Back on the road heading toward a high school friend’s place. Just a half mile or less we encounter this extremely wide load escorted by the Arizona Highway Patrol. The mini convoy was going no faster than 5 mph! We’re already behind schedule so when we get to the junction in the road I pull alongside of the highway patrol car and ask the deputy if it’s possible we can just slide by while they are stopped waiting to turn left. He says “No!” I am pissed. He expected me to follow this wide load for over 25 miles at 5 mph when he could have just simply let us by.
Well since that didn’t fly, I made a U-turn and proceeded to head back in town to find an alternate route. No sooner than I had the car 180 degrees in the opposite direction, the Border Patrol pulls us over. He comes up and starts questioning my citizenship because I turned back from a checkpoint. After the confusion cleared up, he told me which was the fastest and less traveled way to get out of town. A few minutes later we are on the road and ready to beat the wide load to the next intersection 25 plus miles away….