We woke up to COLD temps…just 23 degrees this morning in Deming, New Mexico! Normally we only use our heat pumps to warm the inside of the coach up…but when it gets below 35ish outside the heat pumps no longer work and the furnace takes over. The furnace has been taking over most nights lately.
The overnight forecast in Quartzsite shows the temps not getting any lower than the 40s…let’s hope that true! Brrrr
We had a quick breakfast sandwich for breakfast and then began our moving day chores. Michael had unhooked the water last night so he didn’t have to deal with a frozen hose so all he had to deal with was sewer and satellite dish.
I got my inside chores taken care of as there wasn’t much to do. In addition to those few chores I cleaned up our breakfast dishes and made the bed.
We have a Sleep Number bed and something that is recommended to do with that if you’ll be traveling through changing elevations is to let some of the air out as the changing altitudes can add air and actually ‘blow up’ the bed.
We don’t always remember…like we didn’t on our way here to Deming, and our bed had expanded some and needed to be adjusted before we went to sleep. Not wanting to take any chances, I was sure to reduce both sides of the bed down to 30.
We pulled out of the Deming Roadrunner RV Park just a couple of minutes before 9:00 am…not bad considering we were shooting for 9:00 am!
Rather than take I-10 all the way today we took a little detour. We hit US 70 off of I-10 and then hit US 60 into Phoenix where we once again hit I-10.
We stopped for a potty break along the way and I took a couple of pictures of the truck and coach with mountains in the background.
We stopped for lunch at Kelly’s Kitchen, of course, and were treated to a beautiful view from the front door. It was a bit too chilly to enjoy our lunch outdoors so, once again, we cranked up the genny, turned on the fireplace and sat back in our recliners and enjoyed our lunch while surfing the internet. Rough life.
We drove by/through the Superstition Mountains…what a gorgeous drive. We even ended up driving through a big long tunnel.
We hit the Phoenix area about 3:30 pm, about the beginning of rush hour…although we weren’t rushin’. Traffic was pretty heavy and we slowed down quite a bit. It took us over an hour and fifteen minutes to go our last 35 miles. Yuck. Didn’t plan that very good, did we??
I called the Cracker Barrel in Buckeye, Arizona (just west of Phoenix) last night to make sure it was ok for us to spend the night in their parking lot and was told it was ok and that there was also a Walmart next door and we could stay there too.
We ended up at Walmart, after all, as the area is very congested and busy and Walmart had a bigger, more open parking lot. We’ll stop at Cracker Barrel for breakfast on the way out in the morning.
Before settling in for the night we stopped at Wendy’s (just across from Walmart) for a burger and fries. We got there about 5:15 pm, ate and then moved over to the Walmart parking. Maneuvering around their many curbs and sidewalks wasn’t easy. We joined about 4 other overnighters. After getting parked we walked to the store to pick up lunch meat and milk before heading back out to the coach and settling in for the night.
We had some work to do when we got ‘home’ and were able to accomplish that pretty quickly. Then we just relaxed for a while and ended up calling it a night fairly early as we want to be up and going pretty early so that we can arrive at the Show grounds by noon.