Saturday, June 18, 2005

We are at Brantley Lake State Park near Carlsbad, NM (map). The weather forecast says it will get to 107 today. Ugh.

New Mexico has a great state park system. We chose this place to stop last night because they have electric hookups here, which is a great deal at $14 per night. A handful of sites even have 50a service, and we were able to snag one of those, so we've been able to run three of our four A/C's. 50 amps would normally run all four, except the breaker is outside in the heat, of course, and pulling 40 amps on one side trips the breaker thermally after 20 minutes or so.

We had a nice drive yesterday across US 70 and US 82, visiting White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument. We also drove past Holloman AFB, and spotted an F-117 stealth fighter taking off.

Highway 82 from Alamagordo to Cloudcroft is a continuous 16 mile 6% grade, climbing 4300 feet. At nearly 100 degrees at the bottom, we had to work our way up slowly, keeping the revs down and the power level around 50%. Even so, we got overtemp alarms three times and had to pull over and let the system cool down. It was a good test, though.

Today we will visit Carlsbad Caverns, then head east to Texas.

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