November 30, 2015
The rains finally let up enough for us to leave Grand Prairie on Monday. It was just in time as far as we were concerned since the water was still rising and the campsites across the road from us were under water. Not conducive to having a good night sleep when you never know if you will have to move again during the night.
We waited for rush hour to slow down and were on the road around 10am heading west on I-20. It was a great day for making good time with no wind, dry roads and light traffic. I added a little fuel in Pecos, TX since we had to start up the car and run it through the gears to keep the transmission lubricated. Then it was back on the road to Van Horn, TX for the night after driving 520 miles. We always stop at the same park there since they have a small cafe and it gives Gerry a break from making breakfast.
December 1, 2015
We were on the road early with the intention of stopping in Las Cruces but the weather forecast was for 20 degrees overnight. Deming and Lordsburg had even colder forecasts so we decided to drive on to Tucson.
We made good time once again with light traffic until we arrived in Benson, AZ around 5pm and joined everyone in a massive traffic jam. It took us almost 2 hours to travel 5 miles due to road construction and the narrowing down to one lane. The RT 90 intersection was just before the road construction and there were three lanes of traffic fighting down to one lane. What a mess.
By the time we got through the traffic jam it was too late to go to CCRV so we stopped at the Pima County Fairgrounds campground for the night. They had two 50 amp sites left and we settled in for the night.
This leg of the trip was 490 miles and it wore us out driving so far in two days. Driving a 40ft motorhome with a tow car is more taxing than driving a car. It is slower, also. The Honda CRV cannot be towed faster than 65 mph or the tranny will give out.
December 2, 2015
We left the fairgrounds around noon for the 3 miles drive to our campground for the next 4 months. Since we didn't reserve our old site, they moved us to another site. This one turned out to be larger and closer to the activity center. I think it will work out better for us so we are pleased with it.
A number of friends stopped by to welcome us back including Ron K, Ron & Dee C and a couple others. We managed to make a lot of headway setting up the motorhome. Then we stopped by the local Fry's grocery store for some much needed provisions. By then it was time for dinner and we stopped at Panda Express for a quick meal.
We hit the hay early and called it a night. Tired, but happy to be off the road for a while.