Route 66 – parts 9 & 10

Another double post as we are having a two night stop over shortly. But first we have a little funny story where the my sense of humour is totally lost on a very nice unsuspecting young waitress. Now there is the old Tomato or Tomato(e) differences as the song goes, but this was UK slang term I made into an innuendo. We popped into a wonderful restaurant where they make their own delicious wine, which we bought a few bottles of and we also wanted a bite to eat.

The poor waitress came up to me and asked if I wanted a “nosh”, to which I replied “Of course, but the wife is sitting here next to me”. Needless to say that the waitress looked at me very blank and wondered what the heck I was on about. Lynn just shook her head and apologised on my behalf. The term “nosh” in the UK has two meanings, the first is a term for a bite to eat obviously the same as the USA, the second definition is a slang term for… well, I will let you look it up if you really want to know. I am still getting it in the neck from my lovely wife, sometimes I should engage brain before I speak. The excuse was that I was relaxed enjoying the atmosphere and I sort of forgot where I was for a while. We did make sure the waitress got a proper tip and she was absolutely lovely, she did think that I was a complete head case, but she put up with me. Moving swiftly along…..(Route 66).

We got back onto the road heading through New Mexico to Albuquerque where the desert and road merge into one on the horizon. The ford Explorer air conditioning was now getting a good hiding in the deserts to keep us comfortable.

Where stopped to stretch our legs to visit a free museum with a diner attached to it that was just crammed full of interesting stuff and cars.

Next Day: 

We were now travelling towards Flagstaff and found an unusual place called the Wigwam Motel. Not real wigwams mind you, but they do look pretty good though.

The main goal for today was to travel the worlds biggest meteor crater which is just an incredible sight with spectacular views. You are basically in a desert and looking at the mountains in the distance which have snow on them, below you there is a 550ft deep hole.

The Meteor Crater is the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow, Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. The Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an international tourist venue with outdoor observation trails, air-conditioned indoor viewing, wide-screen movie theater, Interactive Discovery Center, unique gift and rock shop, and Astronaut Memorial Park at the Visitor Center all located on the crater rim.

 

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After we spent many hours here just taking in the sights we got back on the road and looked towards our next stop where we plan to stay for a couple of nights.

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We do have to comment on one thing though, such a beautiful place for incredible scenery and we see this sign slapped in the middle of views.

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We forgot to upload these couple of pics from the previous post, Caddy Ranch, not sure you want to see more pics of me, but here you are anyway.

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