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New Mexico

We Like It!

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Room 209, HIX, Silver City, NM

We came to New Mexico a while back, 1990 actually, and enjoyed it. Have seen more of it this time and like it quite a lot. Albuquerque looked very much on the up and our port of call last night, Sorocco, had a working town centre for a change and our stop for tonight, Silver City. has a remarkably preserved downtown with lots of apparently working businesses. This is some achievement pitched against the massive Walmarts that every town now has on its outskirts. These are massive and sell everything, cheaply. Absolutely everything.

Our drive across New Mexico on Interstate 40 (also Route 66 for most of the way) was probably like what most would think driving across America was like. Lots of space and straight, pretty empty roads, except around the cities. Then down I-16 to Sorocco.

Dennys.jpgMaurice:please show these to Linda

DennysFord.jpgOutside Dennys (for breakfast) Santa Rosa, Route 66

Bob.jpgBob takes on I-40)

I40R66.jpgThis is what we love

Lisa.jpgSpecially for Lisa, our "Miss BA"!

There was a nasty moment in the dark after a great dinner at a restaurant next to our HIX (Holiday Inn Express, which we are getting a bit fed up with!) in Sorocco. I was about to do a U-Turn to get into the gas station when, before I knew it, we were on the Interstate. Now, often there are 40 or 50 miles gaps between turn-offs and then there is no guarantee there is a way back on. I managed to turn on "Neverlost" and luckily there was an exit in a mile or so. Under the freeway and then where? It was totally dark. No signs and roads going in all directions. Would we ever make it back? It would not seem possible to be virtually under a freeway and yet not find the slip road. I took a blind guess, with no help from Miss "Neverfound" and, luckily it was the right one. So we were soon back in town, shaken but not stirred.

The name of the cow, by the way, was "Texas Longhorn".

I forgot to tell you about the guy and his breakfast and my suitcase as we got on the subway to the airport in Chicago. Please remind me to tell you!

Night night. The wind is howling outside and there are giant storms swirling round the mountains. We are driving through them thar hills tomorrow!

Posted by Johnash 21:59 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Texas Longhorn, and there was me thinking Bronco Boyle. Be safe driving through them thar hills. There seems a distinct lack of Fat people so far - has America been on a mass weight loss diet? Poor Miss Neverfound, be kind to her, it's probably those bloody specs playing up.

P.S. Exchange next week, completion 19th June - we think.

by Kingpaul

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