Our National Parks Journey travel blog


Extremely heavy rain fell over night, accompanied by strong wind gusts. The combination woke us both up several times. We considered ourselves lucky; the higher elevations got some snow. By morning, it had mostly cleared. We were fairly ready to go and just had a few utilities to unhook and we were on our way by 8:30 a.m.

It was a pretty easy drive east to Durango and then we headed south toward Albuquerque on Highway 550. This was a good four-lane road with pretty light traffic. We stopped a few times for a rest stop and a walk for Foxy.

By lunch time, we were re-thinking our plan to fuel in Albuquerque and spend the night there. It was still early enough and Joe decided he wanted to push on through Albuquerque and get on the east side before we stopped for the day. So, with that change in mind, we stopped for fuel in Bernalillo, New Mexico (diesel = $3.809 / gallon), got on I-25 south, and turned east on I-40.

We don’t think we’ve ever driven through Albuquerque in the motor home that I-40 hasn’t been torn up for some kind of construction. Today, was no exception….lanes were closed and traffic barely crawling along. We made it through and stopped in Moriarty for the night. The RV Park sounded really good; but, when we pulled in, we realized it has been a long time since this park has seen any maintenance or care. Paying was on the honor system with an envelope drop box and you select your own site. There are four of us here; but, it’s 50 amp, water and sewer so we’re happy campers for the night. It’s far enough off I-40 that it might be quiet.

We visited with the neighbors for a while; they are heading to where we just came from so we traded road stories. So we didn’t have to disconnect the car, we whipped up some dinner at home. Joe cleaned the windshield and we should be ready for an early start again tomorrow. We lose an hour tomorrow as we cross into Central Time but it’s only 240 miles to Amarillo so it should be an easy day. We checked the weather forecast and it looks like we will get wet; oh well, the motor home is a mess anyway and needs a wash.

Until then…………

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