New Mexico : Nov 1st

Wednesday – November 1st
Got up real early since we didn’t sleep any – to warm. Prepared breakfast. – fried rabbit, coffee, etc. Packed up and pulled our ropes. The roads are much better. Had a couple punctures altho we made good time. Cross over into N. Mexico. Very little difference in the country. Stop at Lordsburg and cook supper and then drive to Deming N.M. Very nice little town.

Approximate mileage 158 miles.

They continued on the unnamed route but did have a short drive on the Coronado Trail. Since the Coronado Trail was commemorated in 1926, they technically did not travel the trail but rather what was to become part of the trail. It went from Springerville to Clifton and was named after the explorer and conquistador, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado. It eventually became part of Hwy 666 “The Beast of a Highway”. In Lordsburg, they rejoined the Old Spanish Trail, the Bankhead Highway, the Lee Highway and the Dixie Overland Highway.

You could camp for free at the Hotel Baker in Deming ( 120-124 S. Silver Ave.) I assume they camped in a parking lot of the hotel. The hotel was built in 1886. The building still exists and is on the state historic register.

Central (Grade) School, Deming N.M.

Central (Grade) School, Deming N.M.

Chili (Red Pepper) drying in front of Adobe Home.

Chili (Red Pepper) drying in front of Adobe Home.

Scene in Florida Mountains Near Deming, N.M.

Scene in Florida Mountains Near Deming, N.M.