Sometimes things happen, just like life everywhere. Well, it happened to me on Wednesday.
I stayed at Sand Island Campground ($15) for a night near Bluff, Utah on Tuesday. I decided to head south to Flagstaff rather than go to Little Monument Valley. As you remember, I was there a couple of springs ago and I didn’t really feel like going back.
One thing that was on my mind, were the tires on the truck. They were getting towards bald, especially in the rear. I chose to drive to Flagstaff for tires rather than Moab. My thinking was Flagstaff would have a bigger selection than Moab.
I pulled onto a forest road off, U.S. 89, that is well known to campers for an overnight stay across from Sunset Crater Ntl. Monument, and north of Flagstaff. All was well until I found my spot and hopped out of the truck to look for a level spot for the trailer. I heard a hissing sound and bent my head to the driver’s rear tire and it got louder. The tire was full. I quickly backed the trailer to a spot and unhooked and set up. I realized that the puncture had to have happened right in the campsite, since the tire was full, I was just 12 miles from Flagstaff. Bummer!
Later I got changed the tire, with some difficulty, and found I didn’t have a good internet signal. I was only able to get online briefly in the evening and found a Big O Tire in Flagstaff.
I was at their door at 7:50 on Thursday morning and got right in and they changed all four tires and gave the front end an alignment.
I went back to camp and decided to “get out of Dodge” and somewhere near Williams. I’ll admit, it was the KOA at Williams. I did need to dump and I needed lots of water.
Today I’ve been hunting for boondock spots for most of the morning. I’m south of Ash Fork, Az and north of Chino Valley. It took quite a bit of hunting and in the end I still don’t like the site. U.S. Highway 89 is not a great spot for cell signals. I only found this spot and I don’t think I’m more than 10 miles from the hamlet of Paulden. I’ll spend the weekend and see how it goes. I do have about three bars on 4G Verizon which is nice but I am near the highway and it might be only marginally better than the KOA.
Speaking of, why do they put KOA’s right next to interstates?
Since I was on the move so much this week I don’t have any photos.
Thanks for coming along on the crazy ride. Now you see, it isn’t all boondocks in lovely spots, there are headaches as well sometimes.