Only one pic to click today..... Dang Internet !!!
These are the walking trails in the area. I took some pictures of the trails but my Internet is so slow today I can't get them to load. But the trails are very easy with hardly any elevation gain or lost.
Needless to say, I'm beginning to have second thoughts about my hastily made plans to stay in the northern parts of New Mexico and Arizona until December the first. So far, I've been faced with one cold front after another, keeping me needing heat for 12 hours a day. Actually staying AWAY from places where I need to heat the camper for long periods of time is one of the key reasons I'm able to remain comfortable during my winter travels.
Another problem is I only carry half the propane I carried in the Arctic Fox, Which means I have to change and refill tanks a lot more often than I did in the Fox. Now I can't blame the Lance for that because the Lance is not designed as a live aboard camper; very few RVs actually are, including ones that say they are but are woefully short of insulation. Whereas the Arctic Fox 27 – 5L is designed for winter travel, and was proven through many seasons of use to hold the cold or the heat for a really long time, which is the reason I bought that model.
And what that means is; if I have to spend long periods in the Lance in cold places, it's going to be a lot more costly, such as paying to stay in places where I can plug in electric heat, or I'm going to be changing out and filling up my 5-gallon tanks every week which is massively inconvenient and burns up more expensive propane.
In the past, I would shoot South as fast as I could, and in a day or three, I would be in southern Arizona basking in the sunshine and warmth, only turning on my heater for an hour in the morning just to take the chill off the camper. But since I reserved a campsite in Gallup, New Mexico, to watch the balloon rally, I have been mentally stuck trying not to get too far from Gallup so I can be there for the balloon thing... And it looks like I've still got two more weeks of cold weather to deal with until it's time to get to Gallup.
Apparently I've got two choices since the two-week weather forecast for this general area of northern New Mexico looks like it's going to remain about the same, which is highs in the 40s and 50s and lows in the 20s and 30s, I can either tough it out and stay warm as best I can. Or head for the Phoenix area, where the two-week weather forecasts are highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s.... But requires a long drive to get back up to Gallup, New Mexico, with ever-increasing prices of diesel fuel.
So far, I'm living day to day and have no idea what I'm going to do. Every morning, I wake up and ask myself, should I stay or should I go? I think the rock group "The Clash" asked themselves that very same question, and I don't remember them coming up with an answer either.