The Route to Graduation, Part 2

Graduate in cap and gown

As I head north to Flagstaff, the RV goes south with troublesome repairs piling up.

Part 1 of the winter/spring route is here.

Trek North, Going South

Leda and I continued north with the WINs to Cottonwood and Prescott Valley. Meanwhile, the RV, Roamward Bound, was heading south. the hydraulic issue was back with a vengeance and the parts needed were nowhere to be found. The dash A/C went out, first with a freon leak, then the blower failed. The wipers stopped working. A short in a 12 volt power outlet killed my GPS. Well, you get the idea.

Vineyard grapes in neat rows
At the Alcantara Winery in Cottonwood
cows roaming around parked RVs
RV cows, it’s a thing!

It’s a Big Hole?

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon several times, but before this, never in it. We hiked down (OK, partway down) both Bright Angel Trail and Kaibab Trail well into the canyon for a whole different perspective. Can’t imagine I wouldn’t have needed a rescue service for these hikes two years ago.

A hawk flying close by 5 people posing for a picture on the rim of the Grand Canyon
A hawk flies by at just the right moment as we stop for a picture on the rim.

Mule train on Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon
A few miles down Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon we’re stopped for a little while while the mule train heading up takes a rest.

With Leda a few miles down the Kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon

On to Graduation, But First

Finally time for Kylee’s graduation, but first it’s back to Prescott Valley for more repairs. I left the RV there and headed up to Flagstaff to watch Kylee’s Capstone Project presentation and then the graduation ceremony.

Graduate in cap and gown
My little Magna Cum Laude NAU Graduate, Kylee

Then I helped her pack up. With no place to live and no job, she’s off to Seattle to start post college life. Just gotta make it happen. And, make it happen she did. Great place to live, check! Starting a great job at a great company a month to the day after arriving in town, check! Best weather in Seattle history, OK, she didn’t do that, but what the hell, check!

A car loaded with personal belongings
And that’s everything crammed into her Kia Soul for the move to Seattle

Kylee getting into her car
And she’s off. Off to Seattle, Washington

Back to Prescott Valley

I’d really like to say this was a good result, to pick up the RV with everything working again. OK, let me try it. Everything was great!

Ahh, but not so. Nothing was finished and I was stuck there for weeks, again.

So when the repairs were finally “completed” and I could drive off, I’d really, really like to say it was a good job. Here, let me try it: it was a good job. And it was, for less than two weeks, and then each issue is back, only worse.

See how this turns out in the next post.


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Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

4 thoughts on “The Route to Graduation, Part 2”

  1. Hi Murray,

    I’m sorry to hear about your RV issues. I hope they get resolved soon and for good.

    Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation and new job!

    I wish you all well,

    Liz & Roan
    Deming, NM

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