|Sun, 31 Jul: Yet another day on the road...
Today marks the fifth straight day on the road. We normally don't travel like this, but we have some "hard dates" and must be in Arizona by mid week. The good news is that the majority of our trip is in the rear view mirrors and we are down to two more days on the road. As a result, we're treating ourselves to a "day off" tomorrow.
We had a restful nite's sleep at the Cactus RV & Motor Hotel in Tucumcari New Mexico. Despite being right on Route 66 we had little traffic noise and our air conditioners provided sufficient white noise to muffle traffic sounds. We awoke early given the time change and were out of bed before seven. As has been our norm, we completed our morning chores, dined, and got things ready to roll.
Since we were in a pull thru spot we didn't disconnect Carpe Dinkum which reduced our pre-departure chores. Checklist, brake & lite checks, confirmed the satellite dish is stowed, and Sandi rolled wheels at 0804. East on Rte. 66 a quarter mile and then south to I 40 and westward ho!
Traffic was lite as we started and we enjoyed the open vistas that are New Mexico. We did enjoy seeing two classic Chevrolets go by; a '62 Nova and a '57 Chevy convertable. We've been treated to several classic cars on the road these past few days. Thanks to all who put in the time and effort to keep those parts of our automotive history alive. Note, we know first hand how much work is involved as we owned and showed a '67 Barracuda Formula S for many years.
As we continued west the interstate continued to rise until we were at 7,000' plus elevation. Other than the altitude readout on the GPS and popping ears you couldn't tell. Carpe's Cummins ISL has a very effective turbocharger that provides ample torque to climb these grades.
Bob got to descend into the Albuquerque metro area and west of town we arrived at the Enchanted Trails RV Park a bit after 1130. We've stayed at this Passport America 50% discount park twice before and find it adequate for our needs. Mostly it is conveniently close to Albuquerque's west side but it also has 50 amp power and it is warm here, even at 5,757' elevation. Today's drive was 186 miles with a fuel economy of 7¾ mpg.
Once we got Carpe Diem set up we hopped in the car and drove back into Albuquerque for lunch. Of course, we just had to stop at Taco Cabana, one of our favorite Mexican fast food places. We were introduced to Taco Cabana in San Antonio, and find the outlets in New Mexico extra special as they have big pots of green chili stew at their condiment table. We left with happy tummies, a spicy food buzz on our tongues, and smiles on our faces.
We've signed up for two nites and will hang around Albuquerque till Tuesday morning. We have only 387 miles to our immediate destination; Cottonwood Arizona. That'll take us two days of driving so we don't expect any difficulty arriving by Wednesday.