I've been giving some thought to what I would like to do this winter and even though I haven't decided on what I want to do I have decided on what I don't want to do.
For sure I really don't want to do what I almost always do Which Is drive South on I-25 until I hit Albuquerque New Mexico, make a right turn onto I-40, and keep going till I hit Flagstaff and head South on 17. I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna do that again this year. I've worn a rut in that route and it's about time I got out of that rut and do it a little different.
I also don't have any plans to go to the Southeast this winter. Even though I would still like to go there and see the Fall leaves in the Smoky Mountains and visit some of the places I used to live, but at the moment I just don't feel like making a drive that long.
I haven't ruled it out for the future but every time I look at a map and see that its roughly 1500 to 1600 miles where I want to go it just doesn't look like any fun since I enjoy stopping and seeing things as I travel, remember my motto "the trip should be just as much fun as the destination" so at the rate I travel I would spend a large part of the winter just getting there and back.
Now that wouldn't be too bad if I went the southern route which is take I-25 South all the way to Las Cruces New Mexico and then turn left on I-10 and take that to Florida. I used to do that a lot when I was in business and mostly traveled in the winter because the winter weather's not too bad when you get down to I-10 country, but then it's almost 2000 miles to get to where I want to be. Back in the day when I wasn't so geezerly I've made the 2000 mile drive from Miami Florida to Colorado Springs Colorado in two days going the shortest way, but I no longer have the desire or the ability to cover distance like that anymore.
So the Southeast is out for this winter. And so is my normal circle through Arizona and then back up through New Mexico back to Colorado. So what do I do? I want to stay warm, and I want to boondock, I want something different, but still the same. It's an enigmatic conundrum surrounded by a puzzlement.