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danewguy

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Hello all! We are planning a road trip from Long Island, NY to Founders Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico in June of 2021. We would like to spend a week traveling to NM and sight seeing along the way, maybe try out using some BLM land for camping. We will be in NM for a week then we would like to take a different route home where we will spend a week sight seeing on the way home.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated

We are traveling with 3 RVs, 2 Class A motorhomes and 1 Travel Trailer

THanks!!!


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Unless you take off very early each day, a 300 mile per day average won’t allow for much sightseeing. Join our club...stop at 2:30 p.m. or 230 miles. Dues are nonexistent. “Convoy” travel is even slower. Yes, you can see some of New Mexico in a week...some...you will be enchanted.


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I agree with Lwiddis. You'll not have time to sight-see travelling that distance in just a week. Also, New Mexico (my home state) is a very large place. You'll be able to see one very small part of it in a week.

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Yep they all are correct. LI to NM is a three to four day drive in a car!

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Gotta say wow, we usually drive a lot further than that daily. Our last trip was to Phoenix, Arizona for a competition and stopping every night we probably drove for 12hrs or so a day. This is why we figured 7 days would give us some time to see some sights. Every time we made long trips we’ve always driven then stopped when we got tired and then hit the road in the am after breakfast. The week in New Mexico will be at a competition

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danewguy wrote:

Hello all! We are planning a road trip from Long Island, NY to Founders Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico in June of 2021. We would like to spend a week traveling to NM and sight seeing along the way, maybe try out using some BLM land for camping. We will be in NM for a week then we would like to take a different route home where we will spend a week sight seeing on the way home.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated

We are traveling with 3 RVs, 2 Class A motorhomes and 1 Travel Trailer

THanks!!!


Couple things that can Help - get off the Island EARLY and beat the traffic - maybe on Friday after work - everyone is packed and ready to go on Thursday, you have no idea how big this will be.

With Three(3) vehicles the chances of all three making it to NM without some issue is Slim - so you need to have a plan for that!

Most likely the closest thing you will have to BLM is a Wal*Mart, until you get to New Mexico. Sorry but the drive out is that A Drive ...a long 2,100 miles - so if you can get 200 miles on that first Friday that will leave you with 1,900 miles in 7 days - your average speed will be closer to 50 than 60 mph so think about that when you plan. Eight Hours in the Saddle is a long day.

What we will usually do with Kids is the Friday drive out - Wal*Mart - as long a day as possible to a CG with a Pool for the Night and the Early Morning then two more long days - before giving the kids a break again.

Route is one of Many so just use your Mapping choice to get to where it thinks is easiest. We use Zoom, or Bing Maps over google as it works better for us.

Give us more details and maybe we can help more with specifics.

Hope this is of some help,

edit; just saw your post - 12 hour days will work if you can handle them and will get you there sooner - there is where you want to spend time - so get there and then look for spots - where in NM? It's a big and Varied area - Mountains and Desert - if you are looking to find and enjoyable stop as you drive across the flyover States look for a reservoir with a CG often they are nice.

NY to Founders Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico in June of 2021 - missed that[emoticon] - more info will still help. [emoticon]

* This post was edited 03/09/20 07:30am by Busskipper *


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Busskipper wrote:

danewguy wrote:

Hello all! We are planning a road trip from Long Island, NY to Founders Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico in June of 2021. We would like to spend a week traveling to NM and sight seeing along the way, maybe try out using some BLM land for camping. We will be in NM for a week then we would like to take a different route home where we will spend a week sight seeing on the way home.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated

We are traveling with 3 RVs, 2 Class A motorhomes and 1 Travel Trailer

THanks!!!


Couple things that can Help - get off the Island EARLY and beat the traffic - maybe on Friday after work - everyone is packed and ready to go on Thursday, you have no idea how big this will be.

With Three(3) vehicles the chances of all three making it to NM without some issue is Slim - so you need to have a plan for that!

Most likely the closest thing you will have to BLM is a Wal*Mart, until you get to New Mexico. Sorry but the drive out is that A Drive ...a long 2,100 miles - so if you can get 200 miles on that first Friday that will leave you with 1,900 miles in 7 days - your average speed will be closer to 50 than 60 mph so think about that when you plan. Eight Hours in the Saddle is a long day.

What we will usually do with Kids is the Friday drive out - Wal*Mart - as long a day as possible to a CG with a Pool for the Night and the Early Morning then two more long days - before giving the kids a break again.

Route is one of Many so just use your Mapping choice to get to where it thinks is easiest. We use Zoom, or Bing Maps over google as it works better for us.

Give us more details and maybe we can help more with specifics.

Hope this is of some help,

edit; just saw your post - 12 hour days will work if you can handle them and will get you there sooner - there is where you want to spend time - so get there and then look for spots - where in NM? It's a big and Varied area - Mountains and Desert - if you are looking to find and enjoyable stop as you drive across the flyover States look for a reservoir with a CG often they are nice.

NY to Founders Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico in June of 2021 - missed that[emoticon] - more info will still help. [emoticon]


I’ll have to look closer at the routes and give you guys an idea, figured maybe someone had a suggested route. I should add the wife and I both drive, usually do 4 hrs then switch, with 2 shifts each a lot of times we get 16hrs Of driving.

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If I understand your plan correctly, you'll have a week to get to NM, a week to explore the state, and then another week to get home? That sounds like a fantastic trip to me.

The notion that it takes more than a week to see the state doesn't make sense to me. Yes, of course it takes a lifetime to really explore a place. But you can see and do so much there in the span of a week.

As for the 300/mile-per-day pace, I think that's a doable average depending on your own comfort level and your traveling companion(s). You could easily put in a 500-600 mile day to buy yourself some extra time on other days.

I live in the west and can't really speak to your route (which is what the OP's question was and what this specific forum is supposed to address), but I'm not totally unfamiliar with the area either.

This past fall we spent Labor Day Weekend up in Angel Fire (outside of Taos) and then drove our son up to Denver so he could fly back to school. From there we drove across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. We absolutely loved that route and wished we had given ourselves more time. We had to get to Sandusky by the weekend because Cedar Point was only open on the weekends by then. After the weekend at Cedar Point, we looped back through Ohio to get to northern Indiana (Elkhart) for some badly needed repairs at the factory.

The drive through those states was pleasant and the roads were decent. I'd absolutely do it again.

Have fun with your plans and stay flexible. And as far as destinations in NM, start a post in Campgrounds and Attractions. You'll get plenty of great suggestions over there.


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Cannot help with routes. New Mexico has much to see. Not knowing available time wrt competition, consider Sandia tram, Sante fe, gran quivera, Carlsbad caverns, blue hole, Sandia cave, Carlito springs if open, and more hiking trails than you can imagine.


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My son lived in NM for 7 years in two different locations. We visited him quite a bit. The best route for you is:

In NJ take I-78 West to I-81 South (Near Harrisburg, PA)

Follow I-81 South until it ends in TN at I-40

I-40 West to NM


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