My husband and I just got home from a last-minute, somewhat spontaneous trip to Missouri and back. Its purpose was to find a house for us to move to, in June. Though it seems early to do that, when one is moving to a resort area, one has to act early in order to get something. Sometimes, that means paying rent on a place that will sit empty for a few months.
We decided on this trip on Sunday, March 28th, when we realized that time was creeping up on us and we better make hay while the sun shines. By the end of that day, our route was planned, reservations made at hotels along the way and in the new location, and a phone call was made to my boss to ask for a few extra days off at the end of Spring Break. We'd have left the next day, Monday 29th, but I was scheduled mid-day to get my 2nd COVID-19 vaccine and didn't want to miss that. All the other things we had to do to make this trip happen, were also crammed into that Monday, including packing a suitcase. Fortunately, we almost have that (and packing the truck) down to a science.
Day 1 - Tuesday, March 30th - We departed home just after 6 am and headed south to I-8. We stopped for breakfast in Yuma, at the Cracker Barrel. Getting seated took forever, while one employee after another told us "I'll be right with you!" but never was. Once we got seated, though, food came quickly.
Our route of the day was I-8 to Gila Bend, AZ-85 north, I-10 East, Loop 303 around Phoenix, I-17 north, then I-40 east. Traffic was very heavy along I-10 (understandable), parts of Loop 303, and then I-40.
Our destination for the day was Holbrook, AZ, a distance of about 578 miles which took us around 10 hours. We are very experienced at long days and know how to make them work for us, but this long a day might not work for everyone. That's why our trip is called a Speed Run.
We pulled into the Holbrook Quality Inn on the east side of town. This is a decent place to stay, though one should realize that Quality's may have outside doors and sometimes they have doors on an inside corridor. This one had outside doors. We've stayed here before. The room and bed was very clean and comfortable. Our only complaint about the place was what happened at check-out the next morning. (To be described on Day 2.)
One thing that was "new" since our last stay here (June 2018) was that a restaurant finally moved into an empty restaurant right next door. The new place is called Bienvenidos and came highly recommended by our hotel clerk as well as reviews on TripAdvisor. We walked over for dinner and were pleasantly surprised that the menu was pretty standard American food with a bit of Mexican. There was a LOT of food for the price and it was very good. We did not go away hungry!
A picture from the day's drive - the mountains around Flagstaff. (This was a speed run. This photo was taken out the window of the vehicle!)
More to come...