Tuesday, June 11, 2013

More than our Money's Worth - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - Day 4

Soon after we begin our trip this morning, Herb notices a problem in the trailer brakes, and learns that the hydraulic fluid is low.  He further sees that it leaks, due to a crimped line.  Fortunately, we are approaching Phoenix, so he shops for a new line.  Unfortunately, he does not find one available at any auto supply.  Fortunately, he is directed to a shop that fabricates brake lines, and fortunately, they make us one quickly.

They fabricate; they do not install.

It is triple digits and Jake loans his bed to Herb to lie on for protection against frying on the parking lot.

New Brake Line

Got Wrenches?

Almost Finished

In four hours we are on our way again, trying to get past Phoenix before rush hour in the afternoon.

In the rear view mirror we see police cars with lights flashing; they pass us; then we see officers with orange safety vests waving us to slow.  Ahead is miles and miles of stalled vehicles awaiting removal of -- we don't know what -- from an accident.   On the shoulder of the highway six tow trucks pass.

We have plenty of diesel and run the AC while we wait.  It is heartbreaking to see other drivers with their windows open, sweltering.

After an eternity, traffic begins to move and we pass the scene of the accident.  It appears to be an 18 wheeler. 

We pray for those involved, and begin to search for our camp for the evening. Not having made many miles today, we are still in Arizona and find a welcome from Gateway Ranch RV Resort in Salome, on Hwy. 60, a few miles off I-10 and about 50 miles from the California state line.

Find Willie's Tug....

Triple digits hot and we walk Jake to explore the grounds, wearing shorts and sandals. 

Jake Meets Yard Ornament

We find a second area that is not being used, but appears to have been a golf course.  

Since I am writing this much later, I must say a whole week went by before we learn how we got more than our money's worth....

Willie of Willie's Tug,
     and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
     Tuesday, May 14, 2013


  1. No wonder you arrive here tired!

    Now I am seeing, and therefore realizing, your journey is very long, covers a large section of hot and barren land, and of course highway traffic the entire way.

    Your photos speak powerfully of the struggles of such a long trip.

  2. Willie, now I understand much better why you arrive here quite tired! It certainly is a long and hot journey of many days and much traffic as your photos clearly indicate.

    Gus and I are very happy you and Herb and Jake have come back to our Pacific NW home :-)