Day 26 - New Mexico is high.

Well unfortunately the trip is taking a turn, no pun in tended and I don't know if its a turn for the worse or better but we are definately changing our pace and that means more time on the interestate and less on the old Route 66 bummer.

After we realized that we had covered exactly HALF the trip in 3/4 of our alloted time we had to make the decision to go faster. However, we also came to conclusion that at some point in the future we'll have to do the second half of the trip again but we need to take it slow.

We can totally see why so many people are drawn to this road and want to return again and again. Its kind of werid and magical but you get on that old concrete and you settle back into yourseat and you just feel comfortable. Really laid back and comfortable.

Vista at end of East Central Albuquerque.

Unfortunately for this journal, there may be a lot more shots out the window at speed and less face to face time with the people of the road.

We made a point to take the old highway as we crossed the Rio Grande because we thought might be memorable.

Beth commented that this territory all looks like the move Cars. Amazing vistas, mesas and buttes. (Yep they are different I looked it up.)

Perhaps the best chat of the day was with an indian girl at a roadside attraction we stopped at. Ok, to be honest we had to go to the bathroom but we always buys something if that is the case. As I paid I got to chatting with Cheryl. She shared a very interesting insite with me. We got to talking about a bumper sticker that I had seen in Oklahoma that said, "Sure I trust the government. Just ask an Indian". We began talking about some of the otrocities that the United States and allowed to happen or perpetuated over the years. Slavery, the taking of the land from the Indian tribes and the Japanese internment of World War II.

She shared some really interesting thoughts on this. Cheryl said that the elders in the tribes are the least angry when it comes to dealing with the way the white man had stolen their land. Not that they were "ok with it" but they had come to grips with it. They also figured there was nothing they could do to change the past and they were just "where" they were, "when" they were. Or to borrow popular vernacular, "what are you going to do?"

Maybe we could all learn from that stance or maybe its a red flag to those of us that want to "lay down and take it". There are things that happen, even today, that are autrocious. Do we want to just say... "yea, go ahead. What am I going to do? Disagree with the government?" or do we stand up and make our voices heard.

Thomas Jefferson said that when the people fear the government you have tyranny, but when the government fear the people, you have liberty. Interesting thoughts, but probably too political for this travelogue. I'll probably end up deleting this bit later... if I don't, you have some stuff to think about.

On a lighter note... we're probably going to do laundry tonight, so we have that to look forward to, which is nice!

Yea, thats NOT our car and NOT our Wigwam, they were booked by the time I called to see if they had an opening, we stayed next door at the Best Western. But it IS Beths photo, and the moon was amazing that night. Canon 5DMK2, fast glass and high ISO. Ya gotta love this technology!


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Reader Comments (4)

I hope someone did NOT show up for their wigwam and they came to get you and you stayed there - if you guys talked to your angels - sigh - that might have happened. Ralston, what about a wigwam?

Friday, June 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Fenwick

Was fainally able to get back on the trip today and amazing things happening since I was here last.....this whole journey is such a kick to follow....AND.... I personally don't think you should edit out, "stuff to think about".... the place and the time was so right and came from the heart....
Wigwam, moon and car photo, WOW, what clarity of both present and past, beautiful photo. a glowing reminder of generational spirits all around ....WOW.

Sunday, June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Harrold Kuchefski

Extend the trip! 30 days is too short. I'm living life through your eyes!!!

Monday, June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark Jensen


Thanks for taking the time to post all these great stories, pictures and videos. They are terrific. I really and enjoyed all of them. I’ve even been to a few of the places you visited.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Rogers

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