I guess it’s time to play catch up on the blog again.
We packed up and rolled out of Fredericksburg Texas on Monday 5/5/14 with a plan to stop at the Hill Top RV Park in Fort Stockton Texas for an overnight stay.
We picked Fort Stockton because it made for a 280 mile travel day and it was right at the turn off to highway 285 that we planned to take north to Santa Fe New Mexico.
A good chunk of our day was on freeway so another un-eventful travel day. It was cloudy when we hit the road but by the time we rolled into Fort Stockton it was in the mid 90’s and warm. It actually hit 99 degrees.
The RV park is located just outside of Fort Stockton and it really a large gravel lot on top of a knoll with hookups. They do have a nice pool and a great 360 degree view of the surrounding area. Maybe not a place we would want to stay for any length of time but perfect for a stopover.
Once set up we mainly hid from the heat in the RV LOL!! Well until early evening when we jumped in the Jeep and did a driving tour of town and stopped at the store to buy some apples and a few other goodies before heading back home.
Tuesday we were up and ready to roll by 8am. And after a stop for fuel we were on our way with no particular stop in mind. We did have 2 RV parks in mind just outside of Roswell New Mexico in case we wanted to cut the distance from Fort Stockton to Santa Fe in half. We don’t care for long travel days. And we are really not into these 1 night stop overs either. It’s not our preferred way of travel.
After some time on the road we realized it was going to be just before noon when we rolled into Roswell and decided that was just too early to get off the road because we had already toured Roswell and had no intention of touring it again.
We had reservations made at Santa Fe Skies RV Park starting Wednesday night but Diane called ahead and asked if we could roll in a day early. The answer was yes so we decided to push on and make it a 400 mile travel day. Geeeezzzz.
Highway 285 is a pretty good 2 lane road most of the way and traffic was light except for the tanker trucks that rolled around the oilfields. But they travel at a pretty good speed.
The downside to 285 is there is nothing but nothing to see!! Just openness. But I will admit after being on the east coast all of that openness looked and felt pretty darn good in its own way LOL!!
I pretty much set the cruise between 65 and 70 and rolled along. Even though we had a longer than normal travel day there was no reason to push hard, we would still be off the road pretty early. But we only stopped once at a roadside turnout to stretch our legs and let Jack use the bushes.
Midday we finally got into some rolling hills and the wind picked up to around 35 mph from our side. I will say that the new rig handles much better in the wind than our old rig and is a pleasure to drive. And the tag axle certainly smooth’s out the ride and tracks very well going down the road. But there is no cure all to driving a big box in the wind.
The added horsepower and torque is very noticeable in the new rig even though it is bigger and heavier than our last one.
We rolled into Santa Fe around 3:30. We picked up 1 hour during our day by crossing over a time zone.
For us it was a long day but after getting set up and having dinner we still jumped in the Jeep and did a short driving tour of downtown.
We will be in Santa Fe until Sunday.