2016 Westward HO travel blog

Saguaro Cactus

View of Desert


All good things must come to an end, so our week long stay in Tombstone is at the end. We have enjoyed the Vigilante Days that were held here in Tombstone and our side trips to Bisbee and Sierra Vista.

Our day has not started out very well since we can’t get the sat dish to go down. We ended up having one of the young guys get on the roof and manually cranking the dish to the home position. That all takes time but we finally got on our way to the Camping World in Tucson to find out what is wrong with the dish. We arrived at Camping World and was hoping that they could look at it to see if it was something simple or were we going to be in Tucson for a few days. They were very helpful and got someone to look at it ahead of other work they had lined up. What did happen was I unplugged the motorhome while the dish was up and that is a no no I find out. It cause the dish to lose its mind and lock up. It has to be reprogramed and only an authorized dealer can do that, they will not tell you how to do it. After being there four hours we finally got back on the road. The best part was it didn’t cost us anything but time for this job. Camping World usually does nothing for free, someone paid that is for sure.

We got back on the road around 4:00 pm heading west for Gila Bend AZ. The worse part was driving into the sun which is so bright as it is setting. We could not ask for better weather, 88 degrees, 10% humid and not a cloud in the sky. The drive across southern Arizona on Interstate 8 is a route we never have driven. It is true driving in the desert when you see signs warning about dust storms. As you drive on the flat land of the Sonoran Desert and then into a small range of mountains like the Table Top Mountains, Maricopa Mountains. As you drive thru the Sonoran Desert the Saguaro Cactus are standing at the in the desert almost waving at you as you pass. The Saguaro Cactus have been standing there for the last 100 to 150 years when there were no roads passing by them. Now they see roads with vehicle passing them by. It is truly an amazing sight to see.

As much as we don’t like to travel after dark, it did work out today since we arrived at the campground in Gila Bend just as the sun had set and night fall was coming over the desert. Time to just kick back and take it easy. Tomorrow we will drive to Yuma Arizona and spend a few days taking in the local culture.



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