New Mexico - Finally!

Trip Start Apr 30, 2010
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Trip End Sep 05, 2010


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Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Sunday, May 9, 2010

We left Lubbock at around 10am, ready to put Texas behind us and get into New Mexico. We have both been excited about this leg of the trip for a while – the Southwestern states hold such mystique and seem so foreign and otherworldly. From Lubbock, it's about 100 mile drive Northwest up the 84 to the New Mexico border.

This is a strange corner of the world. After we drove through a few more Holstein farms, we found ourselves driving through a strange no-man’s land for about 75 miles. We drove through towns with unfortunate names like Sudan and Muleshoe that looked like total ghost towns – dilapidated houses and sheds, cemeteries rusted farm equipment, automobile carcasses decaying behind broken down fences. Occasionally, we’d notice a couple of kids kicking a soccer ball through a dusty yard or sitting by their dog on a porch and we wondered who lived in these places, and what did they do in these towns that looked so lifeless?



After the eerie last few miles of Texas, New Mexico was welcoming in more ways than one. Their vivid yellow and red state flag beckoned us to their Welcome Centre, a clay coloured squat building with cacti growing in little bunches around it. As always, the Welcome Centre Man was super-helpful and seemed genuinely determined to make personally sure we had a wonderful stay in New Mexico. Let’s see what New Mexico has to offer!


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