Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 51: Near Tuscon, AZ

Day 51: November 18, 2013  Monday
Petroglyphs at painted rocks

We awoke to another fine day…no rain, pure sun.  This morning we took the SHORT walk to see the “painted rocks” which were pectroglyphs.  I do believe this is one of the more prolific sites for rock art and we’ve seen a fair amount.  I should say a little about Painted Rock Petroglyph site.  It is a BLM park east of Gita Bend in Arizona.  There were only 8 campers there while we were there…not bad and there was room for maybe 70 campers/tenters.  We brought water in and that was good because there was non (like most blm sites).  I would have stayed another day but no hikes in area unless you make them on the 4 wheel roads.

View of Campground

It was decided that we would move on today towards Tucson.  We have some destinations in mind for the next few days and ultimately we need to land in Albuquerque next Wednesday.  We weren’t quite sure where we would end up staying the night (a common theme) but we were pretty sure that Walmart would be avoided and BLM lands would be our aim.


Along the way we stopped to dump our tanks and take on some water and we also happened to notice that our propane needed filling again even thought we haven’t used it much…a little heat in the morning.   The temps have been cool enough at night (40’s or maybe low 50’s) and pretty warm during the day  high 70’s or low 80’s.


As the sun began to set, I picked out a place for us to overnight tonight.  A small blm campground…which is really just a parking area west of Tuscon off of route 86.  It will suffice for tonight but I can hear cars whizzing by….



I should say that the last two times we got gas it was $2.94 and $2.99 today.  YAY!  NY is about $3.34 right now…gougers!

Lots of petroglyphs


Information for fellow rver’s:  Holt’s shell station and RV Park on exit 119 of Interstate 8 had free dumping, free water to drink and they had propane.  Their rv park has Escapees and Passport America discounts…although we chose to not stop yet.  The rv park was small but fine for one night; parts of it back up to the truck overnight area.

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