Thursday, October 27, 2016

Return to Tucson

We're back in Tucson.  Might have been a little early, but we're here.  This October was the hottest in recorded history, and today was the hottest day of the month.

This is a note to self.  When Jim pulls forward this is how I know when he's in the right place.  I stand by the power pole.  I line up the trailing edge of the back tire with the leading edge of the palm tree.  I've had difficulty knowing how far to tell him to drive forward.  So now I have a visual.

As in the past, blogging will taper off a bunch now.  We've hiked it, biked it, and blogged it in past years.

Gila Bend KOA

While in Gila Bend, we stayed at the KOA.  It's a Journey park.  Journey means there is no reason to stay there very long.  It's a good overnight for a transit.
Interior roads are paved and wide.  Sites are gravel and fairly level.  Utilities are in the back of the site, the site is 90 feet long and 55 feet wide.  There is lots of room.  Power is clean, water pressure is ok.  Verizon 4G is slowish.  There are no pesky trees to interfere with satellite reception.  No data on laundry or restrooms.

We would come back here.  It's really easy on easy off.  I will add, however, that the park is very close to a busy freight train line.  It runs a lot at night, but they don't blow the horns, so it's no too awful.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lake Havasu City to Gila Bend, AZ

Today we took AZ95 to I10 to AZ85 to Gila Bend.  Both 95 and 10 are in better shape than they have been.  Large sections of I10 have been repaved, and that's a good thing.  Coming back to Arizona this early is fraught with peril.  When we originally decided to make the plunge south, the forecast showed the heat breaking before we arrived.  Then they changed the forecast.  Tucson will reach 97 tomorrow.  It's supposed to drop November 1, so it won't be forever, unless it is.

I like the drive around Parker. This is the Bill Williams River NWR.  It's just a lovely area.

There is a lot of development along the river.  This is the far side, it may be California.

This is the AZ side, there is much golf.  They've been building houses that front right on to AZ95, so much of the old view is now blocked.  I can't believe people will live on what is essentially a freeway.

I did spot some wooly looking palm trees.

Over all, it's not a terrible drive.  Tomorrow will be very short, we're hoping to be up and out early so we can get the RV parked and hooked up before the heat of the afternoon.  It was 93 when we got to Gila Bend.  Hot!

Havasu Falls RV Resort

While in Lake Havasu, we stayed at the Havasu Falls RV Resort. The only falls I can find are the water feature at the entrance.
Interior roads are paved, sites are concrete and fairly level. Utilities are mid-site.  Power was clean, water pressure was good.  Despite the close proximity of a wi-fi repeater, we could not get it to load anything.  Verizon 4G was good.  There are picnic tables. No data on laundry and restrooms.

There is a club house with a pool and activities for the winter visitors who have extended stays.

Their county health department has mandated the use of sewer hose supports to "improve the flow."    They actually come out and inspect.  Clearly they don't have enough to do.

It's not a bad park.  Although right off of AZ95 it wasn't noisy.  I thought it was a little pricey, but hey, it's Lake Havasu!  They have the bridge.