Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-21-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
1999 25' Safari
Currently Looking...
Somewhere , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 818
Spring Trip to Albuquerque for Vintage Airstream Academy!

We are in the planning stages for our trip to to join in the fun and learning at the Academy this May, and are hoping to get some ideas about things to do out there as well as during our travels to/from.

Roughly speaking, we believe it is around 1500 miles out for us, so we're thinking four days drive -- does that sound about right? Also, at first glance, we know we could go I-70 to St Louis, MO; I-44 to Oklahoma City, OK; and pick up I-40 to Albuquerque, NM. However, we are hoping to get off of the interstates when possible, but also don't want to get onto any real time killers (since we have such a distance to go), and especially would like any information on just plain bad roads (rough). Oh, we have about 15 days for this trip.

We went out West six years ago with our old car club group and went to Santa Fe, NM and Pueblo, CO (car show), among other various stops. However, I was hoping to get some of this fine group's thoughts on great driving roads to take for wonderful scenery; great food (l-0-v-e Mexican); etc. When we were out there before, we fell in love with Tia Sophia's restaurant in Santa Fe, and Jorjes in Pueblo, CO.

Also, we are wanting to travel a different route coming and going. Hoping to hear from a lot of you for places to stop enroute to overnight; eat; sightsee, as well as while we're out there. One place we're really wanting to go to if we can get the time is Sodona, AR, but it looks as though that is a six-hour drive from Albuquerque which would mean an overnight and that's the wrong direction if we do it going home.

Thanks in advance everyone!

Deb
__________________

__________________
Air Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2014, 01:16 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
switz's Avatar

 
2014 31' Classic
2015 23' International
2013 25' FB International
Apache Junction , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 4,799
Images: 8
Just remember that I-44 is a toll road from the Western Missouri border to OKC where you can pick up I-40.

I doubt you will drive the toll road 75mph speed limit, but the police like to hand out "performance awards" to enthusiastic drivers. Fuel is available either side of the toll booths (one either side of Tulsa) and some have the usual greasy chain food stores attached to the gas stations.

On can become very aware of the roughly 20' between seams in the road in Missouri. It can be twisty in some areas.

Sedona, AZ is a beautiful area, but one would need several says just to see the sights.

Santa Fe has several very nice trailer parks and there are lots of art galleries, museums, hiking opportunities and eateries. Continuing north on I-25, you will end up in the Denver area and could head East from there or continue North and go east on I-80.
__________________

__________________
WBCCI Life Member 5123, AIR 70341, 4CU, WD9EMC

TV - 2012 Dodge 2500 4x4 Cummins HO, automatic, Centramatics, Kelderman level ride airbag suspension, bed shell

2014 31' Classic model 30 twin beds, 50 amp service, 900 watt solar system, Centramatics, Dill TPMS, disc brakes, 16" tires & wheels
switz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 02:52 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
1999 25' Safari
Currently Looking...
Somewhere , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 818
Thanks Switz for the information. I wasn't aware that I-44 was a toll road all the way from the MO border to OKC, I had noticed it was at least in part. I must say that I was looking at a US map, and I haven't gotten down to the nitty gritty of looking over individual state's maps, which I'll do after going to AAA for them.

It's looking more and more like Sedona, AZ will have to wait until we retire for us to get there, time just isn't there for this trip.

A northerly return trip is probably in store for us.

Thanks again.

Deb
__________________
Air Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 03:21 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1963 19' Globetrotter
Currently Looking...
Moline , Illinois
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 635
Try 66

Forget the toll road , get your kicks on Rt 66 . You can cruise a lot of it in Oklahoma. Enjoy great museums , original attractions ,and some great mom and pop restaurants. I'm headed to the VTA again this year ,can't wait.
__________________
63air is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 05:26 PM   #5
Lost in America
 
mojo's Avatar
 
2015 27' FB International
2006 25' Safari FB SE
2004 19' International CCD
Oak Creek , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,506
We made the trip back East last summer and will have to say there sure is a lotta corn between here and there, if you consider that scenery.

The interstate is a good way to get from A to B in shortest time, but we took Highway 36 and found the pace pretty good at 55-65mph. Still a lot of corn, but less traffic and some interesting towns and historic stops along the way (Mark Twain's Hannibal, MO; Abe Lincoln's home; Pony Express Station; and the largest ball of twine)! But those stops can eat up your time. Also Highway 56 is another alternate route.

As Switz says, you could head up through Santa Fe, and CO where there are some nice CG along the way. Check out allstays.com for CG's.
__________________
This is the strangest life I've ever known - J. Morrison

The Nest Egg - 2015 Airstream International Serenity 27FB
Silverado 2500HD Chevy Duramax Diesel

mojo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 05:39 PM   #6
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,428
Hmmm. If it were me, I'd find a way down from OH to someplace in TN and then take US Hwy 64 all the way to Taos, then turn south to Santa Fe and ABQ. Indeed, apart from a short stretch just outside of Santa Fe, you might be able to avoid the interstate thing for the whole trip. (Can't speak for the stretch between OH and TN, though.)




Lynn
__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2014, 11:09 PM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
willapus's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Memphis , Tennessee
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 109
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by eubank View Post
Hmmm. If it were me, I'd find a way down from OH to someplace in TN and then take US Hwy 64 all the way to Taos, then turn south to Santa Fe and ABQ. Indeed, apart from a short stretch just outside of Santa Fe, you might be able to avoid the interstate thing for the whole trip. (Can't speak for the stretch between OH and TN, though.)


Lynn
I'll have to try 64 one day.

I have taken 50/400 through Wichita, Dodge City, Pueblo. It's 2 lane most of the way it seems and light traffic usually. There are a few stock yards along the way though.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20140122_230821.png
Views:	56
Size:	354.5 KB
ID:	204196  
__________________
Will
'67 29' Streamline Empress
'05 Toyota Sequoia 4x4
'65 Buick Electra 225 convt.
willapus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 09:43 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
1999 25' Safari
Currently Looking...
Somewhere , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 818
Thanks so much everyone for these suggestions -- we'll check all of those out.

63air, looks as tho we'll be seeing you out there, I can't wait either! So, you've been there before..........is there anything you could suggest we take along to have besides a notepad for notes?

Thanks again.

Deb

PS -- Anyone have favorite eateries?
__________________
Air Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 11:03 AM   #9
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,428
I went several years ago for one session, namely, on replacing an AC on a vintage rig. It was extremely helpful. However, I wish in hindsight that I had had a small camera, maybe even one with video capability. Certainly not necessary for whole sessions, but for small, targeted problem areas of restoration and/or repair as a supplement to written notes and memory.


Lynn



Quote:
Originally Posted by Air Cruiser View Post
Thanks so much everyone for these suggestions -- we'll check all of those out.

63air, looks as tho we'll be seeing you out there, I can't wait either! So, you've been there before..........is there anything you could suggest we take along to have besides a notepad for notes?

Thanks again.

Deb

PS -- Anyone have favorite eateries?
__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 12:33 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
Okiestreamer's Avatar
 
1999 25' Safari
Adair , Oklahoma
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 93
Images: 1
Great Travel Plaza on I-40

Air Cruiser: I see where you might be an old car enthusiast and, if so, you don't want to miss Russell's Car Museum and Travel Plaza at exit 639 on I-40 just after you cross over the Texas state line into New Mexico. They have a fantastic display of old cars as well as other items. Mostly, '50 models. Go to russelsttc.com for more info. The travel plaza is one of the best there is. Great restaurant and plenty of parking. Here are a few pics.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG6243.JPG
Views:	61
Size:	244.8 KB
ID:	204210   Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG6233.JPG
Views:	54
Size:	242.3 KB
ID:	204211  

Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG6264.JPG
Views:	62
Size:	237.8 KB
ID:	204212   Click image for larger version

Name:	CIMG6247.JPG
Views:	59
Size:	243.3 KB
ID:	204213  

__________________
Thanks,
Dave
Okiestreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #11
Moderator
Commercial Member
 
eubank's Avatar
 
1967 30' Sovereign
Bosque Farms , New Mexico
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 6,428
Yep, that truck stop is right at the exit where folks coming that direction turn off the interstate to come over to Cimarron and up to the Moreno Valley (Eagle Nest, Angel Fire) and further west to Taos. The exit is located just two or three miles north of Springer, NM. And the truck stop has plenty of room to park the Airstream while you eat a sandwich.


Lynn



Quote:
Originally Posted by ASRookie View Post
Air Cruiser: I see where you might be an old car enthusiast and, if so, you don't want to miss Russell's Car Museum and Travel Plaza at exit 639 on I-40 just after you cross over the Texas state line into New Mexico. They have a fantastic display of old cars as well as other items. Mostly, '50 models. Go to russelsttc.com for more info. The travel plaza is one of the best there is. Great restaurant and plenty of parking. Here are a few pics.
__________________
WBCCI 21043
eubank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 02:26 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
Minno's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
Lexington , Minnesota
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,323
When we went 3 years ago, we took 160 off Hwy 25 in southern Colorado over to Durango to ride the narrow gauge railroad, the Silverton. It's an all day ride through the mountains and is very beautiful. If the railroad tracks are open, it's worth the visit. 160 is also a beautiful trip in and of itself.
We'll see you there this year. Unfortunately we won't have much sightseeing time due to other obligations so will be interstating there and home.

Kay
__________________
Minno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2014, 03:21 PM   #13
Streamliner
 
Markj55's Avatar
 
2006 19' Safari SE
Santee , California
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 237
Quote:
Originally Posted by Air Cruiser View Post
We are in the planning stages for our trip to to join in the fun and learning at the Academy this May, and are hoping to get some ideas about things to do out there as well as during our travels to/from.

Roughly speaking, we believe it is around 1500 miles out for us, so we're thinking four days drive -- does that sound about right? Also, at first glance, we know we could go I-70 to St Louis, MO; I-44 to Oklahoma City, OK; and pick up I-40 to Albuquerque, NM. However, we are hoping to get off of the interstates when possible, but also don't want to get onto any real time killers (since we have such a distance to go), and especially would like any information on just plain bad roads (rough). Oh, we have about 15 days for this trip.

We went out West six years ago with our old car club group and went to Santa Fe, NM and Pueblo, CO (car show), among other various stops. However, I was hoping to get some of this fine group's thoughts on great driving roads to take for wonderful scenery; great food (l-0-v-e Mexican); etc. When we were out there before, we fell in love with Tia Sophia's restaurant in Santa Fe, and Jorjes in Pueblo, CO.

Also, we are wanting to travel a different route coming and going. Hoping to hear from a lot of you for places to stop enroute to overnight; eat; sightsee, as well as while we're out there. One place we're really wanting to go to if we can get the time is Sodona, AR, but it looks as though that is a six-hour drive from Albuquerque which would mean an overnight and that's the wrong direction if we do it going home.

Thanks in advance everyone!

Deb
Okay, lots of good ideas so far and I agree w/Lynn the drive from Cimmaron is beautiful, though it's been along time since I've done it. While in ABQ you have to go up to Chaco Canyon to walk among the ruins of the Anazazi. There is a campground there but, I don't believe they have hookups....a must see. Santa Fe and Taos are also must see places and you explore at all that will more than eat up your stay. You'll love it!
Enjoy, and let us know how it all was....
Mark
__________________
Mj: "I'm on the road again"
Markj55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2014, 02:55 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
1999 25' Safari
Currently Looking...
Somewhere , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 818
So many excellent ideas!

Lynn, that's a great idea about the camera/video, I also had thought about taking a recorder -- I don't know if they're still available to buy, but back in the early '90's I took one to class at Ohio State & it was invaluable. That way, we could play it back to remind us of something we've forgotten or needed to be refreshed on.

Okiestreamer -- you hit a cord with us!! I don't know how we ever missed that exit/stop when we drove out there with our old car club friends! You can bet that is one place we'll be stopping, thanks so much for the pics and information.

Kay, thanks for the information on the railroad, that's something that we'd like to do too! Some years ago, we took our kids and my in-laws down to West Virginia to ride the Cass Railroad, that, too, took the better part of a day and was a great treat going up onto the mountain.

Also, Kay, I am so excited about possibly meeting you. I've followed your thread and you and your DH have been an inspiration to us. Can't wait to meet you!

Mark, Chaco Canyon sounds very intriguing, but we are nervous nellies about hiking out where we might meet up with mountain lions or anything that might attack -- is that a possibility out there?

Thanks again everyone!

Deb
__________________

__________________
Air Cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.