Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Boondocking/Uraling near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Off on another RV trip again, eventually ending up in Sun City, AZ, to help out my FIL once he gets out of heart surgery at the end of the month.

In the meantime, due to prior plans, logistics and just plain shack rot, I started out yesterday from Colorado and ended up overnighting in a rest stop off of I-40 near Clines Corner after failing to find the BLM spot nearby in the dark.

Note to self:  Don't try to find BLM campsites in the dark.  There's no signs most of the time.

After an uneventful night in the rest stop (New Mexico allows a max of 24 hours stay but no camping); The cold temperatures woke me, it was 42°F (5.5°C) inside the RV with the heater on low and a chilly 2°F (-16.6°C) outside!  I headed south on I-25 after transiting Albuquerque before their morning rush.

Ended up stopping at the BLM campsites (dispersed) on Monticello Point Road just north of the oddly named town of Truth or Consequences.  I thought it'd be some interesting story of how this town got named but turns out they renamed themselves from Hot Springs.  This was all part of a game show of the same name's promotion effort.  Oh well.

Still, I like the spot, not a soul around me but I can see the I-25 highway way off in the distance.  4G coverage was very good and I got a lot of work done.

The view of nearby mountains from the campsite

After the last work call, I geared up and rode with Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol Sidecar rig down the end of the unimproved road I was parked next to.  It ended up, after a few nasty spots, at the Elephant Butte Reservoir.

The reservoir I found unremarkable and not much in terms of scenery so no pics.  I exited the reservoir area, passed by an RV park and got back onto I-25 one exist south of where I was staying.

Having some time before sunset, I decided to roam the area west of the highway and worked my way neared to some scenic hills.

 This is almost as close as I got to these interesting hills.

I headed back to the campsite for sunset pics, I give you a pretty nice New Mexico Sunset:

The day hadn't been that warm to start with (high of 46°F (7.7°C)) and with the sun going down, temperatures plummeted.  I'm slightly further south and lower in elevation tonight so it's not supposed to get below 32°F (0°C).  I'm not worried, I've got the catalytic heater and an electric heater as backup.

Only a single house battery, on its last legs, so running the generator most of the time.


Trobairitz said...

Darn that is chilly inside the RV. Hubby and I were just talking about boondocking and how nice it is to be self contained and not surrounded by other campers in a park.

redlegsrides said...

a bit more crowded at today's blm site, sw of Tucson. Still, not bad so far. especially since ambient temperature as I type this is 77F!