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Day 44

Location: Carlsbad, NM

Miles Driven: 254

Total Miles: 10,113

Whew, over 10,000 miles already on this trip, and I’m only in New Mexico.  Some friends have been concerned that I might be sick of driving by this point, but so far I’m still feeling good.  By the end of my last roadtrip, I had added 11,500 miles or so to my car.  When planning this current trip, I suspected I would easily surpass that mark, but probably not at a still relatively early point in the journey.

I spent the majority of the day in Midland.  I woke up, used the computer for a bit, then planned to shave as I have almost a week’s growth of facial hair.  But apparently there was a water main in Midland that busted, so I had zero water pressure in my hotel room.  Alas, no shave (but thank god I showered the camping funk off me the previous night).  So not a huge deal, and the hotel ended up cutting my bill in half because of the water issue.  Score!

Spent the morning cleaning up the car, and then I was off to go find a place to get an oil change and tire rotation.  Took a little longer than I thought it would, but eventually found a Walmart “Tire and Lube Express”.  After all that was done, I took the car to get a badly needed wash.  My last task for the day was to take care of some laundry that piled up since the Big Bend excursion.  I stumbled across a laundromat that offered free WiFi, and by 5PM or so I was all done and ready to hit the road.

Headed west on I-20 towards Pecos, TX, and from there headed north into New Mexico via Hwy 285.  Didn’t take long to cross the border, and the sun was going down as I made my way towards the town of Carlsbad.

I grabbed a bite in Carlsbad then decided to head about 15 miles west of there towards Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  It was late, after 10PM, but I figured I could get there in the late evening and hit the park early in the morning.  When I got there, it seemed the road into the park was closed, and I saw no signs indicating a detour.  Either I missed something, or the park isn’t accessible.  (Guessing there’s another entrance somewhere).

No big deal, I can catch the park at a later time.  I headed back towards the town of Carlsbad, and just pulled over on the side of the road to enjoy the night sky (not as clear as Big Bend, but still pretty spectacular).  Took out the camera and grabbed a few shots.  With just a little practice in Big Bend, I’ve already gotten better at capturing the dust bands in the Milky Way.

And then I managed to catch something streaking in the sky.  It wasn’t visible to the naked eye, but the camera picked it up.  My hunch is that it is a meteor, but there is a chance it is also a satellite orbiting above.

A very beautiful night.

On Tuesday I’ll make my way to Roswell, NM, and try to determine whether or not aliens crash-landed there in the summer of 1947.


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  1. John
    July 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Hey Joe, When you get to Roswell show them your pics from your Florida trip, I am sure they can authenticate them!!!! 10K in 44 days is pretty quite an accomplishment. Don’t think I could handle that.

    • July 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

      Well thanks, John. I thought about showing the guys my UFO pics, but I think the aliens are happy I’ve kept my mouth shut the past few months

  2. Colleen
    July 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Don’t get abducted by aliens!

  3. Julie
    July 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Joe, what I CAN tell you is that is definitely not the ISS – trust me, i’ve seen it and it looks nothing like that. Just thought I’d clear that up for you 🙂

    • July 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

      I have yet to find a “BAN” feature on this blog, but if I do, you will be a top candidate! Haha, you did not see the ISS!

  4. July 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Happy 10K miles! Hope the next 10 thou is as eventful and fun as the first. Enjoy NM, one of my favorite states.

    • July 14, 2010 at 11:54 am

      I didn’t know NM was your favorite. How come?

      • schmellymelly
        May 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

        I felt like i stepped into a different country when i went to Santa Fe. I like the aritistic culture and adobe buildings.

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