Derailed by Wind
July 22, 2019
We took the scenic route from Moab, Utah to Taos, New Mexico. I really wanted to see the Four Corners and Shiprock, New Mexico. The wind made this a multi-day trip, not leaving us time to explore those sites. I guess we’ll have to come back through.
Through Passport America we found La Mesa RV Park. They had a clean bathhouse where I took a long, hot shower. The pressure was fantastic and the hot water was endless. I truly believe that one of life’s greatest pleasures is a lengthy shower after boondocking.
We got a full hookup site to clean all the Moab dust out as best we could. But, there will be red dust in the RV forever. This also gave us a chance to catch up on laundry before the next leg of our trip. Does anybody else find themselves venturing outside in attire they never would have at their sticks and bricks house?
After cleaning the RV, finishing laundry, showering, and getting groceries, we decided we should go on a date. We make it a point to do this regularly and new towns every week make it even more fun. Phones are away (except for the occasional picture), no talk of travel or blogs, just conversation between us.
The wind and snow made the travel day from Cortez a short one, traveling only 46 miles.
After stopping in Durango for lunch we decided to find a park for the night. We found Alpen Rose RV Park and made a reservation. The park was muddy, but for one night it was tolerable. Their rules, though, were quite entertaining. See below.
In the morning a wind storm came through and tree limbs were falling on the roof. We didn’t sustain any damage, but it freaked me out nonetheless.
Chama, New Mexico
Our next planned stop was in Chama, New Mexico. This time, using the HighwayWeather app, we knew we could make it to Chama, NM before the winds really picked up.
Twin Rivers RV Park and Campground
We stayed at Twin Rivers RV Park and Campground. Luckily, they were empty and we could camp in the middle of the park, away from any trees. Because of the wind, we kept the slide out in.
Small Town, USA
We love staying in small towns. The people are generally friendlier, down to earth, and often we have great conversations. We asked about finding a diesel mechanic in town and the owner of the RV park gave great a recommendation for a guy in town. Unfortunately, he was closed the day we were there, but we appreciated the honest reference.
The flip side to that is when we walk into a café, specifically at breakfast time, we’re met with looks that say, “Y’all ain’t from around here.” We always get a kick out of it.
The Best Laid Plans Often Go Awry
Before travel days, we look at the weather (especially wind), elevation on our anticipated route, the curviness of the route, and distance. Unfortunately, the trip from Chama to Taos looked better on paper. Which route looks better?
We chose Route 2. It looked like less steep up and downs and it was comparable to Route 1 timewise. We did hit a new altitude record of 10,230 at La Manga Pass Summit.
However, the drive down into Antonito, Colorado was steeper than expected. We began to smell brakes and that is never good. Luckily there was a turn off where we could spend an hour letting the brakes cool down.
Taos, New Mexico
I couldn’t find any fill stations and had to sweet-talk one of the RV parks into letting us fill our fresh tank. However, the park was on the other side of town from where we’re staying. On the Friday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend, Lance was less than thrilled with the executive decision I had made.
I did find a dump station at the Speedway gas station to use on the way out. It was not on any of the apps we use, so if you’re in Taos and need a dump spot, check them out.
When have your best-laid plans gone awry due to weather or another force out of your control? Let us know in the comments below.