is this really only day 3? after crossing the mississippi i discovered that i’d inadvertently cleared the trip odometer that was going to record the total number of miles traveled from start to finish. or so i thought. it happened again just before arriving in santa fe, leading to the conclusion that it resets to zero after 999.9 miles. that sucks.
anyway, i’ve traveled around 1750 miles so far. based on an estimate of 3600 miles total, that puts me at just before the half way point. which is strange considering i’ve traveled well past the middle of the country—as the crow flies.
just outside of amarillo i stumbled upon a famous american art installation, cadillac ranch. i had no idea they’d become spray painted works of public art. it was pretty cool being able to walk into the middle of a field by myself with nothing but the constant wind and the horizon all around.
the geography changed as i left the panhandle and entered new mexico. plateaus were visible in the distance which reminded me of a quote from a recent article i read about mine fires in smithsonian.
i decided to take a detour off i-40 onto one of the many historic route 66 strips, which was cool because the exit i took put me perfectly in line of sight of this mountain outside tucumcari.
however, this particular vestige of route 66 was pretty depressing. most everything was in a state of abandonment or disrepair. eventually i was back on i-40 speeding toward santa fe. i exited my beloved i-40 for probably the last time, taking a more scenic route to santa fe, via las vegas…new mexico.
i got in around 7pm, found the old santa fe inn (with free wireless dsl!), and totally vegged. i’m bushed. didn’t even make it out of my room. but my quick drive through santa fe suggests it’ll be well worth spending a day here. so i’ve updated my itinerary and rethought my santa fe to grand canyon route (getting off the interstate).
spend day in santa fe – georgia o’keefe museum, the plaza
santa fe to the four corners monument
four corners to grand canyon, south rim
spend day in grand canyon
grand canyon to zion national park
zion national park to salt lake city
salt lake city to reno/lake tahoe
spend day at lake tahoe nevada state park – tahoe rim trail
reno to santa rosa
next leg: a day in santa fe