This morning, we woke up early to beat rush-hour traffic through Phoenix. Bob's cousin told us if we left by 7:00 a.m. we'd be okay. Well, we almost made it. There was some pretty heavy traffic, but we avoided a little of it.
Today looked to be about eight hours of driving. Bob and I took turns driving. The weather was hot, but no high winds.
Usually, I don't listen to books on tape when I'm driving because so much is going through my mind in traffic that I can't concentrate. However, on long-distance trips with minimal traffic, books on tape help when there's no music to listen to.
Bob brought along five books on tape and we made it through four of them. We listened to three Janet Evanovich books, and Lee Child's "Tripwire." We enjoyed all of them.
Around 10:15 a.m., we drove through Texas Canyon near Benson, Arizona. That's the place with the beautiful rock canyons and a Rest Area. We didn't stop this time, but Bob was driving so I took a few photos as we went through.
El Paso is a city we hate to drive through. At 3:00 p.m., we had some stop-and-go traffic but we headed off of I-10 at Airway Blvd. to go to Montana Ave. which would be the highway to take us to Carlsbad, NM.
Once we exited El Paso, we made good time to Carlsbad. We checked into Carlsbad RV Park and Campground at 6:30 p.m. It will be nice to spend three nights in one place.