Gas stations Past:
Saturday’s ride thru Arizona into New Mexico:
At the Hoover Dam area we left Nevada and were welcomed to Arizona, we made it down to I-40 and headed East. We are about 2,000 miles from Belmont, NC.
I enjoy the desert scenes and the rocky area. I am always amazed at the mountains in the west. Many times there are no ‘foot hills’, the mountains just start up from the flat plains.
The derelicts are many, and are a testimony to big things in the past.
Of course it is always nice to see the desert change from scrubs to small trees. And then soon near Flagstaff the mountains are covered with pine trees.
But then in a few miles we are again in a plains area, not too much desert as grasses and scrubs of all kinds. I drove 3.5 hours this AM, now JJ is our chauffer. WE have had both good roads and Terrible roads.
This was the last shots in AZ welcoming us to New Mexico. In person this is absolutely beautiful. The colors just mold together.
I-40 runs with the Famous Route 66 much of the time. WE are over nighting in GAllop, and this is the view from our picture window:
Towns are unique out west also. Back east you see houses barns buildings between towns. Out here, when you leave civilization, you leave it.
PS I will regress for a minute:
These pictures from 2013 when we were out and could walk on the dam. And as Lisa observed it appears to be drying up, but it has remained at that level for years.
Tomorrow we hope to drive across New Mexico and into Texas.