2017 Travels travel blog

Carpes at the Willcox (AZ) Elks Lodge

Spring flowers on I 10 east of Tucson

Union Pacific locomotives in storage west of Benson

Spectacular rock formations on I 10

Welcome to Willcox

Thu, 04 May: Happy "May the Forth be with you" day...

Strange world. Today is May the Forth be with you day. Star Wars fans across the nation are celebrating. One of the satellite channels is running the six movies non-stop. Wow!

Today we feel we've finally started our summer's wandering. After four nites at the Freightliner dealer in Tucson we're on our way.

We awoke when we awoke (a tad after six) and enjoyed a relaxing morning. We went thru our checklists and got Carpe ready to roll. Since we were in a full-service spot we took the opportunity to dump our holding tanks and top up our fresh water tank.

Once Carpe Dinkum was connected and brake/lite checks complete, Sandi rolled wheels at 0855. A short distance to the I 10 east on ramp and we were on our way. It was a short 73 miles to Willcox Arizona and just about all of it was on I 10.

Along the way we enjoyed viewing the desert wildflowers. They are in bloom near Benson as it is around 3,900' elevation. We also saw a long line of idle Union Pacific locomotives all hitched together. They are, apparently, in storage. A lotta bucks tied up there.

East of Benson the landscape became quite rocky and we stopped at a rest stop to photograph the stark vistas. The southwest never fails to impress us.

We exited the interstate west of Willcox and took I 10 BL into town. We had no problem finding the Willcox Elks Lodge and pulled into a 30 amp pull-thru spot. We'll spend the nite here and are looking forward to meeting our good friend Ben Ackerman for lunch.

Today's run took us from 2,700' elevation to 4,100' elevation. The total distance was 73 miles with an overall fuel economy of slightly better than 7 mpg. Best of all, the temperatures are in the eighties instead of the 100° plus forecast for Tucson.

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