Entering New Mexico

Gary and Tami on Whistler

Gary and Tami on Whistler

June 9

From Gary,

A couple of days later…

Well, southern Utah was much nicer.  They even had a couple of rest stops.. We stayed in a KOA campground in a small town that at one time was the territorial capital of Utah…

Then a fairly late middle of the morning start, and headed south… eventually to miss our turn for lack of decent signage, but there was a second turn off a few miles south, which we found….

Ended up going through Zion park, which was very pretty, but they charged $25 per vehicle just to drive through it, and an extra $15 for a tunnel pass because we were “bigger”….

So $40 just to drive on a public road.. tunnel was built in 1930, guess they are still paying it off?

The road was very challenging, very steep, very tight corners, and at times a long ways down… was mostly white knuckle driving for a couple hours…

Doing hairpin turns in a deuce and a half can be difficult, wide turning radius, no power steering, and constant shifting on steep parts…

Also the tunnel was over a mile long, and a hard climb the whole time inside, and also had many curves…

We also went through a couple of Yuppie tourist towns after the park… looked pricey, campers parked everywhere, and people walking in the streets… Lucky for them they managed to get out of my way… so I didn’t score any Yuppie road kills…

A ways out of the park we found an RV park, that was basic.. managed to go up the wrong road into the 4X4 only tent camping area.. loose sand, and had to back up the trailer to get out… then found our site…and immediately attracted a social person named Tim who was curious about our truck…

There was also a German lady who tried to tell Tami how to run her life….humorous to watch and listen to… from a guy perspective…

We left the next morning, and went through more mountains and curves, but finally broke out into a flatter area and made better time..

Eventually we passed Glen Canyon Dam, which I had read about in Edward Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang, and Desert Solitaire…

It looked like the usual humdinger of a Government project. Cost a lot of money, created a rather ugly lake where a beautiful canyon once was, and provided power via pylons for the Sin Cities to the south.. kind of a public/private partnership between the Feds and the Mafia?

The big losers were the Indians… as they’d lived happily in that canyon for thousands of years, but of course lacked any rights what so ever, not having enough lawyers when Columbus showed up to personally start the long chain of abuse and mega thefts that continue today… Funny, how governments always use history to closet their trips in,
and it never really stops…

That’s what schools are for… to gloss over the incredible abuses greed causes…the better the school, the better the gloss job?

After that we went through a Navajo reservation area, interesting place, looked like a natural gravel pit, and obviously had never grown anything in the last million years…

None of the houses had electrical entrance wire, and only the Government financed schools looked nice….

Wonder what they teach little Indians?  How good they have it in the land of freedom and democracy? Do they teach them that those lines of pylons are for electricity? For people who are better than them, and own the long lines of glossy pickup trucks and ski boats and play yahoo games where the Indians once had a good life along the water?

While they live where you’d have to truck in water to make a batch of cement…

I think the Karma continues….

That evening we camped in a USFS campground, but learned it was leased to a concession corporation, so the government drones wouldn’t have to do anything, and there could be a company of middlemen to raise the rates on the public in the name of profit….

I guess that’s what public/private partnership means? you get screwed on both ends…

The next morning we got an early start, but the fuel filters had both started leaking around the seals… I think this was due to running hot during the day and then the cold night at about 7,000 feet…. I always check for puddles before I start out, it paid well this time, and after digging out the wrenches got the filter canisters tighter….

Next was Flagstaff Arizona, and turning onto the interstate towards Albuquerque, New Mexico… this was much flatter and I think we averaged 45 mph all day…

And now we are parked in Sky City, which is another one of the near infinite Casinos…

I’m amazed there can be that much gambling… but I guess its like the stock market after inflation… about the same odds…

Anyway, not a tree one in the RV park…and about a 40 mph desert wind blowing…

But it feels pretty good to be over the Continental Divide.. Down hill from here to Mexico, no rain, and no cold weather.. Ya! Hoo!

G

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