We said our "see ya laters" to Hazel and the park staff as we pulled out of Pancho Villa State Park, NM which has been our home for the last 22 days..... it was really time to get a move on before we had moss growing on our tires, and weeds around our rig!
We hit the road on Thursday morning about 8:30 am after dumping our tanks and stowing our gear to get "road worthy".
We decided to put the Tracker's transmission shifter into N and the transaxle into N and tow the Tracker that way. The manual says to put the transmission shifter into 2nd and the transaxle into N... which is what we HAD been doing. But that big BUMP we figured is what knocked the transaxle into gear, thus ruining the engine. Art Miller who repaired the engine said he would do N and N.
We may reconsider after a bit more research, as we read that some Tracker owners put their transmission into 4th and the transaxle into N. We want to know how well that works. Soooo if any of you Tracker owners with a manual transmission and 4 wheel drive and lock out hubs.... PLEASE offer your opinions????
(2 wheel drive Trackers have a different set of rules and so do Trackers with automatic hubs)
We wandered our way north and east. We were just a jump, hop and skip ahead of a nasty thunderstorm, and watched the weather tracking online closely as we traveled.
(we turned to the right just after this pic was taken)
We pulled off the highway at Tucumcari, NM and saw a GODFATHER'S PIZZA!!!! Man oh man it's my second favorite most pizza in the world! (the first being Riverside Pizza from Iron River, MI) I didn't feel like cooking after travelling 436 miles. I called on our cell phone from the parking lot to see how long it would be to wait. Only 15 minutes! I ordered up their special... TWO medium pizzas for $18.99... one the Classic Combo and one just cheese and pepperoni. Ohhhh that tantalizing smell wafting out from the boxes as I carried them back to the rig. Steve said WAIT till we got up to the campground. ARGGGHHHH
The rain caught up with us and started pouring down. Now we had to choose, take the dogs out in the rain and get them all wet? Or see if it would stop. Nope... no stopping. So Steve took out the doggers on leashes and they both started dancing around in pain!!!! Why??? GOAT HEAD BURRS!!!
Those awful burrs were ALL OVER the ground in the grassy areas. He pulled off as many as he could from their tender feet, and made them go on the gravel instead of the grass. Dang.... here they were so excited about seeing REAL GRASS to go potty on.
THAT IS NOT A "FAVORITE PARK"
FOR DOG OWNERS.....
It was pretty comfy cozy inside with the rain coming down and the dogs dried off. We got in a nice movie on the tv and curled up together. Ahhhhhh after a long day of driving, it was just the perfect way to end the day.
We were awake before dawn, and started to put things into road worthiness... the dogs did a quick dance outside among the goathead burrs and did their thing. Poor dogs were really looking forward to using some grass for their bathroom. Oh well, as we moved on through the day into Texas, Oklahoma and finally Kansas, we will find them some Real Grass.
We hit the road by 7 a.m. and traveled north and east, making good time. We did go over a big bump in a small town, and immediately pulled over and checked the shifter levers on the Tracker!!! Call us "gun shy" but after blowing our travelling budget on repairs, we are being more careful than ever.
We fueled up at $2.62 a gallon diesel, not too bad. The cheapest price so far this trip was 2.42 in Missouri on our way down. Our mileage varies depending on wind conditions. We most often travel between 55 and 60 mph due to towing the Tracker. Our onboard Silverleaf computer in the dash records all our fuel usage and mileage, and says on our whole trip we have averaged 8 mpg.
My Happy Motorhoming Man
We drove on through Texas and Oklahoma.
We finally found some GREEN GRASS for the dogs in Kansas....
ahhhhh they so appreciated it!
We decided to try to make a good long day of travel today... so we are now about 500 miles northeast of where we stayed at Ute Lake. We hope to be in northern Kansas by nightfall. It's 7pm as I write this and we are crossing many many many acres of burned prairie land! I guess it's done on purpose, as there are even road signs saying "range burn in progress, pull to side of road in case of smoke"
Oh my... it went on for miles and miles and miles! Many many thousands of acres of rangeland was being burned. I can not imagine that being such a good thing, but naturalists will tell you that burning is Mother Nature's way of pruning back and letting new seeds grow. It just looks so devastating and destructive to me. Sigh.
We are driving on until we get tired or 8 p.m. whichever comes first.... so I will hit send now and publish this while riding down the road.
Aint' technology great? Thanks Verizon!
p.s. we pulled over in Topeka, KS for the night... we travelled 538 miles today.
Tomorrow on to Bethel MO to visit ROSIE!