We Made It To Tucson

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 262015

Before I get started today, I want to wish all of you Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you’re sharing the day with family back home or with friends in an RV park somewhere, I hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness and good food.

We were up early yesterday morning, a habit that we really have to break. But we were eager to get on the road as soon as our friend Butch Williams reinstalled the fuel door lock that he had rebuilt the night before on our motorhome. It didn’t take him long to get the job done and after thanks and hugs with Butch and his wife Fonda, we pulled out of Quartzsite and drove about 95 miles east on Interstate 10. Traffic was moderate and we made good time.

Just outside of Buckeye we turned south on State Route 85, a good four-lane highway that ran 35 miles south to Interstate 8 at Gila bend. This bypass makes it possible to completely avoid the Phoenix metro area, and though it adds a few more miles to the trip, it’s well worth it.

Once we were on Interstate 8 it was another 65 miles or so east to connect with Interstate 10 again on the south side of Casa Grande. There wasn’t much traffic on this route and we rolled right along. We started seeing Saguaro cacti and knew we were back in Arizona for sure.

Saguaros small

Back on Interstate 10 traffic was heavier, but again we made good time with no problems. I’m not sure what this guy’s problem was. Was he towing this old RV with the slideout extended? Did something fail and it went out on its own and he was off the side of the road waiting for help? Or did these police officers find something suspicious and make him open the slide? Just one of those little mysteries we see on the highway.

RV slide out

A storm system coming in off the Pacific coast had brought a lot of clouds to southern Arizona. A few miles out of Tucson a couple dozen raindrops hit the windshield, but that was it.

Cloudy sky small

We arrived at Voyager RV Resort and got settled into our full hookup site, which only cost us $4/night with our Thousand Trails membership. Such a deal!

We’ll be here a week or so while I have some follow-up for my recent medical issues at the VA hospital, and while we’d like to be with Terry’s parents and sisters in Mesa today, we’ve got each other and that’s all we really need to be happy.

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. Since cooking and eating delicious food is a big part of Thanksgiving, I thought this week’s prize should have some connection, so we are giving away an autographed copy of Terry’s excellent RV cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence. – Erma Bombeck

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  3 Responses to “We Made It To Tucson”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you both. I am sure you will be in everyone’s thoughts and prayers today for a good report from your appointments later in the week.

  2. Glad you made it safe. We had to go to Phx yesterday and the return trip was brutal. Lots of traffic and several accidents all in early-mid afternoon. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and good luck at the VA.

    We will be at Omar’s at the TTT about 1:00 with several people from Benson and Voyager.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you both, hope your VA visit goes well.

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