The Southwest LTV Roadrunners recently rallied in Williams, Arizona, for the Williams Grand Canyon 2021 Fall Rally. 31 coaches met at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park on October 12 to start four days of touring the area.
Unfortunately, the weather decided not to cooperate! Participants drove to Williams in ferocious winds to the site and, once there, encountered every possible type of wintry weather imaginable: cold rain, sleet, frozen rain, ice pellets, and snow! Nighttime temperatures in the 20s challenged us all to keep us and our rigs warm – set the Truma to cycle, put small heaters or heat lamps under the utility compartment, empty and stow all hoses – and everyone survived unscathed. The weather did interfere with some of the plans, but a local brewery was a warm and welcome haven to escape to, especially by the huge fireplace.
The weather cleared on Wednesday, when the highlight of the rally was scheduled – a trip on the Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon. We had our own train car for the 2-hours-each-way trip, and then had three hours to enjoy the beauty of the Grand Canyon. The weather was perfect. The air was warm. The sun was bright. The sky was azure. The colors of the canyon were vivid. The dusting of snow added to the magic. We were even “robbed” on the trip back.
Now that the weather had improved, people took the opportunity to explore other special places in the area the next day: Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments, Meteor Crater, Second and Jerome, and of course, Williams and this section of historic Route 66.
Towney gave a very informative Tech Talk and everyone shared a group BYOB (Bring Your Own Barbecue) for our final dinner. Everyone left happy and looking forward to when we meet again, at Oasis in Las Vegas next February.
Written by Towney Sausville