We’ve made it to our home away from home…oh wait, we live in a BUS. We’re always home! Maybe I should have said, we’re back in Tucson, AZ away from cold weather. But first, we had to escape.
What is it they say about the best laid plans? First of all the weather delayed us by a day, but we were ready to go fairly early on the 26th. Liberty started right up. I guess she was ready to get out of the cold, too. Problem number one: the generator started but wouldn’t stay running. Liberty is total electric, including the light bulbs that keep the water in the tanks from freezing. And all the inside heat is electric. Even after the generator stayed running, that’s all it was doing–running, not creating power. Oh well, we started the day with the inside temperature at about 70 degrees and the sun was shining in the side windows AND we had a backup propane heater, so we headed west. Before long we pulled out the coats and gloves and covered our laps with blankets. Hot coffee helped warm us from the inside and we made the trip fairly well, stopping in Liberal for more propane.
We spent the night in Dalhart, TX at the Elks Lodge RV Park. We aren’t Elks but we had stayed there before and knew they usually had space available for non-members. We really needed the hookups to warm back up since the nighttime temps were predicted to be in the teens! We had a good supper and got ready for bed fairly early.
Emerge problem two: within an hour, a stomach bug reared its ugly head and we were both up about every half hour all night. We haven’t been that sick in eons, and I’d just as soon it didn’t happen again soon. We woke up Thursday feeling a little the worse for wear but stable enough to go on. LeRoy’s cousin Raymond Fuller in Truth or Consequences, NM checked in frequently to see what kind of progress we were making. We planned to make it to Elephant Butte that day but wore out early and spent the night in Vaughn, NM at a Passport America RV Park.
Problem number three: zero cell service. You know how your phone sometimes shows “searching for service” when you are in a low service area? This wasn’t like that. Our phones just said “NO SERVICE”! With no cell service, we also had no internet and since we don’t set up the satellite dish on the road, we had no TV. So we went to bed and slept for 12 hours! By Friday morning we felt much better, but Raymond had called seven times and when he didn’t reach us, he called the local and state police to ask about road conditions. Sure enough, the road we had thought we’d take was icy and snow packed, so he was just about frantic by the time we got on the road Friday and drove into range of a Verizon tower.
Thankfully the outside temperature was steadily climbing and LeRoy said this trip was about the easiest driving he’s done in a very long time. Winds were generally pretty light and mostly at our back. We were able to have a short visit with Raymond and travel on to Tucson on Saturday. We were a little early for our reservations at Desert Trails RV Park and their office was closed when we called, so we spent the night hooked up to the RV site behind the Northwest Community Friends Church, our local church home. The best part? We just walked out of the bus and around the corner of the building to attend church this morning.
And now we’re ensconced in site S2 at Desert Trails, plugged in to 50 amp service, attached to water and with a newly emptied holding tank. Life is good in the desert.