So we drifted south along the eastern Arizona border just kind of hitting state parks along the way. Well when we left northern AZ we decided to cross through Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest since there was a scenic route, 191, that looked to be like a good route to take. Uh, big mistake in a bus! We should have known from all the curves, grades and length restriction warning signs that it was not going to be easy.
Well about a 1/3 of the way through we had to unhitch the car because the load was too much on the brakes. About half way through one of the cabinet doors opened up and cans of food fell out and began rolling all about the place. Amongst the litter a bottle of hot sauce had fallen out and began to leak. Well this started burning my eyes and got the dogs to sneezing as they slid from the back of the bus to the front of the bus to the back of the bus. So with tears in my eyes, sneezing panting dogs sliding all about and various food items rolling all around, I finally had to pull over and give the dogs to Deb who was following in the car.
Since the car was full of our outside stuff the dogs had to ride in the front seat with her so she had a choice of hot nasty dog breath or hot nasty dog butt for 60 miles of hairpin turns (10MPH), steep grades and precipitous dropoffs. It took us 4 hours to get through!...but it was scenic as hell!
In the end it was all worth it. When we got to the bottom there was a huge copper/gold mine in operation. Its size was mind boggling. But the best thing was there were Bighorn sheep all over the place so it was a nice gift for having survived 191...etched forever in the white knuckle grip marks on the bus steering wheel.