Five days later, we are back home. Our first hop to Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park North Unit was 172 miles, about 4 hrs.
Day 2 from TRNP to Wheatland, WY via Spearfish, SD was 472 miles, about 11 hrs.
Day 3 from Wheatland to Puebleo, CO (with rest at Castle Rock) was 277 miles, about 4 hrs (plus 3 hrs rest).
Day 4 from Puebleo to Valley of Fires Receation Area near Carrizozo, NM was 381 miles, about 7 hrs.
Day 5 from Valley of Fires Campground to Las Cruces, NM via post office was 130 miles, about 3 hrs.
Total of 1432 miles.
North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park was nice but not as nice as the South Unit, Juniper Campground about the same both good ones. A hot day in 90s. Used A/C with Honda 2000i until quiet hour at 8 pm then fan and windows
open, after sun went down it began to cool, nice restful night.
Wheatland City Park Campground was still very nice, quiet, free electric, water and dump site near by. (Stay there on our way to ND) Very restful night.
Used Camp Wal-Mart next. Rested up, walked Wal-Mart and bought some stuff and ate at Castle Rock waiting till rush hour would be over in Colorado Springs, spend night at Puebleo Wal-Mart by train tracks, warm night for long time, noisey, not restful night. Also the A/C electric power would not work, therefore no A/C to cool it down, worked in Castle Rock. I think the breaker switch are the cause (hope it is that easy to fix). They were having 98 degree days.
Valley of Fires Campground is GREAT! AAA CampBook is not up todate on it. All looks pretty new, great sites. Most with water & electric, very new bathhouse with showers (clean and lots of hot water), dump site, nice hiking trail into the Lava Flow. We didn't need the electric nor the water with the showers. $12 without electric, $18 with electric and some non improved for $7. With the Senior Pass we got it for $6. It was pretty cool due to T-storm in the area and it cooled off nicely to sleep. We stopped close to the Hwy and there was some traiffic noise but not bad, did not bother sleep. The shower was great before bed time and again in the morning. An A+ for Valley of Fires Campground. http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/rec..._of_fires.html
Next step is to have someone check out the electrical
proplems. The Circuit Board was here waiting for me. I need to get it on as well.
Photo 1- Over looking Little Missouri River and Theodore Roosevelt NP
Photo 2- Juniper CG TRNP
Photo 3- Leaving Juniper Campground
Photo 4- AW at TRNP
Photo 5- Valley of Fires at Sunset New Mexico
Photo 6- Campground seen from the Lava Flow
Photo 7- Valley of Fires Juniper Tree in the Lava Flow
Photo 8- Valley of Fires at Sun Rise