Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

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Read Part Four of the series here, Part Three here, Part Two here and Part One here.

Once again, my 2021 Volvo XC90 (dubbed Vivian Valet Volvo) made even the utterly uninspiring, monotonous drive from east to west Texas pleasurable. Rerun snored away while Sirius and Vivian’s 600W Harman Kardon Premium Audio’s 14 speakers kept me up to date with cable news and then calm with classical music.

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

The Volvo XC90’s enormous infotainment screen made the road trip a snap. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

There were enchanting sunsets at Hotel Encanto’s hacienda-style pool. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

Mariscos con sémola, one of chef Aaron Spring’s signature dishes at Hotel Encanto’s Mezcla Restaurant, had me dreaming of the sea. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

Chef Aaron Spring created the unforgettable Bananas Foster Nachos. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

There’s an endless sea of white sand at White Sands National Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Road trip with Rerun comes to tail end in New Mexico desert

Rerun added a special touch to one of millions of natural “waves” of White Sands National Park. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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