'Roughing It Smoothly' travel blog

Suspension Bridge

The Abbey

We got up this morning and decided to cut out the New Mexico part of the trip. We headed East out of Pueblo, Co as far as Lamar, Co and then headed due South into Amarillo, Tx. We figured that the trip would be long enough without Santa Fe and Carlsbad and besides that, it is closer to home and we can do that later. We will miss Lubbock, Tx though. On the way in we could see the dark clouds over Amarillo so we tuned in on the radio to make sure there was not a tornado warning! Well, you never know! We just missed a huge rainstorm. That was good. It was another long day of driving for Garry (almost 400 miles).... just after we said we were not going to do that again. Let me tell you - there was NOTHING after Pueblo. It was interesting to go through some of the small towns though. A lot of old buildings. We crossed through the Oklahoma panhandle going through only 1 town (Boise City). It was interesting ... the County Bldg was right in the middle of the intersecting hwys and there was a round-a-bout around it. We arrived in Amarillo about 7:00 pm - Now we are 2 hrs ahead of you.

This morning before we left Canon City we went through and old Abbey that was run by the Benedictine Monks in the 1920's. It has just been sold to a developer - Hopefully they will make a Bed and Breakfast or something out of it. Of course we also visited the Abbey Winery next to it last night.

Still hot and now with the rain they had, it is muggy!


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