It would have been nice to cross Arizona in parts of two days, but we just didn't want to drive any further than 200 miles so we set out sights on Winslow, AZ. We were here briefly about 9 years ago, but had never spent the night, or walked around town to any extent. I turned on the big Kohler genset around 9 am in order to turn on the 'block heater' so we could turn the big Detroit Diesel over. When it gets below 50 degrees it will not start without being warmed up a tad.....kind of like myself. Within 30 minutes I tried the ignition and she fired right up. We were merging back on to I-40 within 10 minutes heading eastbound and down.
Winslow sits at about 3,300' elevation, and Flagstaff sits at over 7,000' elevation so we knew we would be gaining almost 4,000' in elevation in our first couple of hours of driving. By the time we reached Williams we were at 6,800' and had been driving for over an hour so we got off the Interstate and found a place to park for about 30 minutes while we took a walk around the downtown area.....
We were back at the Newell by 4:45 pm at which time I decided it was time to get up on the roof and clean the solar panels for the first time since late October when we were boondocking at Lone Rock. Since we'll be dry camping most of the time as we head eastward they should be clean to provide maximum charge.
And that was pretty much our Wednesday. Being able to explore places we overnight at is one of the things I love about moving across this country. If you just get out and walk it is amazing what you will see!