Driving over Monarch Pass

Our trip toward home continued on Saturday as we headed out of Gunnison and over Monarch Pass at over 11,000 feet.  That was an experience with our big rig.  We could not believe all the bicycle riders up there getting ready to ride down the mountain.  It is the Continental Divide and I guess a real feat for them.  But they sure make it a scary ride and hard on big rig drivers as there is no shoulder and no guard rail in many places. We proceeded carefully down towards Pueblo and I-25. Once on I-25 we could drive safely south and took a short pull-off break to change drivers and let the Leader rest up. Our destination for Saturday night was the Whittington NRA Campground just south of Raton, NM.

Whittington Center NRA campground

Now you don’t have to be an NRA member to stay here but it is a great place with 13,000 acres of wide open country and several large RV campgrounds, cabins, lodges and a small restaurant. There are many types of ranges here for all skills of shooters, both rifle and pistol, and they are located away from the lodging. We parked, unhooked then drove around to see the entire facility before getting a nice chicken fried steak dinner.  A good night’s sleep then we would make the last push towards home with a stop on Sunday night , August 17th back at Old Town Cotton Gin RV Resort in Goodlett, TX.  That makes our last day of driving shorter and gets us back home through the big city before rush hour. Another great trip for the Traveling Basenjis.

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