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Well on one hand it sure felt funny to have mixed emotions about lifting our jacks and making a move after sitting in one spot for 7 months but on the other hand it made perfect sense with everything going on in this crazy country of ours but we just had to, we sat in one spot way too long.
So once we finally made reservations and knew our departure date we slowly took care of a few tasks that needed to be done before hitting the road again like greasing the suspension on the 5th wheel, getting the air pressure in the truck and 5th wheel tires where it should be, making a Costco run and putting away what little we had set up in our patio away.
Ok I know, in our normal every day travels we would do all of that the day before hitting the road with no issue but there is one difference this time, activities, and neither of us wanted to give up even one day of golf or Pickleball!! And because it was getting so hot during the day we would play golf or Pickleball a few hours in the morning, then head home and conquer one task before it get to hot and then repeat that same thing the next day and next until everything was done LOL!!!
So, Monday morning (6/15) we tried to remember what we had to do on a move day, lifted our jacks and headed northeast to a higher elevation.
We left Palm Creek and continued east on Florence Blvd (hwy 287) until we reached HWY 87/287 and headed north through the town of Coolidge. Once through Coolidge the road TEE’s and we headed east on 87/287 and opted to bounce around a couple country roads to avoid driving through the town of Florence and eventually we were spit out onto HWY 79 that we jumped on and headed north until we hit HWY 60.
Once on HWY 60 we stayed on it and just followed our nose through the towns of Superior, Miami, Claypool and eventually Globe where we took a hard left and headed north on HWY 60 into the hills.
Once you head north out of Globe it’s really just you and 2 lane highway (with some passing lanes thrown in) for 87 miles. Its times like these that one of the drawbacks of Diane having her own car really shows up because we are both driving and taking pictures is pretty much out of the question. I will be thinking of a way around that with maybe a video that I can clip still shots from or something, but for a non-techy couple like us, even though some might find it easy, it will probably be a challenge for us.
But trust us when we say it is a very scenic and mountainous drive with a number of long stretches of 6% uphill and downhill grades which make it all that much better allowing for some fantastic views.
Once we reached Show Low we made our way to the RV park were we had reservations for 2 weeks and with the online check in process we just headed directly to the site we were assigned. I no sooner pulled up and started to get out of the truck to analyze the situation before 4 guys walked up saying that we are NEVER going to fit in that spot and they didn’t know WHY the park kept trying to put larger rigs in that site, it was a regular whirlwind of information I tell you LOL!!
Well I decided to give it a shot anyway and it didn’t take long with the owner of the park model on our driver’s side standing outside to make sure I didn’t run into his window awning (like a couple have done I’m told) that I was about a foot away from and pointing at his ground cover shrubbery which I was just inches away from to make sure I didn’t touch them (which has happened many times before I’m told) and Diane spotting in the rear along with the other fellows to make sure I didn’t run into a tree that probably made perfect sense to put there when it was a little fellow but made absolutely no scenes to have there now.
After a couple attempts I started to agree with the guys and we decided to head up to the office to see if there might be another site available. To make a long story short there was 1 site available but it was only available for 1 week instead of the 2 that we had originally reserved so after eyeballing it we decided to take it and figure out our next move from there.
Once we got to our new spot we once again had a couple guys outside to see if we would fit and even though it was as tight as I ever hope to run into again we made it in with just a little effort and got set up for our 1 week stay before heading out for a driving tour.
I think I have mentioned this before but we had a 40’ Weekend Warrior Toy hauler 5th wheel many many many years ago so when we made the switch from the motorhome to this 5th wheel I was not totally new to pulling or backing one but with that said we never really took the Weekend Warrior out “camping” per say, we were normally out boondocking in large areas where a lot of backing into sites was not involved so it’s a pretty new experience for me in that aspect. So when people walked by that were obviously watching “as most of us do when someone pulls into a park” and commended me for getting into this spot I admit it felt good LOL!! One guy must have been counting how many times I had to pull forward to get in “which was 2 by his count but 3 by my own count” which was funny. Anyway, I will get better and more comfortable with practice.
We have stayed in the Show Low area twice before for 1 week stays so the area isn’t totally new to us so we had a good idea of what to expect on our driving tour and there wasn’t any real surprises, oh other than when we stopped at Lowes and Home Depot to pick up a new box of rubber gloves for my tank dumping routine and there were none to be had, that surprised us LOL!!!
Anyway, we are set up for our one week stay and we have a few country drives planned, ones that we have done before but enjoyed and maybe we can add a twist to them as we go.
We will provide links to the updates we did on our previous visits in case you care to have a look.
I will admit that being here in Show Low at an altitude of 6345ft compared to being at 1398 ft. in Casa Grande and the temperatures being at least 20 degrees cooler is nice BUT we are certainly going to miss the huge RV site we had enjoyed and the great view we had out our rear window and most of all the activities we drowned ourselves in each and every day. But don’t worry about us, we will find things to keep us occupied LOL!!
Stay safe and come back soon!!