Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Epic Road Trip #2 - Day 27

3/25/2014 - Brownfield, TX - Marshall, TX

No pictures today only a lot of miles covered. Only 900 more miles till home!

Had dinner at Cafe Italian in Marshall, TX and it was awesome. Who'd a thunk?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 26

3/24/2014 - Lordsburg, NM - Brownfield, TX

Today we travelled from Lordsburg, NM to Hach, NM (Chili Capital of the World) and bought some amazing fresh chilis, oregano, garlic and shelled pecans.

Then it was off to Roswell, NM to check out the aliens. It was kind of a let down, but the drive was pretty. We have managed to see a lot of beautiful scenery on this trip. Before we got to Roswell, we stopped at White Sands Missile Range, so I could walk down memory lane as I was stationed there from 1982 - 1984. A lot has changed but much is still the same. A nice stop for me.

An interesting roadside information sign on the way to Alamogordo, NM.

The scenery

Roswell, NM

'Nuff said.

Finally we continued our trip east and eventually called it a day in Brownfield, TX.

Tomorrow we continue east through the great big state of Texas.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 25

3/23/2014 - Sierra Vista, AZ - Lordsburg, NM

First stop, Bisbee, AZ

Breakfast/Lunch stop at the Copper Queen Hotel

Awesome apron for sale

Arizona's smallest bar

The Bisbee mobile 

Boot Hill Cemetery unique markers ...

Stagecoach just before the shoutout on Main St.

Chiricahua National Monument ... A wonderland of rocks ....

Beautiful scenery as we head east.

We wanted to see Fort Bowie National Historic Site, but alas it was closed, so it will have to wait for another trip.

We stopped in Lordsburg, NM for the night so we can get an early start in the morning.

Tomorrow we are off to Hatch, NM and possibly Roswell, NM.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 24

3/22/2014 - Gila Bend, AZ - Sierra Vista, AZ

Shindig at Ajo, AZ. What a wonderful little town in the middle of the Sonoran Desert.

A beautiful park.

An Organ Pipe Cactus

A memorial to a fallen Park Ranger

Tumacacori National Memorial Park, Tumacacori, AZ. A beautiful mission undergoing some renovations.

The church

The convent ruins

Inside the church

A very pretty flower in the garden

We had a wonderful Prime Rib Dinner here in Sonoita, AZ

The Sonoita Inn, which is a barn that wad built for Secretariat, but he died, so it is now a hotel.

The scenery says it all.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 23

3/21/2014 - Twenty Nine Palms, CA to Gila Bend, AZ

Woke up this morning feeling ok, so we headed out enroute to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. By 3 pm I was done so we found a hotel and once again I am down for the count. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

Epic Road Tip # 2 - Day 22

3/20/2014 - Santa Monica, CA to Twenty Nine Palms, CA

Joshua Tree National Park

Early day - found hotel and slept for 20 hours. This cold is a doozie.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 21

3/19/2014 - Barstow, CA to Santa Monica, CA

We made it....barely...I am sick as a dog, but I toughed it out....

After a few wrong turns we finally made it to Santa Monica Pier, CA

Route 66 Recon is done! Now all I have to do is work out the mileage, shuttles, and hotels...nothing to it!

Tomorrow we are off on our return trip to Florida via a couple of National Parks and Historic sites.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 20

3/18/2014 - Williams, AZ to Barstow, CA

No blog today. I have caught "The Crud" and I am down for the count.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Epic Road Trip # 2 - Day 19

3/17/14 - Gallup, NM to Williams, AZ

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We started off early this morning from Gallup, NM following Route 66 west. The morning was extremely cold....32 degrees, however by mid afternoon it was in the low 70's. The bummer of the day was the unrelenting wind. Each time we stopped to check out a place or a potential hotel, the locals told us that this windy weather is normal for the Spring...I hope so, otherwise the riders are going to have their work cut out for them.
BTW the locals call it windy, I call it gale force....

A sight along the way...Fort a Courage, AZ

A Navajo 'Hogan' - a traditional native house that is used for spiritual ceremonies

Our route takes us right through the Petrified Forest National Park! It is awesome.

A historic Inn in the park

An informational sign in the park that points out how Route 66 used to pass through the park

"Takin' it Easy' & 'Standin' on the corner in Winslow, AZ'"

A Historic 1930s hotel in Winslow, AZ

Lawn Art

Found a hotel in Twin Arrows, AZ

'Nuff said!