Day 20 - Fort to Caverns

Trip Start Jul 03, 2013
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Trip End Jul 25, 2013


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Monday, July 22, 2013

Pretty nice breakfast at the hotel, one of the best of the trip. Afterwards Kendra and Chandler rode their bike back to the bike rental place to return Chandler's bike. Jasmine and I picked them up from there, and then we were off to the west again. Lucky to find a non-interstate going in the direction we wanted to go, and we drove through towns like Fredericksburg and then Mason where Kendra wanted to get out and walk around a bit. We did, and Jasmine and I met a guy selling banana bread. Continued on our way, found a town with grocery store for lunch supplies, and then an old fort just outside of town with a picnic area. Looked too perfect and had to stop. I took a tour with Jim in his golf cart (very cool tour, one of best of the trip), while the kids ate all the cheese and cut cucumbers. Then we were off for more driving through small Texas towns. Got to Pecos and discovered the hotel I hoped to stay was sold out, as we're dozens more in Carlsbad. Found a cool old hotel located I in an old bank, had a nice dinner along with some wine sampling. Met a couple guys there at the bar, and we hung out all evening. Girls went back to the room.

States Visited: Texas, New Mexico*
Stops Made: Mason, Fort Saba
Meals: breakfast at hotel; lunch at the fort (for the girls); dinner at the Trinity Hotel
Accommodations: Trinity Hotel in Carlsbad
Miles Driven: 485 miles
Driven on Interstates: 49 (10%)
Drive Time: 7:50 (~62 mph avg)
Weather: comfortable mid 80's to 90's all day

Movie Watched: (none)

Highlights:
- nice stop in Mason
- banana bread bought from religious dude in Mason
- friendly people in market
- great tour of Fort Saba with Jim
- great drive via blue highways of Texas
- getting room in cool old hotel with fun owner
- meeting new friends sitting at the bar in hotel

Lowlights:
- returning from fort tour to find cheese was all eaten, and no sandwiches saved
- almost getting run over by semi that ran a red light
- again finding hotels sold out in Pecos and Carlsbad
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