We are up and ready to hit the road.
Little did we know that the wait at the truck stop would delay us about an hour.
We have to use the truck lanes so we can get DEF for the Big Bertha.
Seems the truckers fuel their rigs, and proceed to go in and either take a shower or eat....who knows....but I wish they had the courtesy to just pull the trucks on through, so others could use them. (my rant for the day)
The meandering Mesalands Scenic Byway is about beauty, solitude, cowboys and cattle, and even about dinosaurs, the inhabitants when the area was a vast inland sea.
You can imagine the dinosaurs wandering the area as you drive over the hills to the next vast area.
Our stay tonight is at the KOA in Las Cruces.
It sits on top of a hill that overlooks Las Cruces.
The location is very nice....the size of the pull through sites are a bit short....or maybe we are just long!
Bronco has weathered the ride quite well today, and seems to be happy wherever we are!
She is being a good girl, and seems to enjoy all the attention she gets from everyone while we walk her.
One of the ladies at the KOA was outside, and I asked for a recommendation for food in the area.
She directed us to a local Mexican restaurant.
It was not busy, but the food was quite good.
Always like to try the local places and haven't been lead to a wrong one yet!
Time to rest, as tomorrow we make our way to Arizona.
We go into Florence and experience the small town.
They have a wonderful True Value Ace Hardware store.
Back at the trailer Chuck is outside working on getting the lugs loosened on the tires, and I am inside the trailer warming up some dinner, and have the microwave on.
Yes, yes it can....
Seems after some inspection the transfer switch is fried.
How nice is that....
No electricity for us tonight!
We use battery power and try to conserve it as much as we can.
We wake up Sunday to very limited power.
Since we can't do anything about the transfer switch today, we go ahead with our plans to meet up with a longtime friend of mine that lives in Tucson.
We meet up with Cindy and Terry at their home around 10:30, and get to visit with them before we make our way to eat some lunch.
Bronco made the trip as well, and she and Simon (their cat) didn't hit it off very well, but I am sure they will become life long buddies just like Cindy and I are...
Cindy and I go way back...and when I say way, I mean way!!!
We were friends when we were 4 and 5 yrs. old.
Our mothers met and became friends when we took dance classes together.
I have to say, our friendship has had a lot of distance and time away from each other, but it was so heart warming to me to get to give her a big ole hug.
We re-connected via Facebook, and have been able to connect the dots from the times we had missed.
I know you have heard it said before by many people, but there are just some people in the world that we meet that just have a special place in your heart, and this girl is one of them.
Cindy and I have a lot of parallels in our lives.
Seems we always have....as kids we were always wearing the same clothes or shoes, and would just laugh when we would see that we had the same things.
Our lives have kinda been the same way.
There are so many things that are so similar.
Terry her husband takes the bloom stems from one of the cactus plants and sands them down, and makes beautiful walking sticks.
He gave Chuck and I each one.
Along with coyote gourds, tangelos and limes from their trees.
Cindy and I both love the solar weeble wobbles, and she had a cupid and devil for us for Valentines.
I even got a Harley jacket.
Seems Terry has a vintage jacket that he thinks I need, and sure enough it fits, so I am pretty excited to have this vintage jacket.
The best part of this whole trip so far has been finally getting to give my sweet girlfriend a big hug and meet her husband....it is truly a blessing I can't even describe.
Tomorrow starts a new week and hopefully we can get all our issues fixed and enjoy the rest of our vacation.
Time will tell!
Things I learned this week.
How to pronouns Saguaro correctly. (Thanks to Terry)
I know what a palo verde tree looks like and love its small yellow blooms
Chuck is an electrician and a mechanic
Arizona has beautiful sunsets
Cindy is as sweet as I remember her being, and we love Terry too!
Terry makes a really nice walking stick out of a disgarded bloom stalk, and we love them. :)
Bronco is a wonderful dog and can adapt quite well