Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Heading home - Day 2 and 3

Day 2

I published Day 1 earlier this evening, so be sure to back and read that one too.  Sorry for all this confusion, but now I'm caught up.

This morning we left at 9:30 our new Mountain Time, so it was early for us.  Our view of the mountains east of Las Cruces as we headed out.

Out of Las Cruces, we followed hwy 70 North and almost made a big mistake by not turning onto hwy 54.  I would have taken the mountainous road through the Capitan Mountains and I'm not sure if the White Lion is up to going up mountains with the Jeep behind it.

Made a big U-turn and got back to hwy 54 which is longer but stays on flat land.  Don't mind the smears๐Ÿ˜

Love these small towns in the west.
We skirted every mountain on hwy 54.  Not a bad road and not very much traffic.  Also had lots of passing lanes.

Didn't know what this building was in Vaughn, New Mexico, but it looked neat.  
All I can say is the road is flat which is good for the White Lion.
Finally, we came to I-40 at Santa Rosa and headed east for a short distance to the first rest area, Pajarito Rest Area, and called it a day.  It was 4 o'clock and I was dead tired for some reason.   It turned windy in the afternoon, but luckily, we were going with it for the most part.

Had dinner and I finished up my post for the Sugarloaf Mountain hike on Sunday and I was too tired to do anymore.  Even though we are right next to the interstate I slept like a log.

Day 3
Finally today and I'm all caught up.  I didn't wake up till 9 o'clock, but I felt well rested.  The traffic slowed during the night and was not a bother and neither were the trucks parked nearby.

No breakfast.  Decided to head down the road and stop for breakfast so I could break up the drive.  Wasn't long before we were out of New Mexico and into Texas and Central Time.  The picture Yuma took of the Texas sign was too blurry to post.๐Ÿ˜Œ
At 10:30 we stopped for breakfast and walk around the little picnic table rest area.
It was all I-40 today.  Lots of prairie land with rolling hills.
But you did have to watch out for wind turbines crossing the highway๐Ÿ˜‚
We crossed into Oklahoma around 4 o'clock and decided to call it a day at the Oklahoma Information Center rest area.  Another near miss by Yuma๐Ÿ˜
But I got a good picture at the information Center.
Another long day of driving, but I had my Willy Nelson look going on.
Had a couple hotdogs for dinner and it is now 10:30 in my new time zone and past time for me and Yuma to be in bed.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Glad you didn't get stuck going through theountain. That Yuma needs to hone his photography skills. I hope your next leg is easy and uneventful. Have a safe trip tomorrow.

  2. Love your first picture view, Doug. It is sad that you are on your way home though. I remember that feeling.
    Yuma needs more practice taking pictures? Ha ha, he'll get there!
    Gosh, I missed the southwest. :( Thanks for taking us on your journey though. ๐Ÿ˜

  3. I'm following your journey on Google Maps and now that your up on I-40 I'm familiar with what your seeing along the way. We've never traveled that route on 54 between Tularosa NM and Santa Rosa. I don't envy you having to deal with the large cities ahead. Cities can be such a PITA but the Interstates are usually the quickest way through them.

  4. When I drove to Maine, that was the route. I loved being in Oklahoma, just didn't like the tornado scene much. Safe travels!!!

  5. Might be too late to tell you this, but if you stop at the Downstream Casino Resort at the state line of OK and MO you can get full hookups for free (well, dump station for waste), won't need to unhook the jeep (unless you don't want to take the free shuttle to the casino to get the card to make it free...after that just carry the card with you). This "CAN" be a two night free stop if you ask them. All concrete with good grass surrounding portions of it.

  6. I think Yuma does a great job with the camera! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Looks like you're making good time heading for Home.
    Given more practice Yuma could become a professional photographer.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  8. Oh those Wind Turbines are rascally Wabbits...I wish they would hop out of all the swell places I like to travel..I wonder if they have collision insurance?
    Ride Safe