I’m only too happy to leave Bottomless Lakes State Park on Sunday morning. It actually does get seriously spooky for me there on Friday afternoon. Shortly after I pay for 2 more nights, a guy pitches his tent next to me who is giving off some very bad vibes. My intuition tells me to steer clear of him and I do but having him right next to me doesn’t feel comfortable at all. It’s the first time since I’m on the road that I feel this way about anyone.
I hitch up Saturday evening so I can leave early Sunday. It takes me all day Sunday to get over the creepy feelings. I’m heading into the rain but that’s better than staying where I was.
I arrive in Bernardo, NM in the pouring rain. I’m greeted warmly by the ladies at Kiva RV Park and Horse Motel. Their kindness and warmth wash away some of the anxiety I’m feeling. A glass of wine with my feet up in WS while the rain falls helps too. I recheck weather reports for Gallup, where I’m heading tomorrow. What! Sixteen degrees on Monday night! When did this develop?! I can’t voluntarily drive into 16 degrees. I’d be warm enough inside, but what I’m concerned about it the pipes on the outside.
I begin searching for another route. Gallup is the coldest but there seems to be a wall of cold air heading east…a very long wall, north to south. I consider doing a double day of driving and just plow on through it, but even 400 miles west, Monday night will be in the 20’s. It looks like my best bet is to head south west, to Deming, NM, about 35 miles from the Mexican boarder. Monday night temps there are to be in the low 40’s. Tuesday night I can be in Tucson if I want to be, and hopefully safe from sustained sub freezing temperatures.
On Monday it’s a pleasant drive south on I25, then Hwy 26, where I run into a few raindrops, but when I arrive in Deming, the rain has passed and the sun is starting to shine.
I check into a senior RV Park…ha!…walk Joy and Shiloh, do laundry, shower, and decide to make butternut squash soup! Yum! I also used a big yam, and some carrots in the soup. Really tasty!
I have a deadline to meet to be in Monterey, CA, but it’s still 10 days away, (8 or 9 would be better). If I had loads of time I’d love to explore this area and on into my route into Arizona. I’ll be saving most of that for my return, starting in December!