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Road Trip to West Texas and New Mexico

12 March 2011 3,380 views 15 Comments

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll write about a road trip I just took from Austin to New Mexico and back. All in all, I drove a total of 2,400 miles in ten days of travel that took me from Austin –> Junction –> Marfa –> Marathon –> Roswell –> Santa Fe –> Albuquerque –> Santa Fe –> Truth or Consequences –> Hatch –> White Sands National Monument –> Marathon –> Marfa –> Austin.

Road Trip Kicks off at the Texas Capitol

Road Trip Kicks off at the Texas Capitol

A huge thank you to my love Adam, for joining me on the first half of the trip, and to my mom who flew out to New Mexico to be my road trip buddy on the way back. I’m also so thankful to Adam’s aunt and uncle — David and Sarah — for hosting us in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. They are such gracious, fun, and interesting people and I’m so glad I got to spend quality time with them.

Finally, this trip wouldn’t have been half as much comfortable, fun, safe, and relaxing if I had driven my own car. Lucky for me, my former clients at General Motors offered to loan me a Buick Enclave SUV for the trip and it was truly a pleasure to drive. Beyond the smooth ride, we loved having the extra storage, satellite radio, access to OnStar advisors for directions, and heated seats (it got below freezing almost every night).

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At the White Sands National Monument, NM

All told, our transportation costs amounted to $410 in gas. Buick dropped off the car with a full tank and while we were on the trip, regular unleaded gas retailed for around $3.50 a gallon. Overall, I was happy spending that for the great experience on the road — so different than just flying somewhere without seeing the gradual change in scenery.

In order to make sharing more manageable to write and to read, I’m going to split up the posts into several that will go up over the next week. Look for posts on Marathon, Marfa, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and one on other stops in New Mexico off the beaten path. I’m hoping that these posts are helpful to others as they plan future visits to these wonderful and relaxing vacation spots.

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