Thursday, October 20, 2011

What a Road!

Yesterday, I said he should have turned around when we saw this sign. Why? It's not because it is not paved, not because it has steep hills up and down, not because there are lots of curves. Though, all of those things are true.

If you look at this picture, you can see the pot holes, the washboard surface.

Lots of passenger cars passed us at a much higher speed than we drove. It took us an hour and a half to drive those 22 miles because our 4 x 4 heavy duty truck has tight suspension and fully inflated tires. The first few miles of the dirt road were good. Then, we passed a road grading crew, pulled off to the side to eat lunch. From there on, the road became rough. John had to hold on to the key chain attached to the ignition key to keep it quiet.

Hoping we had about reached the end of the road, we were dismayed when we saw this sign.

We did enjoy the scenery, however. There were lots of saguaros.

The surrounding mountains and rock formations are great.

We enjoyed driving along Apache Lake.

Why on earth would someone pitch their tent right next to the road?

Were we ever glad when we reached Roosevelt Dam. We knew that Roosevelt Lake, on the other side, was at the end of Hwy 88.

This bridge is on the other side of Roosevelt Lake (or crosses it).

From Roosevelt Lake, we drove toward the town of Globe and US Hwy 60, then on 60 to our RV park. We had great views there, as well.

I guess I need to do a little more research when we plan a trip on a scenic highway. We had no idea what we were getting into. After last spring, you would think we would have learned our lesson.


  1. The scenery is great. It is too bad the road surface is not better maintained. Our gravel road here are well maintained, often easier to drive that aged paved roads that need resurfacing. I life on a gravel road and right after a rain which leaves the road rough, along comes the grader. Sometimes I think it is unnecessary but appreciated.

  2. I am sure it was worth the ride.

  3. I hate driving on roads like that in a car/truck ... much less pulling a fifth wheel... I'd go nuts thinking everything in the rig is bouncing loose ....