Wednesday Feb. 24. We left Congress, AZ and drove 255 miles to Snowflake, a nice little town at higher elevations. This is a small campground with friendly, helpful owners. At a Passport America cost of $17.00 a night we are not complaining at all.
Our ride to Snowflake was uneventful even through we climbed to heights of over 8,000 ft with some of it on 6% grades with curves included. This was something we don't see often as we try to leave the northeast in time!
Thursday, Feb 25th We got up and EXPECTED to take a tour through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. Sometimes (often with us) plans go astray. We no sooner got through the gate when we heard really bad sounds coming from the brakes. Len checked behind wheels and said it looks bad. After looking at this view
we turned around. I used our onboard GPS to find the nearest Ford Dealer. We called them and told them we were about 15 miles away and what we suspected the problem was. They were ready for us when we arrived. We were not real disappointed in the change of plans as we have been to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest a few years ago.
After checking. we found we needed new front brakes, calibers and rotors. They had to order the parts and would receive them in the morning. This was costly but we thought about it and realized since we last had new brakes installed we have been to Alaska, Florida, Michigan, Arizona and in between each of these destinations back to the northeast, Alabama and Louisiana. It was time.
The shop got right on the job the next morning. We are so thankful we were became aware of the problem before towing our 40 foot home up and down AZ and NM mountains. It could have had tragic results.
Friday, Feb 26. The brake job was completed around 1 pm. We got on the road at 2:15. The drive on Route 60 and 380 from Show Low, AZ to Roswell, NM is one of the best we've ever encountered.
365 miles of grassy plains, mountains, a few very small towns and little traffic.
We stopped to see what these are all about. There were 3 elderly folks at the wayside pull off standing there when we pulled in. They asked if they could use our bathroom. Alrighty! They told us these are satellites that monitor weather conditions.
A most beautiful sunset:
We overnighted at a Walmart in Sorocco, NM. Then today we drove another 328 miles to an Escapees Park in Pecos, TX. Cost as a member for two nights....$41.00 full hook ups. More great scenery today.
Here in Texas one would expect to be surrounded by oil fields. Right?
Until next time.