Encino, Vaughn, Roswell, Amarillo, Okla City

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
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Trip End Mar 09, 2011


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Super 6 Motel, Oklahoma City, Oklahomah

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This morning we got it together mid-morning, returned our keys and popped in to Sissel's for the promised look at the 2 belts and the purchase of the rings I'd chosen.
Then we hit the road, first stop Roswell to go to the UFO museum.

Driving on the Highway just out of Santa Fe, Viv spots a buffalo or bison on the side of the road - Oh My God!!! we cry - and swiftly do an illegal u-turn to check it out. Turns out The Eldorado Animal Clinic had a great idea about getting noticed and have several animals & birds, stuffed, dotted around the grounds of the building. This reminded me of a different trip, walking along somewhere after Manang in Nepal with a friend Ziv from Israel, and explaining to him all the different meanings Australian's have for the word 'stuffed'. 
Feeling slightly foolish yet pleased at their creativity we left the Clinic and proceeded on. A beautiful sunny day, a highway to drive and music to play.

The landscape changed drastically compared to the mountains, hills & rocky formations we'd become accustomed to, with flat plains as far as the eye could see.

Small towns that are practically ghost towns, perhaps existing now only because of the relationship with the farms & properties around, but very few services open or houses occupied in the towns themselves.

I was excited to see Encino on the map, having had my first experience of Brendan Fraser (a visual experience only, I'm sorry to say) watching Encino Man.

Sad & interesting at the same time, to drive through a town and wonder where and why everyone's gone.

 Then Vaughn, more populated and still with a few old motels on the Highway and a train station
AND where we found Penny's Diner and consumed an All-American, Get Outta Town dinner, for lunch. On the wall there was a signed portrait of Frank Sinatra wishing them luck on their new diner dated some time in the 60's, old signs from Route 66 and a gold record of The Monkees (??)

There were trailers close by the diner, and pick-ups parked outside. A cowboy walked in and said Life is a Stage.......coach - no, he didn't but he did walk in, and we SOOOO wanted to take a photo of him but my usual shyness overcame me and I couldn't ask him. 

We were so excited as we drove into the outskirts of Roswell - we put Paranoid Android on repeat, and started seeing little green alien faces on fences, signs and buildings.
We spent probably 2 hours in Roswell checking out the museum, then chatting to Cheyla, whose dog we photographed guarding his bag & guitar whilst he was inside the Museum.

  No sooner had I clicked the shutter on this gorgeous bull terrier quietly eying me off, than we hear this voice say, that'll be a dollar please.....what? I say, why? Because that's what it costs to have a photo of my dog, and you didn't even ask. That was fair so naturally I gave him the dollar then talked with him for a bit, he was travelling round the country by train.

  After saying  goodbye to Cheyla we check out the tattoo shop, get our Macca's (complete with spaceship) coffee and hit the road again for the long haul to Oklahoma City. We have begun a collection of Barbie Fairy Ho's - sorry, they're good girls really, just misguided - from McDonald's in various states. They have become the mascots of this trip and live on the dashboard.

The diner and the museum were the highlights of today, along with the 3-4 hours we spent rocking out to the best radio station in the States, FM 94 Rock, and another 4 hours head-banging to Soundgarden, QOTSA, Rage Against the Machine, Children Collide, Radiohead,  AC/DC, etc, etc.       Wiggy wiggy wiggy wiggy wiggyyyyyyy!!!
Then of course, there's the sunset as we drove away from Roswell. We had to stop and just watch the sky for a bit, there was no way not to pay attention.

We drove into and through the top part of Texas in the dark, and into Oklahoma some time round midnight - with periodic coffee stops along the way - arriving in Okla City at what we thought was 2am but turned out to be 3am with another time change.  

Woke up the dude at the Super 6 and fell into bed for 7 hours kip.
Viv's turn driving tomorrow; Memphis here we come.
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