Posts Tagged ‘new mexico’

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Just some of the places I’ve seen since my last post.  Been spending most of my time in New Mexico and Arizona for work.  Did go back to Kansas during the solar eclipse, to get my stuff out of storage and bring it to the new house.  Been busy — earlier this month I had 47 hours of overtime during a two-week period.  Is it any wonder I haven’t posted anything lately?

 

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I’m outta there!

Finished cleaning the apartment in Kansas this morning, just before the move-out inspection.  Picked up the cats.  Stopped by the post office to file my change of address.  Then hit the road.

Now we’re in Tucumcari, New Mexico, at the Historic Route 66 Motel.  The cats are exploring the room.  I’m ready for bed.

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Spent the day packing and getting things ready for the junk truck, since I got the day off.

Took the cats to the vet for boarding.  Big kitty sounded so forlorn, like I was leaving him there for good.

Returned the Google fiber box, too.  That means no more TV until Tuesday night when the cats and I are in our motel room in Tucumcari, New Mexico.  Made sure to pack the Roku boxes in a moving box I’m taking in the car with me.  I want access to my streaming channels as soon as my internet is hooked up at the new house in Arizona.

motel-postcard.jpg.1024x0Left Mesa, Arizona this morning.  Have to go back to Kansas for work training and to move out of my apartment.  Long drive.  Got to Tucumcari, New Mexico just after sunset so I called it a night — that’s about the half-way point anyway.  While eating dinner at one of the local truck stops, I searched the web for motels.  Last week, my aunt and I stayed at the Motel 6 but I was looking for something different tonight — and I found it!  I’m staying at the Historic Route 66 Motel, a holdout from the days of the mother road.  Some of the items in the room remind me of those days, like the turquoise sink:

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And the turquoise chair:

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Woke up to this scene in Tucumcari, New Mexico this morning.  The temperature was already in the 40’s and last night’s snow had begun melting.  We drove across New Mexico to Arizona, stopping in Laguna to see some sights.

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Scenic Porta-Potty View

 

Not long after this stop, I drove into an orange barrel zone on the interstate and realizing I hadn’t seen a speed limit change to a lower speed, asked my aunt if she’d seen a speed zone (she said no) and I said it seemed strange the speed limit would be the same as it was before the barrels — but the cars in front of me hadn’t seemed to slow down.  I’d been driving a little while, when I noticed a police care with flashing lights coming up from behind.  I pulled over, thinking he wanted to get by, but then he pulled off and I realized he was after me.  Turns out the speed limit had indeed changed in the construction zone and for some reason my aunt and I had both missed the new speed limit sign.  I received a ticket for driving the old speed limit, which was 20mph above the new.  There was no talking my way out of that.

We continued on to Gallup, New Mexico, where I’d planned to take my aunt to a restaurant I liked the last time I was in town.  But the restaurant was closed.  We ended up at a restaurant in a historic hotel, having Mexican food.  Pretty tasty!

Off again!  We decided to visit Petrified Forest National Park before reaching Holbrook, Arizona for the night.  We drove through the park, visiting the Painted Desert, an historic pueblo where there were petroglyphs, and several areas with petrified wood.

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Petroglyphs on a Rock