A lot sure has happened since I had an internet connection capable of posting my blog.
Saturday was a fun filled day. Everything was going smoothly until Dad noticed we had a leak. At first he thought it was a hydraulic leak, but it turned out to be a leak in the fuel line. We spent a good couple of hours at a truck and RV repair shop, which was conveniently located very close to where we were. Fortunately the weather was nice enough to open a window and get a breeze going through. Some random facts that I feel like sharing: we were waiting behind a semi truck hauling honey bees, so there were bees flying all about; and there are celebrity type RVs that have gotten fixed there, most recently Lee Ann Womac.
After getting repaired we were on the road again. We made it all the way to Grants, NM… where it was cold and snowing. We had dinner at the Iron Skillet where we over heard someone say Flagstaff would be getting 2 feet of snow by the end of Sunday. Not the type of thing one wants to hear. After dinner we hit the hay for the evening.
When Gena got up this morning she checked the weather. The forcast called for 18″ of snow to hit Flagstaff, so we decided to head out right away. Flagstaff was 200 miles from where we were. After a bit of driving the clouds broke. The sky was blue and the sun was hot. Around 1:00 the wind became brutal. We pulled off the side of the road to make chili for lunch and see if the winds would let up. Right after stopping some angry truckers came through on the CB radio complaining about the whitewash in Flagstaff and warning each other to not stop if they wanted to make it through. Our hungry bellies would have to wait, we were traveling on.
We hadn’t traveled very far onward when the awning on the drivers side started flapping around. With the nearest exit 9 miles ahead, Dad drove halfway on the shoulder with the hazards on until we could pull into an emergency vehicle turn around in the middle of the freeway. The situation was dire, as metal bar was broken off one side of the RV and the awning itself was torn halfway off. Since there was no way to fix it or bring it with, we ripped it off and Dad tossed it in the ditch. On we went again.
Soon it was snowing pretty badly, the plows were out and people were pulled off to the side of the road. We went down the windy hills of Sedona in the same fashion. The painted hills were now painted with snow, and the tops of the mountains hidden in the fog. Not quite the same view of the red rocks on the background of a Robin’s egg blue sky that I’m used to. Lani hid under a blanket through the hills, while Gena and I hovered over the dash and took pictures. We came around a hairpin turn and saw a car over the guard rail in nose down position. It was a great photo op, but we were traveling too fast to capture it.
Now we are at our campground. Fortunately they have wireless internet here, because my Sprint card isn’t working well. Unfortunately we can’t slide out the side of the RV because of the awning missing, so things will be quite crammed tonight. At least we have showers.
More pics in the gallery.