|We pulled out of the Sundance Rv Park in Casa Grande this morning about 10am, stopping by Gary & Lynne's for one final hug goodbye. The skies were cloudy, but the winds had died down from yesterday. We spent an extra night as we didn't want to pull the 5'er in the wind if possible & the weather forecast was pretty good for today. Hah, what does the weatherman know?
We arrived in the Phoenix area under gray clouds but it looked like the sun might be shining up ahead. And as we made our way north on I-17 it was actually sunny for awhile. In fact it was quite lovely. The wildflowers are in heavy bloom right now and the drive was beautiful. Even though we knew it would be warmer if we headed south, we decided to go north through Flagstaff with a possible overnight stay in Williams. And even though we visited the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago we thought we might take another look before returning to Nevada.
It was beginning to sprinkle when we took the Camp Verde exit for a quick stop at Steve Coury Ford. As you know, they worked on our truck while we were in Cottonwood for a month. I highly recommend them for your Ford needs if in the area. Our goal today was to get a refund for the $390 core charge we paid on the re-manufactured injector's Sanderson stuck us with. We purchased them in case we needed them for court. But we've decided we'd rather have those $$ in our pocket so pictures will have to suffice. Even though Sanderson Ford in Phoenix gave us a dirty deal we feel somewhat better knowing that our truck is finally in good working order. And, our brakes are working well! Hurray! Dick & Lou were pulling out today so they ran by the dealership for a quick hug and a promise to see us in about 10 days in Vegas. We're looking forward to introducing them to part of our family. And, they will be traveling through Ely on their way to South Dakota so will be stopping to spend a few days with us there as well. We met Dick & Lou in Custer in 2006, our first year as full timers. Funny, it feels like they've been best friends for years. We've been blessed to meet so many wonderful new friends this past 4 years on the road. Rv'ing is so awesome!
Back to today's travels. We hit a pretty good snow storm about 20 miles south of Flagstaff and could tell by the buildup on the side of the highway that it had been going on for awhile. The temperature dropped to around 30 and stayed there for the next 100 miles! Yikes, what happened to the sunshine? Our plans to overnight in Williams quickly went out the window. By now we had traveled about 5 hours, as far as we like in a day. We considered driving straight through to Vegas but wouldn't have arrived until nearly 8pm. Too far and I wanted to light somewhere before dark. So, we decided that rather than going over Hoover Dam we would take the Laughlin cut off. Oh my, that was an interesting decision. The farther we drove, the more bikers we passed. We soon noticed signs that this weekend is their 26th annual River Run. Similar to the Sturgis rally in SD each year, just on a smaller scale. If you can call 50,000 bikers in the Laughlin/Bullhead City area small!!! What a zoo, lol! We arrived pretty much at dusk and finally found a place to park. Of course everything is completely sold out this week so we feel lucky to have found a place to rest our weary bodies. We are dry camping on top of the hill across the street from the River Palms casino. It's actually designated RV parking year round as long as you get logged in and registered with their security. It's free so you can't knock it. And there's quite a view from up here. Anyway, after 8 hours and nearly 400 miles on the road, we're tired and hungry so will close for now. I think we are going to stay tonight and tomorrow night. Might as well check things out since we're already here, right? Hopefully the roar will die down in a couple of hours, lol! Goodnight....