Day 9- Sat 25th Aug 2012- Williams AZ to Gallup NM
Gallup, New Mexico
Today we had breakfast at the hotel and then hit route 66 aiming for Albuquerque, as that was prob the furthest we could drive in a day, we drove through the town of Williams, Flagstaff, saw the twin arrows trading post which was just two arrows in the ground and a deserted building. We then stopped off at meteor city where we saw a huge creator and got to see some amazing views over Arizona as well as a place Rhiannon would be convinced it was where they filmed the moon landing- as she does not believe they went to the moon. We then drove to a small town called Winslow where we stopped to take photos and I brought a t-shirt, we then took a small detour off route 66 to see the petrified forest which Bethan thought would be scary looking tree's rather than fossilized trees that have become a tree rock- they were really impressive and again we got to see some amazing views over Arizona, I wasn't expecting Arizona to be all that much considering its mainly desert but the landscapes are amazing. We then drove a bit more and went through Holbrook where we saw the wigwam hotel which is what the cozy cone hotel in cars is based on- it looked amazing and I'm really enjoying seeing buildings that are very similar to those shown in the cars animations and also getting to view some of the landscapes for real.
We decided that Albuquerque was too far and pulled in at a quality hotel where they wanted $200 per room- so we said no, had food and then went and found the closest Day's in. We are now in Gallop New Mexico and in Mountain Time zone for the first time as Arizona (normally in mountain time) does not do daylight saving so we are now 7 hrs a head of the UK rather than the 8hrs we had been. This evening we ate at Applebee's and had a really nice meal, later we visited Wal-Mart for the first time this holiday it was HUGE and we are defiantly staying in a native American area as most of the shops around are not what you would find on an every day American street selling native jewelry art and crafts. Tomorrow we will be spending most of the day in the car again however I'm prob going to be sleeping for a lot of it as I'm shattered today and it should only feel like 9pm yet feels more like midnight.