Well I did it! I successfully drive the RV all by myself a little over 200 miles from Benson, AZ to Las Cruces, NM. This experience ranks right down there with working on the RV for me. But I love being able to simultaneously stay home and travel even when there is no pandemic. I can’t think of a better way to do it so I am trying to adjust.
Driving long distances with no one to share the experience is very lonely for me. The reward will be visiting friends as I travel further north. Can’t wait to see George and Michele in Durango and Keith and Punkin in Moab! Once I get to Wyoming, Matt and Sherry are going to join me as volunteers at the Prison Museum. Should be an awesome summer!
Til Next Year, My Friends
Before I leave Benson, I squeeze as much fun in with my many friends here as I possibly can. The pandemic sure gives me a chance to bond (from a distance) with some truly kind hearted, talented folks. We have all promised to return next year in hopes that we can hug, dance, sing and play freely. I love to sing and dance with abandon. I am actually allowed to do both here unlike some other states where I specifically am forbidden from those activities (something about terrifying the citizenry :-)) The photo gallery below is a limited reminder of a small sample of the friends and beauty I leave behind in Benson. I will miss you all!!
A Battery Maintenance Solution
When not playing outside over the past few months, I spend time making RV improvements. My latest cool RV accessory is a battery tender system that simplifies house battery maintenance for me. Leyman has this watering system on his rig and he encouraged me to add one to mine.
Dave at Lightning Fast RV Service here in Benson is able to order and install a Flow Rite Handy Pump System just before I am scheduled to leave. Now I merely pump distilled water from the bottle through the special hoses and caps. When the water in the battery cells reaches the correct level, no more water can be pumped. I am so relieved to have this daunting maintenance item simplified for me.
One Last Dirt Road Ride
My last week here is very busy, but I will always make time to follow Jane and Leyman in my Jeep. We climb through the Coronado National Forest near the Chiricahua National Monument. While not a difficult ride, it is a cool relief on this blistering Spring day. At the higher altitudes, flowers sip up the last of the ice melt and use it to splash the roadsides with splatters of color.