Vaya con Dios Gila Bend

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Ajo Heights RV Park

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I haven't said much about Gila Bend until now.  It is, by far, the most depressed area we have encountered in all of our travels.  Many businesses have gone under.  There's one food store in town, with hardly anything on the shelves.  The only businesses thriving seem to be motels and gas stations.  The one promise is the solar power generating project just out of town.  It takes water heated by the sun and use it to propel steam generators.  It is HUGE!  It is said that it will power 70,000 homes when completed.  There are plans to build a second one near here.  

We had a small awning problem the other night, so we had to go up to Goodyear (Avondale), AZ to have it repaired.  No big deal.  It took Tom, the tech, about two hours to do it.  In the meantime we went shopping for provisions to take us south to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  We left the shop and headed out in moderately heavy winds.  We had a head wind, but as we turned south, it hit us from the side.  The awning started to un-roll.  We had a safe place to stop, so I secured it with some 14/2 wire.  We called the repair place and returned.  It was an easy fix, maybe.  Only time will tell.  The trip back to GB was wild!  The side winds necessitated about a 20˚ correction on the steering wheel to keep us going straight. Thankfully, it was only about thirty miles to our park.  Lots of fresh air in the wind?
I think not!  With the vents open at camp, the sand came in...Not a good thing.  We have been keeping our shoes at the entry way to keep Shorty a bit cleaner.  When Lynn swept up this morning, there was a layer of sand on the floor.  The winds last night were the heaviest we have ever experienced.  Moreso than at Joshua Tree NM... I got to sleep fine, but Lynn, ever vigilant, slept poorly.  I heard that a gust of 51 miles passed through.  Enough for me, to say the least.  It actually rained along with that storm.  Just enough to wet the plants and improve their chance of blooming.  

Lynn did another batch of laundry and then we hit the road south to Ajo.  It's Ah-ho, gringos...

This is a small park right on the highway.  It's covered with natural plant life and beautiful.  There are only 40 sites, but it's only about 35 miles from Organ Pipe.  Our neighbors are from Idaho.  They ride dual-purpose motorcycles, one a BMW and the other a new model from Yamaha.  They told me that if I needed any tools or such the guy from Twin Falls had it.  I asked if he could help with mental health issues, jokingly.  He pointed across the street and said. "Whiskey!, it's over there."  A good laugh had by all.

We're staying put today, but will walk a bit around the park and see how it looks.

This morning I got two shots at sunrise for you.  The clouds over the Gila mountains made a nice contrast to the pure blue skies we've seen for the last week or so.  Enjoy!
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ferd on

Glad you survived the wind storm. That solar facility sounds fascinating...we need more of them! Dual purpose...dirt & hyway bikes? Boy I can't wait to has been clear and in the high 30's...most snow packs are good in the mts.

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