Those folks over at the Arizona Department of Transportation. They really know their stuff. All of the way up from Phoenix, on I-17, there were message boards displaying warnings about “Winter Driving Conditions” ahead. Most of the way to Flagstaff the roads were clear and mostly dry.
And then you top out on the Mogollon Rim and run into this!
Off to Clifton today for a delivery at the Circle K. Due to a storm that dropped some snow on the mountains around Globe, I chose to drive through Tucson, Benson, & Willcox to make the delivery. It’s a little bit longer by mile, but almost the exact length of time. Beautiful weather!
While driving back from a delivery in Mesa, I encountered a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer on the side of the road. Actually, I encountered him in traffic and we made our mutual acquaintances on the shoulder of the road.
A little over an hour later, I was on my way with nary a violation found. That was a blessing, since he checked everything on that truck, and my background and character and abilities.
The State of Arizona has to make revenue somewhere. Keep up the good work, Officer Stanley!
Oh, the picture is my view of his vehicle in my rear-view mirror.
Today I delivered diesel fuel to the Ray Mine, in Kearny. It was for the Copper Basin RR, but to their tank at the mine. It was rather interesting getting in there because the tank is in between the railroad tracks and I had to nose-in the truck in order to reach the tank from the pump.
I just came back from Moab, UT. I delivered AvGas at their local airport. I arrived last night, but was too late to unload, so I waited until this morning to try again. It is a beautiful drive up here!
Occasionally, on the Travel Channel, they will show specials about the Southwestern US. I went right through the prettiest parts of it yesterday and today.
From the rock monoliths of Monument Valley to the high forests of the La-Sal National Forest, and all the rock formations in between. Beautiful country.
I pulled a load of Red-Dye diesel to a placed called Hayden Junction last night. You go East from Phoenix until you get to Superior and then go South! And there is a 10% grade to navigate…both directions. In the rain! That was fun. 200 miles roundtrip.
The best part of the trip? Driving along US 60 between Apache Junction and Florence Junction, and seeing the fireworks over Queen Creek/San Tan Valley, to the south.
Oops, I’m out of hours! Really messed up by working both days off and not getting a 34-hr reset. Ran out of hours during my work week. Dispatch is NOT happy with me. But, my wife and son come home tonight so I can meet them at the airport.