Then, we went in to do some grocery shopping. Yikes!
Now, we know that Safeway is one of the more expensive stores to begin with. But they had "hothouse" cucumbers (from Mexico) for $2.50 ($3.25 CAD)...yes, for a single cucumber. They weren't even labeled as "organic". We picked up a regular cucumber for 75 cents.
And, a few items that were on sale, and a few veggies. The fruit was simply too expensive.
Veggies. Cost was $9.05 ($11.76 CAD). Not bad, but we're not in Mexico anymore.
We knew from last year that Food City stores are much more reasonable, so I looked one up that was along the way and we stopped in Tucson for a few more items. Much better pricing, and we'll head there directly in the future. I'll look it up, but hopefully they have them in southern California.
Next stop was a gas station. While food is now more expensive, gas is quite a bit cheaper than either Mexico or Canada. I looked up the best deal along our route from www.gasbuddy.com and we stopped and filled it to the brim with gas at $1.69 a gallon ($0.58 per litre CAD). Even though we won't need to, we'll fill up again just before crossing into California where we hope to not have to buy gas at all. It is much more expensive there.
And then we hit the road for Casa Grande.
Not very exciting scenery along the way.
We don't enjoy driving on the Interstate highways, but along this route there is no other logical choice. So Sherman just stays in the far right lane, with the cruise control on at 55 mph (90 km/h) and let's everybody pass him. The limit is 75 mph, (120 km/h) and a lot of cars are doing that. Sherman didn't pass a single vehicle the whole drive. he just sat there and relaxed in the slow lane.
The only reason we were going to Casa Grande was to visit Renate.
Renate a single lady RV'er who we met in Mexico at Hacienda Contreras a few years ago. And she's a loyal long time reader of this blog. So we were looking forward to spending the afternoon with her and her dog Rocky.
Ruth, Renate, and Rocky.
Ruth and Rocky.
Ruth, Kevin, Rocky, and Renate.
It's always fun visiting with Renate. She's a 73 year old woman who travels by herself in her small Class A unit, and has done a fair bit of touring (again, by herself) in Mexico. Considering how many people aren't comfortable RV'ing in Mexico at all, we sure think it's impressive that an older single lady can do it by herself. Having said that, she is looking for another RV'er to travel with her on her next trip.
Renate made us a delicious Thai dinner. It was funny, because we didn't know that she had this planned for us, and Ruth had planned to invite Renate to come have dinner with us. Even funnier, they were each planning a Thai Red Curry dish!
Thanks for looking after us all day Renate!
We said goodbye to Renate yesterday evening because we're headed out fairly early this morning with a goal of getting to (or just past) the California border about 200 miles (321 kms) away. Again, it's pretty much all on the I-10 (boring!) but there's no other decent route.
Oh...I wanted to tell you again about our plans for next winter. I had actually mentioned it here on the blog a few months ago but it wasn't all confirmed then. Now, the plan has come together and we're doing it!
Through a mutual friend, we have organized a motorhome exchange with a British couple who live in Spain. They have a small European motorhome over there and they wanted to come and see some of Canada. So, they are going to be coming over to Canada in May and doing an Alaska cruise. Then in June, they will be flying to Saskatchewan where we will pick them up and they will have the use of Sherman for about two months.
In exchange, we will be flying to Spain after Christmas this year and using their motorhome to explore southern Spain and possibly France for January and February of 2017. Then for part of March and April we plan to backpack in Morocco and Algeria in northern Africa, and possibly another part of Europe.
Sound like fun?? We're excited!
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