Amarillo by morning, up from San Antone
Everything that I've got, is just what I've got on...
Started humming that one yesterday and it's still in my head! Another sunny day and we're looking forward to what the day has in store for us. If ten Cadillac's partially buried nose down in the middle of a field sounds odd you'd be correct. But Cadillac Ranch as it's call is an iconic Route 66 landmark, only twenty minutes from our overnight spot and on our route. It's just a short walk off the highway across a field... if it's been raining prepare to get muddy or wear some good boots! What makes this even odder is that you are allowed to spray paint the cars to your hearts content so that even if you go regularly it will never be the same twice.
|Cadillac Ranch from the road side.|
|Phyllis and Andrew trying to decide their favorites.....|
|@wileyart at work|
|@ackzilla at work|
It was interesting to see how thick the paint was in most places and the different styles of painting represented. On the other hand it was a bit disappointing to see how many spray cans were just tossed to the ground when there is a large garbage bin at the entrance to the field. Definitely worth the stop if you have a half an hour or more to spare. There is a gift shop just a little east of the Cadillacs but we didn't stop in, probably worth it as well.
From here we continued further westward on the I-10 before turning north at exit 57. This was another great day for driving, the weather was great and the traffic was light. It was on this stretch of highway that we saw the only other Alberta license plate on the trip, other than our own of course. They passed us rather quickly and disappeared ahead. The Festiva was still running rough but we were able to keep up to highway speeds and the engine wasn't overheating or anything like that. I did notice that fuel consumption had gone up noticeably though.
Also going up was our elevation. Yesterday we started at 198m/650ft above sea level in San Antonio and ended up at 1099m/3605ft in Amarillo. Our elevation continued to climb as we made our way to Raton NM. WE stopped for gas once before reaching Raton where we reconnected with Andrew and Phyllis at the town's visitor center.
|Picnic in the sunshine in Raton, NM|
|At the Raton Visitor Center|
Took advantage of the weather and sat outside with a picnic lunch. Raton is at 2036m/6680ft but we hadn't finished climbing yet! To get to Colorado Springs, our next destination, we had to traverse the Raton Pass which rises to 2388m/7834ft as it crosses the New Mexico/Colorado border. Once over the pass it was mostly downhill to Garden of the Gods, another 2½ hours northward.
|Over the Raton Pass and down into Colorado.|
|Sharon and me with Stewart Green in Garden of the Gods|
|What a beautiful place! Would love to come back another day.|
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