Continental Divide

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Continental Divide

Continental Divide

We crossed the continental divide this evening.  It was golden hour, and guess what?  We took pictures of it as the sun started its final descent.

I’m going to start off with shout-outs to our partners and others…

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Hawthorne Suites, Alburquerque

We spent a great evening at the Hawthorne Suites in Albuquerque.  They treated us very nicely.  The rooms were clean and nice.  There are many services, restaurants and stores nearby.  They provided us with a very nice room.

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Tonight’s Hotel – Holiday Inn Express, Gallup, New Mexico

Tonight we are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Gallup, New Mexico.  We’ve been treated like royalty since arriving here.  They provided us with a great recommendation for dinner.  We thank them for the room.

We took the front desk’s advice at the Holiday Inn Express and went to Jerry’s downtown Gallup.  The gave us a wonderful meal.  I had chili rellenos, enchilada and a taco plate, and Paul had pork covered with green and red sauce (Christmas, as they call it).  They brought out a basket of sopapillas and a bottle of honey.

I was in food heaven.

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The Staff at Jerry’s Cafe in Gallup, New Mexico

Thank you to Bay Photo Labs.  We met several photographers today and provided them with press printed book marks, and highly recommended Bay Photo Labs.

Republic Wireless came through today too.

Geology

Today we saw more geology than we did old wrecks and abandoned buildings.  It is a nice change.  Some of the country Route 66 passes through is beautiful.  We saw buttes, cliffs, mesas, mountains, rivers, lava beds and high plains.

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New Mexico Landscape and the Continental Divide (with train in the foreground)

New Mexico

While I was disappointed in Albuquerque’s vagrant problems, overall, the people of New Mexico are very friendly.  There is a scam going on here.  A man comes up and tells you he was on his way to ___ and from ____ and his truck broke down.  He then asks for money.  We’ve seen this twice in 24 hours.

Other than that, once we got away from the big city, we got away from the drug pushers, prostitutes and scammers of Albuquerque.  Somewhere along the way, we stopped at a small burger joint and everyone said, “Hi”, to us and welcomed us to their restaurant.

The people at the Holiday Inn Express and at Jerry’s Grill have been especially friendly.

 

 


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Sunrise Tagging

Sunrise Tagging

Nothing like a little sanctioned vandalism first thing in the morning.  Sunrise tagging is the thing to do at Cadillac Ranch where 10 Cadillacs are buried with their butts sticking in the air.

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Before the Sunrise

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After Dawn

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Sunrising

Heading West

We’re heading west to Tucumcari, New Mexico.  On the drive I talked to my cousin Kimberly Little (author of several books).  Her and her family live near Albuquerque and we’re hoping to meet when we travel through town.

We stopped at the midway point of Route 66.  It’s just east of the New Mexico State Line.  There’s a diner and a gift shop next door.

The lady at the Sunflower gift shop was the inspiration for Flo in the movie Cars.  We took a picture with her and she signed a postcard I bought.

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Me, Paul and Fran (aka Flo)

Tucumcari

We got to Tucumcari sooner than we expected.  We gained an hour because we went from Central to Mountain time.  While having an extra hour sounds great, we’re beat.  The day has worn us out.

Our motel Quality Inn is VERY clean.  While it’s a very old hotel, it has recently been going through updates.  My room as new carpet and is one of the cleanest rooms I’ve ever stayed in at a motel.

The staff here has been great too.  I HIGHLY recommend Quality Inn here in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

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Room at Tucumcari Quality Inn

The pool was nice an refreshing giving it reached about 100 today.

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The Pool at the Quality Inn in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Old Cars, New Friends

I spotted this place with a bunch of old cars, mostly Ramblers, behind a chain link fence.  The sign warned it is private property and guarded by a dog who will bite.  There was a phone number on the fence.  I was about to call it when a man in a big pickup truck pulled up and his front plate read, “Rambler”.

He was on the phone, but he opened the gate, and beckoned us in.  He motioned as if to say, “take pictures”.

We did, and later he got off the phone.  He was so nice.  He invited us to have a bottle of water or soda, and let us take photos of whatever we wanted to photograph.

I had to get a picture of this AMC hood ornament.

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American Motors Hood Ornament

I never knew AMC had hood ornaments.

We had a fun time visiting with him.

Lots of Thanks

A lots of thanks to day to…

  • MoLight – for great lighting products that can be used on location
  • Bay Photo Labs – We had fun placing Bay Photo stickers where allowed
  • Republic Wireless – great coverage today!
  • Quality Inn – for a couple of very nice rooms for Paul and me, a nice clean pool for us to refresh ourselves in, and great recommendations for dinner (Dell’s Diner)
  • Danny – for the cold bottle of water on a very hot day.

 


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19 Days

19 Days

It is hard to believe, but it is only 19 days until we embark on Route 66.  Time passes quickly.  Most of all, we are excited!

Advertisers

A special thanks to our advertisers (aka sponsors):  presented in alphabetical order

  • Exclusive sponsors
    • Bay Photo Labs – our official photo lab!
    • Republic Wireless – our official provider of voice and data services!
  • Non-exclusive sponsors
    • ACDSee Software – Image processing software.
    • Alien Skin Software – Image processing software.
    • Anthropics – makers of PortraitPro, PortraitBodyPro, LandscapePro and SmartEditor
    • Fine Art by DB – Fine art prints for your home, office and business.
    • MoLight – Photographic lighting solutions
    • Nataliacha Doodley Do – Whimsical graphic arts (our logo was designed by Nataliacha Doodley Do)
    • On1 Software – Image processing software.
    • Topaz Labs – Image processing software.
    • Warner 5 Color – Pad printing.

Not Too Late

It is not to late to jump on the advertising bandwagon.   The last to join was Warner 5 Color.  They print on most anything.  In addition, they can even print on unusually shaped objects.

I shipped Warner 5 Color a few dozen hand mirrors and provided my logo and graphics for the back of the mirror.  They are strictly printers.  Therefore you provide the product to be printed on, and they do the printing.

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Front of the Mirrors

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Back of the Mirrors

After searching all over for something to provide them, I found these small hand mirrors.  Most noteworthy, they suggested I provide something for the mirror surface too!

These are the proof photos they emailed.  I can’t wait for them to arrive.  Furthermore we will be handing these out as a “thank you” to select people along Route 66.


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40 Days

40 Days

40 days for this epic adventure to start.  With 40 days before we start we are proud to introduce our newest advertiser/sponsor – Republic Wireless.

Republic Wireless - 40 days

Republic Wireless is our official (and exclusive) voice and data provider for this tour.  What does that mean?

We will use Republic Wireless’ products and services to post updates.  Live updates to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook will be done using Republic Wireless exclusively.

My Personal Experience with Republic Wireless

I retired from AT&T in 2012.  As an AT&T employee I enjoyed concessions which abruptly came to an end when I retired.  My phone bill was now in excess of $200/month for two phones.

As a retiree I wasn’t entitled to any competitive wireless benefits.  As a result, I switched to T-Mobile.  T-Mobile’s prepaid plan seemed pretty good.  $50/phone unlimited voice and data.

A good friend told me about Republic Wireless.  T-Mobile had been my carrier for a couple of years.   Being a former TCP/IP network engineer, the Republic Wireless technology is groundbreaking and worth a shot.  I took the shot.

My $100/month bill dropped to $50/month for two phones.  At times, my Republic Wireless bill has been less than $40/month for both phones.

Service

My wife had difficulty transferring her contacts to our new Republic Wireless phone.   She called and the service representative walked her through the process.  It impressed my wife.

When it comes to calls, the service is great.  The WiFi to cell network hand-off is seamless.  To the best of my knowledge, no other phone service offers this.  Others offer WiFi calling, but once you’re on a WiFi call, you stay on that call or get dropped.  This is not the case with Republic Wireless’ technology.

Overseas

Because of my Republic Wireless phone, I was the hit of the group on my last trip to Israel.  We had free WiFi in our hostel.  I called my wife and the call via WiFi worked perfectly.  Soon, others in my group were asking to borrow my phone to call family in the USA.

They would ask, “Do we owe you anything?”, or “How much is this call going to cost you?”

“Nothing”, I would tell them, “WiFi calling is free via Republic Wireless and your call won’t increase my bill one bit.”

When they would ask how much my monthly bill is, I would tell them about $18/month (which is what it was running around that time).  They would then add, “I wish I could switch.”

When I asked them why they can’t switch, they would moan about contracts.

Contracts

That’s another thing I love about Republic Wireless — no contracts.  I purchased our phones outright, and I have no contacts.  In fact, I can switch plans mid-month if I want to!!!

I love Republic Wireless and I’m glad they have agreed to provide us unlimited data while we drive Route 66!