My latest boondocking spot in Las Vegas New Mexico. The sad thing is Storrie Lake state Park which is only about 3 miles down the road is one of my favorite places to stay, but thanks to the New Mexico state government I'm no longer welcome. I'm perfectly welcome to camp in a parking lot, but not in the wide open spaces of a State Park.
As predicted, the wind laid down this morning, and I crawled out of the Trinidad Walmart parking lot where I've been for so long I might get a property tax bill next year, and made it 120 miles to Las Vegas, New Mexico, before lunch. Four nights since leaving Denver and I finally made it out of the State; that's fulltimer traveling at its best.
I've never stayed at this Walmart in Las Vegas, New Mexico overnight before, but I've shopped here quite often since I usually stay just down the road at Storrie Lake State Park, which is now closed to "out of Staters" like myself. Buying a few groceries at Walmart, I found the grocery shelves mostly full but not so much as the Denver Walmarts I'm used to. There were many items on the shelves, but instead of bunches of them, there were just a few. I'm hoping that's not a sign of things to come.
Other than that and everyone wearing masks, things seem pretty normal. Traffic on the road seemed like the usual amount, and the rest areas were all open. There seems to be plenty of gas, but the diesel fuel in New Mexico is about 40 cents per gallon higher than I was paying in Denver.
It's good to be back on the road again, and my truck and trailer were so happy to be moving that both of my rearview cameras on the back of the Arctic Fox mysteriously started working. You may recall they hardly worked at all coming from Denver to Trinidad, but this morning everything was fine. That leads me to believe the cameras were too cold or had moisture in the system somewhere. But whatever it was, it's the kind of problem I like to have; I don't have to lift a finger; I sit back, relax, and wait for it to fix itself. That's usually how I handle most of my problems, but it normally doesn't work quite this well.
I'm hoping I will be in Socorro, New Mexico, tomorrow afternoon. It's about a 200-mile drive, and that's about the limit of how far I like to drive in a day. Socorro is the big town near the Bosque Del Apache, and I use the term "big" loosely, and it's still about 22 miles away.
I haven't been able to find any boondocking that's not somewhat sketchy close to the Bosque, so I will probably have to check into an RV park somewhere in the area. Since I'm going to have to leave the Arctic Fox somewhere, maybe for many hours, while I'm visiting the Bosque, I want to make sure the trailer is safe and I don't have to worry about something happening to it while I'm gone. To me, there are boondocking places I feel safe living in the trailer, but I might not feel comfortable leaving the trailer alone.
My 2016 Yamaha WR450 while I was still riding the dirt roads and washes of Arizona. The little Beta 250 has taken its place, but it will never be as cool as the Yamaha was.
I'm not sure, but I think I took this in Ajo Arizona a while back.