Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pie Town!

I started the long trek back east first to Nashville to visit an old friend then continuing on up to Michigan to attend the Michigan State - University of Michigan football game the last weekend of October.  Looking at the path through New Mexico I saw a curiously named town that beckoned -- Pie Town, NM!

Hmmm...wonder what they sell here?
Located along US 60 in central New Mexico Pie Town is a community of 186 people that hosts a Pie Festival the second weekend of every September, so I'd missed that this year.  Importantly for RV'ers is the existence of a free camping area on the eastern outskirts of the tiny town where I stayed for a couple days.

The park was a little on the unimproved side but -- Free!
Here's the data sheet on Pie Town's Jackson Park:

Hookups:                                             None                                                                          
Fire ring:                                              Yes                                                                             
Water Access:                                     No                                                                  
Fresh Water:                                        No                                                      
Trash Service:                                      Yes                                                     
Toilets:                                                Yes (Porta-Johns)                                                       
Showers:                                             No                                                                              
Dump station:                                      No                                                      
WiFi:                                                   No                                                      
Level sites:                                          Yes                                                     
Laundry:                                              No                                                      
Store:                                                  No                                                                  
Pool:                                                   No                                          
Shade:                                                Yes                                         
Verizon reception:                                3G, 2 bars                                           
Internet reception:                                2 Bars                         
Cost:                                                  Free for 3 days

The Tank's campsite, note the free firewood by the fire ring.
Twin fawns just outside the Tank's back door.
 So what in the heck is there to do in a town named Pie Town?

Black cherry pie was great, not too sugary.
The economy of Pie Town is almost entirely based on selling pies (and regular food) to travelers passing through town along US 60.  It's a pretty sweet (sorry!) little niche that the Pie Towners have carved out for themselves and having a free three day campground is a smart marketing concept too.  If you drive along US 60 be sure to make time for a piece of Pie Town's pie!

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