Wednesday (3/29) rolled around and with it came a travel day, yup it was time to lift our jack and start a slow roll towards Oregon.
Our plan for the day was to drive to Kingman Arizona and we had a choice, drive north on I-10 and go through Phoenix which would be roughly a 245 mile travel day and take 3 ¾ hours according to our mapping program Or drive west on I-8 to Gila Bend then north on HWY 85 and on to Kingman which would be a 285 mile travel day and 4 ¼ hours. Well if you have read our blog for any length of time you probably know which way I chose because I have made comment many times that I will drive a few extra miles to avoid big cities ANY OL DAY so we went through Gila Bend LOL!! An extra 40 miles of pretty mellow driving is a great trade off in my book to avoid white knuckle driving through Phoenix.
We made a quick stop at Holt’s Shell in Gila Bend to fill up with fuel and then jumped on HWY 85 and drove about 30 miles until we reached I-10 on the west side of Phoenix, we then took I-10 just a few miles to the 303 Loop and followed it to 60 West. We just followed our nose from there through Wickenburg where we got on HWY 93 and drove it until we reached I-40/93 and drove just a short distance to Kingman and our destination at Fort Beale RV Park.
It was really a pretty mellow drive but certainly more miles than we typically like to travel in one day but there were some pretty areas along the way with lots of colorful plants blooming in the desert.
Once we were settled in our site we had lunch and chilled until we decided to go out for a drive after dinner. We have visited Kingman before while staying in Laughlin so we didn’t feel a huge urge to go out and about. Here is a link to our last visit in case you care to check it out. https://daveanddiane.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/time-to-leave-quartzsite-and-head-to-laughlin/
Thursday (3/30) started out sunny and very nice with a promise from the weatherman of strong winds starting mid-afternoon so we decided to get out for a couple mile walk around historic downtown after breakfast followed by another driving tour around the area.
After our walk and drive we returned home for showers and then headed downtown in the truck to test a few beers at Black Bridge Brewery.
After the brewery we headed to The Garlic Clove Italian restaurant for a late lunch / early dinner. The décor was pretty lacking but the service and food were pretty good.
Once we finished lunch we decided we still had a thirst so we headed to the House of Hops for another adult beverage before heading home to hide from the winds that did in fact roll in as promised. We were both full and feeling lazy so we didn’t mind hunkering down the rest of the day too much because the winds were ranging in the 36mph range with gusts close to 50mph so staying inside.
That pretty much raps up our short 2 night stay in Kingman. Friday morning (3/31) we will lift our jacks and make another move, this time to Mesquite Nevada where we will hang out for a week. The winds on Friday are supposed to subside some and range in the 14 to 21mph during the morning hours and becoming stronger mid-afternoon so we will probably try to hit the road around 8:30. We are looking forward to Mesquite and Saint George Utah.