Teams Location: Brantley Lake SP
Another windows open night for good sleeping. In fact about 0400 it was time to get out a light blanket. Nope no temperature reading was noted. The AC was not turned on until around 1300 to my surprise.Tomorrow is a rolling day and the new territory is uncharted for internet access. We will see how it goes but do not worry if the OFM Teams are not heard from for a few days. The only goal is to get higher in elevation so we can have cooler temps.
Near here is a CR406 with a sign that says Waterhole Road. On Google it shows a small lake with the road going over the dam. Great the OFM Teams have a site to check out. So we mosey on down the road to Waterhole Road and turn onto it. We find washboard gravel with lots of dust. A mile or two the Team comes to a dip in the road that goes left. This must be the lake just over the hill was the thought as we topped the rise. Low and behold there was the lake bed and no dam anymore. The Truck stopped in the middle of the lake so this next picture could be taken. The grasshopper was not noticed until the picture was down loaded.
When you head out for the mountains and the Lincoln NF on 137, about five miles down the road you get to a wye in the road. The mountains are to the left but a lot of truck traffic goes to the right. This seemed like a good day to go to the left for a change. So the Truck turned left from the Lake road and exploring we went.At the wye it was to the right for a change. The road surface was paved so we could make good time. We passed a couple of ranch houses, lots of oil field things and the road just kept on going on. It was not exciting. Finally something in the distance showed up. It is a gas plant out way past the middle of nowhere. The road went on past and was still paved. The Truck kept on rolling. Finally the Truck said to take a picture because nobody will believe how NOTHING it is out here in the NM desert.
After a long interval the Truck suggested we just quit and go back. But the OFM made it go on to over the next rise. Sure enough CR401 came to the end of the pavement. The gravel started and a new county road turned off to the right. It is paved. OK now let us check the map. None of the roads looked like the map shows them. Ratzz. That means it is time to turn around and go back. My thought well before we got back to the wye was “Why in the world did we go so far into nowhere?”This was definitely a non-adventure but it is know now that there are hundreds of square miles of BLM land out there waiting for boondockers to enjoy themselves sitting in the middle of way past nowhere.
Often non-rv folks and the OFM have conversations and most of them think full time RV folks never have anything to do in the way of housekeeping. Sometimes it is hard to convince them that clothes still have to be washed, dishes washed and floors cleaned.The day before rolling, if the Teams have been sitting still for a while like now, is cleaning day. The laundry in Carlsbad is about a thirty mile round trip, so some clothing was washed in the bathtub. That works out well but drying can be a pain. In the desert however, there is the OFM Portable Tumble Dryer.
The damp clothing is placed in the mesh laundry basket and set on the picnic table. The basket is rotated now and then. The excruciatingly dry desert air here makes short work of drying the clothes. Then it is easy to fold and put them away.While the clothing was drying, the vacuum was brought out and most of the sand and other saltwater debris was removed from the Truck. The vacuum had to be emptied seven times before the job was done. The OFM was feeling so good that he even cleaned the Castle before putting the shop vac away. Is he feeling ok?????
Now the OFM Teams are ready to get out there and try to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.