One of the things that we discussed while nicely hunkered down at the RV Park there, was our trip north. For the last few months we had been planning to go from Tucson to Flagstaff to Kanab to Page to St. George (Snow Canyon State Park) and then into Nevada and north. We've done that route before only in reverse.
After mulling over all the options we agreed to stick to another tried and true route. It would be all roads we've taken many times before - but it's a good route. The one above would have meant much more mountains and really - out of the way. Since we are headed home with little time to sightsee - our tried and true was a better choice.
So - from Bisbee we were headed past Tucson - over to Gila Bend - up to Buckeye - up and over to Kingman - through Las Vegas and up through Nevada.
Leaving Bisbee Wednesday morning we began the trip north.
A nice ride north from Bisbee - we took the 90 through to Sierra Vista to the I10.
Downtown Tucson as we went by. We were going to stop in again this year but we traded that with an extra day in Bisbee. Last year we had a great time in Tucson but decided we didn't need to redo this year.
Picacho Peak. We've camped at the Picacho Peak State Park many times but not for several years now. The I10 - not one of our favourite drives - it is so busy!
We thought of you George and Suzie as we drove by the Picacho Peak RV Resort - we know this is one of your stops.
Happily now on the I8 headed west. Nice to part ways with all the traffic going to Phoenix. From here to Gila Bend is a very nice ride.
We've done it - and I've photographed it many times before!
Our home away from home. No kidding. Here we are headed to the Shell Gas Station at Exit 119 on the outskirts of Gila Bend. I have seriously lost count of how many times we have been here. I think this is the 8th! Super special because we didn't think we would get there this year!
If you want to see some early visits first, they are here:
A new gila monster this year!
After lunch in the van we headed for our twisty cones as we call them - a Wood Clan tradition.
Lots to look at and I'm tempted each time but we have never bought anything.
Making the rounds - how much fun can a gas station be you ask! Lots!
Amazing how much Cas has changed since her first stop here in 2012.
After a few hours at the Shell station we continued on to Buckeye - our destination for the evening. Nice that it was less than 30 miles up the road.
Another favourite overnight spot for us. It was up between Gila Bend and the Lowe's. Lowe's won out because it was a little further down the road and we like it here. Again - we have slept here many times over the years. We are quite enjoying our trip down memory lane in this part of the USA.
This is the sunrise Thursday morning.
We couldn't leave without taking a picture of Cassia and the Cassia Desert Bush. Last years picture is here.
We always enjoy a visit to the garden centre. We won't be doing this at home for months!
As we were up at 6:30 am we were on the road fairly early after a gas and propane stop. One of the best routes north from here is a back road that many don't know about. We always see a few rigs on it so it is known by some. After heading west on the 110 towards Quartzsite we turned off at exit 103 which takes you to 355Ave. This road turns into the Vulture Mine Rd.
While at Buckeye we realized that a fellow road traveller and friend was just up the road in Kingman. Since we were headed that way Thursday we planned a get together around lunch time.
Nice to be in Saguaro country again - we do love this cactus. Which reminds me that we purchased two books for Cassia in Bisbee. Most of her books come from the library or thrift stores, however on our travels we usually pick up one or two as mementos.
The Cactus Hotel is perfect for this area.
Lots of boondocking in this area south of Wickenburg.
If you are looking for a spot head up Vulture Peak Rd.
We were just here for breakfast but there are many spots and roads to follow in this area.
Hi Kelly and Al! We waved as we went by!
We are now on the 93 or the Joshua Tree Parkway.
A nice ride albeit steep and slow in some parts for us.
By just after noon we were pulling into the Home Depot in Kingman - our designated meeting place with our friend Jeremy, aka Bear8Photo.
Jeremy and his dog Ink have been full timing for three years now! Amazing! We last got together with them last January at South Padre Island.
Check out all of Bear8's great photos!
Cassia enjoyed visiting with Ink.
Jeremy was headed east and us north. After a few hours of swapping news and stories we were back on the road - this is the 93 headed to Las Vegas.
Another nice ride. Again, we have been on this road so many times I've lost count.
We stopped a the scenic overlook just before the Hoover Dam for a late lunch. Derek was going to need some nourishment to get us though Las Vegas!
Navajo ladies selling their jewellery.
Driving by the Hoover Dam. When we first took this road it was before the fancy new bridge so we've been down and through the Dam before. These days we just drive by.
Too bad they don't give you much of a view on the fancy new bridge.
We're making miles today!
A quick look at Lake Mead - way down there.
Not something you see everyday!
Heading into Vegas - like El Paso - not our idea of a good time but it's got to be done.
Grid lock as the 515 meets the 15 north. Who goes through Las Vegas at rush hour? Why the Wood Clan of course. However, I'm thinking that rush hour is always on in Vegas!
Big sigh of relief here - can you hear it. We've stopped at the Love's at exit 64 and are now nicely riding along the 93 north.
Beautiful Boredom here we come!
After a very long two days covering 863 miles we were so happy to see another of our favourite spots - Pahranagat Wildlife Refuge! I'll show you this great area next post!
A long but fun ride!
So - that was Wednesday and Thursday.
Today, Friday was another long day from Pahranagat to Jackpot, Nevada.
Boy, is it cold here! But no snow - for that we are thankful.
To help ease the pain we've foregone stealth camping here - as we have done before - and checked into the RV Park for some electricity and heat. It's gong to be a cold night.
Many RVs here with us tonight which is interesting. Guess were not the only crazies to be heading north so early.
Tomorrow we'll arrive at our friends place in Nampa Idaho. We'll be there for much of the week, so lots of time to get the rest our trip up to that point posted.