Sitting here at Hopewell Camp Ground on a mountain top, I realize that I know not the name of the mountain. Oh well…
My endeavor to finish organizing and cleaning Barth was spoiled by missing sink strainer/stoppers. Yikes, only so many dirty dishes can be stacked around a motorhome. I can stack a weeks worth at home, and make it all go away with one dishwasher load. Not here.
The town of Chama NM, located on the west side of the mountain, had only one strainer at the combination grocery and hardware store, called ‘Lowes’, but definitely not the chain type of Lowes. That one miraculously fit. These stoppers are absolutely necessary. A home-style of washing under the faucet would deplete my water supply quickly. Before going down the mountain a pan for oil draining was located that could have been used to wash dishes. But I needed gas anyways. A few groceries were also collected, along with engine oil for scoot.
It may be a surprise, but a scooter without gasoline doesn’t scoot very well. There was enough gas to get down the mountain, but not back. Scoot carried 3x 2-gallon cans back up the mountain safely strapped on and around. If I had crashed on the mountain road (US 64) the explosion could have been quite the sight!
US 64 is a beautiful drive from the east at Tres Piedras across the mountain to the west portal at Tierra Amarilla. Tierra Amarilla is near a couple of great NM State Parks, if they have not been closed. Of course the camera was lost somewhere on Barth, but now that there is gas, there will be pics later, maybe a movie.
Many, many motorcyclists obviously like the curves and grades on the mountain. Many were met and a few passed from behind. I am still not a daredevil scoot driver.Tags: Hopewell Lake NM