|Sun, 04 May: On the road again, or blowin' our way thru New Mexico.
After ten days at the San Juan County Fairgrounds in Farmington it is finally time to get moving again. We can't decide which we prefer; vegging in one place or watching the scenery roll past our windows. Since we can't decide, we do both when the mood strikes us. Yea for retirement and the choices we now have.
We got Carpe Diem and Carpe Dinkum ready for the road and properly connected and tested. One more run thru our checklists and Bob got us going about 0822. We returned to US 64 and took it east six miles to US 550. US 550 is a lovely four lane road that runs 150 miles or so thru some gorgeous scenery. The road climbs to more than 7,000'.
In the small town of Cuba we switched drivers and Sandi took the helm. No, we didn't see any cigar rollers or either of the Castro brothers.
At the town of Bernalillo we topped off the diesel tank at "only" $3.639/gallon. Thanks Barry!!! In Bernalillo 550 ends at the interchange with I 25, which we took south seventeen miles into Albuquerque. Being Sunday traffic was OK until we encountered a construction zone that choked the four lane interstate down to one lane. We survived...
We transitioned to I 40 and continued east some twenty miles to the small town of Edgewood where we pulled into the Wal*Mart parking lot a bit before one. We'll spend the nite here as it is a good half way stopping point. Also, the winds have picked up (what else is new?) and it is best we're off the road.
Today's run was 201 miles with an overall fuel usage of 7.8 mpg.