Sunday, November 22, 2020

RVing the Trail to Santa Fe

We did another day of driving our RV house around like a big gas guzzling turtle.

The check engine light came on pretty early in our adventure. This freaked me the hell out the entire trip.

We saw a massive like... cow prison looking place on the side of the road. I wonder if they were about to go to market or something.

It was apparent to us pretty early on that RVs aren't really a thing. This is really a truck that someone bolted a house on top of. The check engine light came on almost immediately which was scary, and the whole thing made a ton of noise on the road. The engine was noisily struggling to deal with the weight and about 40 things were rattling around in back. Doors and cabinets would fly open and spill their contents no matter how secure they seemed when we were stationary... they would be rattled open. 

There was a whole new set of advantages and disadvantages that the rickedy beast added to the trip. I liked that the packing up and unpacking of luggage routine that would have needed to take place several times at each hotel we stopped at had been eliminated. We could also grocery shop normally and just pop everything in the refrigerator and bring it with us. We had a little stove that we could cook on and everything. A new problem was that once we'd arrived at a place that we wanted to explore, I had no choice but to drive my whole house there and hope there was a giant parking space somewhere available. I joked it was like being captain of a spaceship because not only did I have to drive the thing but I had to keep an eye on my instruments that gauged the reserve levels of all our vital resources: gasoline, propane, fresh water, gray water (which is like used shower and sink water), black water (toilet water), and electricity. If I was set up at camp and needed to run to the store or something then I had to disconnect and store several cords and tubes in a whole process. If the RV was hooked up to an outside water source then that source would also be providing the pressure needed to make the water come out of the faucet. If I was not on municipal water then I needed to turn on the internal water pump in order to provide pressure, which then amounted to depleting multiple resources at the same time.

It got kind of sunny out there on the road at times. Luckily I had my new pair of Joe Biden Ray-Ban aviators to not only reflect the light but give me a real... winner's ambience.

Another fun and new agricultural sight for me was cotton fields that had had their fluffy white product baled up into these giant marshmallows.

We passed through the tiny little town crossroads of Springer, New Mexico and hopped out to stretch our legs.

There was an official scenic historic marker next to this cool building.

"Old Colfax County Courthouse

Built in 1879 at a cost of $9,800, this building served as Colfax County Courthouse from 1882 to 1897, when the county seat was moved to Raton. This building housed the New Mexico reform school for boys from 1910 to 1917 and has been a public library, town hall and city jail."

I think it's cool that the country is so big that there are several like settler stories. Sure you settled Oklahoma but now you gotta settle Nebraska, and so on.

It started getting dark and spooky as we approached our camp for the night in Angel Fire, NM.

What must have been the strangest thing on the whole trip was a camper that I noticed from afar. It was giving off an orange glow like a giant wood burning oven. And its occupants were all chickens! They better have to pay the same camp fee as we do!

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