We Have Arrived!

We arrived in Yuma yesterday afternoon around 2 pm.  The drive from Flagstaff to Yuma was good but the most traffic we hit this trip was on the 101 around Phoenix,  and even that wasn't too bad.

When we got here John wanted to do a regeneration cycle on the water softener, about a two hour process, so while that was going we went to Time Warner to get the Internet modem, then picked up some groceries.  When we got back we started unpacking, I got about two thirds done and called it quits.  We did a Walmart pizza for dinner and then called it an early evening.

Today we finished the unpacking and John spent most of the day cleaning up outside while I cleaned inside and did laundry.  We are getting there but there is still more to do.

Yesterday when we arrived Bob & Sharon came out to welcome us back, then today we chatted with our next door neighbours Ann & David.  I also had a nice phone chat with Diane, so we are slowly touching base with friends and neighbours.

Tomorrow is more cleaning and grocery shopping as yesterday I only got enough groceries to do us til tomorrow.  I also need to go to the Yuma market in the next day or two to pick up a few things.

It is so nice to be back and the weather is wonderful, what a pleasure to sit outside and have a before  dinner drink, even though it's dark!

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Monday, Nov 18/13

Well, another day's drive done, and hopefully tomorrow won't be a really long drive to Yuma.  We have been surprised at how good the roads have been and today was another day of fairly light traffic.  Albuquerque was a breeze and Flagstaff was a bit busy but not too bad.

When we left the hotel at 7:30 this morning the temperature was 2C (34F), quite chilly.  It was mainly cloudy today so no sun problems until late afternoon when the sky cleared.  The high temperature today was 15C (69F), much cooler than yesterday, but pleasant for driving.

We stopped at Camping World in Albuquerque and  got a new GPS, it's a Good Sam one and specializes in travelling with a RV.  I was entertained all afternoon playing with it and think I'm really going to like it.  It also has free map updates for it's lifetime so that is a bonus.

We are at the Drury Inn in Flagstaff, it is supposed to go down to 24F tonight so the bag with freezeables  got brought into the hotel tonight.  Tomorrow we should hit some nice warm temperatures.

There probably won't be an entry tomorrow night as we probably won't get the Internet until Wednesday.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.

Sunday, Nov. 17/13

Today was another long day on the road and we are now in Amarillo TX.  The traffic was very light and Tulsa and Oklahoma cities were a breeze.  There were a fair number of construction zones but no problem as there was no work happening today.

The weather today was wonderful, a sunny day with temperatures in the 20-22C (70-74F) range, sure can't complain about that.  We were thinking that a couple of weeks ago it would have been a pretty drive with all the leaves changing colour.  So far the drive has been pretty boring as it has been flat land for three days, but tomorrow will be more scenic when we get into New Mexico.

We stopped at a MacD's for lunch and were saddened to hear about the tornados through Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.  Thankfully we had cleared that area yesterday but our hearts go out to those affected.

We had an e-mail earlier this month listing US businesses that give Senior's discounts but you have to ask for the discount. MacDonald's has a seniors small coffee, the regular rate is $1.00 so in Indiana the senior's rate was $0.55, in Missouri it was $0.52, in  Oklahoma it was $0.35 and in Texas $0.25, a great deal but funny that each place is a different price.  The small is probably equal to a Tim's medium in size and MacD's coffee is really good, we actually prefer it to Tim's.

We are hoping to get to Flagstaff AZ tomorrow, a long drive  but we do gain an hour when we get into New Mexico.  I am quite tired tonight so will hit the hay early as I want to be up by six so we can be on the road by 7:30.  Yes, me up at 6 am, sure won't be happening once we get to Yuma!!

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another great day tomorrow.