It’s time to take off and to say anxiety levels are high would be an understatement. Not only is it time to leave everything I have built up the last 6 years but I have never done this before in an RV. To top that off, I’m going to be towing my Jetta as well. What am I doing? Did I think of everything? Do I have everything? Do I know where I’m going or what I’m doing? What do I do if………..if anything????? Have I prepared enough? I realized the answer to all of these questions was “I don’t know, but I can’t turn back now, I just can’t.”
So, what else is there to do???? Get up like planned, put on my big girl pants and get to it. Now to be honest, we planned to be on the road by 5 am to beat the heat and the traffic. The reality of the situation is that we hit the road by 11:30. No, I was not fully prepared and yes, I was dragging my feet a little more than I had anticipated. OK, a lot more than I had anticipated.
Once we finally had everything secured and ready to go pick up the dolly to tow the car we realized, oh yeah, we should probably fill up before we leave. So, gas station and then U-Haul for the dolly. Well, here we go again, ill prepared. Did you know you need a ball and some other thing in order to pull a dolly? So did I, but I didn’t realize I didn’t have it. Oops. That was an expensive mistake because I probably paid 3 times more than I needed to to just get it done at U-Haul and get on the road.
We are now ready for the open road. Do you have any idea how terrifying it is to drive a 30 foot vehicle? OK, now to top that off, add a dolly (extra 4-5 feet) and a 12 foot Jetta. YIKES! So what we learned early is going up or down a hill/mountain you need to downshift. We also learned that you may need to turn off the air in order to not overheat. At 12 in Phoenix it’s about 108 degrees. It’s a little uncomfortable in the cab with no AC. A realization kicked in at this point. Over the years I have always wondered why truck drivers always have fans attached to their ceiling in the cab. Well, now it all makes sense. I NEED to get one ASAP.
Now that we have realized that we have to downshift and sweat throughout the mountains, we have come to grips with the fact that we may only be going 35-45 mph in a 70-80 mph zone. Well, hazards it is. Make sure you know where they are before you start driving. It will save you some anxiety.
At this point, anxiety and stress is pretty high. At least we thought it was. That was until we ran into extreme winds. You want to talk about a heart attack that doesn’t send you to the hospital, this is it. The first time that big gust of wind catches you and you feel like you are going to be swept right off the road with EVERYTHING you own, you come real close to soiling yourself. Don’t worry, this is natural and you will have to get used to it. Oh, also, when a semi passes you like you are standing still, you better be ready to correct the rig because you are going to feel like you are being shoved right off the road.
Ok, so now we have figured out that wind is terrifying. Now we hit rain. Are you kidding me??? We go from extreme heat, heavy gusts of wind and now torrential downpours….and we haven’t even left Arizona yet. At this point I start thinking, great, the only thing we haven’t run in to is snow and ice. I kid you not, just as the words come out of my mouth there is a sign warning about ice on the roads. OK, now it’s obviously summer and hot so there is no ice, but the irony of it all made me giggle.
I won’t bore you or scare you with all of the terrifying moments of the wind and rain all the way to Kanab but I will tell you we did survive and our shorts were clean when we finally got there. We now have a HUGE new found respect for truck drivers, RV owners and wind, especially wind.