I woke up this morning around 0500. It was cold outside but I slept well. The noise wasn’t too bad in the Arctic Fox. I made a pot of coffee then headed back out on eastbound on I-40. I arrived in Kingman just as the Cracker Barrel opened and had breakfast. I then drove to the Flying J and filled the truck before heading on.
I decided I didn’t want to fight for a place to stay and at my reduced speed, I knew I wouldn’t make it to Taos tonight. Despite the 75 MPH speed limit across Arizona and New Mexico, the fastest I tow the Arctic Fox is 60 MPH. I pulled off in Williams to decide where I was going to stay tonight. I parked near a couple of motels and found a Wi-Fi connection. I debated between the KOA campgrounds in Gallup and Grants. I’ve seen the Gallup KOA and it’s right next to I-40. I was a bit worried about the noise. I hadn’t seen the Grants KOA and decided to take a chance. I made reservations and continued on.
The drive to Grants was uneventful. The weather was clear and traffic was average. I made it to Grants in the afternoon. The campground is a mile or so south of I-40. The spaces are packed in a little tight, but I wasn’t too concerned. As I was checking in, another camper came in and I learned it was a good thing I had made reservations because they had no more sites. As the man left, he said that the Gallup campground was also fully booked. He also said that everything in Albuquerque was booked. I suspect it’s likely due to the Balloon Fiesta. As I was checking in, the manager mentioned that they provide fresh cooked food to you trailer if you so desire. Nice touch.
After I was situated and unhitched the Arctic Fox, I headed into Grants to buy a few things at Walmart. I then headed back where I met my next door neighbor. He had recently retired from the Seattle area and he and his wife were on their way to visit his brother in the San Francisco Bay Area. I gave him some pointers on where to find cheap gas then called it a night. When I checked in, the manager mentioned that it’s been freezing at night, so I disconnected the water lines.
Fuel Costs: Flying J (Kingman, AZ,) 35.271 gallons at $2.919 per gallon, 360 miles driven, 10.21 MPG
Flying J (Winslow, AZ,) 19.546 gallons at $2.919 per gallon, 209 miles driven, 10.69 MPG