Location: City of Rocks State Park, NM. Then home.
Wow. We are getting good at getting on the road. Managed it quietly so others around us could sleep in. Yesterday, mobile dwellers came in and filled all the slots. Campsites among the rocks had more folks too.
Didn’t take long to get to Deming. Here’s the google maps screen shot of the 5R Travel Center/ Valero station on US-180. There’s an RV fuel island in the front right behind this truck camper. If you drew a straight line from the truck camper through the gas pumps and beyond there you will find the free dump station. Bring your own hoses.
On the interstate the big trucks are moving along smartly and push us around. So does a hot wind.
Between Las Cruces and Alamogordo we are passed by six police vehicles, siren and lights going. Something big is going on in front of us. At the only red light in La Luz — within viewing distance of our destination — all traffic is being diverted to a tiny county road by firefighters who were called away from their Father’s Day events. On the radio we hear why. An active shooter and hostages event at a pistachio store on the highway. We join the redirected multitudes and get to Tularosa at a crawl.
It was so good to finally quit driving, but I almost got heat stroke during the unloading. I was going to go home, but it was just too hot. I went home right before dark. The highway traffic was still being diverted, this time for the investigation. I’m happy to say nobody was physically injured during the situation.
The mountains were quite cool. Amazing what darkness and three thousand feet will do.
All in all I consider this a very successful trip. We already have our next trip planned. Wanna guess? I’ll give you a hint: water.