Flagstaff – May 12 & 13

We stopped at the local Wal-mart for groceries, the REI for another shirt for me, and a really great beer, wine and liquor store called Majestic Mobil before heading to the Flagstaff KOA campground.

Last year, Jon and I stayed at the Flagstaff KOA to get ready for Overland Expo. By chance, we were camped next to Fred and Denise Cook. Jon and Fred had known each other online, but had never met in person. We had a great time and planned on doing it again this year.

We finally arrived at the KOA in mid-afternoon. Fred & Denise were already there and were in the same spot as last year. We were also in the same site as last year (by design). It was great to see them again and after setting up, we caught up with each other. 

We walked around the KOA and greeted people we knew. The Flagstaff KOA is almost like a Pre-Overland Expo. It is a convenient place to do laundry, clean up our vehicles, restock with supplies, and do minor repairs on the vehicles. Denise had already finished their laundry earlier today, and I wasn’t ready to do ours yet. 

They invited us to join them for dinner at the Delhi Palace: Cuisine of India restaurant. It had been a long time since we had eaten Indian Food and we eat out rarely when out on the road. 


It was a great dinner. The food and the company was wonderful.
We went to bed fairly early since it had been a long day and we were feeling quite sluggish after eating too much at dinner.

The next morning I started my laundry. We were camped close to the laundry room which certainly made things easier. It is a fairly large facility, but this particular day there were a number of washers and driers that weren’t working. Fortunately, many of us were able to get our laundry finished off that morning.


Jon and I left to do some errands in the afternoon. When we got back, lots of other people had returned after their errands. Plus, there were a fair number of people rolling into the campground to spend just the one night.

There were a number of small tasks to do on the Fuso/camper. Fred needed to fix a squeak in his steps. Jon advised him on the use of lithium grease instead of WD-40. It required quite a few contortions on the part of Fred, but it did fix the squeak.

Fred greasing the steps while Jon supervises.

There was kind of a social happy hour where people planning to attend Overland Expo walked around visiting each other and their vehicles. After a while, it seemed like most people went back to their own vehicles for dinner and last minute preparations. 

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