Snow? In Arizona? Nahhh.

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!

Next time, I’m staying in Phoenix.

Driving in the snow! NB I-17 approaching Schnebly Hill Road, south of Munds Park.

Hi there

What you don’t want to see in your rear view mirror. DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement unit doing a roadside inspection today.

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.

Off to the mines

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.

AvGas to Moab

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. 

AvGas to Moab

Hayden Junction

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.

Last night being the 4th and all that.