Finally after several false starts, we head out on the road Friday, February 10th. The drive is uneventful for the most part and the scenery is enjoyable as always. The Spanish Peaks near Walsenburg, Colorado, are loaded with a fresh coating of snow…beautiful. The truck, however, does not seem to be running at it’s best, which stresses us out.
This past September, we came to Phoenix to visit our son, who had recently purchased a home. As a former Home Builder, we had plenty of extra furniture and decor. We loaded up the construction trailer with furniture and home decor and hauled it to our son’s new place in Phoenix. We stayed with him a couple of weeks to help him put the place together. We helped him paint. I decorated. Al showed him how to replace a toilet, as well as other handyman items that needed repairing. The house was built in the late 90’s but had been vacant for almost a year. Thus, needing some attention. Oh, and yes, our son very much appreciated all our help and assistance.
After two weeks of work AND some play, we headed back to Colorado with an empty trailer. Since we had left so early (5:00 am), Bear needed a break, as did I 😉 We stopped at a Rest Area off I-17 just south of Sedona. The truck stalls before Al can even get it into park and never starts again. We get towed to a Ford dealership in Camp Verde/Cottonwood and a hour later are informed of the bad news….the turbo went out…$$$. Our son came and picked us up for an additional ten day stay. Why did it take so long to fix, you ask? Our diesel mechanic had a heart attack while working on our vehicle. Fortunately, being in a small town, the local Cardiologist heard the mechanics name being called in for the emergency and was waiting for his arrival at the hospital. This mechanic had worked on the doctor’s F-350 earlier in the year and was very pleased with his work. So now he’ll return the favor by working on the mechanics heart. Four days and a couple of stints later, the mechanic finished the job on our truck. Hearty folks around here!
We were very pleased with the way the truck ran and performed on the drive back to Colorado. A month later, Al loaded up his hunting gear and ATV and headed to the Flat Tops for Elk hunting. The truck performed great and gave him no trouble starting in the below zero temps even without plugging in the engine heater. His Wisconsin buddies had trouble starting their regular gas vehicles at the high altitude and freezing temperatures. So Al was pretty happy with his truck, which is why it surprised us so when the truck didn’t seem to be performing properly. Breaking down while hauling a 5th wheel is not fun. Thus, explains our stress.
After a long day of driving south from Pueblo West, Colorado, we spend the night in a rest area located west of Deming off I-10 in New Mexico. Someone had posted info on their blog about this rest stop, and we decided to check it out for ourselves. It was nice and very convenient. They had these little shelters/casitas for parking next to away from the parking lot. Just as we were settling in and committed to staying the night, a train went by just on the other side of the fence….pretty darn close. Al and I looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders and headed to bed. Yes, there was train traffic, but a whistle never blew so it was not bothersome. We would definitely spend the night here again.
Saturday the 11th, we arrive in Phoenix. We head to our favorite RV Resort – Desert’s Edge RV Village……. DesertsEdgeRV.com
I did want to mention a really nice Rest Area just on the north side of the little town of Trinidad, Colorado. It’s on the west side of I-25 and is easy on and easy off for both north and south bound folks. There’s plenty of room for all Rigs, facilities are clean, brochure area, and a lovely view of Fisher’s Peak.