This leg of the trip was pleasant, and I saw the sun for several hours, for the first time in days. The desert-like terrain and the snow-capped mountains in the distance were reminders of how different the landscape is from that of Indiana.
It had been in the 50’s when I left the Phoenix area in the morning, but by the time I stopped at a rest area in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico the temperature had dropped to the 30’s. I overheard several people talking about the possibility of another storm this evening and decided to push on. I decided to stop at about 6:30 p.m. and pulled into the town of Deming, New Mexico for the night. Good thing, too. Within 30 seconds of turning off the ignition the clouds sent down a blast of sleet and wind!
--Larry Spears [Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010]