We're all settled in for the night here at a Flying J in Winslow, Arizona.
It was a loooong day! We definitely did a PDD day.
**For those who do not know...PDD stands for Paul Dahl Disorder**
He writes the blog R Sanity RV Adventures.
We left Bakersfield at 6:30 this morning, and pulled in here at 6:30 pm.
12 hours and 545 miles! Yikes!
Of course we had a couple fuel stops..
and we had an 'oops' moment.
We normally won't let the fuel gauge get past 1/2 before we start looking for a truck stop.
Around 11:30 we were getting hungry, and looked up a fuel stop on our GPS.
It was a 76 station and it did have food there as well.
No problem, it was within our range, and it would be perfect.
We got off the exit, and drove into the 'stop' and there was diesel alright,
but no way we could pull under the canopy. There were tons of 18 wheelers around,
but apparently just to eat, not fill up!
So...we got back onto I-40, knowing there would be another truck stop soon.
There was another fuel stop approximately 85 miles away, and certainly had enough to get there.
What the GPS didn't tell us was that there were enough grades to suck up our fuel mileage!
Our low fuel light came on and we still had 36 miles to go.
We started to panic, and see our life flash before our eyes.
We're out in the middle of nowhere, and were wondering how long it could be
before the Good Sam's roadside service could bring us diesel.
I had a bright idea..
we pulled off the highway onto an off-ramp that was within 7 miles of the fuel stop.
George unhooked the trailer, and went to the fuel stop to fill up.
We weren't sure how much fuel we really had left, but we knew that pulling Harvey,
we would not make another 7 miles.
I stayed behind in the trailer, to watch out for what I don't know :-)
Not much I could do about it if someone came up to it!
It all worked, and I told George no matter what we will not let it go below 1/2.
Sometimes these things are out of our control!
Tomorrow we will have another tough day,
but we'll be staying at
at the top of Raton Pass, New Mexico.
That will be the last stop before Golden, CO
where I get to see my son, Austin!