On days like today, it’s up to me to entertain myself. When I know the day is not going to offer much by way of interesting scenery or towns, I look for little things to pay attention to. Starting with a cup of coffee at the Country Store Cafe in Tornillo. It’s the kind of place where they are happy to see anyone come in, much less someone who is not a local. Very welcoming & good coffee.
Then there are always signs. These are for our camp spot and the competition next door.
Fort Hancock is a town on the route that was originally the site of another fort manned by the Buffalo Soldiers in the 1870’s. II stopped to look at a little lunch counter in Fort Hancock in the old general store. The counters and shelving were from 1895 and were stocked with miscellaneous old items that may have been in the store over the last 100 years. The young guy running the little lunch counter had been to culinary school and was trying to get a start in the town where he had grown up.
Most of the route followed close to the Mexican border and looked like this:
After The Rider stopped for the day, we drove 50 miles to the KOA in Van Horn. Anticipating a layover day Friday, we wanted a good place to stay for at least 2 nights & this area has few choices. KOA’s are growing on us because they are consistent: clean, reliable service, friendly, laundry facility & wifi. Dennis, the owner, gave us a great deal: $25 per night for a site with electric & water. We booked for 3 nights.