On the Road

by Spaceman One-Seven May. 07, 2017 1340 views

Here it is, Day 4 of the road trip. I'm in Pueblo, Colorado and off the road for one more day. I looked at the odometer and saw that I had logged over 1,000 miles to date. I guess Texas is kind of a big state. I started on the gulf coast and exited right up near Dalhart in the panhandle. My thoughts...

The truck has to get a gold star. The first day, I went through a weather front and the combination of first day on the road plus some very strong headwinds made driving miserable. I was none too keen to resign myself to 20 days of that. But, the next and subsequent days have been much better, so the truck gets a gold star.  I'm even getting a reasonable mpg if I can cruise about 55 or 60. The speed limits in north west Texas are 75, so I just pull over and let them by.

The trailer had an electrical problem which I had fixed, so I'm walking about $400 lighter these days. But, if it's fixed, I'll say it's worth the price.

Last note - all photos are standard iPhone photos.

Good morning, New Mexico

Couldn't resist starting with this morning's picture. Camped at Clayton Lake SP in far northern New Mexico, and this was sunrise this morning. It was 48 when I was getting up.

Dinosaur tracks at Clayton Lake

Clayton Lake is famous for its dinosaur tracks, so I had to take a look. Apparently, during the dinosaur age, New Mexico was a shallow sea, so the Dino's left tracks that fossilized.

Clayton Lake dinosaur track

The sign said that this was about the best track of the bunch. It's a little hard to see because of the shadow of the sign, but I'm sure you can see the three toes and heel. 

Today I also got my first glimpse of snow capped mountains. I was heading west on 84 in New Mexico, about 15 miles east of Raton, and there they were, on the horizon. If they are the Rockies, they will probably be my companions for the rest of the summer. [and I am counting on cousin Michael in New Zealand to locate my position on his maps and tell me whether or not these were the Rockies. 😊]

First glimpse of snow-capped mountains

Next some random road-trip pictures...  

This was a sign outside a roadside rest area near Abilene...

Not something I had seen every day... but it does match my truck...  And it's probably the only vehicle I passed in 1,000 miles 😁

Yes, that's snow by the side of the road.  Saw it in Texas and saw it also in New Mexico...

My apologies to Non-family readers, but I will end this installment with a street sign which only a handful of family will 'get'. Signing off for a few days, headed for Rocky Mtn NP.

Tiny blog update... made a command  decision to go OTBP (off the beaten path)  so instead of climbing north on I-25, headed west  along the Arkansas River on 50.

Arkansas river


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Maria Lopez 4 years, 5 months ago
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Spaceman One-Seven Replied to Maria Lopez 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for your comment. It's great looking back over the set.  I leave Glacier tomorrow and will be heading back to Texas.  Thanks again

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Leroy Mcgallian 4 years, 5 months ago
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Spaceman One-Seven Replied to Leroy Mcgallian 4 years, 5 months ago

Agreed. I had always heard about Black Canyon, but had never visited. Glad I had the opportunity

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Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 5 months ago
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Spaceman One-Seven Replied to Stephanie Hyde 4 years, 5 months ago

Thanks. Travel safely, my friend

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Kathy Stockton 4 years, 5 months ago
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Spaceman One-Seven Replied to Kathy Stockton 4 years, 5 months ago

You've just got to be careful

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