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  • Day9

    Day 8 BABR - Grants,Nm

    June 3 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Day 8 Broken Arrow Bible Ranch, NM - Grants, NM
    Miles - 56
    How many deers we saw - 3

    We had a late start time, because everyone was very exhausted. We got a message that we would be packing up and going 30 minutes down the road to a small town of Ramah for breakfast. We would need to load up and be ready to leave by 8:15am.

    It was pretty smooth as we packed up, and crammed into the van. Neil visited with old men at the Stagecoach Cafe. I sent a photo and little note to Kris back at NBC so she could pray for the conversation that was happening.

    I ordered pancakes and Glenn ordered biscuits and gravy. Very good. When I started talking about lunch options, Glenn realized that he left the "cooler" stuff at camp and then quickly called the camp to ask if they could bring it to us. By the time we were ready to leave, Ann showed up with the cold stuff.

    The ride today was gorgeous also. It took us through beautiful and breathtaking locations. We stopped at the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Neil was exhausted, so after cooling down and stuff, the rest of the gang wanted to visit the Ice Cave and Volcano. So while Neil slept in the 2nd seat of the van, we ventured out to Ice Cave. Unbelievable how the Cave can be so cool. Aerage temperate is 33 degrees. That felt wonderful for the cyclist. They continued on to the volcano, but I decided to go back benches outside of the rustic lodge. Glenn and I then started talking to Dave and Debbie the owner of this place. Its not a national park, but privately owned. This couple have been married for 45 years, met and attended the Air Force Academy and served for 10 years. He was very interesting. Once Neil woke up, he started speaking and having a conversation with Debbie.

    Well, this stop was longer than normal, but a good stop for Neil to get some additional rest and then for everyone else to take a walk and see the Ice Cave. The bikers got back on their bikes and continued onto Grants. As we pulled into Grants, we decided to go to the hotel, check in, unload the van, and then take a shower and be back at the van in 30 minutes. And we did!

    I called ahead to the Steak Restaurant to make sure they had room for us. They had the table ready for our arrival. I had enchiladas and Glenn had Fajitas. Very good. Afterwards, we came back to the Southwest Motel and rested for 5 minutes before we took Una to the laundry mat and she washed ours and the boys clothes. Thank you Una. I told her to text us when she was done and we would pick her back up. We drove towards Wall-Mart and got some gas. We checked about a GPS Garmen to buy, since Betsy died 2 days ago. They did not have any.

    The other folks that went to Walmart purchased vanilla BlueBell iceceam to go with the apple pie Neil bought at the Stagecoach Diner in Ramah. Good idea. We sat out on the park area and enjoyed the delicious pie. Glenn offered to give the "left over nearly melted vanilla ice-cream" to Kim, the owner of this cute hotel. Kim was very grateful and then even accepted Neils offer to have a filmed conversation together.

    Glenn and I drove to pick up Una and on our return back to the hotel, there was Neil in the parking lot filming with Kim.

    I am two days behind in my blogging, but I feel better, now that its only 10:30 and all I have to do is answer a few emails and send a deposit to Darla via Paypal and sometime in the next few days, I need to get my pills organized.

    Good night. And if you have made it this far. Great
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  • Day99

    Route 66: Gallup

    September 18, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    Heute steht eigentlich nur Fahren auf dem Plan. Bei wieder sehr gutem und heißem Wetter machen wir uns von Valle auf nach Flagstaff und nach einer kurzen Trinkpause geht es weiter Richtung Holbrook. Hier trennen sich dann unsere Wege, da drei von uns einen Abstecher nach El Paso zum größten Harley Davidson Händler machen möchten. Für diejenige, die keine Lust auf diese lange Strecke hatten, geht es auf direktem Weg in Richtung Santa Fe.

    Nach nur ein paar Stunden Fahrtzeit heute haben wir unser Tagesziel, Gallup, bereits erreicht. Damit steht uns ein ganzer Nachmittag zur freien Verfügung 😊.
    Wir gehen relativ früh bei einem Mexikaner gegenüber des Motels essen und setzen uns anschließend noch gemütlich unter einem Pavillon in dem "Garten" vor dem Motel zusammen und lassen den Abend ausklingen.
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  • Day34

    Day 29 comments

    July 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Made it to Cuba in a day that just saw lots of trees and forest roads. In Cuba I had my now traditional Subway wrap and footlong.

    First part of day had lots of Rocky tracks. Got to top of climb at 7km/h. Reached just over 10km/h before Cuba. Including a tar road downhill of 14km that took 13minutes (then they added some hills)

    Resupplied in Cuba. Tried to complete the next 64km section of tar road. Did about 50 before camping out at 23:00 from being too tired.
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  • Day25

    Route 66, eller næsten - femte del.

    August 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Vi startede dagen med morgenmad på hotellet, der var en lille buffet. Derefter fik vi gjort os klar og pakket bilen.

    Vi kørte ind til Albuquerque, og parkere ved en souvenirbutik. Butikken var fyldt af alt muligt indiansk lavet ler krukker, drømmefangere, smykker, tæpper i meget mere. Her kunne vi med en kupon få en lille gratis drømmefanger. Ekspedienten var meget venlig og fortalte os hvor vi skulle tage hen og se og høre noget om indianerne, til sky city. Han guidede os i retningen af "old town" i Albuquerque. Vi fandt så ud af at det lå ret tæt på hotellet. Det var okay, en del gamle bygninger. Men butikkerne i de gamle bygninger mindede nu ret meget om hinanden, indianske souvenirs. Så fik lige set lidt af de gamle bygninger inden vi besluttede os for at gå tilbage til bilen.

    Vi kørte så mod Sky City. Turen derud var lidt kringlet, øde bjerglandskab, med stort set ingen huse hele vejen fra highway området og de ca. 15 miles (1 mile = 1,6 km) til turist centeret hvor der var ture fra. Helt vildt flot landskab dog. Vi kom også ind i et område med køer, så pludselig stod der to med kalv ude midt på vejen. De kom dog hurtigt væk fra vejen da de så os. Vi kom ud til en stor bygning med få huse omkring. Dette var turist centeret hvorfra man kunne købe guidede ture til Sky City. Den eneste måde at se byen var på de guidede ture. Vi gik først på cafeen for at se om vi kunne få noget indiansk frokost. Vi var på vej ud til Sky City forbi et monument, men da vi fandt ud af det var en gåtur på mindst en time til monumentet måtte vi indse det havde vi ikke nok tid til. Men damen der fortalte os om gåturen anbefalede fried bread. Vi skulle ko så prøve det her fried bread. Det blev serveret med bønner, salat, tomater, sour cream og en form for mild chilisauce. Det er åbenbart indiansk, det var ret godt!
    Så købte vi billetter til turen. Vi fik set lidt af museet og en film om denne indianer stamme inden turen.
    Man blev kørt i en lille bus op på toppen af et bjerg, her var byen bygget. Byen blev bygget i 1100 tallet. Guiden fortalte at stammen havde fået at vide de skulle finde deres lokation baseret på ekko. De boede først på en bjergtop i nærheden, men i en storm slog lynet ned i den eneste vej op til toppen. Så de måtte igen lede efter et sted at slå sig ned. De fandt så bjergtoppen vi var på. De boede i små huse bygget op med træ, sten og noget der lignede en blandning af sand, ler og halm. Der lå også en stor kirke som en italiensk præst tvang indianerne til at bygge. Der var få oprindelige bygninger fra 1100 tallet da spanierne ødelagde byen med kanoner, i et 3 dages slag mellem indianerne og spanierne. Byen blev dermed genopbygget vist nok i 1600 tallet. Husene beboes stadig om sommeren af stammen, der er ingen rindende vand eller elektricitet.
    Det var en sindsyg spændene tur, kan virkelig anbefales.

    Vi satte så Frida (GPS'en) til at guide os til Gallup, hvor der var billige hoteller. Vi var så heldige, at der klokken 19 skulle være indiansk dans og sang på byens torv, havde Charlotte læst i en af de 100 brochurer vi har. 😅 vi nåede lige at få et værelse og komme ind til det begyndte. Det var fedt at se. En mand der spillede og sang og fortalte lidt om kulturen og 4 dansere i indianer tøj. Det tog lige omkring en time. Så fik vi lidt at spise og kørte så mod hotellet. Nu kører tv'et i baggrunden, men jeg vil nu til at sove, da der venter endnu en lang og spændene dag i morgen! Godnat! 😄😴😴
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  • Day14

    Unplanned stop

    June 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Well, it was not in the plan, but if we had to break down this was the place. We stopped to eat and re-fuel and when we got in to start the Beast, she would fire. Dx is the starter and the only one to be found was 119 miles away... We took off in the jeep and fetched it. So now waiting for it to be installed and hope and pray thats all it was. If all goes well we should be back on the road in a couple of hours. This happened yesterday around 11 am. 24 hiurs so far.Read more

  • Day104

    Gallup, New Mexico - USA RV Park

    May 28 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    We're gathering travel momentum heading homeward. Gallup, NM, "The Heart Of Indian Country", is a halfway stop between Flagstaff, AZ and Albuquerque, NM. While we've been here before, this stop has a specific purpose. The trip's Navigation Goddess needs some retail therapy in the form of a authentic Native American jewelry purchase. The Zuni Pueblo borders Gallup and is a target rich shopping environment.

    Gallup, NM is another town founded with the arrival of the railroad, and it's still here with a very large railyard. Trains are tooting pass the campground regularly. Famous Route 66 still passes directly through Gallup. The railroad and highway brought commerce and travelers leading to 20th century prosperity. Mid century brought Hollywood and the filming of many western movies. Unfortunately, the Hollywood notoriety faded and was replaced by a rise in crime . In 2014 Gallup had the highest violent crime rate in the state of New Mexico. ThIs problem has been compounded with the county being the poorest in the state.

    The town borders the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribal nations. As a result a substantial portion of Gallup's population is Native Amierican. Unfortunately, Native American poverty, violence, alcoholism, homelessness, and unnatural deaths have added to area's problems. The extent of these problems is not readily apparent to the the casual visitor. On the plus side, Gallup appears to be a growing town showing signs of meeting its challenges.

    As for our retail therapy adventure, seeking Native American jewelry, we were not successful. The availability of items depends on what the artists make, so finding what you want is hit and miss. However, all was not lost. We had a great lunch at the Village Bistro. Despite its somewhat modern name, the restauriant is Native American owned by a Zuni tribe member and features traditional Zuni dishes. The Green Chile Stew was excellent, and yes it was very spicy.
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  • Day89

    Continental Divide

    November 19, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

    We getting closer to home! We are now on the Pacific side of the Continental Divide. The land here is pretty flat. I would imagine that this would have been a good route for settlers to come back in the 1880s. Well, except for the heat, lack of water, and the Indians.

    Looking at the weather in the Pacific Northwest right now, it's a pretty good route for us as well!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

McKinley County, مقاطعة ماككينلي, Маккинли, ম্যাককিনলে কাউন্টি, Condado de McKinley, McKinley konderria, شهرستان مک‌کینلی, Comté de McKinley, McKinley, okrug, McKinley megye, Մակ-Քինլի շրջան, Contea di McKinley, マッキンリー郡, McKinley Kūn, Naʼnízhoozhí Bił Hahoodzo, Hrabstwo McKinley, مککنلے کاؤنٹی, Comitatul McKinley, Мак-Кинли, Округ Макинли, Маккінлі, مک کنلی کاؤنٹی، نیو میکسیکو, Quận McKinley, Condado han McKinley, 麥金萊縣

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