Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Southwestern Sojourn - Days 61 & 62: Back in Colorado

Friday, Jan 25

Left the Snyder Hill BLM site near Tucson before the sun was even up.  Drove the I-10 super slab eastbound towards the Monticello BLM site located to the north of Truth or Consequences, NM.

It's turning out to be my "go to" BLM site while transiting New Mexico.

Got there with plenty of time to run the 4KW generator and power the air compressor to blow out all the plumbing of water.

Heading back to cold Colorado you see, have to winterize the rig.  Had also stopped on the way to the BLM site to dump tanks at a Love's Travel Stop.

Drained the remaining water from the fresh water tank onto onboard containers which will get drained tomorrow before the big freeze on Monday.

Saturday, Jan 26

Long driving day, left camp at 0327AM and was home by 1330.  So roughly a ten hour trip with breaks and gas stops.

Dropped off Scarlett at home and unloaded the RV, then took her to the storage yard where I found my assigned spots occupied!  I was pissed.

Called the yard manager and she asked me to park near the visitor parking spots and she'd fix things on Monday.  While I did that, I saw an American Movers truck come in and park near my assigned spots.  The two guys proceeded to move their two cars that they'd left blocking my spot and backed the moving van into place.

I walked up to them, informed them it was my spot.  The driver apologized and moved the moving truck inmmediately and so I was able to park the URRV and trailer in the assigned spot.

Could have been an honest mistake or I suspect this crew just finds an open spot to temporarily store their truck while they reposition things.  The storage yard manager is supposed to talk to them on Monday.

That little hassle aside, Uma is put away and I'll spend some time this coming week getting her cleaned up and prepping her for the next camping trip.


RichardM said...

The Truth or Consequences location looks pretty nice. Did it get below freezing at night there? Maybe some traffic cones at your storage spot?

redlegsrides said...

It got to 28 with 36 inside. Didn’t run heat, figured when the cold woke me it was time to go. Never had the issue at my spot before.....going to have to think on this.

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

Well, Martha is happy to have you back home. No more Spam dinners. Richard is finally talking normally, but I've got the sniffles. It was great seeing you again. It's amazing how this place is clearing out right now. Give Martha my best.

redlegsrides said...

Glad to hear the place is less crowded!

SonjaM said...

Welcome home, Dom. How does it feel to be back? Has your inner wanderlust calmed down for a bit or are you already preparing the next outing? Martha will be glad to have your back though, she has probably a honey-do list for you ;-)

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, my wanderlust remains unabated but yes it’s good to be home. I’d still be out in AZ actually but Scarlett’s latest breakdown caused an earlier return. I think I would have been out perhaps ten more days or so. Not sure Scarlett will remain in the picture much longer.....and kookiest something different for off-road exploration....