Left the furnace temps for a day or two.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

The night temp got all the way down to 90 degrees last night; not the best for sleeping we found. We were up early; it was too warm to stay in bed…no covers needed last night!  Dave checked the transmission fluid 1st thing before leaving the park.  It had the nice red color it should and no burned smell (thanks Ron for telling us what to look for) so we took off down the road to see if there were any remaining problems from yesterday.  The transmission shifted smoothly and no overburdened sound so we went on with the travel day.  We need to get out of the heat, the only problems is –all mountains on the way home now and we are still uneasy concerning the transmission.  We decided it was time to go back to driving the interstates again just in case there were problems with the RV.  Some of the back roads we were going to take don't have good access for the AAA rollback.  LOL 

My folks lived in Apache Junction for over 20 years, so we stopped by their former home in a 55+ park to see how the place was.  The park must have new managers, as all of the homes and yards were clean and well maintained.  It makes you feel good to see improvement.  The temps were well over 100 when we got onto the Phoenix 101 loop to I-17 and north to Flagstaff.

101 gave us a different view of the surrounding communities.  We have always been down at street level; today we looked out and over.  There has been so much growth in the past 8 years that it is a wonder we recognized anything.  The little town of Mesa is still a favorite even though they had rolled up the sidewalks on Sunday. No activity at all.

Driving today was like driving through our Eastern WA "hill country" except for the cacti.  Scrubby grasses and brush in the low lands changing to taller trees at 7000+ ft. In one place on top of a plateau there were hay fields.  Elk and Deer warning signs again but they just seem to be teasers, as we didn’t spot any. We used the “AC off-Heater on-and windows open” again trying to prevent the RV from overheating as we were making the climb to the higher elevation of Flagstaff   Just before reaching Flagstaff the skies opened up with lighting and thunder then heavy rain.  The temperature dropped right away, feeling so refreshing.  We stopped early for the night at Williams to enjoy some coolness before getting into the hot weather areas again.

After we parked and hooked up the RV, we had another storm with the addition of pea sized hail this time.  The salad for dinner tasted yummy and my little “Redi Set Go” cooker worked well to “bake” little heart shaped spice cakes. We have a microwave but no oven so need to work around that.  Ahh, what a nice treat the cakes were.

Louie is continuing to slosh down the road with us. He had a bath and his house cleaned this morning, then I wrapped the tank with his blankie and placed cold water bottles around him to try to maintain an even water temp.  It helped some, but at other times, the temperature swings can be 20 degrees or more.  Not the best habitat for the little guy.  He still seems happy and is always excited to have us stop and chat with him—he thinks he will get food I’m sure. 

Cool weather and I hear trains close by. There will be good sleeping tonight!

Note:  Glad to hear you all are ok with my ramblings lately.  <G>


Gas: $3.19 gal

Miles: 210 
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Vikki Scharbau on

Hey, didn't ya go to Sedona. One of the best quilt shops ever is there. And a whole bunch of round-a-abouts! Good luck with the mts.

Sarah on

Glad Louie is doing well!!!!

footloosets on

Hey Vikki, we did that a few years ago so didn't feel the need, course it would have changed that need if I would have known about the q-shop. LOL

footloosets on

Sarah, Little Louie is a great travel companion. Easy keeper and quiet! LOL

Mary Tebbutt on

Pray your transmission holds out till you get home. Love your ramblington. I,m glad it will be cooler when we take our trip west i Sept. Keep trucking!!!!

footloosets on

Mary, Your trip in Sept will be wonderful weather. Have fun on that bus. I know you take pics...do a blog too. :)

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