So after our enlightening, whirlwind trip to New Orleans, son and I enjoy some much-needed downtime home in Colorado. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a road trip without the RV and although we lucked out and had some great hotel experiences……well except for one night, I really missed my RV.
There’s a sense of freedom hauling ones home around. A sense of independence. A sense of self-sustainability. But that sense of freedom is amazing. It’s so liberating.
I won’t complain about the low cost of travel with sons vehicle versus the fuel cost of RV travel. Son’s Hyundai Elantra got on average 35 miles per gallon. The F-250 gets 10-13 mpg while pulling the rig…..at today’s lovely Diesel prices…ouch. However, traveling by car requires the added expense of lodging. At an additional charge of $75-100 per night (those taxes added to the room charge are always a shocker) I’m not sure if there’s a clear winner on cost savings. It would depend on RV Park fees. There’s always a cost to traveling, always pros and cons, and above all personal preference.
After a few days of relaxation and recovery from the arduous drive between Colorado and Louisiana, son needs to return home to Arizona and guess who decides to keep him company on his drive home? None other than moi. Turns out a dear friend of my had some surgery. She lives about 35 minutes south of my son in the Phoenix area. She would love some company.
Son and I left Colorado the day before a cold front rolled in. While Logan and I enjoy 90 plus degree temperatures and sunshine in Phoenix, hubby and daughter enjoy Denver’s first flakes of the season. This is a reminder, Al and I will need to get organized quickly and get the RV out of Colorado in the very near future…..preferably earlier rather than later.
As part of girlfriends recovery from hip surgery, regular walking is a must and since the outside temps are in the upper 90’s, we head off to a local mall; Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale. This allows an abundance of level walking surface in air conditioning, as well as plenty of spots for breaks (i.e. coffee break). We had a great visit and accomplished physical therapy as mall walkers. We discuss plans for hiking this winter as her recovery continues. No shortage of great hiking opportunities in the Phoenix area.
As if Logan and I have not spent enough time on the road, tomorrow we’re off to San Diego, California…….