Along Route 66

9 03 2013

Good Morning from Historic Route 66!

Club Cafe on Route 66

Club Cafe on Route 66

Route 66 is one of the original US highways, long before the interstate system was established, dating back to the 1920’s. The original route traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles passing through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Here in Santa Rosa, the route was a prosperous way point for travelers seeking their fortunate from the dustbowl of the Midwest to the anticipated relief of new growth along the west coast.

After departing Trinidad we’ve traveled almost directly south to Santa Rosa, NM. As seems to be the norm, winds over Raton pass and on to Las Vegas, NM were strong and gusty. Our normal fuel range of about 500 miles per tank dropped to just over 200 miles! Once we turned west on I-40 we had a tailwind, but only for about 40 miles. Our first stop was at Santa Rosa Lake State Park, about 15 miles north of I-40 along the Pecos River. Unfortunately all of the camping areas are down low along the dam and there is absolutely no cell service. We opted to move back to town for cell coverage and WiFi. We’re parked at Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park, right on Route 66 and only a few blocks from I-40 exit 275. This former KOA park is in fairly good shape. The sites are mostly level offering water and electric along with optional cable TV and sewer. In the main office building is a laundry facility and shower house, the outdoor pool and a BBQ restaurant. Their baby back ribs were sizeable portions, and the baked beans were awesome. The restaurant was quiet, as there are only about 12 rigs in this 60 site park. They also offer delivery service to your site. The cell coverage here is good, their WiFi spotty and slow. Their advertised 100MB isn’t close – the best I could achieve is just under 1MB in a speed test and about 200K on a long download or streaming Hulu. The T-Mobile service is a strong 4G signal

Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park

Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park

Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park

Santa Rosa Campground & RV Park

The weather maps from Denver and Albuquerque are quite colorful with various storm watches and warnings. The website from home is already noting about 3 inches of the white stuff – with estimates of up to 18”. We’re glad to be south of the storm, and only encountering the winds along the edge. Tomorrow we’re headed to another New Mexico State Park, Brantley Lake just north of Carlsbad. Cellular service *appears* to be good, but we’ll have a backup of another RV park in Carlsbad available just in case.

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