Saturday, October 10, 2009

Road Trip: got the days mixed up again! This is 24!

When we left Gallup, New Mexico, this morning, it was sunny and the temperature was in the 60's. I mentioned the landscape was different in New Mexico. The rock formations, like the one above, were interesting after miles of desert the previous day. (I apologize for the yellow blur on the right hand side of the's a road sign at 75 mph.

There was a lot more green in sight. There were bushes and trees--not exactly redwoods, but trees.

There were buttes and/or mesas; I'm never sure which is which! All this traveling brings on hunger pangs, so we decided to "Get our kicks" at the Route 66 Restaurant.

The place was filled with all sorts of curious memorabilia.

Hubby says he had a toy car like the one above back in the Dark Ages when he was a kid--he pedaled to make it go. No motorized toys back then!

There were great pictures of old cars: corvettes, '57 chevys, old pontiacs, and roadsters of all kinds.

Old 78rpm records and 45's.

There was an old-fashioned jukebox. We sat at the counter on revolving stools.

This replica of an old Texaco gas pump had been made into a gumball machine.

We had a good lunch and wistfully left the nostalgic place, in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. We drove for a few more hours and watched the car thermometor drop from high 60's to low 40's. The sun disappeared, and clouds filled the sky.

We reached the Texas border and proceded to Amarillo, Texas. When we checked into the new Comfort Inn, the temperature had dropped to 32 degrees and we had to be careful of the wet pavement freezing! Brr...... It isn't this cold in Maine right now!! I'm so glad our hotel room has heat!! Night, all!


ethelmaepotter! said...

Glad to see y'all are still having fun and "getting your kicks..."
So nice to see someone taking the time to stop and smell the roses. I'm loving this roadtrip!

Erin M. said...

Good morning, Eva!
I'm stopping by from SITS, I saw you on the roll call right above me so I figured I'd pop in and say hello.

When I was about 14, my family took a road trip out west and it was incredible. We did the Grand Canyon. Drove through lots of amazing towns, landscapes, etc...Got some incredible photos as well, and yours bring me back! It's an incredible country we have, isn't it?

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your trip and I'll explore more of your blog when I have time later. Thanks for sharing this!

Janet L. Nowlin said...

Good morning SITSta! Saw you on the roll call... love the photos you posted!

Technolustmaxx said...

Thanks to this particular post, I now understand Douglas Coupland a bit more.

I'd love to go and see America's innards for myself.

Flory said...

These pictures are all great! The landscapes are my favorite. I love to appreciate the beauty of the world, even rock formations.

Glad to hear you are having a great time! :)

lakeviewer said...

By Jove, you're moving! Twentyfour days on the road, wow! Lovely views.

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

I need to get out more! You make me want to road trip with you!!

Meeko Fabulous said...

Can't wait to see the pictures from Texas! :)

Jen said...

Nice pictures, Eva..24 days, amazing! Glad you are stopping at unique eating places...makes me hungry .....Have enjoyed the different landscapes....stay safe.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Great pics, as usual, Eva. I collect peddle cars! The red on is a gem!
How many miles have you driven so far?????
Continued safe travels.

The Retired One said...

Cute restaurant full of interesting memorabilia! I was in Amarillo once for training, but I flew in and flew out so didn't get to see much Texas scenery!
Thanks for the ongoing travel posts, I am enjoying them very much.

dogimo said...

Good shots. I'd like to see more of this photography that plays with motion and focus. The top two shots create a sense of blurred speed set against the clarity of the background. Effective.

That doesn't mean the kitsch service shots aren't enjoyable as well! I took 40 in the opposite direction coming out. Tons of cute places.