|Tue, 02 Aug: Another road day...
After a most welcome "day off" in Albuquerque today was back to continuing west. Albuquerque was, as we're learning to expect, a wonderful place to be with great food! But, reality seems to always rear its ugly head and recall us to our duties.
We were up as the sun peeked over the Sandia Mountains to the east and we went thru our usual travel day routines. Get the house in order, feed ourselves, connect the car, checklists, brake & lite checks, and roll wheels. That happened at 0820 with a brief stop at the dumpster to leave an "offering".
A mile east along the frontage road to the interchange and Sandi headed down the westbound I 40 ramp. Traffic wasn't at all bad for a weekday and we rolled right along with nary a hitch. Fifty miles to the west we stopped at the Sky City Travel Center where we topped up our diesel tank at only $2.179/gallon.
Back on the interstate Sandi continued to the Arizona line where Bob took the helm. I 40 runs along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) main lines so we got to do some train spotting. Bob even noted a couple of locomotives still sporting the old Santa Fe livery but with "BNSF" painted on the side.
Of course, no drive thru this part of the country is without "ooohing" and "aaahhhing" at the beautiful and surreal rock formations. The more we travel in the west the more we are growing to love the desert and its understated beauty.
About seventy miles west of the Arizona state line and shortly after noon Arizona time we pulled off the interstate and into the Sun Valley RV park in Sun Valley. This is a Passport America 50% discount park that offers that most necessary of amenities in the desert—plentiful electricity for the air conditioners.
This is an overnite stop and tomorrow's 160 mile drive should bring us to our immediate destination, Verde Valley Thousand Trails Preserve in Cottonwood Arizona. Today's drive was 216 miles with an overall fuel economy of 9⅛ mpg.