Three days later, we drive back north to I 40 to get to our final destination, Nevada. In one day, we have never driven through so many different landscapes.
Starting from Flagstaff, through forests,
Just in case you need a runaway ramp after going down for 16 miles! And still going down!
Burros? We must be close to Oatman… They actually sleep on the road there ha!
And we arrive in Fort Mojave on the East side of the Colorado River. Technically we are still in AZ but if we cross the river, we are in Nevada. This really confuses our i-phones and our computers. Our two phones show different times ha!
Winds are still blowing. However, we are lucky enough to be able to golf one day. For us who golf only occasionally, what makes the day so special is if you are able to chip the ball, from a sand trap so close to the flag…and of course, the fact that you are in nature and never know what you will come across:)
Our thoughts were to stay in Holbrook and revisit Winslow Az but again, minus temperatures and winds of 50 mi per hour changed our mind and we headed south to Camp Verde. On I 40, we had our first encounter with …Tumbleweed. Well, we know that they have thorns sharp enough to pop bike tires. But we were in a motorhome, right? No worries… when one hit the motorhome however, it bent the front grill. It could have been worse. Tumbleweed can actually damage the engine if it gets caught up in the undercarriage… But it looks so innocent…
This picture was taken driving at 65 miles an hour from inside of the motorhome!
This year, our trip west began with a visit to a Winnebago dealer in Forest River Iowa, apparently the biggest in the states. Of course, it is only a mile down the road from Winnebago Industries. Certain repairs are in order…Yes, even a 2022 unit needs tender love and care!
Needless to say, the drive to get to Oklahoma then Texas was a bit longer… always many miles to cover.
In Texas, we stopped at the Big Texan RV Ranch. The highlight of the stay is always the Big Texan Steak House (remember Route 66?) Food is great and you always have live music😊 And… if you can eat a 75oz steak, it is free ha!
What pleasure to share a table with fellow French Canadians:)
How can you not tell we crossed to New Mexico… landscape! architecture!
We stopped in Albuquerque, following I 40 (and route 66) We had never truly visited Old town and were surprised to see that it is almost a replica of Old Town Santa Fe which we avoided this year because of minus temperatures. Roger was happy the Plant Store was closed. What treasures in the Romero Street Gallery! https://romerostreetgallery.com/
Visiting the Market Common is also an ideal way to spend the day and eat incredibly delicious flatbread at Travinia Italian Kitchen. Of course, outside dining and shopping opportunities abound.
A must see for any traveler in the area is Brookgreen Gardens. Archer Huntington a well-known philanthropist and his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington a noted 20th-century sculptor left it as their legacy. It is best to plan a few days in the 9,100 acre property, one of the top 10 Gardens in the U.S.A.
This museum Wheels of Yesteryears caught Roger’s attention…
We could not miss the GAA classic car auction in Greensboro, just 4 hours away. Roger purchased a 63 Volkswagen, just like his first car😊
We found Waldo in northern Florida 🙂 Actually it was named well before Waldo, the book character came to life. This town was named Waldo in honor of Dr.Benjamin Waldo. The name was probably selected by David Levy Yulee, president of the Florida Railroad. By February 1, 1859, the Florida Railroad was completed through Waldo to Gainesville.
Brunswick is in the midst of the Coastal Islands. Downtown historic Brunswick is host to quaint shops and an impressive marina.
Life slows down on Jekyll Island. There is a 25 miles per hour limit on this Golden Isle. The island is owned by the State of Georgia and run by a self-sustaining, self-governing body. Miles of walking and biking trails make it a most popular destination.
Beaches, classic cars and perfect walking weather… This is the Gulf Coast in Mississippi.
But during Hurricane season…maybe not…Hurricane Katrina caused 1 800 casualties in August 2005.
Thanks to then Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway, wood sculptures now line scenic Hwy 90. They are a creative tribute to the live oaks that lined the Hwy before the saltwater surge killed them at their very roots.