Thursday, August 22, 2013

Road Trip: Grand Canyon National Park to Albuquerque

Date        Stop     Odometer    Location                                     Time

6/20/20130210643Kaibab Nat'l Forest, 10-X6:51 AM
6/20/20131210695Williams, AZ8:36 AM
6/20/20132210835Chinde Point, Petrified Forest NP11:33 AM
6/20/20133210959Milan, NM
6/20/20134211050Albuquerque, NM4:00 PM

From Cory's Travel Journal (revised)

12:10 PM- Just a little way out of Petrified Forest National Park,  although we skipped the forest part and just did the painted desert.  We got up at 6 this morning and packed up the tent.  Fire ban = coffee and breakfast at Wendy's.  They had wireless internet which wasn't overloaded like McDonald's was yesterday.  We sent some emails while eating and got on the road.  We stopped for gas in Williams and hit I-40.

Sandwiches, peaches, and water for lunch at the Painted Desert at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Lunch at the Painted Desert

Flat, red desert at Painted Desert at Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Lots of red earth and blue sky

Small red mounds roll the landscape at Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
More of the same

Petrified wood sits on the valley floor at Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
These chunks are petrified wood.  What were they doing here?

The A/C is working fine as we are mostly flat and high here in Eastern AZ.  Our lunch stop was the petrified forest and painted desert.  I-40 goes through the North part of the park, which has very little petrified wood, just the painted desert.  We didn't have time to drive through the park to the forest, so we stopped at a picnic shelter in the desert.  He had PB sandwiches left over from lunch yesterday and a can of peaches.  We took some photos, but couldn't find Frog in the car!  We must have put him in another bang or maybe on the floor of the car.  Wait, just found him under my seat, Nice!  We're continuing on to ALBQ.  More driving today, but pizza tonight!

5:38PM-  Sitting at Wal-Mart in ALBQ.  We need our halfway oil change.  I dropped Sara at a laundromat, so she is at a place just as depressing as I.  We got to the hotel first and checked in.  we found Wal-Mart and laundry nearby and wanted to get those out of the way.  The laundromat has arcade video games, at least!

Later-  We went back to the hotel to order pizza from a local pizza place.  Sara kept trying to find a place that would deliver to our hotel but apparently, no local pizza places deliver as far South as the airport Sunport. in ABQ.  I had iced down a couple of my last homebrews, and we had to settle for Papa John's... Oh well.  A lot of dishes here feature green chiles.  We were hoping to try a pizza with them, but no dice.

Two homebrews chill in an ice bucket at a hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sadly, we had to enjoy these with Papa John's

We did some advance planning for TX and New Orleans while we watched some HBO.  I worked on some blog posts, we watched True Blood, and went to bed for a good rest.

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