Day 6: 325 Miles
Total: 2,463 Miles
I was finally able to post the Day 5 blog a little while ago, so if you haven't seen it yet, scroll down to the post below this one.
Today started out the opposite of yesterday. I got up very early, partly because I gained an hour by moving into the Mountain Time Zone, and partly because I just woke up early. So I checked out of the Blue Swallow Motel and had breakfast at the Kix 66 in Tucumcari. I was on the road shortly after 8:00am.
Most of the first part of the trip was on I-40, so I quickly made it the 60 miles to
I finished up there and by that time I had pretty well decided to skip
Most of the drive was either on I-40 or along the frontage road. Very few towns, with not much more than several abandoned buildings to look at. But unlike
I don’t know what I missed in
When I got past
Well, I was able to get a room, so
On the drive through New Mexico. Believe it or not, this is Route 66 passing through a tunnel under I-40. And no, a car and bicycle could not pass side-by-side.
Yup, it's a rattler all right. Yup, it's sunning itself on Route 66. And yup, I'm taking this picture from about three feet away (albeit hanging out the car window).
It's hard to miss the automotive museum in Santa Rosa, New Mexico.
Central Avenue (Route 66) leading to downtown Albuquerque.
A downtown eatery. Not a gas station.
Yet more downtown.
Drew Dean painted this hotel sign and we have a print of it in our house. I wanted to take a picture of the original when I hit Albuquerque. The name seems to be in question though. Drew labeled it the "El Von" but I have seen it in print in two different places as the "El Don." Great sign, even if the font is hard to tell a "D" from a "V".
Lunch in Albuquerque.
It's a bit hard to see, but that's a big "66" shield in the middle of the archway as you are leaving Albuquerque.
Here is the Rio Puerco Bridge over a bypassed section of Route 66. I-40 is about 50 yards off to the side. The bridge was built in 1933 and is just a single lane wide. It's called a Parker Through Truss bridge, and is 250 feet long. It was repaired and remodeled in 1957. Aren't I smart? I took a picture of the sign with all the details.
Not a great shot, but you can get a sense of the majesty of the scenery. I could have captured a better shot, I'm sure, but this was taken at 80mph through the passenger side window glass. Yeah, I know I'm an idiot.
Here's the hotel in Gallup.
Here's my room.