Monday, March 20, 2017 – First day of Spring
My location: Walmart parking lot in Deming, New Mexico
This morning, we didn’t waste any time. We had our walk done, breakfast done and blogs read and on the road by 9 o’clock.
Out of the grasslands and turned left on hwy 83 and down to Sonoita we went. Made another left on hwy 82 and passed between the Whetstone and Mustang Mountains on our way to hwy 90.
At hwy 90, we made another left heading towards Benson on I-10. We had to stop at the border patrol checkpoint, but we had no problems getting through.
Here is the East side of the Whetstones.
Turned right on I-10 and now we are heading East towards our destination of Deming, New Mexico. It’s a 210 mile drive for us today. Not bad.Just outside Benson is a rest stop with many large boulders.
Went past the small town of Wilcox and through more mountains and a lot of desert. Almost the entire drive was desert country with mountains in the distance.
Saw a lot of signs saying to watch out for sand storms and what to do if you lose visibility. Al, Kelly and Pheebs of Travel With The Bayfield Bunch had to take a 100 mile detour through this area a less than a month ago due to a very bad sandstorm.
When we crossed into New Mexico, we lost an hour. We’re now on Mountain time. It was 1:30 and time to eat. Saw all kinds of signs to stop at the Continental Divide Trading Post, so we did to make a sandwich for lunch.
Didn’t go into their amazing trading post though.
There were two big reasons I wanted to stop in Deming. One was to get my laundry done. The last time I did laundry was February 10th, so needless to say, I was running short of clothes to wear. Had a camera buff sitting in the car next to my Jeep.
The other reason was to get groceries. Running a little short on some items, so will be able to stock up while I’m here for the night.
Very warm day and a warm evening.
See you later.