Hum....do I get a whiff of a Ground Hog? OK, so I drove all the way back to Mesa last night and stayed at Roger's Place. The highway was still blocked last time I check about dark. Today, I figured lightning couldn't strike twice back-to-back in the same location. WRONG! As I approached the Carefree Highway, the electronic sign board said, "CRASH 18.5 miles ahead--left lane blocked." Incredible! Can you believe it? So, here I sit in a McDonald's once again. I checked the ADOT website and there is not one but TWO accidents on I-17 right now. Looks like it's going to be a very long day ahead. We know this drill. We went through it just yesterday. We wasted almost five hours waiting for the highway to clear and gave up. Today, we're driving twice as far as FOUR times longer to get home. We WANT to be HOME! Who cares how long it takes to go through Wickenburg, Yarnell, Wilhoit, Prescott, Prescott Valley, et al? The drive time will be about four hours versus a normal drive time of an hour. So, no matter whether we stay here or take the long route, it's many, many hours. Unbelievable!
Well, there was a good thing that happened as a result of being marooned. We have been looking for many, many weeks for a particular pistol at a specific price. It's a pistol that doesn't come up for sale very often and hardly ever at our target price. Well, lo and behold, at 2 am this morning, someone in Far South East Gilbert listed the exact pistol at the precise price. Naturally, we spotted his ad at 6 am and were the first caller. We drove over and bought the pistol and are very pleased to have what we have been looking for.
Who knows what the purpose is for being marooned today? We believe in the positive, as you all know, so we will just visualize a very positive outcome. As long as we get home in time for a campfire, we will be happy campers.
Have a great day & Many Cheers, jp