Day 27: Go West Young Man!
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
51Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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We had another longer day of driving ahead of us, so we decided to start the day right with a diner right down the road called "Kix on 66" – yet another delicious meal with ever-flowing coffee and excellent Mexican scramble and burrito. We took a few more pics of the Route 66 era signs and headed to Fort Sumner, a slight detour south into New Mexico, but well worth it.
Cam made me watch the movie “Young Guns” before we left on this trip, as I didn't know much about the history of Billy the Kid, or anything really from the 'wild west’. It was really interesting because this part of New Mexico is where a lot of the action took place, and Ft
We drove back northwest, onto Albuquerque, and we definitely came across some of the craziest storm driving yet! As it was so flat, we saw the hovering black clouds for miles, but it was bizarre to finally hit the storm with the high winds, massive rain drops, plus lightning all around. On the other side of the storm, in blue skies and a few more original Route 66 attempts later, we finally arrived into Albuquerque. We stopped in here for dinner at the Standard Diner, another joint on the Triple D list – and there definitely wasn’t anything standard about it! It was a great reno, but with neat eats like the upscale chicken fried steak (the yummiest so far) and the ‘standard’ mac-n-cheese, but with New Mexican green chile sauce and smoked salmon. Chalk off another great diner on the list!
Last long leg of driving today took us straight north into New Mexico, towards Colorado. It was amazing to drive through here during the sunset hours, as it made for some amazing picturesque shots of the New Mexican valleys and badlands. It was exciting to also cross the actual Continental Divide (it was too late to take a photo, travelling at 75m/hr again) – we are finally, officially, heading West! It just feels right, can’t explain it. Crossed over into Colorado in the dark, and made it to our neon-sign-posted Tomahawk Lodge in Cortez, another great lodging that’s been around since the 50’s, accompanied by a wonderful host of course! Another long day of driving, but the longest is behind us... now to decide to do with all the time tomorrow ;)