First off I must say the rest area last night was very noisy. Truck sounds from I-40 and we had to park along the exit of the rest area so trucks were gearing up and passing right next to us most of the night. The place was overloaded with trucks.
We did manage to sleep most of the night despite the noise and because our bodies are still on CST we woke at 8 o'clock and had breakfast. We were out of there at 9 and stopped for diesel soon after. That took about an hour and we were actually on our way towards Deming, New Mexico at 10 o'clock.
We were soon turning off I-40 onto hwy 54 finally heading south. My two traveling companions were ever vigilant.
I must say the first part heading south was a lonesome highway with not much to see. Nick managed to find something.It wasn't long before we started seeing mountains in the distance.
We pulled over in a small town at a closed building like many are in these small towns and had lunch at noon.After lunch we passed the White Sands National Park. Didn't stop because we'll see a lot more west of Yuma later next month.
Climbing the hill out of Santa Cruz, we passed a fuzzy Road Runner.
Overall, hwy 54 and 70 were very smooth and well maintained. It was an enjoyable scenic drive. We finally hooked onto I-10 and less than an hour later we are now in the Deming Walmart parking lot for the night. Made good time today as it is only a little after 3. Checked at the service desk and they gave me the high sign for overnight.
Tomorrow our goal is the west side of Tucson, only about 3 hours west on I-10. Looking forward to a short drive.
I'm glad you made it over the mountains without any overheating! It looks like your companions are awake, but not that vigilant. 😄 you'll have a short day tomorrow. That will be nice after the long treks. Have a safe trip tomorrow!ReplyDelete
Thanks Dolly 😊. I'm glad all turned out well. Very glad the seven hour drive days are over. I'm ready for some rest.Delete
We've never traveled #54 but we have taken #70 up and over that long steep grade through the St. Augustine Pass and tumbled down the other side of the Organ Mountains into Las Cruzes and then onto I-10 heading for Deming. I remember last year when you tried to get into the vacant lot beside Walmart and there was a chain across the entrance. I thought Deming's Walmart had stopped RV's from overnighting. I hope you said 'hello' to the mountains for me:))ReplyDelete
I thought of you and Kelly when we first spotted the mountains. My poor White Lion is big on weight and short on horsepower 😏 Tom and Deb stopped there for supplies and mentioned seeing trucks and RVs so stopped in and asked. The lady said they couldn't stop overnighters so just gave in😆 That place was packed with trucks.Delete
Doing good. Keep it up. Yuma looks so comfy! ElvaReplyDelete
Thanks Elva. Yuma has settled down and enjoying the ride.Delete
How is Yuma taking having someone along with the two of you ? Glad everything is going smoothly for you .ReplyDelete
Thanks Vernon. Yuma likes Nick but not comfortable if I leave him alone with him. He'll always be my boy 😚Delete
Let the good times roll, even if you are going a little slow here and there. It's mostly downhill for awhile. The noise ... that's why I never stay in truck stops. Happy trails .......ReplyDelete
Thanks Nancy. We're almost to Arizona.Delete
Nick and Yuma look like they're enjoying the ride. Love the windmill picture! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Shirley. I think we're doing okay. The long trips are never fun. I can't seem to slow down when I have a destination in mind 🙂Delete
You're doing great! Love when you said that you started to see mountains, the next picture was of Yuma looking at them out the window. :)ReplyDelete
Nick looks to be enjoying the ride too and an extra hand for picture taking is really nice!
Safe travels. We always miss the big roadrunner. Not sure what we do different on that route.
Thanks Patsy. We're getting used to the long drive days but will be glad when they are over. We got a picture of the Roadrunner but the side window was so dirty i didn't use it. 😆ReplyDelete