I pulled out of Shallowater about 4pm with the little trailer securely attached and headed through Brownfield, Lovington, Hobbs and then to Carlsbad, NM. I headed south toward the Caverns as the sun set.
Beautiful ride to Carlsbad. Refurbished little trailer followed me the whole way without complaint. I’m sure this next statement will heap a mound or two of laughter filled ridicule, but here goes… Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountain National park are not the same. They are in fact the same mountain but not the same place. They are both on the National Parks Highway south of Carlsbad but about 49 miles apart. Guadalupe NP is in TX. There are 9 camp sites at the Guadalupe National park and you can expect them to be filled up before you can get there from Lubbock if you leave at 4pm. …. you will travel about 135 miles to figure this out by the time you return to civilization. And no, they don’t take reservations. I tried that. When you get back to Carlsbad, there won’t be any tent sites at RV parks anywhere in Carlsbad. NONE!
The lady at the KOA camp (after laughing out loud) might tell you there is BLM land 15 miles north of town and might find space, there.
At 11:00 you could find yourself setting up camp to a glorious moon-less sky ablaze with a billion stars interrupted only by the coyotes calling in the distance. Great night under the stars.
If you ever ride to Carlsbad NM to eat huevos rancheros at the Pecos River Cafe (PRC)… don’t plan to eat there on the weekend. You’ll be VERY disappointed… I know a guy… just sayin’. So I find myself sitting at El Jimador (about 50 yards south of the place I wanted to be). There were a lot of cars and trucks in the parking lot. That’s always a good sign. The Huevos Rancheros was authentic and very good (not as good as … PRC, but good). Don’t assume you speak enough Span-glish to be able to easily order breakfast just because you THINK you can say “huevos rancheros, por favor”. You might resort to pointing at the menu.
After breakfast I headed north to Artesia and West through Hope. When highway 24 headed south, so did I. I made my way through Dunken and around the rural roads to Piñon, and even got to explore further south toward Timberon (the road south of Piñon turns to gravel about 7 miles out). Weather was PERFECT.
Headed up to Weed for pie and coffee only to find out they had no dessert at lunch time. Headed up to Cloudcroft. Might have broken the speed limit … just a bit. (35mph, … seriously?) Took the cutoff through the reservation and had coffee with a friend in Ruidosa at a place called Sacred Grounds. Checked the weather and determined camping to be less than favorable due to a cold front and projected snow. decided to head back to Lubbock. Subway in Roswell about 6pm (NM time)and then across to Tatum. Took the back way on NM 129 and TX 769 eventually to Whiteface and Levelland and then detoured to Fm 1294 to Shallowater. Home about 10pm.
Logged 810 miles in total. I really am happy with the trailer and look forward to my bride joining me on the next trip in early. We’re planning a 10 day trip for around Memorial Day.