Day 5: Amarillo, TX to Albuquerque, NM
We're here in Albuquerque after an, um, exciting trip over the high plains and mountains between Amarillo and Albuquerque. The temperature varied from 20-27° until we descended into the city, at which time we were shocked at how warm 33° felt.
The view when we finally left Amarillo:
Entering New Mexico:
We met this family at a tiny gas station, they were enroute to South America.
The view out the window at Cline's Corners, where we stopped to warm our toes 60 miles east of Albuquerque. Cline's is on a high plateau, elevation over 7000'.
The Route 66 sign inside Cline's; I-40 parallels much of historic Route 66.
After Cline's, we had 60 miles of at times snow-covered roads, lots of semis, icy bridges, and a very steep descent through mountains as night fell, to contend with before we reached Albuquerque, taking us about two hours. Even our suits were iced over when we arrived.
As we approached the city, we saw passengers in at least two vehicles (one a passing 18-wheeler!) leaned out of open windows to take photos of us. Maybe we'll turn up on some internet forum somewhere.