Lots of open road on this trip. As usual, I avoided as much freeway as I could and tried to take the back roads. The start was a wet and cold one since we ( AX ) was having an early summer storm. Lots of rain and cold ( 50's ) temperatures. This lasted all the way to Tucson. From here on the weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold. I made it into Tombstone for the Wyatt Earp Days festival which is a lot of fun watching the re-creation of the old west gun fights. Spent 2 nights in Tombstone before heading for Roswell. If you really like seeing open land, remenants of dying towns and lots of Border Patrol be sure to follow my route. Route 9 in New Mexico was about 145 miles, give a little, of a lot of nothing. Be sure to get gas before you hit this stretch because there is nothing until El Paso. I then cut North to see how much farther I could make it in the day. 70 through Ruidoso to Roswell is about one of the pretty stretches of road I have traveled in a long time. Well I actually made it to Roswell from Tombstone in 1 day but I really recommend to slow down not push it like I did. After a night in Roswell and a stop off at the museum, I was on my way to White's City Resort at the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns. White's City Resort in an oddity that words just can't do justice. I'm sure once upon a time it was a very nice place but time and neglect has taken it's toll. I still recommend it just for the rustic beauty and it is right at the Caverns. While there be sure to check out the Million Dollar Museum. This site disturbed me because so many rare antiques and memorobilia was being neglected to the point of destruction. The museum is in the basement of the complex and is bare concrete floors with holes in the roof. I could see where water had blow or ran in onto the antiques. Some of these items, I'm sure, were priceless. Old cars ( 1902 and 1905 ), Mamoth bones ( real ), Cuckoo clock made in Switzerland in 1678, and many more. The Caverns are truely a site to behold. Be sure to take the self guided tour, you can really get your moneys worth and not be rushed. I spent about 4 hours traveling the 1.5 mile path through the Cavern. It was time to turn the wheels for home so I headed out Texas 62 to El Paso. Be sure to fill your gas tank at White's City because there is a lot of nothing from White's to El Paso. Leaving White's City, I was again out running a storm. These storms had tornados attached and had done a bit of damage in Sante Fe and Albuquerque so I didn't want to risk it. By the time I was to El Paso the skies had cleared and I took time to stop for breakfast before heading out again. I took NM 9 back across to Animas, NM before heading for Lordsburg. Again, remember to get gas in El Paso because you won't find any until Lordsburg. After spending the night in Lordsburg I woke to 50 degree temps with a heavy dew that had surely blown in from the storms. The chill lasted for a few hours before the sun warmed the air and burned off the dew. From Lordsburg on to Pheonix was again beautiful farm lands and sparse traffic. Words don't do justice to a trip like this but will hopefully wet your appetite to make this run.
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