This day was a grand day and full of challenges. First off, we had originally planned on flying Mike out of Memphis TN, as the kids and I continued to Mississippi to visit relatives. Since the flooding and tornados were so bad, we diverted to CO and flew him out on a new ticket from Denver to home. Unfortunately, the airline I booked the ticket with cancelled the entire ticket when Mike was a no show in Memphis. So when Mike got to the airport, he had no ticket. To top it off, he was informed he would have to use another airline to purchase a ticket. Mike was livid.
Mike found a flight out with Southwest and was blessed with a three hour earlier arrival than planned. Thank goodness for the performance chip we purchased for the truck before this trip. The savings in fuel, more than paid for this ticket. We only needed one mile per gallon better to pay for the chip and we have been averaging about three miles to the gallon better than before the chip.
The KOA in Bernalillo, just outside of Albuquerque was an outstanding RV Park. The facility was the best we had experienced since Hill City and the owner was a gem! He let us leave the trailer past check out time to go get Mike from the airport; didn’t charge us an extra cent. No other RV Park I have been to would have done that.
Picking up Mike was sweet… we all missed him so much! The kids tore out of the truck as soon as they saw him. All three jumped him in mid stride. They all beamed with excitement as their daddy hugged and kissed them. Mike had the biggest proud papa grin on his face as he got into the truck.
Back at the trailer, I shaved off Mike’s hair like Zachary’s… He was so nervous. He kept threatening Nathan, he was going to shave off his hair too. I had to laugh. Great new hairdo for Mike!
The challenge of the airport was not enough for the day. We got one more doozy. As we started to head out of town on Highway 550 east, our truck overheated and dumped all of its antifreeze. Then to be precariously parked on the side of the highway on a steep downhill slope. Yikes!
Trying to figure out what happened, Mike called the local Chevy dealer. Decision was to let her cool down, fill her up with water, go back down and retry to climb up the hill. We did discover the use of the recycle air puts too heavy a load on the truck while climbing and it was the culprit. She took an hour to cool. We made it down and back up with no problems. Heading east to AZ, we decided to continue on through some beautiful terrain.
The desert without easy access to a water land form is nice to visit, but we are pretty excited to get to Lake Powell in Glen Canyon. The weather forecast was looking good for the next few days, the low 80s. First, we are going to stop at Monument Valley to watch the sun rise. We drove through the night and made it to the valley by 1am. We parked in the visitor center parking lot and got a few hours of shut eye before we needed to be up.
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