Hookin' and bookin' it - Day 2 on the road

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Dec 31, 2008


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Monday, January 28, 2008

  We drove just over 300 miles today - starting out at 8:30 in the morning, and arriving at our reserved campground at about 2:30.  As is usual for our long driving days, we stopped at a rest area to make a sandwich around noon.  When we're traveling at this pace, we generally reserve a "pull-through" site, which means we can leave the car on the tow dolly, pull into the site, hook up our electric and water, and we're settled in for the night!
  Not much to write about, just wanted to place a map pin and make note of today's trip!  I guess the one somewhat notable event was that I drove for a (very) little while this afternoon, when Greg was having trouble keeping his eyes open.  Many of you have asked if I ever drive - it is rare, mostly because we generally run shorter days than what we're doing this week, and Greg actually enjoys driving.  When we first got the motorhome, I took RV driving lessons, because, honestly, the size of this rig, along with its unusual systems -diesel pusher engine, air brakes, etc. - scared me to death! (it's 36' long, plus about 20' added for the car and tow dolly - and it's an "extra wide", which means it's 8.5' wide + mirrors - and a normal lane width is 12'!).  The first year, when we had short vacations and long trips, I drove several hours every day - through mountains and construction zones, passing semi trucks, maintaining the speed we normally drive, and did it well enough that Greg slept in the passenger seat, so I guess I'm OK at it.  However, since we've retired, we generally drive only 4 hours or so a day, and I recently realized that it's been over a year since I drove, and we had talked about me getting behind the wheel again, so I don't completely forget the feeling of it.  Today's drive was really a short one, as we were quite close to our stopping point when I took over the wheel.  So - that was my excitement for the day!
   New Mexico does a nice job with creating "highway art"  -  bridges and abutments with southwestern colors and designs. (Nature's ever-changing art -  geology, skies, and cloud formations - is enough to keep me snapping pictures most of the time!)
 
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