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Our good friends Mike and Gail at NF campground near Silverton

Fall colors near Molas Pass on Rt 550

Following a very slow truck down Coal Bank Pass

Fall colors in Colorado

Fall colors near Durango, Colorado

Rt 550 south of Durango

Rt 550 is a great drive all the way to Albuquerque

View along Rt 550

View along Rt 550

Rt 550

Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque, NM

I 40 near Grants, NM

I 40 near Gallup, NM

Red rock formations along I 40

More red rock formations along I 40


Rt 191 S heading toward Big Lake Recreation Area



Nearing Big Lake Recreation Area on Rt 261

Rt 273

Near Big Lake Recreation Area

Our campsite at Apache Trout campground in Big Lake Recreation Area

We spent our last night in Silverton with Mike and Gail. They are readers of our website and were camping a couple of sites up from us. Len and had met them in the fall of '08. Mike had introduced himself to me as I was taking my evening walk and we all got together a couple of days later. We were instant friends and spent time and several meals together. We sure enjoyed our time with Mike and Gail and miss them. We look forward to reconnecting in AZ later in the season.

We reluctantly left Silverton Tuesday heading to Albuquerque, NM to get our generator and DataStorm repaired. The drive south from Silverton on Rt 550 is really special from start to finish. The trip was uneventful except for the beautiful scenery along the way. We arrived at Cummins in Albuquerque at about 5:15 pm and got ourselves set up in one of their by now very familiar 50 amp RV sites. Not exactly elegant, but free. They found and repaired the fuel leak the next morning.

Thursday morning we met with Combined Resources Group to work on our failed DataStorm, and 6 hours later we were back on the air. This cost us $481 and neither Nancy or I are very happy about this. Enough said. We decided to spend the night at a nearby Sam's Club parking lot and leave early the next morning.

We left about 8:30 am and fueled up at the Flying J at $2.93 per gallon. After that we drove a few miles up the road to American RV to dump our grey and black water, fill up with fresh water, and meet our friends John and Ann and their cats for a short visit before hitting the road. We then drove the 300 miles to Big Lake Recreation Area in eastern Arizona arriving there near 5:00 pm. It was a beautiful day for travel, but we were glad to arrive and get set up after a long day on the road. We look forward to exploring this area. Check back.

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