2015 USA Road Trip Day 8: Tucumcari NM to Gallup NM
I checked out around 8am and drove around Tucumcari this morning taking a few photos. There's a lot of old Route 66 style stuff around town, whether open or closed. I don't know if I did the right thing in not staying at the Blue Swallow, and I didn't take any night-time photos of the iconic neon, but it looked good in the daylight too.
Today was a great day's driving. I was mostly on I-40 when not on Route 66 and some might say it's a rather dull, straight road. The views while driving were staggering though - it's like the sky is 10 times bigger than anywhere else, and you can see for miles and miles.
Had a great stop for an hour or so at Clines Corners. It's basically another enormous service station but much more kitsch and much more American Indian than a corporate one. I had a cup of tea there (for which I had to leave the restaurant and go back into the shop and pay!) and bought a few bits and pieces.
I love the address too - we're in the middle of a desert, so someone must have had a sense of humour to call the road "Yacht Club Drive". (I can't actually find anything else in the road either).
Onwards to Tijeras and then the Musical Road. This was an experiment put forward by National Geographic channel last October to see if they can change people's behaviour in certain areas - and in this area, it was to get people to comply to the speed limit by playing a tune from the rumble strips if you drove at a certain speed. I went up and down it three times, and got sort-of-a-tune, but it wasn't too easy to maintain the speed. I've heard that it's been wearing out quickly too so it might not last much longer. Got a few loud notes from it but I didn't really manage to play it to be recognised (I think the whole thing when fully working would be only 15 seconds or so anyway). It was really cool to see the signs for it though, and it's a nice idea.
Through Albuquerque and past the pueblo of Laguna and it was on to Continental Divide. This is the point where rain drains one way or another - either to the Atlantic or the Pacific, depending on which side of the divide it hits. It looks about 70% of the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific too - you would have expected it to be more in the middle. There's an actually two signs there - an official one, and a much nicer one outside the Indian Trading Post (and a third one if you count the one on the roof too). I spent half an hour looking round the store - the people there (I assume Navajo Indians) were more friendly than pushy, so I ended up buying a few nicknacks.
And then on to Gallup for the night and another Comfort Inn. I ended up staying very close to the railway line - it looks like freight trains only were coming through, and I swear that some of the trains must have been a mile long. There was a lot of angry tooting of train horns that could be heard but they were quite faint inside the room and didn't stop me getting to sleep.
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Last updated 22 February 2015 14:34
I think I'm meant to do an "About" here but I think you'd be more interested in seeing a random seagull.