2018 Travels travel blog

Carpe Diem in Albuquerque

Interstate 40 in West Texas

A (very) wide load on I 40 in Texas
Those drivers are really...

We parallelled Route 66 most of the way

We enter New Mexico on I 40

We just got an hour "younger"

I 40 is a bit hillier in New Mexico

Taco Cabana burrito smothered in New Mexican green chiles

Chili Relleno at Pete's in Belen

Pete's sophapillas are just the best!

Thu, 13 Sep: A windy day...

The wind sure blows in these-here parts. We cannot think of any time we've been in Amarillo that it wasn't windy. This visit was no exception, except it was much worse in the past.

We had a delicious dinner at the Big Texan. The chicken fried steak was huge, as are all of their servings. We brought home enough for another meal and then some.

We were up at 0700 and got things ready for the road. Once our inside chores were finished we moved the coach and connected the car. Brake & light checks complete Sandi pulled out of the Amarillo Elks Lodge at 0919.

A careful left turn on Ninth Street and almost immediately we were on Business I 40 west. A few miles south and we joined I 40 and took it west out of town.

It was plenty windy, mostly hitting us on our left front quarter. That, and the uphill nature of I 40 west of Amarillo really took a toll on our fuel economy. A few times the trip computer was showing trip fuel economy of 6½ mpg. Ugh!

Other than the wind the drive was uneventful. About an hour or so after we started we crossed into New Mexico and stopped at the Welcome Center to replace our 2008 edition road map. Bob sweet talked the lady into parting with a really nice one rather than the table placemat-style she initially offered.

We stopped for lunch and switched drivers. Continuing west the road continued to climb and, at several points, we topped 7,000' elevation. Of course, as we approached Albuquerque it was mostly downhill.

We pulled into the Enchanted Trails RV Park a bit after two (Mountain Time). This is a Passport America 50% park with very basic amenities. We're on 30 amps, but it is more than enough to keep our air conditioning working and us cool. Today's drive was a long-ish 303 miles with a windy and hill-eating fuel economy of 7 mpg.

We'll be here for two days. We love Albuquerque and built in the extra day so we can get our fix of their wonderful New Mexican-style food. Yum, yum!!!

Fri, 14 Sep: Yummy New Mexican grinds...

As we planned, we managed to enjoy a few excellent meals in and around Albuquerque. Thursday evening we dined at Taco Cabana and, to our delight, it was as excellent as ever. Despite visiting a few Taco Cabanas in Texas, the outlets in Albuquerque far surpass them in both variety and quality.

Earlier today we drove to Belen for a sopapilla "fix" at Pete's. They's still among the best sopapillas we know of. While out a stop at the Belen Wally for some necessary victualling...

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