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Day 21 – Moving our Stuff

We did not make it to Prescott in time.  We hit Payson around 5:30.  Google maps says it takes about an hour and 45 minutes to get to Prescott, so we could have theoretically made it if we drove fast.  We ultimately decided to take it easy because it was now dark and the elk were out.  Payson is the perfect mountain town for large mammals.  As we previously described, most of the land surrounding the town is protected forest.  That means lots of elk habitat and high risk of hitting them at night.

The drive between Silver and Payson is beautiful and includes a stretch of road that borders Roosevelt Lake.

The drive between Silver and Payson is beautiful and includes a stretch of road that borders Roosevelt Lake.

Loading the Truck

We woke up really early on Wednesday morning because we wanted to be at U-haul as soon as they opened at 7am.  That meant it was cold.  I was glad to have packed my long underwear.  The U-haul building was organized with the loading/unloading area in the back of the building, which faces north.  The building itself was tall, which meant we worked in a shadow all morning.  So even though the sun was up by 7:15, we were unable to take advantage of its warmth.

Jestin Pleasant, the manager of the Prescott uhaul, was an excellent help in getting us setup to move our stuff.

Jestin Pleasant, the manager of the Prescott U-haul, was an excellent help in getting us setup to move our stuff.

The U-box made it in one piece and NOTHING broke during the move.  Our packing job was so awesome, that nothing even shifted; and we didn’t use tie-downs!

Everything survived the move just fine.  Go u-box!

Everything survived the move just fine. Go u-box!

This is what the u-box looked like halfway through unloading.  You can see how tight the packing job was.

This is what the u-box looked like halfway through unloading. You can see how tight the packing job was.  The space heater was in the desk shelf and our board game, Blockus, was in the keyboard tray.  There were boxes and random goods stuffed in every compartment of the bookshelf, which we had rotated to face the wall.

It took us 2.5 hours to load the truck.  We had to plan very carefully because we discovered we had no tie-downs (they were in the Smart Car in Payson).  The u-box was taller than the truck, which had a fat, more square shape.  The truck also had more volume so we knew we end up with extra space….without tie-downs, that meant a risk of damaged goods.

We considered several packing options before loading the truck.  We ended up going with a low box wall in the back and big stuff in the front.

We considered several packing options before loading the truck. We ended up going with a low box wall in the back and big stuff in the front.

The ladder, desk and bookshelf ended up saving the day.  They were our three biggest objects and we were able to strategically use them to lock everything in place.  Oh yeah, the unwieldy futon mattress helped too.

Driving to Payson

It was a little unnerving to drive behind Brian to Payson.  He did a great job but sometimes the trailer would meander about and the tires would coast back and forth over the shoulder line.  The mountain roads are beautiful but tricky when you’re moving a large vehicle or a truck and trailer.

Leaving the Prescott area.

Leaving the Prescott area.

After driving trough Camp Verde, the views become much more impressive.  Don't worry, I had Fred take the wheel so I could shoot the photo.

After driving trough Camp Verde, the views become much more impressive. Don’t worry, I had Fred take the wheel so I could shoot the photo.

Apparently, Brian was also taking photos while driving.

Apparently, Brian was also taking photos while driving.

We arrived in Payson around noon and had the car loaded by 1:00ish.  The dogs played for awhile in Jacque’s yard.  Since they had spent ~7.5 hours in the dogs crates the day before and had already been in the car since 5:45am, this was a welcome pit stop.  Over the course of the day, they spent over 16 hours in their crates (5:45am – 10:00pm).

Brian getting ready to load the car.

Brian getting ready to load the car.

It was nerve-wracking to drive the car up onto the trailer.  The wheel base is narrower than most cars, so the inside of both sets of tires were right on the edge.  *bites fingernails*

It was nerve-wracking to drive the car up onto the trailer. The wheel base is narrower than most cars, so the inside of both sets of tires were right on the edge. *bites fingernails*

The Final Stretch

The drive had the feeling of excitement up until the sun set.  When the light begins to fade, the animals come out and you have to be super careful.  I was also getting concerned because we hadn’t eaten and it also looked like we were not going to make it back to Silver in time to get food for Thanksgiving (since everything would likely be closed on the day itself).

We decided to stop in Thatcher, Arizona and grab the essentials from a Bashas supermarket.  Since we had already seen the state of the rental, I knew we would need some cleaning supplies.  We also picked up eggs, meat for the dogs and some snacks.  Back on the road!

View of the truck and car as we were leaving Payson.

View of the truck and car as we were leaving Payson.

Beautiful views while driving.

Beautiful views while driving.

Arriving at our new home

We had a deer crossing incident right outside of Silver.  Thankfully, I was in the lead and the Fit likely responds better to slamming on breaks than a loaded truck carting a car.  It’s been awhile since I had a near-miss experience like that.  I made sure to reassure everybody in the car (the pets) that we were okay.  In reality, nobody seemed to care except for Fred, whose escape efforts were temporarily interrupted by the car’s sudden deceleration.

We pulled into our parking spot around 10pm.  I fed the dogs while waiting for Brian to arrive.  Our first steps were to get food for us, unload the car and return the trailer so we could unload the truck without it getting in the way.

We then debated what to do for our first night of sleep.  It was nearing 11pm by the time we decided to put the futon mattress on the ground and postpone unloading the frame (which was in the very back of the truck) until the next morning.

It was a good sleep.

 

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