Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On our way - in Winslow AZ

Or should we say "Windsblow" AZ. The high winds and snow in mountains finally subsided so on Sunday Bob did our checklist of departure tasks for the outside tasks, we save the inside for the day of departure. The outside tasks include putting up the bird feeders, chairs, rugs, king pin stabilizer, dumping the black and grey tanks and stowing the sewer hose and sewer hose support. Since we were heading into cool nights we topped off the propane tank we were using so now we have two full tanks.

We slept in a little later than a normal departure day on Monday since we wanted the sun to melt any potential ice that there could be in Flagstaff since there was 11 inches of snow in the area on Saturday and the Monday morning low was 17 degrees. The inside tasks are basically making sure all the drawers and doors are secured and moving stuff to the couch and recliner for transit and putting the satellite dish and TV antenna down. We get the cats in the bedroom after the slide is in and then finish up put the two slides in the kitchen/living room area in. We then hook up the truck and off we go.

The drive was uneventful except for the couple of times Bob got caught in the slow lane going up to Flagstaff. The F-350 has the power to move us along real well but passing can sometimes be a problem since it takes awhile to get there and it is not wise to be in the passing lane all the time as that tends to upset other drivers. The road from Phoenix to Flagstaff goes up and down and the F-350 performed well on the 6 percent downhill slopes downshifting in Tow/Haul mode. We are very pleased with our truck selection. The last part of our departure tasks Bob did this morning; updating current location on the blog and adding a map for our current trip.

We plan to spend four nights in the area seeing the Homolovi Ruins State Park, Meteor Crater, eat at the Turquoise Room at the La Posada Hotel, and maybe see Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, and Waputki Indian Ruins. There is a lot to do in the area probably more than we will be able to do this visit.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

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