Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Day 5 - Finally made it to Arizona

 Only had about a four hour drive today, so I didn't hurry to leave this morning.  Had a leisurely breakfast.  First time for coffee and my 12 Ritz crackers with peanut butter and a slab of cheese on top.  Up till now I was always in too much of a hurry.  Didn't pull out till 9:30 MT.  It is another gorgeous day.  Cool here in New Mexico but calling for 66 in Tucson, Arizona today. :))

Didn't stop for Diesel today so that's good.  One more fill-up tomorrow and I'll be good for awhile.  The drive went smoothly and the road was good.  Now that I'm not using the cruise control I find myself zipping along at around 70 mph and the White Lion loves it.  Here are some views as I traveled through the western part of New Mexico. 

After a little over an hour of driving I was in Arizona.  The first number of miles was on a flat desert area and then I could see mountains off i the distance.  I made a stop at the Texas Canyon rest stop as I do every year.

Texas Canyon rest area is full of boulders.

Oops!  How did I get in there!  Little windy.

From there I was soon hitting the outskirts of Tucson and my home for the evening.  Got here at 1:15 so only a 3 hour and 45 minute drive today. :))  More like it.

Last night I decided to stay one night at the Pima County Fairgrounds RV Park.  I had stayed here a week last year to do some work on the White Lion when I bought it.  I need to take on water and get some propane and this is the perfect place at $30 for full hook-ups.

After checking in and getting propane, Yuma took a walk at the dog park and then I went to work hooking up the water, electricity and sewer line.  I turned on the water and whoa, it was pouring out of the bay.  Went over and looked in and I could see the output water line from the pump was disconnected.

Turned off the water and climbed as far into the bay as I could so my poor eyes could see the problem.  I'm getting too old for this!  I worked for about 30 minutes to try to connect the line back but just couldn't.  Finally, I went into the office and the lady gave me four numbers to call to get someone to come out and fix it.  Big bucks probably.

Went back to the White Lion and decided to try one more time.  Pushed the connection and this time it snapped into place.  Ah, big bucks saved!  I then filled the water tank finally.

Then I went about cleaning the kitchen sink and doing the few dishes I had.  After that I decided I had better turn off the city water and turn on the pump to check if it worked.  The pump came on but I had no water coming out of the faucets.  What a bummer.  Big bucks again!

I was thinking I had air in the lines and it needed to just run till the air blew out of the faucet.  But after it stopped spitting it did nothing.  No air and no water.  Getting dark now, so decided to fix dinner and think about what to do.  My decision was to call the pro - my brother-in-law Evan back home.  He might give me an idea of what to do.

After listening to my problem, he was thinking the problem wasn't air in the lines but no water going into the pump.  He said to look for a valve on the input line of the pump.  I knew there was one there but when I had turned it before water poured out so I didn't mess with it.  This time I turned it the other way and Voila I had water.  Evan had come to my rescue!

It was nice working outside in the warm afternoon sun instead of the cold days I had before.  Now I can go to bed happy and leave as planned in the morning.  All is good with the world once more.

See you later.


  1. You passed us today. We are South at Quail Ridge near Huachuca City. We are here until the 10th and then will be heading further west. Glad to hear you were able to get your water issue fixed without spending the big bucks. Continued safe travels.

    1. Thanks Deb. I will be stopping by there in the Spring and check the area out using your blog as a reference. Sure we'll be getting together soon.

  2. Another exciting, eventful day on the road! I'm glad you now have water flowing. Hopefully this is the last major problem and you're soon in a place to stay for awhile. Thank goodness for Evan to the rescue, again! Evan will be surprised to find that he's aged from a son in law into a brother in law. 😄

    1. Thanks Dolly. Guess I'm getting senile but that's a privilege of old age. :)) should be tucked in for awhile later today and hopefully no drama.

  3. So glad you made it safely and you got the water working. If you have any troubles, give me a shout ... my friend Dan lives very close to the fairgrounds (as do I but I'm still in California) and he will be happy to help. He's been driving and working on RV's for maybe 30 years?? My mentor when anything breaks. Enjoy the sun but batten down the hatches. Big winds there for a couple of days.

    1. Thanks Nancy. Good to know about Dan. I didn't know about the winds but they came in last night. Quiet this morning though. And cooler today.

  4. It's amazing how we forget things by simply being away from it for a short while. Getting back to it you will suddenly remember little things.
    Still making us jealous, LOL.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  5. I forget lots of stuff, even big stuff. Hope I don't forget how to get back home. :)) Hope some of the pictures remind you two of some of the places you've been. Hopefully next year will be your year.

  6. You just need a rest in the sunshine. Ajo is my favorite spot. You look real good with the hair.

  7. Keep the pictures coming. I get homesick for the places you are in. Yes,lots of good memories "back in the day". Lots of adventures out there in the desert region. Enjoy it all.