Date: April 23, 2017
Tonight’s Location: Gila Bend, AZ
Campground: Gila Bend KOA
Mileage: End - 11383
Start - 11085
Total Miles for the day: 298
Temperature: start 56º
Year List: 294
On the road by 8:15, we made good time, as all was Interstate, except for first 20 miles. Our concern was wind, as the desert coming across Arizona has been cleared for pecan groves – LOTS of tiny pecan trees with a lot of bare soil between. There were several instances of flashing signs indicated limited visibility, though there were no indications that we needed to stop. A Denny’s just south of Tucson provided us with a good Sunday lunch and good break, and we arrived here at Gila Bend close to 2pm.
Today was the first time that we remember driving through a Saguaro cactus desert. We have lived in the Chihuahua Desert in Big Bend, the Chiricahua Desert at Portal, and now a day with Saguaro cacti. Wish we had more time to explore! And we WOULD have gone out to explore except the temperature at 2pm was 102° with almost 40mph winds – not really conducive to seeing birds! Perhaps we can walk a little tonight – huge campground.
There were dinosaurs where we got fuel – Huge sheet iron monoliths, so we sent photos to Barrett. Dinner was brats and mac-cheese with broccoli – an easy on-the-road dinner. On a walk close to sunset, we found a bird oddity – a Gilded Flicker with a greatly elongated, decurved beak – how strange.