Originally, I had planned on making a grand loop around the west, and ending the journey where I started, in La Garita, CO. But, upon reaching Arizona, several factors came together that indicated it was time to end the journey earlier than originally planned. The fender bender that I had near Lake Havasu City, AZ acted more as an impetus to stop, rather than a reason to do so. After traveling 2800 miles in 6 1/2 months, both the horses and I were weary of the road. The two Belgians had neck sores that needed a few weeks of downtime to cure. With fast traffic, poor shoulders and inattentive drivers, the roads were some of the most unsafe ones that I have traveled. On top of that, Arizona has a silly law that requires me to either travel fully on a shoulder, or fully in the traffic lane. Since most road shoulders are narrower than the wagon, I would normally have to travel in the same lane as vehicles going 75 mph. Just prior to the fender bender, there were two occasions where cars swung way out to pass the wagon and almost went head-on with a vehicle traveling in the other lane.
I could have had a lot more fun on this trip. But, I said to myself - ďIíve had enough fun. Itís time to call the journey complete and end it on a positive note.Ē (I donít consider the fender bender a negative note - just a speed bump along the way).