140426 (Ron Writing) We left Gallup, NM at 8 AM – a very early start by our standards! We had a long day of driving today, first continuing east on I-40 to Albuquerque, NM and then heading northeast on I-25 to the New Mexico, Colorado border at Raton Pass. A few miles later we headed northeast on US 350. Hwy 350 is a very lonely highway through many abandoned towns and widely scattered ranches. It is marked on the map as a scenic drive and it was vary nice but not nearly as scenic as many other drives we’ve taken. It crosses the Comanche National Grassland managed by the US Dept. of Agriculture. We saw mostly cattle grazing among the hills along with one herd of antelope. We continued on 350 to La Junta, CO where we are spending the night.
It was very windy all day and cloudy until late afternoon. But that strong wind was generally on our tail and we got the best gas mileage we’ve ever gotten while pulling the trailer. Even though there was a lot of mountain driving we got 11.4 mpg. That’s about 27% better than our long-term average
Today’s drive: 467 miles
Fuel cost: $3.239/gal in Albuquerque, NM