The long drive from Dallas to Carlsbad

Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
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Trip End Jul 31, 2011


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Where I stayed
White's City Cavern Inn Whites City
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Drive 500 miles & Carlsbad Caverns

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Saturday, June 4, 2011

   We only drove through two states - but it was a long one.
    Woke up very early, around sunrise, since we had a very long drive. Due to yesterdays flat tire, we are 3 hours behind on the driving schedule. Now we'll have a 500 mile day from Dallas to Carlsbad. I just hope we don’t have another misadventure like the last two days. Walking around the RV at the truck stop was an interesting observation of all the car campers in the parking lot with their windows cracked and backsets full of personal belongings. Did these people live in their cars or were they on their way across country. And here I was complaining about only having a fan to cool off while sleeping in a bed in the RV. It just took us 30 min. to get everything read and out on the road by 7:00. 

    Our first stop was the Flying J in Abilene which is where I wanted us to stay last night. This was only 3 hours away. We had a big breakfast at the Denny’s there since we had the long drive in front of us. The GPS wanted us to take mostly I-20 to get to Carlsbad, but I wanted off. Driving on interstates for several days can wear on your nerves. So I found a backcountry route on some US and state highways that was actually shorter in distance. So for the next 7 hours we took these back roads through several small towns in West Texas and SE New Mexico. 
    
    We went through this one county in Texas for 45 min. and I did not see a single soul. The only city in the county seemed deserted with the courthouse overgrown with bushes and a bunch of ramshackle buildings. There was a sign to turn off to the county high school (I wonder who went there? I bet their graduating class was smaller than my homeroom this year. Other towns did have the ACE hardware, MickyDs, Pizza Hut’s, etc. One town had a half size Wal Mart of which I had not seen in years. Other than the small towns the landscape was full of low shrub lands with few livestock, and few oil wells of which only 10% were working. About halfway on the backroads we stopped at a rest area (yes they have these off the interstates in Texas) to use the RR and walk the dog around. The crazy winds had done some damage to our bikes on top of the truck. Pooja’s bike was almost falling off so we took it down and put it in the truck. Mine was leaning pretty badly but I fixed it enough to get to Carlsbad. Another thing to fix on what is suppose to be a vacation. 

    Around 3:30 local time we made it to our destination of White’s City which is just outside the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns. This is like a very small version of your typical tourist city outside any national park. They had your tourist shops, 2 hotels, saloon, ice cream and fudge, and the campground of which we stayed in. Now I had read some bad reviews of this place but I found it quite nice. It had full hook-ups with great Wi-Fi. Not many RVers here. I guess most of the country is still in school. I like the fact they we get out (most of the time) before Memorial Day. For the next few hours we took much needed showers, ate some Flying J pizza (very good) and chilled. 

    Around 6:00 we drove up into the mountains to Carlsbad Caverns. Since it was late we were not going into the caves today (that would be over the next several days). But we wanted to check the place out and see the bat flight program. However, we had Quique with us and National Parks do not like pets in the area. So we left before the program started (later we heard it was cancelled due to the lighting storm that came through). On the way down we did stop by a few pullouts before it got to dark. Back in the RV we just jammed away on our computers with me uploading pics and keeping up with the blog.

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