Thursday, March 5, 2020

State lines......

7:23 am - Thursday - March 5th - Wittmann, AZ - 48° F, 84% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the north by northwest.......partly cloudy skies today with a forecast high of 80° F.  The view this morning........↴

 Wittmann, AZ 2020

I was up by 7 am Wednesday morning, turned on the Kohler 7.4 kw generator, and then the block heater.  Our goal was to be on the road headed for Wittmann, AZ by 8 am, and I only had to put away our entry step so not a lot of preparation involved prior to rolling our wheels.  While I composed my daily missive the engine was being warmed by our 10 amp block heater, so when I finished it was just a matter of lighting the fires in the big DD 6v92.  We were rolling eastward on I-8 by 8:10 am, so not too bad, and by 8:15 we had crossed a state border for the first time in almost a year.....hello Arizona!

Our first stop of the day was at a Walmart Super Center on the east side of Yuma so TLE could pick up a few items.  While she shopped I ate breakfast, and cleaned the front windshield, which had picked up a few bug splatters on our way into Winterhaven.  By the time I finished she had returned, and after putting away the groceries we were once again on our way eastward.  The terrain between Winterhaven, CA and Wittmann, AZ seems mostly flat with a couple of 1 mile climbs, but we gained almost 1,400' elevation over the distance.  At any rate, the drive was easy, and uneventful.  In Gila Bend we transitioned from I-8 to Highway 85 which connects I-8 with I-10.  We made one stop at a rest stop about 10 miles from Gila Bend.  We arrived at our Tom and Darlene's home around 12:45 pm, were quickly parked in our usual spot, and once again connected to utilities after a month of boondocking.....

 The umbilical cord is once again connected

 Newell House

Ready for month of  projects

......we are now just one month away from being joined by Glenn and Laureen, plus their 1984 Newell Classic, and beginning our epic, summer long Alaska journey.  I have a water heater to replace, a dump valve to replace/repair, I want to get our tachometer working again, as well as the gray and fresh water gauges working again, which tell us how much fluid we have in each.  A lot to do, but the perfect place in which to accomplish it all.

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