Man did 6 AM come early! Once i was on the road it felt good to be getting an early start on the day. I was heading to Chickasaw National Recreational Area just south of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On the way there I made a quick stop on a small bridge to catch the sunrise.
It was one of the stops on the Ultimate Road Trip Map that I decided to visit because I wasn’t really sure what to see in Oklahoma without going too far out of the way of the next stop. The park was beautiful and I encountered some Bison for the first time as well as a water bridge in my car. The water may have been about twice as deep as I anticipated!
After leaving the park I was finishing what might be my longest day of my trip. I was heading to Santa Fe National forest for my second night of camping and I couldn’t have been more excited. I only had one mishap on the 9 hour drive and luckily I didn’t end up having to spend any money. I guess what happened was I pumped gas and then forgot to close the fuel door before going to clean the massive amount of Texas bugs off my windshield! 200 miles later I get to my next fill up and to my surprise I found my fuel door open with the cap still stuck in the holder. I now know that with the new widebody I can’t see the fuel door when its half open!
As I started gain elevation when I entered into New Mexico I first noticed the temperature start to drop and it put a big smile on my face. Well that smile was soon turned upside down when I thought my fuel pump wasn’t supplying enough fuel pressure to my injectors. Turns out, a tuned NA (normally aspirated for my non car friends) car hates any sort of high elevation. It literally took about 24 hours and some head scratching before I talked to some guys from Colorado that essentially told me, “Welcome to Colorado!” I knew elevation resulted in power loss but having never felt it before I didn’t know what the hell was happening!
I finally made it to camp after a great curvy but very bumpy road up the mountain. Setting up camp took no time with the Eno, giving me a little more time to relax before it got dark. Once the light faded over the trees I took out my laptop to do some writing for this fine blog of mine. Just kidding, I never charged the computer back up and 1% battery wasn’t going to allow me to get anything done. So I twiddled my thumbs around for a bit, looked up at the stars and decided to call it an early night at 9 PM!