After we left Alamogordo, we set a destination to Palo Duro Canyon. But we broke the drive up and made a stop at the Cactus RV Park on historic U.S. Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. There is nothing special here, but it had full hook-ups, giving me the ability to do laundry and clean up. It was located on the property of the old Cactus Motor Lodge. The motor lodge is completely run down but has old remnants left. It looks like there may be a couple of people still living in some of the old rooms. But sadly, it is mostly a shell of an era gone by. The staff were very nice offering us an incredibly inexpensive rate. A short walk away was Del’s Restaurant, which had a nice history of its days on Route 66 before the interstate bypass came along. It had good food and good service and provided a very pleasant stop for us.
Our next destination was Oliver Lee Memorial State Park near Alamogordo, New Mexico. We did not have reservations so we knew that if we were to get an electric site, we had to be early and lucky. We got there at 9:30 and unfortunately missed our friends who were leaving that morning.
But that said, they wouldn’t have had time at that point to visit anyway. We took a drive around the loop and only one site with electric and water was open. There were several sites without water and electric, but since the nights have been very cool, it was nicer to have electric. Even our friends’ site had already been taken when we got there. We got site #5 which is not a highly desired one because it is not completely level. But it was level enough for our leveling jacks and it was easy for us to set up in and had great views and lots of privacy. We were lucky and happy.