Monday, March 30, 2015

Albuquerque, NM

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Sunday March 29, 2015

Westward ho!  After our overnight in the A-OK RV near Amarillo, we said goodbye to US 287 and headed out on the dreaded I-40 freeway.  Well, not dreaded actually, just not our style.  Our options narrowed by the possibility of  winter weather at high elevations we chose to ride the ribbon of superslab at least as far as Albuquerque.  It is windy this morning- very windy.  A norther is blowing cool air down on us with gusts in the 30 mph range.  Shades of Port Orford, Oregon, our hometown.  The windy city of the West Coast.

Picture of motorhome next to old Route 66 sign

Turns out our route today is the re-incarnation of the "Mother Road"- Route 66.

Picture of water tower in Adrian TX
Water tower in Adrian, TX

I had a restless night last night and by 11:30  I was getting droopy.  Time to pull over have some lunch and take a 10 minute nap.  As we head down the frontage road to regain our spot on the freeway we notice an interesting sign on this water tower and pull over for a closer look.  Turns out that where we had pulled over for lunch, Adrian, TX, was the mid-point of travel on Route 66 from Chicago, Ill to Santa Monica, CA.  Not much here now, one general store and an RV park.  Sad.

Picture of the sign outside Tepee Curios

Forty miles over the Texas/ New Mexico border is the small town of Tucumcari.  The freeway dodges around the town, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to tell people I had traveled from here to Tucumcari, so I took the off ramp into town.  I was glad I did!  This is a vibrant little town, okay maybe vibrant is a little over the top- but hanging in there.  What I liked most about the town is they preserved a lot of the old signs (and buildings) from the 50s and 60s

Picture of Safari Motel sign

These signs were made in the day when a sign wasn't just a lighted rectangular box.

Photo of Blue Swallow Motel sign in Tucumcari NM

"100% Refrigerated Air"  the sign says.  Come stay at the Blue Swallow!

Del's Restaurant sign in Tucumcari NM

Think they have beef?  Oh-yeah.  It's Mexi now but I'll bet in the day it was a burger joint.

I-40 freeway entering Alburquerque
I-40 in Albuquerque

We could tell we were getting close to Albuquerque by the build-up in traffic and the number of lanes- the free way was bulking up.  We're glad that it's Sunday at 5PM - at least we think so.  We keep ducking in and out of central and mountain time who can tell?  Actually we lost an hour at the Texas border, but can't remember which clocks re-set automatically and which don't.

Picture of Alburquerque from a nearby hill
Alburquerque, New Mexico from the west hills
We drove through the city and out onto the west side to get to the Enchanted Trails RV park.  We were high above the city and took a snapshot of Albuquerque in the valley below.

Motorhome in Enchanted Trails RV Park

Enchanted is another Passport Affiliate which cut the space rent from $32 to $16/ night.  We got settled in and started taking laps around this large park.

1950 Hudson Commodore pulls a 1954 VaKaShunette

The owners of this park have stashed a little surprise at the end of each row.  These early cars and trailers are in beautiful shape and all hooked up to utilities so that one may rent them for the night-(click this link if you want to know more)

Early Shasta Trailer

1974 Silver Streak

When my iPhone app let us know we'd trekked 2 miles, we turned in for the night.  Tomorrow we have decided to take US Highway 550 from Albuquerque to Bloomfield, NM.  Bloomfield would be a good place to stay while we drive to Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Your Traveling Friends

Jeff and Joan

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