|Mon, 15 May: A day of superlatives...
Today was a very special day. We treated ourselves by taking a new-to-us route that included our motorhome climbing to its highest yet elevation—10,240'! Once we got ourselves up, fed, and Carpes ready for the road, we pulled out of the Abiquiu Lake Campground a few minutes before nine.
From the campground we took NM 96 east to US 84, which we took north toward Chama and the Colorado border. We'd been to Chama before, in 2015, and loved the town and especially riding the historic narrow-guage steam railroad to Antonito. This time we took our Coach and Toad over the 10k + La Magna Pass.
The road becomes CO 17 at the Colorado State Line and is a mostly well-maintained two lane road. As with any mountain road it twists and turns quite a bit, but nothing we couldn't handle with our 60some foot rig. The combination of turbocharger and engine brake kept us moving nicely uphill and safely retarded downhill.
The scenery was, in a word, spectacular! As we climbed spring came and went. At the pass the trees were just starting to bud. A tad lower the bright green of new foliage was everywhere. Above around 8,000' elevation there was still snow in the valleys, and as we climbed the snow was everywhere.
We ended our day's journey boondocking in a large and level gravel lot west of Walsenburg CO. Walsenburg is on I 25 about 150 miles south of Denver. We've boonocked here a few years ago and found it perfectly acceptable.
Today's run was 200 miles with an overall fuel economy of better than 8⅞ mpg. Given that we climbed from 6,300' to 10,200' down to 7,000' up to 9,400' and down to 6,300' again we think it is remarkable. As stated, our 40' diesel pusher performed flawlessly and we never felt uncomfortable.