On Sunday we had another full day of seminars at the Good Sam Rally. Monday brought the end of the rally and we were ready to get on with our journey. It was amazing to watch 3300 RV's leave the Phoenix International Raceway, but it worked out surprisingly well.
On our way out of the park, we had our coach weighed. Each wheel is weighed independently, using small scales and the results determine the amount of pressure needed in the tires. Our coach weighed almost 38,000 pounds. The weight must then be distributed in accordance with the guidelines for tires; and tire pressure adjusted based on the highest wheel weight on each of our three axles.
We caught I-17 out of Phoenix to Camp Verde, Arizona, where we are staying at the Distant Drums RV park. This was a quick trip of 90 miles. Camp Verde is located in the Coconino Forest with mountains surrounding it. It is home to Fort Verde and Montezuma's Castle. The RV resort is located on Yavapai/ Apache land with a casino nearby.
Tuesday was spent getting the Tour washed and cleaning up the inside. Since we had been without hookups (with the exception of 30 amp electricity) for a week, we had been limited on water usage, so doing laundry was a priority. Our neighbors at Distant Drums had been at the Good Sam Rally, so it was fun having Happy Hour with Jim and Faun on Monday and Tuesday nights. We look forward to seeing them in Bakersfield.
Wednesday morning was a trip to nearby Sedona, where we took advantage of the gorgeous weather to hike the beautiful red rocks in Boynton Canyon. Those of you that have been to the Sedona area will remember the magical red rocks set in the center of the Coconino National Forest. There is so much to see and do in the area. The following pictures show our home until Saturday morning and our hike.
Our home at Distant Drums.
The Boynton Canyon hike in Sedona.
Bear has turned into a great hiking partner.
Notice the red path.
Thursday was a bike ride to Montezuma's Castle which is run by the National Park System and a visit to Fort Verde where we saw the remains of the old western fort. The many hills proved to be a great workout on the bikes, but we had to go back on Friday to see the cliff dwelling which is Montezuma's Castle. It was named after the leader of the Aztecs' but Montezuma never "slept there." Apparently it was built by the Sinagua Indians 1,000 years AD. Below are the pictures from our Friday trip.
Thank you for checking in with us. We leave Saturday morning for a night in Kanab, Utah, then it is on to Zion National Park for two weeks. My brother, Warren, will be joining us for part of that time.