[From October 14 to October 28, 2015, Tequila Aficionado Media, accompanied by 33 expressions representing 19 brands, embarked on an epic RV road show christened, The Dia de los Muertos Tequila & Mezcal Tour. In these next passages, we recount the historic–and hysteric–highlights.]
Inspired In Albuquerque
With the help of Mezcal Legendario Domingo, Lisa and I brainstormed about our black water tank problem.
We would contact Cruise America RV’s headquarters in Mesa, AZ via their Facebook page, and make an appointment with their service department. Since we were already fans, this impromptu visit would also serve as more content for Tequila Aficionado and Lisa’s personal blog.
Get Your Kicks
Having trekked from Albuquerque to Phoenix a few times before, both Lisa and myself were aware that portions of Interstate 40 coursed along the Mother Road, historic Route 66.
It was a memorable pit stop for us. We made a few new friends and had fun doing it! Check out this video highlight.
By The Time I Get to Phoenix
Once we left New Mexico in the rear view mirror and entered Arizona, the scenery changed and so did our mood.
Don’t judge. It was a long drive!
After a mid-evening check-in at the Desert Shadows RV park in Phoenix, coupled with a late dinner, a snifter of Route 66 tequila for a nightcap seemed appropriate. But, not too many.
Our appointment with Cruise America’s service department to address our black water tank problem loomed early the next morning.
Cruise America Headquarters
An impressive fleet of RVs greeted us at Cruise America’s headquarters in Mesa. Its size and depth was deceiving with ample showrooms inside. No matter which department we dealt with, though, the company’s dedication to customer service was first rate.
While the service department examined our damaged RV, we spent time speaking with Vice President, Michael Smalley, on several topics concerning Cruise America’s long history and company philosophy.
You can watch the interview here.
An hour later, the head of the service department conferred with Mr. Smalley. Knowing that we were pressed for time, Michael advised that the quickest way to get us back enjoying the road and working on our tour was to switch us to a newer RV rather than to have us wait any longer for repairs on the black water tank.
After unloading clothes and supplies from our old RV and reloading the new one, we waved goodbye to our friends at Cruise America and shuttled back to our RV park in Phoenix.
That afternoon, Lisa was expecting her longtime friends and members of her writer’s group, and she was bound and determined to introduce them to fine sipping tequila from Casa 1921.
The Butterscotch Martini Girls
Once we were safely back at Desert Shadows with a brand new RV, Lisa regaled her friends with 1921 La Crema. You can view their official introduction to this tequila gem here, and their rave review here.
As for me, I took the time to sit underneath one of the many fruit trees near our space, lit a cigar, and enjoyed the rolling clouds that signaled a cooling monsoon shower just before sunset.