Boondocking sunset, Elephant Butte state Park New Mexico.
The cold front came through last night and it got windy and chilly. But not nearly as cold as it was in Las Vegas New Mexico, and the winds aren't blowing as hard either. But I didn't do much of anything today, just stayed inside most of the time and kept out of the wind.
The water level here at the Elephant Butte reservoir is a bit higher than it was when I was here in the spring. I can tell because in the spring the water was low enough that there was a land bridge out to one of the islands in the reservoir, but that land bridge is now underwater and the island is accessible only by boat.
I've been thinking about how I want to get to Padre island Texas when I leave here and there's basically two ways. The shortest and quickest way is to go down I–25 until I hit I–10 and head east. The other way is to head east by cutting across New Mexico on a road like 180 into Texas and then at the proper moment turn south and drop down before I get past San Antonio. Both ways have their pluses and minuses.
First of all the shortest and quickest way to anyplace usually has little interest for me, because normally I'm in no hurry to get anywhere, so most of the time I can take shortest and quickest out of the equation. On the other hand I feel that interstates are safer than two-lane blacktop's so I have no problems traveling on the interstates.
The speed difference in getting someplace on a two-lane blacktop or an interstate is not all that different when I'm pulling a trailer, because 60 mph is as fast as I go when I'm towing no matter what kind of road I'm on. But the interstate is still quicker because I don't have to drive through little towns and stop at their little stoplights.
The main problem I have with the head South on I-25, East on I-10 plan is I have to drive through El Paso Texas, which under the best of situations is still miserable and dangerous while towing a trailer. They put a belt road around El Paso, I think it's 375, I thought that would solve the problem, and it did for about three days, and now its just as bad as I-10.
On the other hand driving endless miles across New Mexico and part of the Texas Panhandle on a two-lane blacktop doesn't sound like a picnic either, so I'm having to give the matter a lot of thought. But I'm in no hurry, and it's too windy to go outside and play, so I can sit here in my easy chair and give the problem all of the deep thought that it requires.