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Date: June 22, 2009

santa fe, nm – day 1

We rolled into Santa Fe, NM early this evening. The ride was good; we finally ventured off the interstate [singlepic=461,200,200]From Amarillo to Santa Feand took some secondary highways for the last three hours or so of our drive into Santa Fe. We meandered through the mesas dotted with Ponderosa pines, the scents actually filling the air as we sped 75 miles per hour (the posted speed limit) into the hills and then through the high lonesome planes. We drove three hours and passed scarcely as many cars in that time. The only signs of life were the occasional heads of cattle grazing in the distance.

Once in town, we grabbed some fish tacos from a local establishment and just relaxed on the upper deck of our rented house. I made a few photos. Here’s our view.

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from the yellow rose of texas

[singlepic=458,200,200]From Tulsa to Armarillo…

We rolled into Amarillo, TX this evening. They call it the yellow rose. The drive in east on Interstate 40 took us .
through a barren and vast landscape. A real sense of loneliness overtakes you in such places. We drove for miles, seeing scarcely a fellow motorist–let alone an open gas station which we desperately needed. We saw several abandoned on the high planes, but it took us nearly to fumes before we rolled up to a Texaco station. We saw no one, paid at the pump, and moved on. I don’t know. The vast emptiness was oddly comforting, but eerie at the same time. I took no pictures until arriving into Amarillo, which had the uniqueness of the land give way to the ubiquitous strip mall. Granted my time in Amarillo has been limited to just a few hours around the hotel strip off the highway, but I haven’t been too impressed. I long for the openness of the lonesome highway. I think we’ll hit the road early in the morning.
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