Greetings from Prescott Valley, AZ! What a whirlwind of a road trip we had! If you read last week’s blog (and thank you so much), you know that we traveled 8 days from Atlanta to Arizona.
Now, let me tell you about the very last road trip adventure we had from Tucson to Prescott Valley! The morning we were to leave it was raining in Tucson. Jerry thought we should stay another night in Tucson and, of course, I said, “no way!” Let’s get going. It wasn’t raining in Phoenix which was about 1.5 hours away. We waited for a break in the rain and got on the road around 7:30-8:00 am.
All was fine driving through Tucson. It was raining, but not horribly until we entered the city of Eloy, suddenly a HUGE downpour started like we have never seen. As we are looking for an offramp to get off Highway 10, we see a car FACING US!!! Not only was the car facing us there was a light pole that had fallen from across Highway 10 East to our side of the highway! Thank goodness for Jerry’s quick reaction. He stopped while flashing his lights for the cars behind us and started to go around the light pole when I screamed that a semi was coming at us on the right at 65 MPH honking his horn and waving from his cab! HOLY #$%$^@%$
Happy to say, we didn’t hit anything and we were NOT hit, and we immediately got off the highway to a truck stop to wait out the monsoon! Both of us were shaking and looked at each other and said, “is this a sign?” We have never traveled in RAIN! Not even a little. Can you believe that? Unbelievable that it was our last long trip towing the 5th wheel!! WTH??????
We arrived in Prescott Valley where it was not raining and have never been more ecstatic to get to a campground in our 18 months. We were so happy to open all the slides, clean the RV after not being able to do that in 8 days.
We are living in the RV until Dec 20th when we have our final walkthrough in our new home. Talking about the new home! Jerry loves it. As you know, he did not see the house I purchased in person, only on FaceTime!! We immediately went to the house and the first place he looked at was the garage! He is so happy and excited to be off the road and has a 2.5 car garage!
This week has been nuts!!! We sold the RV in 4 days to a couple in SD who will be driving here at the end of Dec to pick it up. That gives us time to detail the inside and outside, and store it after the 20th. We also traded in Hunky (the dually truck) and walked out with two vehicles with no money out of pocket. I’m driving a Honda Civic 2019 with only 12,000 miles on it and Jerry got a brand new Honda Ridgeline Truck (although, Jerry says, that’s NO truck, but he likes the way it drives). Honda is keeping the Ram truck on the lot so on the 20th we can “borrow” it and move the RV to the new house and unload it then move the RV to a RV storage facility. Great customer service.
We couldn’t pass up the deal they gave us, as long as we could use the truck to tow Madge around on the 20th. Nothing like trading in one vehicle for two without money exchange. That same day we traded in the Ram, we sold the RV, so we had a very happy day.
In the meantime, our friends Marlene and Jim, who we met in Quartzsite, AZ a year ago as we were walking into the RV Show from the parking lot (seriously, that’s how we met them and have kept in touch throughout the year), came to visit for a few nights. They are parked right next to us. We showed them the new house and the 4 of us have been exploring the area. Marlene and I got our haircuts together from my new stylist, Tim. Yes, he did a great job. I even booked my next appointment.
We have much to do before the 20th. This week we also purchased a new bed and have been looking at furniture. We have a washer/dryer and refrigerator being delivered on the 22nd, along with a couch and two recliners being delivered on the 21st. Can I just say how expensive everything is? I know you know this. It’s been years since we have been furniture and bed shopping. Man Oh Man were we blown away!! But, hey, what are you going to do? We need a bed!!! The furniture we know we will have to order. In the meantime, we will sit on our camping chairs and use our folding tables. (pictures at a later blog)
It is a bit cold here. Jerry’s been diligent making sure he keeps the RV hoses, and underneath warm as it is going to snow here on Monday. We might have to drain all the water at night and put antifreeze in the drains to make sure nothing bursts. It is a process for sure. Thank God Jerry is so on top of this stuff. He’s truly amazing. We have only 10 days left to live in the RV. Please send positive thoughts and prayers that nothing freezes over, including ourselves. (thank goodness for electric heaters and blankets)
It doesn’t feel real yet that we are in our home city or even state. Because we are living in our RV right now, we still feel like we are “camping”. As we drive around we are checking out the area and cannot wait to explore. That will come way after we move in. So much to do and so many appointments booked with window people, landscapers, etc., etc., It’s actually very exciting.
Just One More…..20 degree night in an RV (YIKES)