Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I ended the last blog with our stay at the Pratt County Veterans Memorial Park. After 2 days and 3 nights of enjoying the quiet of this park today we pulled in the slides and were on our way.
|As we went by the equipment in the middle picture|
we both mentioned we were driving by a lot of money.
|As I mentioned in the last blog this was our first time |
driving through Kansas and our take away is
it is very flat. Another year we will plan to spend
more time in this stare and do some expolring.
|Driving into Oklahoma on I-40 we have never seen a|
sign today on US 54 I saw two.
|Not that many miles and we were crossing into Texas.|
Three states today and all very flat.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
We started today's ride on what are called a Farm to Market Road in Texas. I would compare it to a county road back in Michigan only the speed limit would be slightly slower. Not a bad road until you meet a semi going in the opposite direction then it seems very narrow. As we set out today for the first time on this trip we do not know what today's end destination will be. This is how we have always traveled until the pandemic hit and the world changed. It feels good to plan as we go.
|Yes, that is the speed limit on this road.|
|When we reached US-385 I could see on the map it|
might be a few more miles to stay on it until we
reached I-40 but we decided it would be an easier
ride then spending more time on another Farm to Market.
|It ended up being the right decision and we had some|
lovely views. As we approached Vega, TX we could
see I-40 ahead.
|As we merged onto I-40 I could stop looking up directions.|
We have been on this route more then once.
|Finally a windmill. I had to do a lot of cropping |
but I got the picture.
|Then a familiar sign over the highway ahead.|
I think New Mexico has one of the best signs
welcoming you to their state.
|It is beginning to feel like we are in the southwest.|
|Reaching Santa Rosa we turned onto US-54.|
This route will take us over to I-25 and avoid
going through Albuquerque.
|Middle pictures are of Salt Flats.|
|This is the best part of the ride. We are on US-60 here|
and getting close to I-25. The views as you come
around the corner are beautiful.
|Turning south and merging on to I-25 we did not have|
many miles to go before our stop for the night.
The Walking Sands Rest Area.
|As soon as we stopped I got out and made a quick|
walk back up the road and was able
to catch the end of tonights sunset.
Our first New Mexico sunset.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Yesterday was a long day which may explain why even though we were right next to I-25 we both slept quite well. Today will not be as long and will be our last night on the road for awhile. Not exactly sure where we will stop tonight looking at the map there is a rest area in Lordsburg, NM which might be a good choice. We will see how the day unfolds.
|We lucked out today as we went down and up this hill no |
wind at all. The windsock at the bottom was not moving.
|As the passenger I think this is one of the prettiest|
sections we have driven on I-25.
|Getting close to our exit to make the cut across to |
Deming, NM and I-10
|We exit drive over the Rio Grande and into|
Hatch, NM the Chili Capital of the World.
|Continuing on NM-26 we are making our way to |
Deming, NM. Another nice surprise this highway
has been redone. We went by this solar farm and
I do not think we have ever seen quite this big of
solar panels before in a field.
|Solar panels as far as the eye can see.|
|We have made it to I-10 and construction. |
I did manage to get a picture of the sign announcing
that we were crossing the Continental Divide.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
We spent our last night on the road at a small rest area in Lordsburg, NM. When we arrived there was only one other RV there. We really made it just in time because in no time at all the parking lot was full. No hurry this morning as we have only about an hours drive to our destination.
|All along the drive into the rest area were my |
favorite desert plant, Ocotillos.
They were all covered with their tiny green leaves.
|Merging on to I-10 for a few miles.|
|I am not sure that a blog about driving in New Mexico |
on I-10 would be complete without pictures of
these signs. We have been lucky and have never
seeing them flashing.
|We are now on NM-80.|
|Our destination, Rusty's RV Ranch.|
This will be our home for the next month.
Our site at Rusty's RV Ranch
We stayed at this park back in the spring of April 2018 and when we look out our door we can see a travel trailer in that site next to the tree in the bottom picture. We enjoyed our short stay here back then so when we were thinking about this year and where to go we decided this would be a nice place to spend some time. Two things are different since last time. Then there was no AT&T coverage; there is now a new tower just a couple of miles down the road and our service is excellent. Last time the Internet here in the park was fast this time I am finding it to slow to be useful not complaining just a fact and would not be a reason not to come back. If we are in this area we see ourselves staying here again.
|We are very happy with this site.|
|It is a nice size and with the trees and bushes |
surrounding the site it feels very private.