As we headed East from San Diego on our way to Arizona, we quickly realized the traffic condition in Southern California seems to get worse every day! Eastbound and down into Yuma Arizona took us nearly half a tank a gas (another unexpected part of our trip). Made our first Walmart shop in Arizona to pick up some fresh fruit, salads and snacks. So far… best part of Arizona-gas prices (2.79 gallon diesel), worst part of Arizona…everything else!
By the time we were halfway to our first stop, the ride was beautiful-mountainous areas heading towards Flagstaff Arizona. Jerome and Sedona….Definitely on our list for our next trip as they appear to be the nicest areas we passed while traveling through Arizona.
Made it to our first stop after a 10 hour day and over 550 miles from San Diego. It was quite a disappointment for me when we finally made it to our destination…it was a KOA “campground” (which was not much of a campground at all!) it was what I would call a parking lot. Not at all what I “envisioned” when I agreed to try this camping thing (and “campground on the bay” is looking better and better!)
Up early 5 AM to start our second day for another 550 mile drive. This time we went through Northern New Mexico and saw beautiful scenery with lots of mountains averaging 5 to 6000 feet of elevation.
The winds were surprisingly pretty strong which made driving a little stressful but luckily the traffic was light and the roads were in good condition. Made it through Albuquerque and made breakfast burritos on the road for the first time. Started up the generator so we could use the microwave oven and I figured out a way to make burritos while driving (not wasting any time getting to Iowa).
So this was a four state day…Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma.
Traveling through Texas and Oklahoma we found some of the largest beef cattle ranches we’ve ever seen! Miles and miles of Cows!!! We finally got off the interstate and took Highway 54 N. and found what appeared to be a ghost town and was very eerie. After another very long day, we stopped in Oklahoma at a drive-in movie theater that had been converted to an RV park. The showers were clean and the place was nice, (unfortunately there were no drive-in movies being played the we were there), but a cute concept and a bit of a “step-up” from the “parking lot” camping we did the night before… but just “a bit” haha.
Realizing we had just gone through a time zone change, )we had lost two hours), waking up the next morning at 5 AM for another 600 mile drive was not super exciting. Nevertheless, we said goodbye to Oklahoma and made our way to Iowa through Kansas and Missouri. Driving along a toll road in Kansas we were shocked when it cost $24.50! Overall, Kansas was flat, full of corn and oil wells, but very clean and filled with small little towns that reminded us of a Hollywood movie set.
Once we got North of Kansas City, and into Iowa, The drive began to be filled with rolling hills and mature greenery along the highways.