Tuesday, 11/11: AZ to NM

Lovely weather. Snow on the side of the road through Flagstaff (brrr on the rest stop at 6000 feet), but then a lovely partly sunny day through the painted desert. Lots of road construction and getting down to one lane, but we made it to Tucumcari, NM and our first experience staying overnight in a Flying J parking lot (no Walmart in these parts). Time to break out the headphones and iPods tonight, but we got as far as we could today (12 hours of driving) and are just crashing now. We won't waste time getting going in the morning, unlike today, where we had a GREAT camping spot. Lovely shower rooms and huge, fenced dog runs with toys already inside--all of us had a nice night/morning. Tonight...it's RV boot camp. Always up for new experiences.

Not doing much photography on this trek across the U.S., but this is our boy guarding the RV while we made a stop, as interpreted by my iPhone.

Tomorrow, it's on through Texas to, we hope, east of Dallas. We are so excited about coming back through Texas. Just heard a recent Splendid Table podcast with Jane and Michael Stern, our Roadfood gurus, about their find in West, Texas (yes, West comma Texas, between Dallas and Austin) that we simply must visit on the way home.

Check it out (and I'm too tired to do the HTML coding tonight): http://www.roadfooddigest.com/post/2008/11/The-Kolaches-of-West2c-Texas-(in-Central-Texas).aspx

Off to be lulled to sleep by 18-wheelers....

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