The morning began cold enough that my coat was needed to move around outside. The only reason to wear a coat is to hitch the Teams to roll out of the cold. We got rolling about 0745. Destination was yet to be determined but definitely lower altitude and warmer.By the time the Teams made thirty minutes we were a thousand feet lower and my headache was much better. The breathing was getting noticeably easier also. It must have been time to get the OFM lower for his wellbeing. 275 miles later we were setting up camp at Rockhound State Park near Deming, NM. It was hot.
We lucked into the best site in the place, #13. The TV here is very good. The internet on the air card is not so great.
As the unhitching was going on in the 102 degree heat, things did not go just right. The onboard water system relies on a plastic plug in the incoming water hose hookup to allow the onboard pump to supply water to the fixtures. When the pump was kicked on the plug blew its top. The Teams generally use the onboard water system and just refill the onboard tank as needed.
Once the old plastic parts were dug out of the coupling, it still took several tries to get an old worn plug to hold good enough for us needs. The desert sun had worked its devil magic on the plastic over the last five years. New plugs will be put into service at the first opportunity.Some other folks were attempting the nice but slightly strenuous hiking trail next to the campground. The Truck paused in a journey for us to check out the tough folks that can hike in 102 degree heat WITHOUT WATER.
Normally the OFM uses about a half liter of water on that hike in cooler weather. It is hoped that they turned around before someone needed an ambulance or hearse.There is a good laundry here in Deming and it will get a severe workout tomorrow. We have stockpiled a serious truck load of clothing needing soap and water to attack it. If you can imagine it, doing laundry CAN become a way of helping the goal of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.