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Travelsl With Our 59 Tradewind

Posted 03-17-2009 at 08:52 AM by gypsygirl1

DAY 52 - Sat Mar 14
Still cold and overcast - hi's in the 50's.
Rolling by 10AM, heading for New Mexico!! We stopped for lunch in Stonewall TX at Lindig's Cafe (good food). The place was packed with bicyclists from all over the US, on a week-long "Hell Week" bike endurance run. We couldn't believe how many!!
We saw many dead deer on the side of US290 on our way to the I-10.
We also saw 4 Airstreams, and 1 Avion once we got on the I-10, but only 1 out of the 5 waved and blinked back at us.
We also saw 2 small herds of what we later learned were wild pigs at the side of the road.
We stopped in Fort Stockton for gas and picked up a few things at the smallest Walmart we had ever been in. The aisles were barely wide enough for the shopping carts to get through. Further along the road, we stopped at a small museum in Pecos, home of Judge Roy Bean. There was even a small replica of his office there, and the former train station is now a rodeo hall of fame. Pecos is home to the world's first rodeo.
We arrived in White's City NM about 7PM local time, as we crossed the time zone again. We checked in for 2 nights before we saw the campground and facilities. No refunds if you change your mind. We probably should have changed our mind.
White's City is a whole little 'city' just outside Carlsbad Caverns, built by a family for the tourists. There is a campground, hotel, restaurant, and cabins, however all have fell into disrepair, and is slowly being brought back by the new owners. They've only had the place for less than a year, and it's evident that they are trying. Sure in time the place could really be something again.
DAY 53- Sun Mar 15
Cool, but sunny morning.
We met the night watchman at White's City RV Park, and his brother -- two nice guys, (1 is 83, the other is 68) originally from Texas and told us the history of the Caverns. The caverns were discovered by a White family member who was out running cattle when he saw the bats flying out of the cave. To make a long story short, he started investigating, found the caverns, and eventually took tourists down in the caves. He even used to drop them down in the caverns in an iron bucket!!! That was long before the opening was blasted out, and an elevator installed.
Hubby took the tour of the caverns, but I did not. Too dark and it is underground, after all.
DAY 54- Mon Mar 16
Another cool, sunny morning. Not sure what the hi's are, no television reception in White's City. We watched "The Long, Long Trailer" with Desi & Lucy -- we had watched it before, but now we can really relate to their adventure!
Rolling by 9AM, heading US285N towards Alamagordo NM.
The scenery was very beautiful, and we opted for US70, to cross the mountains. It was a little further north, but well worth the hour drive out of our way. The road was very good, and hubby says the drive was nice, and much easier than the I-10 through El Paso.
We passed through the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, White Sands National Monument, a US missile range, the Organ Mountains, before we got back on I-10 to Lordsburg NM.
There was a border patrol checkpoint on the I-10. We saw one on the other side earlier and weren't surprised when we drove up on it. It's unusual for us to see that, even though we live on the US border, too, at the other end.
We arrived at Lordsburg KOA about 7PM. Very nice park with great showers and cable tv as well as wifi. We're only here for one night, just passing through to Safford AZ.
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