We spent 17 hours on the road today!
So, because of the long day we had yesterday and the fact that we only got a little bit of sleep, we ended up sleeping past our alarms and finally got up in a panic just before 3am. We hauled butt and hit the road after getting breakfast and energy drinks at a nearby truck stop. The wind advisory stretched almost to the Arizona border so we had to fly like the wind to beat it in less than 2 hours. We drove through Albuquerque and it was such a beautiful city at night. There were lots of pretty lights that lit up the bridges we went under and with it being surrounded by mountains, we could only imagine what the city looked during the day. We drove and drove up and down hills and mountains watching the clock until we finally hit the Arizona border. By this time the wind had caught up with us and it was CRAZY!
There was a truck stop right on the border line and we grabbed fuel and pizza for lunch. The wind was so strong at this point (even being out of the advisory zone), we saw tumble weeds for the first time in fast motion. I was really nervous to keep going but Steve assured me we would be ok so off we went. Steve decided to take a scenic route which led us through so many mountains but it happened to be a happy accident because it was GORGEOUS! Also on this route we saw cactus for the first time and there were hundreds of them everywhere you looked. We knew we were getting close to our destination!
After more driving, we decided to drive through Phoenix (much to Steve’s dismay) because I have this thing about cities. I love driving through and seeing big cities which we had done in almost every state we’ve been through so far. Being so close to Quartzsite with only about 2 hours or so left on this trip, I immediately regretted going this way as it was all traffic! We wanted to reach Quartzsite before sundown and it was looking like we might not make it. The only good thing about seeing this city were the palm trees and flowers everywhere. Once finally getting out of the traffic, we stepped on it and in about an hour and a half later, we made it to Quartzsite at dusk! We found LaPosa South and spent the night at the entrance because it was now dark and the office had closed at 4pm. Tomorrow we will wake up to what will be our surroundings for the next couple of months!