It was dry on Sunday when we left Bella Vista, Arkansas, although later we encountered some very heavy rain. I guess that is why northwest Arkansas is so green. A young woman’s vehicle with a flat tire stopped part way in the left lane of a two lane road created a dangerous situation. Also, multiple road construction projects often left me navigating between cement barriers on one side of the road or both sides. We paid tolls for four axles as we approached Oklahoma City. After connecting with Interstate 40, we stopped at the Elk City/Clinton KOA located in Foss, Oklahoma. We discovered on our orientation walk around the campground that a trail led to nearby Clinton Lake where some locals were boating while others fished.

On Monday, we drove from near the Oklahoma border through the Texas panhandle. We stopped at a KOA in Tucumcari, New Mexico. We took advantage of the swimming pool before a throng of children arrived.

New Mexico Sunset

New Mexico Sunset

On Tuesday, as we traveled across New Mexico, we encountered a cow that considered crossing the freeway. We stopped to prepare lunch at the El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center as a storm passed through the area. I took advantage of the heated swimming pool at the USA RV Park in Gallup. The park’s patriotic motifs include an American flag image on the bottom of the swimming pool. Another first was finding a chess set with large pieces. Although I made a first move, I later discovered my pawn back on its e2 square. This park offered a pretty good evening barbecue that we enjoyed with a pleasant sunset.

On Wednesday, we stopped for lunch at the Turquoise Room in historic La Posada. My anxiety about parking our rig in Winslow was unfounded as ample space was available in front of the historic hotel. Other than being blown by stiff winds we arrived home without incident after traveling some four thousand miles over five weeks.

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