New Mexico was difficult for me to leave.
I was not ready to leave. The Southwest had taken me by surprise. The mountains had allured me. Saying good-bye to The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, was difficult for me.
Gary was ready to move on. However, even my Knight commented several times
how much he has enjoyed our temporary home in Santa Fe, New Mexico with the views, the clean air, and the blue-blue skies.
Our family rated Santa Fe Skies as one of our top 5 campgrounds, thus far,
on our road trip adventure across the USA.
In preparation for Travel Day # 43,
Gary and I mapped a route and double-checked our chosen course. We had 275 miles to travel from Santa Fe to our first scheduled stop. This translated into a 4+ hour ride in the dually. Our course took us down I-25 and across I-40. With primarily an interstate route, we anticipated an uneventful travel day.
Finding diesel was proving to be difficult but not impossible. The price of diesel had risen, but remained within our budget.
You may find it odd that I often mention the price of diesel. You may tire of hearing about us staying within budget. However, when I researched the possibility of this year-long adventure, I discovered that the primary reason families don’t complete their goal of traveling across the USA is that they run out of money. Since My Knight and I were determined to continue and to complete a once in a lifetime opportunity of traveling across America, we kept a close eye on our expenses and our budget.
Travel Day # 43 – Heading to the Grand Canyon
Gary spotted diesel for $4.21 (which is a steal), before our scheduled fuel stop. He made an immediate detour from our planned route for fuel.
At the fuel station, we followed all the signs
and proceeded to the pumps designated for cars and RVs. As Gary slowly advanced forward, he suddenly stopped. I looked at my Knight and shook my head in the negative.
Gary jumped out of the dually to investigate.
Upon his return, he reported that we did have clearance to pull forward and fuel up. However, there was not room to pull forward and exit the gas station. My Knight would have to back our 18 foot long dually and our 43 foot long big rig out of the station while avoiding pumps, poles, pedestrians, cars, and curbs.
We decided to ignore the signs for fuel up for RVs and follow the signs for semi-trucks. We followed the truckers, waited our turn, and fueled-up the dually without difficulty.
However, the cashier did ask my Knight, “What company?”. Gary had to explain that he wasn’t driving a semi; that he wasn’t working for a company; that our rig was privately owned; and that our home on wheels wasn’t the typical size RV and couldn’t fuel up with the cars and other RVs.
Welcome to Arizona!
A quick stop at the Visitor Center
On our way to the Grand Canyon, our family scheduled two stops
to break up the 462 miles from Santa Fe to the Grand Canyon.
Our first scheduled stop was a sightseeing adventure
at the Petrified Forest National Park.
Knowing our family’s preference for national parks and sharing an interest in geology with his granddaughter, my Dad recommended a stop a the Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert before we ever hit the road. When deciding where we wanted to go next, I noticed that this national park was en route to the Grand Canyon.
I found a campground near the Petrified Forest National Park in Sun Valley, Arizona.
On Travel Day # 43, we stopped in Sun Valley for our first scheduled sightseeing adventure en route to the Grand Canyon.