Day 9 - Santa Fe to Tucumcari.
After our walk last night we decided to revisit a couple of places we saw. Walking to the Santa Fe Railway Depot, where we saw the Double decker passenger train depart, was first on the agenda. Then back to historical downtown to check out the Miraculous staircase at Lorretto Chapel and the San Miguel Mission (oldest church in USA, 1610).
Back on 66 following the Old Santa Fe Trail out of town we called in for an hour or so at the Pecos National Historic Park after going over Glorietta Pass (at 7500 feet the highest point on '66).
Pecos Pueblo and Mission church ruins was an amazing extra to do - ruins of what was once a city of thousands at in the 1400's with Adobe buildings up to 3 stories high and at least one very large building having about 600 rooms!
Next stop Santa Rosa where we had a late lunch and swim in the 'Blue Hole', an artesian spring that you can go scuba diving down to 80 ft. It was a great way to freshen up and cool off with the water temperature about 17- 18 deg C.
Arrived in Tucumcari to stay at the Route 66 Motel. Out for dinner at the Pow Wow Restaurant where Tony enjoyed the best tasting steak ever followed by a cruise down Main Street when Nikita spotted a football (grid iron) game on, so of course we went in. The local high-school team, Tucumcari Rattlers were playing the Foxes, complete with Cheer Leaders and the school band with a fancy uniform. Another good day.
Highlights: Seeing a 1 metre snake in the wild at Pecos and watching a high school "ball game".
Trip log: 193.9 miles traveled today, 4 hrs 10 mins driving time. Around 1150 miles to go to Chicago give or take a few miles for detours or backtracking. 1488 miles traveled to date from Los Angeles including the day trip to Grand Canyon. Looks like we are well over half way there!
Adios from New Mexico, off to the Lone Star State - Texas tomorrow.