Slow Progress but Having Fun
16.02.2013 - 03.03.2013
Well folks we finally found some time to get caught up on this blog. Overall the first two weeks have been pretty smooth with respect to acclimating to life on the motorhome. We seem to have just about all the basics and they are all fairly close at hand. As far as trip progress goes things have gone much slower than we anticipated for a few reasons. The first was a storm we didn’t feel like braving on the road that had us hold up in Lake Elsinore for a few days waiting for it to pass before heading out to Las Vegas. It was OK though because the slight delay allowed me to ride the Ortega Highway one more time on my motorcycle before leaving Southern California for a while.
Here is a photo I took from the Ortega Highway lookout just before the storm came in.
After the storm passed we headed up the I-15 to Las Vegas where we stayed at Las Vegas Motor Home Resort. By far the nicest RV park I have ever seen. Many spots had elaborate outdoor kitchens and cabanas with tables and fire pits etc. I do have some pictures but they were taken with Susan’s camera and it seems we neglected to bring the proprietary Sony cable needed to download them. We noticed upon arrival that the motorcycle was now leaning backwards about 20 degrees. We found a dealer to look at the lift and he tightened it a bit. A small help but the hope was that it wouldn’t lean any further. We had a great time seeing some shows and enjoying some really good meals. We didn’t really gamble much but we ended up slightly ahead so we packed up and left town.
Next stop was Kingman Arizona to visit my cousin who lives there and to take Susan to see the Grand Canyon. We decided to explore Grand Canyon West which is near Kingman and where they have constructed the Skywalk, a glass walkway that extends over the canyon. Besides being pretty pricey (about $80 each) it was spectacular. Here are some pictures from the Canyon
Here is a picture of the canyon. You can see the sky walk in the upper left corner extending out over the canyon.
Here is Susan getting up the nerve to walk out on the skywalk.
Next we drove on to Flagstaff Arizona to look around. We took a short day trip down to the Indian ruins at Montezuma’s Castle and then drove through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon on the way back to Flagstaff. I had forgotten just how beautiful this area of Arizona is. There was a good bit of snow on the ground but the weather was very nice when we were there.
Here is a picture of our campsite in Falgstaff. Nice views in all directions.
Here are some pictures of the dwellings which were built sometime between 1100 and 1400.
As we left Flagstaff I caught this picture of the famous San Francisco Peaks in the rear view mirror
Next stop Albuquerque New Mexico. When we got to Albuquerque we noticed that the motorcycle lift was now leaning BADLY. All the bumps in the road had slowly bent the cross member of the motorhome hitch that the lift was attached to. It would need to be removed and re-installed with more support and attachment to the motorhome frame. We found a company in town to do the work and checked into a motel. We did manage to do a bit of sightseeing while in town. We took the tram ride up to the top of Sandia Peaks. It is the longest cable tramway in the world and the views from the top were AMAZING!
Here is Sandia Peaks from the campground the first night in town.
Here is a picture of an arriving cable car from the bottom as we were waiting our ride to the top.
Here is a picture of the amazing views of the entire Albuquerque valley from the top of the mountain.
Here is a picture of Susan at the top of the mountain peak
Next was a fairly short drive to Tucumcari New Mexico. Susan had been reading quite a bit about Route 66 and the small towns that used to thrive as all of the interstate traffic came through town. We wanted to get the full experience so we stayed in the Blue Swallow hotel. Built in 1939 it was recently purchased by a very nice couple that are starting over after losing their jobs in the recession back in Michigan. It was a classic old Hwy 66 motel. We walked down the street to Dels for what might be the best Chicken Fried Steak I have ever had (Sorry mom). It was kinda weird leaving a king size bed outside in the motorhome for a queen size in a small room but the ambiance of the 40’s and 50’s was alive and well.
Here is the famous Blue Swallow Motel. Very cool Neon!
Here is our bus parked in the courtyard of the Blue Swallow
Next we made the short drive to Amarillo Texas where I am writing this entry now. We only are here for one night but we are hoping to get out for a movie or something a bit later.
After Amarillo our next stops will be Oklahoma City, Little Rock Arkansas and then Red Bay Alabama to get some work done to the motorhome.
I will publish more updates are we move along.
Tom & Susan