Our trip from Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM covered 286 miles, again all of it on I-40. There were a few sections where the wind was very gusty and strong from the north making it a difficult drive in those parts. We went from the plains of the TX panhandle to rolling hills in the last 20 miles of TX and then really started the climb to Clines Corners which sits at a little over 7,000 feet. Needless to say, our fuel mileage never reached 7 MPG!!! By the time we entered NM we had already climbed to about 3,800 feet and then it was a steady go up a big hill, come down a small hill, repeat, until we reached Clines Corners at 7,000 feet. We then reversed that all the way down to Albuquerque at about 5,000 feet, then climbed out of the valley to our RV park which sits at almost 5,800 feet. When we leave here Saturday, we will cross the continental divide just before entering AZ. I-40 is at 7,275 feet at that point. I believe that will be our highest elevation on this trip.
We are staying at the Enchanted Trails RV Park
a few miles west of Albuquerque. We last stayed here in 2009 when we went to Alaska and it has gotten worse instead of better. Our site is very unlevel but we set the levelers manually and was able to get it livable without tearing the levelers up so it will do for two nights. We have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through with good Verizon and a clear sighting to the satellites. The main complaint is that we have side-by-side hookups. That means you have two coaches pulled in in opposite directions so that their hookups are together and you are situated much too close to the other coach. This also means that the door side of the coach (your living area) is also the door side of the RV in the next set of hookups. As I have stated before we hate side-by-side hookups. Again,we will live with it for two days. I had waited too late to get reservations, where we had desired, at the High Desert RV Park
, never dreaming they would fill up this time of year.
Shortly after arrival we went to the Cafe 66
along old Route 66 and had a late lunch. The small hole-in-the-wall cafe had high reviews online and offered mainly Mexican cuisine but also a lot of American dishes as well. I had my old standby beef enchiladas, refried beans and spanish rice while Doris had country fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy. We also had the best sopapillas we have ever had. Both meals were really good in this small cafe we wouldn't even know about except for Al Gore and his internet! :)
Today we didn't do much but go back into town to get some items we will need for the rest of the trip from the grocery store and, of course, we had to dine at the local Long John Silvers as we don't know when we will see one again and that is Doris' favorite. This one just happened to be one of the best we have visited as well.
Tomorrow, we head for Holbrook, AZ for a one night stay. When we cross into Arizona, we will be in Mountain Standard Time as AZ doesn't observe daylight savings time except on the reservations. That will put us three hours behind the east coast, the same as Pacific Savings Time.