TOUR AMERICA, 2019: PHOENIX, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix 

Nov 2, 2109

Temperature 80 Degrees

Travel Day

Time to move on, time to add yet another blip to our map of Places We Have Called Home In 2019.

Inasmuch as the trip to Phoenix would not be a long one we decided to just take it easy this morning.  We headed out to McDonald’s for breakfast since neither of us wanted to cook or clean up before getting on the road.

Breakfast under our belts we returned home to take a brief nap.  Once that was accomplished it was time for jacks up.  Believe it or not, we were still on the road by 9 am.

The trip was for the most part an easy one.  Route 10 is a really decent road.  We only ran into one bad section that was a bit rough.  Overall, it was an easy ride with no traffic.

Along the way we encountered some overpass art

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and we passed Picacho Peak which rises to a summit at 3, 374 feet.   A small flat space on top of the main spire can be reached via two trail heads. Portions of the trails are precarious, and hikers are aided by cables and catwalks.  At the base of the peak and surrounding it is Picacho Peak Park.  Anyone up to a hike?

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In due time we were at our exit off the interstate and on local streets.  A few miles later we were at the entrance to

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What is UMOM?  Their Mission, in their own words is: To prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual.  

Founded in 1964, UMOM is an innovative provider of shelter,housing and services for people experiencing homelessness.  Every night they provide safe shelter and supportive services for over 170 homeless families. They also offer nearly 300 units of affordable housing across the Valley, each with special Program Centers for residents.

As NOMADS we have come to help them so that they can continue to help others.

Once through the gate, yup, we remembered the gate code we started down alongside the Admin building to the back parking lot.  Watch out for those speed bumps!

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Around the corner and we were there.  Time to find out where our new home would be.

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Our new home, space number 2.

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We have 50 amp and a FHU.  The space is paved, level, and everything is right where it needs to be.

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Everything went smoothly, although Gertrude threw a hissy fit.  Try what we might she just didn’t want to get a signal.  Solution?  I finally put her on the roof!  Problem solved.  Perhaps part of the problem was Mount Metal which is right behind us.  We are backed up to a scrap metal yard.  Hey, we are still surrounded by a mountain!

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By late afternoon the rest of the team arrived.  A total of six rigs.  With space for yet one more.

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On the drivers side we have lots, and lots of room but on the passenger side it is just a wee bit tight.  You should have been here to see him back this 5th wheel in, he definitely knew what he was doing.

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That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We’re home, home for the next two months.  The longest we’ve been in one place this year.  In fact by the time we leave we’ll be starting a new year.  We’re looking forward to the projects we’ll be working on over the course of these two months.  We’re also looking forward to just kicking back and relaxing during the month of January.  One day at a time, though, first this then that.

Thanks for joining us again today.  We always appreciate your company and comments.  Catch your tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!

 

 

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