The last few days before we left Yuma, temperatures hovered around the 100 degree point, sometimes above, sometimes below. The day we left, we tried to get an early start to avoid the heat since the generator wasn’t working. Fast forward to yesterday, back at the Landing near Sedgwick, KS. The high for the day was 46 degrees, with rain off and on all day! Today is about the same, dreary and, dare I say cold? Probably not really, but by comparison to Yuma, yes. Western Kansas, right about where we drove on Friday, is having snow and blizzard warnings. What, indeed, were we thinking?
All the way back from Yuma, we tried to avoid winds. We stayed in Tucson two nights instead of one because the forecast for the area between Tucson and Truth or Consequences was for high winds, not favorable conditions for Liberty and her driver. We drove in light to no winds on Wednesday and had a nice visit with LeRoy’s cousin Raymond. A year ago when we were coming back through, he was in the hospital and then transitioned into a nursing home. This year, he is back home in his apartment on his own and he was able to go out to dinner with us for the first time in several visits. Raymond will be 80 on his birthday in August.
We watched the weather for Thursday and hoped we could avoid the high winds that were forecast by leaving early and being flexible about our route. For the most part, the winds were behind us or at least not broadside, but it required constant vigilance. While LeRoy was busy with passing another big motor home, I looked to my right and saw the passenger of that vehicle taking our picture! How cool is that!
We had thought we’d make it to Dalhart, TX but decided to stop at Tucumcari, NM instead. We’ve stayed at Cactus RV Park there before. The owners are very nice and fortunately they still had space available when we arrived. Everyone else seemed to have the same idea because we had to sit in the turn lane of the road waiting while several other rigs checked in ahead of us. Friday morning, the winds had died down and we had nice driving conditions until somewhere in south central Kansas. Even then, the wind wasn’t bad and the roads were dry. We got back to the Landing after buying the cheapest diesel of the trip ($2.339) at Goddard.
We’ll be sitting still for two weeks, but our social calendar is beginning to fill up already, as it always does when we are back here for any period of time. We always love catching up with friends here.