Albuquerque New Mexico
Trip Start Mar 25, 2013
24Trip End Apr 21, 2013
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Where I stayed
wake at Childress tx seat 7yrs 9am
Drive from Childress to Albuquerque 6.5 hrs just outside Amarillo is Cadillac Ranch 10:30am
Santa Rosa Blue Hole may be dried up 4:30pm
***koa gain 1hr 19/07/12 # 268430.000
Wednesday 10th April Alberquerqie, New Mexico
We woke to find snow covering lots of the ground and roof tops and it was so cold, apparently it had gone from 83 down to 16 and it sure felt like it. Needless to say that the kids were just in awe of the snow as this was the first time they saw it, let alone playing in it
Time for beanies and double jackets now.We left at about 11:00 and had another 6 hours to get to Albuquerque in New Mexico.
The drive was slow which felt like we would never make it, it wasn't until about half way when i finally were able to pull to the die of the road as there was not a single truck stop along the way but we had this terrible noise coming from under the truck which need to be looked at - turns out it was a mudflap which started hitting the undercarriage when we got to 65 mph, the speed limit was 75 mph so we couldn't maximize our time for this whole part of the trip
The first stop was a mistake and most likely we followed the map wrong but we felt we had been given a bum steer either way we wasted an hour getting lost in Amarillo city for no reason whatsoever, only to head back out and on to an area which was the towns slice of Route 66, we found somewhere to eat and had some burgers and nachos, all of which was lovely except for a few hairs we found which suddenly killed our appetite. We wandered through a game store and bought a few little Pokemon things for Jack and a game for their Nintendo DS - a US copy as i had a feeling they would work in our Aussie units despite all the warning against doing so - I was correct so we landed a game for just $6 and this sets us up to get a few more cheapies along the way rather than pay the crazy prices in AU like $59. We then went into an antique shop and it was the most incredible store - if only we lived here we would have bought so much more as they are so cheap - i was seeing all these things we could buy for next to nothing and resell them on ebay for a motsa but we just couldn't
All the way we have been just one step ahead of bad weather, it was almost like it was following us just far enough behind for it not to be a problem, but the clouds were enough to tell the story.
We had another hour or so to get to our destination, which we really wanted to get to before night - well we did get there before night at 7:00pm.So we went though and got our little package which was left out for us, pulled into to spot 62, plugged in and quickly went for a walk to get some KFC as this was pretty much all there was, funnily though KFC looked like it was shut as all the chairs were stacked on the tables and the place looked like it was actually closed for business full stop as there were no staff nor patrons, luckily though were tried the door and they were open. After eating inside we walked back in the freezing cold to settle in for the night knowing we had another big drive tomorrow, we need to make Monument Value by 4:30pm for a booked tour, so the plan is to leave by 7:30am. We have gained another hour also which means we will get a good nights sleep, hoping it won't be too cold in the RV. It did get very cold down to about 3 degrees.