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Two For The Road 2006

New Mexico & Southern Colorado

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2006-Photos-RV Trip-New Mexico & SW Colorado

Location(s): New Mexico and southern Colorado

Date(s): May and June 2006 (46 Days)

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Westbound Route
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Zig-Zag Route thru New Mexico
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CARLSBAD, NEW MEXICO

Carlsbad RV Park
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CLOUDCROFT, NEW MEXICO

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CAPITAN, NEW MEXICO

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VALLEY OF FIRES STATE PARK (A 44 MILE LAVA FLOW), NM

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HEART OF THE DESERT PISTACHIO FARM, ALAMOGORDO, NM

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BAD ROADS WILL RUIN TIRES

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SOLAR OBSERVERTORIES AT SUNSPORT, NEW MEXICO

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WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, NEW MEXICO

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ROCK HOUND STATE PARK, DEMING, NEW MEXICO

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CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK, NEW MEXICO

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SANTA RITA OPEN PIT COPPER MINE

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GILA WILDERNESS NATIONAL FOREST

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GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL PARK

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SANTE FE, NEW MEXICO

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BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO

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PECOS NATIONAL HISTORIC MONUMENT

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THE HEADWATERS OF THE PECOS RIVER

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CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, NEW MEXICO

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AZTEC RUIN NATIONAL MONUMENT, AZTEC, NM

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NOTICE BOTH SIGNS, OUTSIDE FARMINGTON, NM

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THE FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT OF UT-CO-AZ & NM

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MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO

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CHAMA AND THE CUMBERS & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD,NEW MEXICO

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TAOS CITY SQUARE, NM

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BOTTOM LINE OPINIONS ON NEW MEXICO

The "Land of Enchantment", I doubt that. In general, New Mexico is just an interesting State and not worthy of a journey or a detour to see/visit.

Although, the most remarkable "Worth A Journey" sights, or what one would say "WOW" to, are Carlsbad Caverns, the Cumbres & Toltec scenic railroad at Chama and the spectacular geologic sights along the road between Rio Rancho and Cuba. At these places, photographics just don't do them justice. It must be visited to grasp. It looks like the Michelen Green Guide was correct again.

On another point, we always ask ourselves two questions when we travel around:

A. Would we return again? We don't think so.

B. Would we live there and were would it be? ONLY in Santa Fe. Everything else is just not worthy or just a dump.
(See separate web page on retirement areas).

On another point, I learned alot about the American Natives (Indians) and I was rather suprised, but generally, I was rather saddened. As I saw it, the rest of the world evolved but the Indian(s) was trapped in a theological mindset that did not let them evolved. The rest of the world was evolving, building castles, roads, writing books, and so on ad nauseum. Yet the Indians were still in the stone age and never even reached the bronze age. They had no real written language to speak of. Just cavemen type pictographs on walls and rocks. They never really understood basic physics (the wheel, lever or inclined plane). Almost nothing for them has changed for at least 13,000 years since the Siberian nomads crossed of the Bering Sea into the Americas. They just existed with the land. With all the resources this continent has, it took the Europeans that came here to develop them.

Even today, the only thing that has changed for them is that they now build gambling casinos on their reservations to take money from the "Europeans" as taught to them by the "Europeans".

Item of travel: On the return eastbound leg, we opted to travel on I-64 and I-79 through West Virginia. Never again, just too curvy, too much up and downhill and insufficient services for RV's along the way. It was a horrible drive, especially during twilight and night. We'll stick to I-81 in the future for trips to the southwest areas.

FYI: The 47 day trip expenses for two(2) came to a total of

$61 / day for travel/campgrounds,

$34 / day for food,

$94 / day for EVERYTHING.

ACTUAL TRAVEL, SIGHTSEEING AND TOURING SCHEDULE

04/29/2006 - DAY # 000 - Late departure to the Baltimore, MD rest area.

04/30/2006 - DAY # 001 - Travel Day to Wytheville, VA - 483 miles / Time 9:07

05/01/2006 - DAY # 002 - Travel Day to New Hope, TN - 393 miles / Time 7:00

05/02/2006 - DAY # 003 - Travel Day to Texarkana, AR - 453 miles / Time 7:26

05/03/2006 - DAY # 004 - Travel Day to Abiline, TX - 385 miles / Time 6:51
Stop at Fry's Electronics next to Irving, Texas. YIPPEE!

05/04/2006 - DAY # 005 - Travel Day to Carlsbad, NM (5 nights) - 323 miles / Time 6:10

05/05/2006 - DAY # 006 - 008 - Sightseeing: Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM; Guadalupe Mtns. NP, TX;
Sitting Bull Falls/Lincoln Natl Forest, NM; Living Desert State Park, Carlsbad, NM;

05/08/2006 - DAY # 009 - Travel Day to Cloudcroft, NM (7 nights) - 126 miles / Time 2:51
DAY # 010 - 015 - Sightseeing: Sacramento Mtns.; Alamogordo, NM; White Sands NM;
Sunspot Solar Byway/Observatory; Mescalero Apache Reservation; Billy the Kid Byway;
Smokey Bear HP; Ruidoso, NM; Malpais Lava Flow; Valley of Fires;

05/15/2006 - DAY # 016 - Travel Day to Deming, NM. - 171 miles / Time 3:44

05/16/2006 - DAY # 017 - Travel Day & Sightseeing to Rock Hound State Park; Florida Mountains.

05/17/2006 - DAY # 018 - Travel Day to Silver City, NM (4 nights) - 67 miles / Time 1:42
DAY # 019 - 021 - Sightseeing: City of Rocks SP; Silver City; Gila National Forest;
Gila Cliff Dwellings NM; Scenic Byways.

05/21/2006 - DAY # 022 - Travel Day to Socorro, NM - 171 miles / Time 3:44

05/22/2006 - DAY # 023 - Travel Day to Santa Fe, NM (7 nights) - 149 miles / Time 4:24
DAY # 024 - 030 - Sightseeing: Santa Fe; Los Alamos; Bandelier NM; Pecos NHP;
Santa Fe National Forest; Cowles;

05/30/2006 - DAY # 031 - Travel Day to Bloomfield, NM (4 nights) - 151 miles / Time 3:08
DAY # 032 - 034 - Sightseeing: Chaco Culture NHP; Ute Indian Reservation, Towaoc,
CO; Four Corners Monument; Mesa Verde NP.

06/03/2006 - DAY # 035 - Travel Day to Chama, NM (2 nights) - 98 miles / Time 3:32
DAY # 036 - Sightseeing: Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad to Antonino, CO

06/05/2006 - DAY # 037 - Travel Day to Taos, NM (5 nights) - 94 miles / Time 2:06
DAY # 038 - 041 - Sightseeing: Taos; Carson NF; Eagles Nest; Angel Fire,

06/10/2006 - DAY # 042 - Travel Day to Amarillo, TX - 324 miles / Time 8:03

06/11/2006 - DAY # 043 - Travel Day to Joplin, MO - 472 miles / Time 7:57

06/12/2006 - DAY # 044 - Travel Day to Evansville, IN - 439 miles / Time 7:12

06/13/2006 - DAY # 045 - Travel Day to Burnsville, WV - 435 miles / Time 7:53

06/14/2006 - DAY # 046 - Travel Day to Egg Harbor Township, NJ - 407 miles / Time 7:31

ESTIMATES ----> 5,064 miles / Driving Time 104 hours (+/-)