Our arrival in Apache Junction completes our 2008 road trip just short of 11,500 miles. It has been an amazing ride and has only fueled our desire to see more of our country. Nearly every where we stopped we would like to revisit.
We arrived nearly on time, just four minutes later than I had estimated. Crossed Hoover Dam and drove south via US-93/I-40/US-93/US-60/I-101/I-10 and US-60 again. We were bumped by a passing car trailer on the on ramp from US-93 to I-40 with minimal damage to the right front corner of the MH. The truck didn't stop and may not have known his trailer clipped us when the changed lanes. The AZ State Patrolmen we contacted had a witness who got the number of the pickup truck and trailer; made a statement describing the incident and we're following up with an investigation.
We made the long-haul (for us) from Hawthorne NV to BC today in what was good weather for traveling. Temps here are in the 60s which feels very good after four days below freezing. Traffic through Las Vegas was nuts even on a Sunday afternoon with narrow lanes and posted 65mph limits the bulk of the traffic was moving 15-20mph faster. Had a great visit with my Aunt who lives in Henderson this evening too. In the morning we will make the final run for Apache Junction AZ for some RNR. Gypsy was REALLY glad to see the sun! She doesn't normally ride on the dash but had to get as close as she could to the heat. Once we headed out of the sun, she was down looking for the next hot spot. Tomorrow morning we get to cross Hoover Dam. In spite of the inspection, it is an awesome sight.
A short trip but the weather was in question and there just wasn't much south of Hawthorne until Vegas. Pictures are from Reno this morning, the ride south and from the front window here at Whiskey Flats RV Park in Hawthorne NV.
Weather forecast was for snow flurries and wind warnings so we have decided to stay here until tomorrow and change our route south a bit to the east. It will save us a day and get us into warmer weather sooner. Pictures from this morning are a far cry from the previous two days. Looking close for the icicles. Much like Bryce Canyon last year; our water hose was frozen this morning.
Scott and I rode the northern 100 miles of SR-49 today. It started off as a brisk clear day and remained so to the end. Bear in mind, we rode both directions including the 15+ miles from Reno to SR-49 for a total of 235 miles; over one pass of 6100 ft and two or three over 5000 ft each way. Wonderful road with better than average California pavement.
A good day, not much wind and plenty of sun. We took separate paths as it were, when Scott followed us out of the RV park and went right on 97 instead of left on BUS 97. So we went east of Mt. Shasta and he went around it to the west, an extra 100 miles. We arrived here near Reno about 30 min apart.
Slipped our mooring this morning and found our way to Moro OR for the night. Western Washington's weather has turned to typical fall so it was a good time to go. We have met our friend Scott here and will travel/caravan from here to Apache Junction AZ. The picture typifies what we are tyring to escape.
When we first started out on the road, we kept kind of a diary of where we went and what we saw. We thought it might be fun to take our diary to the next level. We hope our family and friends will enjoy it and it will help them to keep track of where the heck we are!
We are retired and lived in our motorhome from 2005-2012. Dave is retired from the Federal Government and I am just retired.
Dave rides his Harley and I knit,spin and dye fiber. We have two great kids, one on either side of the country. Our daughter is on the West Coast, and our son and his wife are on the east coast. We try to divide our time between the two but probably fail.