The Apache Trail is officially known as Route 88 and runs eastward from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Dam where it meets up with Route 188. In between these two points we discovered an are rich in history and some incredibly terrifying roads. Starting our day with the Elvis Church and Apache Trail Museum, we moved on to Goldfield and toured the home made ghost town where we watched an old west shootout. Tortilla Flat is located where the pavement ends and the 22 miles of gravel begins. We stopped for lunch at the famous Superstition Saloon where Rob saddled up to the bar before trying their chili. The next 2 hours on gravel road and down Fish Creek Hill was about the most invigorating and terrifying thing we’ve ever done. We were never more grateful for pavement when we got to the end.
Touring Death Valley for the 2nd day in a row, we wanted to see more of the sights. Today we first climbed the 15% grade up to Dante’s View at 5600+ feet where it was hailing, then down to Bad Water at 284 feet BELOW sea level. It’s not supposed to rain in Death Valley, but we were in the middle of a full on rains storm. We waited it out and then drove back up the road to the Natural Bridge just before sunset. Dinner was at the Death Valley Junction Cafe where Rob had to have the Death Valley Junction Burger and coleslaw.
The day started early at 7:30am and it was a little nippy in the RV to say the least. It was about 66f when we went to bed, and prayed we’d have enough propane to last the night – NOT! It was a balmy 46f in the morning and Dar was only saved from freezing […]
We left Mesquite Nevada, stopped into the Whole Foods in Vegas and then climbed a very long and steep hill as we crossed the mountain range and headed down into Pahrump Nevada, home of Art Bell. After a little shopping for odds and ends we needed (vacuum and new sewer hose), we visited the Pahrump Desert Winery for a tasting.
Today we left Salt Lake City Utah for Mesquite Nevada, a total travel time of a little over 7 hours. We stopped in Scipio Utah on the advice of a photographer friend who told Darlene about a garage with antique gas pumps. While Dar took photos, Rob found an antique store and bought a Compound bow. After filling up the tanks in Beaver Utah, we were pleased to find a 20% fuel efficiency improvement after adding the Quantum Energy magnets.