We packed up and pulled out around 11 on Tuesday. We took Usery Mountain Road up to where it meets Bush Highway and then to Highway 87 toward Payson. We stopped for lunch at the rest stop along the way. In Payson we turned east toward Heber and then on to Show Low. It sure was fun pulling up those mountains at the speed limit. Our truck is amazing.
The evidence of the fire of a couple years ago was still very evident, especially between Heber and Show Low. We saw several other fires burning along the way, including one very near Show Low.
We continued on east through Springerville, into New Mexico through Quemado and Pie Town, and finally to the Datil Well BLM Campground near Datil, NM. We traveled way too far today, but Dianna made an appointment in Albuquerque for Friday and she wants to go to Santa Fe on Thursday so we have to get there tomorrow to make all that work out. I thought we were retired and did not have a schedule anymore!
The BLM campground is only $5 a night and has only one spot that is big enough for us. We stayed here a in June of last year when we had Deidra and Dom with us. It is a nice rustic campground where I would not mind spending the 7 days limit.
I’m not sure if it froze overnight or not, but it was cold. We got on the road at a little after 11 again, but since we lost an hour by crossing into New Mexico the late start was understandable. The trip over to Socorro and up I25 to Albuquerque was uneventful. We went to the Loves Truck Stop in town to fuel up and then drove out to Hidden Valley RV Park in Zuzax. They are a Passport America park so with full hookups and tax it was only a little over $14 a night.
This evening we went into town to WalMart for groceries and prescriptions, then home for TV and surfing. Tomorrow we will explore our old stomping grounds.
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