorrow we’ll find a local RV Park to stay in for a few more days as I still need to pick up a few supplies while we are here. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Words of Inspiration 

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. 

Thomas A. Edison, American Inventor


  1. You are enjoying the scenery that we have come to love.

  2. I can't get over how cold it is there. Hope it warms up before we get there around January 15.

    Here is a link to all the Walmart stores. You pick a state and on the next page either read the list or click on View on a map. It tells you if a Walmart allows overnight parking. We look at the map of the state. We use it all the time.

  3. It's bound to warm up at some point in the journey. If it gets "warm" here, we think we're getting a break. Happy Travels.

  4. We've been seeing much the same scenery for 4 weeks now and doubt we'll ever tire of it. Happy trails!

  5. The app... overnight parking finder... is good for locating Walmarts that will and will not let you overnight I use it all the time when traveling