Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona

Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
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Trip End Aug 27, 2008


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

This morning in Flagstaff we woke up to clear skies! After enjoying some continetal breakfast, bad coffee and re-arranging the back seat, we hit the road heading East on I-40 towards New Mexico. Before getting on the highway we picked up some good coffee and fresh fruit.

The first stop on the intinerary was The Meteor Crater just before Winslow. This location is said to be the worlds largest crater created by a Meteor hitting the earth. The lady at the ticket counter was surprised to hear that young chicks like us had a AAA card when we asked for the admissions discounts, she joked and asked if we were borrowing our parents card or something. After saving a few bucks we entered the museum before venturing out to the crater's edge. The crater itself is something like 2000 feet wide and is quite breathtaking, but pales in comparison to our views of big gashes in the earth we witnessed after spending the previous day at the Grand Canyon. Still unique and something of awe. We passed up our free cookie at the Subway inside the gift shop.

We continued East and after a short jaunt we landed in Winslow, a small town of less than 10k population (this pop stat was later disputed by the gift shop attendent who swears it's only 6k and that they must be including the  pop at the local prison, ha ha ha). Winslow consists of two major one way streets that It was not hard to find the famous "Eagles Corner" as it is THE attraction in town. (see pics). Once we reached THE corner, we busted out the camera's. We encountered two lovely gals from New Zealand (the Eagles really draw a global crowd) who gladly took our picture in front of the Bronze statue (see pics). After shopping for some Route 66 nick nacks and post cards, we stopped at Sonic for some root beer floats we were back on the road for our long stretch to Albuquerque, NM.

After cruising through the gorgeous country side and Navajo indian resrevations along I-40 we noticed we had been traveling consistently with a Gold Ford F-150 with couches in the bed of the truck. We had been passing each other but stayed steady and came to get comfortable and familiar with this stranger in the truck. We exchanged some friendly waves. Then, Mike the driver of the truck (how do we know his name you ask... keep reading) motioned to us with his cell phone to call him. While Dest was driving, she and I exchanged glances and nodded that we thought this was on OK thing to do and let him mime us his digits. Mike turned out to be a kind gentleman who noticed we were two girls from CA and had been keeping an eye on us to make sure truckers weren't messing with us. (Super nice guy... not creepy AT ALL, this is a Not to Worry disclaimer for our concerned family memebers who don't advise talking to strange men) Mike and I chatted for about 30 minutes before we parted ways. He filled me in on how he travels from Phoenix to Albuquerque every few weeks to visit his wife as she was transferred to a job there, and he is one  year away from retiring so they maintain their seperate homes for now and plan on retiring in Tampa, FL soon. He told me stories about how he used to travel the U.S. with his classic rock band in the 70's and had been to many of the cities we planned on stoppng in. He gave us great advice on what to do and eat in Albuquerque. We pulled off for a potty break and parted ways. Destiny and I agreed that meeting Mike was a great addition to our road trip and this story added to our adventure.

We arrived in Old Towne Albuquerque within an hour, we had a late lunch at Little Anita's that consisted of authentic New "Mexican" cuisine. A refreshing twist on our classic mexican favorites. We charged our camera batteries and wrote out post cards. Then we cruised around old town (established in 1700, that's really really old for the West) for a couple of hours. We took lots of pictures, visited a rattlesnake museum, drank Raspberry cider and soaked up the architecture and beauty of this great city.

We left Albuquerque and continued East to Amarillo for the last 4 hour portion of our drive. We are a few hours behind schedule due to passing through two time zones and getting a late start. But we have no regrets as we enjoyed EVERY minute of our daily adventure. This stretch was long, visually un-eventful and really dark. Luckily we missed all of the storms today and stayed dry the whole way, not even one bolt of lightening entered our view. Betty the GPS, got with the program and has been on point all day. This portion of the trip was filled with crazy Mad Libs and a long game of "Would you Rather?" (includes questions like: Would you rather... have an extremely adhesive face or have a pencil sharpener nostral? we chose Nostral of course. What benefit is their to having crap stuck to your face?)

We arrived in Amarillo around 1am and checked in to the excellent Days Inn where we were greated with more smiling faces and news of fresh biscuits, gravy and scrambled eggs in the morning (deluxe continental, better than the corn flakes and mini bagels in Flagstaff)! woo hoo!

So now we're all settled in updating our friends and relaxing before hitting the sack. We are tierd but satisfied with another awesome day on the road filled with new stories and great people. In the morning we'll be checking out the Cadilac ranch and the Big Texan before heading into Tornado Alley and on to Arkansas.

Ta Ta for Now!

Dest & Em
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Comments

jasb910
jasb910 on

Wednesday morning
Thanks so much for the disclamer about MIKE. you are correct in assuming that some folks - THE PARENTS might disaprove of you firls getting chummy with a strange truckin man.

I would like to keep the fact that ther is no DRAMA in my life. cuz i woulda been pissed if something woulda happened, and we PARENTS got a phone call in the middle of the night from some sherrif with a bad accent trying to 'splain what happend to the two girls that were driving. ok, 'nuf sad on that little tidbit.


we love you
mom

bmctoyboy
bmctoyboy on

A big Gash?
'The crater itself is something like 2000 feet wide and is quite breathtaking, but pales in comparison to our views of big gashes in the earth we witnessed after spending the previous day at the Grand Canyon.'

I need to correct you, the Grand Canyon is not a gash. The process which created the impact crater and the PROCESSES that created the Grand Canyon are very different and you can therefore not compare them with the common word 'gash'. The impact crater is a single event which occured several hundred to maybe several thousand years ago. The Grand Canyon creation began 1.7 billion years ago (yes thats 1.7 billion for you 6000 year old earth religous types).

I just felt emplored to make that comment. Glad too see you're having a great time. Travel safe!

jeanninev
jeanninev on

Miss you girls
Wow you guys look like your having fun Be safe love and miss you guys cute video =) love jeannine

iampegster
iampegster on

never been to winslow
hope it was great love the song too
miss you !
peg & george

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