So I've come to the conclusion I need to do more planning!!! : )
Yesterday I decided to head out east on Highway 60 thinking I'd drive to Globe, Arizona and take some photos along the way and back. (yeah, work...work...work!!)
|Retired Mining Machine, |
Miami, Arizona - Photo: Jephyr 6-17-12
I got a bit of a late start and rushed off on my adventure.
It had been quite a while since I headed that direction and soon realized a number of things: It was going to take a lot longer to get there than I thought...I'd started out too late...and I'd forgotten there were some "passes" with some 6% grades I had to get up and over.
More importantly...on the way up one of those steep grades...my car's "gas tank on empty" bell rang for the second time.
|Miami, AZ - "Evening Skyline" - Photo: Jephyr 6-17-12|
THAT worried me...but I thought..."no problem, I'll just stop at the next town and gas up". < confirmed city-slicker
Then I passed a sign that said Miami - 14 Miles...Globe - 38 Miles...and something shy of panic set in. : ) On that second chime I know I can go about 9 miles...so there was a distinct possibility that I could run out of gas!
I'm a praying man but usually do way less of it than I should/could...but I began a Tent Revival meeting right there in the car: "Dear God...PLEASE help me make it to a gas station!"
|Interesting "Storefront" - Miami, AZ - Historic District - Photo: Jephyr 6-17-12|
I turned off the AC...made sure the windows were up (to reduce drag...hey I was desperate!) and even turned off the radio for good measure....and continued to beseech the Almighty!!
Finally I saw a sign that announced "Reduce Speed Ahead - Business District"...and I strained my eyes for a filling station.
But before I knew it....Whoosh! I was through what ever little "town" that was without seeing a single gas station.
That began Jephyr's "epic neutral coast into Miami"!!!!! hahaha
Fortunately, at that point, I was heading down some very steep grades...so I put my car in neutral...and used the brakes to keep from going over the rails as I screamed down that steep and winding road.
Then, after 15 minutes of that, thank the Good Lord, I started seeing signs that I was entering Miami...and gratefully coasted up to the first pumps I saw.
|Cool bridge between Superior and Miami AZ - Taken just before the gas bell|
rang a second time. Photo: Jephyr 6-17-12
Who says God doesn't answer prayers (and look out for fools!)!!!
In my desperate run for gas I saw the sun going down and several times wished I could stop. For example I saw a little cemetery off to the side of the road with a large angel statue near it's center. I might go back some day to investigate that and take some pics there and along the way.
I did manage though to take a few photos before I completely lost the light...I've posted a few here as a testament to that trip!
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