Tanks of Gas: 2ish
Marital Spats: 0 (I know, I can't believe it either)
Cars Stuck in the Ground: 15
Our day started out with more rain, but after a few hours we finally had blue skies.
The drive from MO to OK was about 100 times more exciting than the drive from OKC to ABQ. Google maps directions went like this:
1. Drive .5 miles and merge onto I-40 west.
2. Go straight for 554 miles.
3. Exit, drive .5 miles, arrive at hotel.
We broke up the day with a few important stops.
First, the VW Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas. Five VW Bugs stuck nose deep in the ground and covered with graffiti. We stopped to take a few pictures and even added a little graffiti of our own.
We also passed a leaning water tower and the second largest cross in the northern hemisphere...
Then it was time to stop for lunch in Amarillo, TX. Our options were limited since it was Easter Sunday so we stopped at an American classic, Cracker Barrel. We enjoyed exploring the gift shop while we waited for our table...
A side of mac an cheese and a small salad was as healthy as I could get. Being a vegetarian in middle America is quite the challenge!
After lunch we stopped at another Route 66 classic just outside Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch. This is 10 old Cadillacs nose deep in the desert.
Visitors are encouraged to add their own art here too. Anything to break up the drive.
We attempted to make a pit stop in Cuervo, NM (for the obvious reason), but Cuervo was all dried up. We added a little moisture of our own (i.e. peed under a bridge) and got back on the highway.
The headwinds in Texas and New Mexico were insane. With 20-30 mph sustained winds we chewed through gas like crazy, but we think we maintained our speed because our bikes have aero bars :) We also had some serious gear work for all the hill climbing.
As we got close to Albuquerque we could see rain clouds but the rain was not hitting the ground. It was really incredible.
We arrived in Albuquerque, unpacked the car, and headed out to dinner. We found Sadie's, an excellent Mexican restaurant.
They even had a food challenge, the worlds largest sopapilla. A 7lb stuffed sopapilla and if you eat it all you get it free. Sam passed on the food challenge and opted for the "regular" sized sopapilla. It was still pretty big!
Today we got an early start to maximize our time at the grand canyon. We are hoping to get in a bike ride when we arrive!
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