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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

johnny's bbq

I took my aunt to another barbecue place in town.  One of the menu items read:

Burnt End Combo:  Beef, Pork and Ribs

She and I both looked at the menu and said, “what kind of burnt end is ribs?”  I thought all burnt ends were made from rib meat, but maybe this was some new kind I’d never heard of.  We asked the waitress what they were, and she looked stunned.  “The kind with bones?” she replied.  We ordered the burnt end combo, expecting a new culinary experience.

Well, lo and behold!  The rib burnt ends were — ribs.  I guess if the menu had said “Burnt end combo:  beef and pork, with ribs” the waitress wouldn’t have looked like she thought she was talking with idiots.

Today, my Aunt Sally and I had lunch at a sandwich place called Quinton’s Des Moines, which was a few blocks from my hotel.  Afterward, we went to Merle Hay Mall to see the RV/Camper show.  She was really looking hard, while I was just browsing.  I know I can’t buy anything, since I just bought a new car.  Then I saw the payments.  While the motor homes were about three times more expensive than the car, the payments were about the same.  I know the only way that could happen was if the term of the RV loan would have to be like a mortgage.  Sure enough, the salesperson said the loans are for 20 years.  But if I could get and live in a motor home somehow, I would save $500 by not paying rent.  Now I’m thinking about how I could pull that off, living in the motor home somewhere and driving the car to get around in.

We went to see Fist Fight.  To be honest, we both thought the movie could have been funnier.  I actually fell asleep several times before the fist fight.

Then, we went to Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel for the dinner buffet and to play the slot machines.  I had taken $100 to spend.  At one point, my cash had grown to $170– and then I lost it all.  😦