Long drive - Day 2 Dalhart to Hollbrook
Today we left before 9 a.m. stopping for a few potty breaks and lunch in a travel center.
While still in Texas we saw an immense cattle yard that was miles long next to the highway. I couldn’t get a sharp image because the cattle were creating dust in the air on this dry, hot day.
Then we crossed into New Mexico and it started to become a little more green, even though it was desert plants. Once in a while there were large areas of bright yellow wild sunflowers.
We saw on old Dodge truck over loaded with huge round hay bales and proved that a Dodge can handle anything. Remember the movie TWISTER with Helen Hunt about the tornado chasers? It was like a Dodge commercial.
We saw Tucumcari Mountain (really a butte) and later drove through the city of Tucumcari. We are now on Interstate 40 which is part of the old “Route 66”. There are many reminders of the days of the Old Road, and some newer additions.
There is beautiful rich red soil and buttes in New Mexico making for a scenic drive. Our lunch break at a travel center on the interstate was interesting. Lots of trinkets and décor to refresh the weary traveler.
I was surprised to see Pronghorn in New Mexico, like we saw in Wyoming, Montana & So. Dakota. But was equally surprised to see a huge sand dune of smooth white sand. Wait a minute, is this the coast of Oregon?
We had a change of climate, the day cooled as we approached a thunder storm. Afterwards it seemed like the red rock formations seemed brighter red.
Larry drove to Hollbrook, AZ finally arriving at 7:20 p.m. (TX time) which was an 11 hour drive, way too long. It was exhausting for us both. Hollbrook welcomed us with a huge dinosaur eating a person. Not sure how to take that. And the landscape seemed to change color, but you could still see the sediment layers.