Our next stage in the coast to coast travel in the United States takes us to Gallup, almost 500 kilometers from Yellow.
We are already entering the mythical American West, that our unconscious reminds us of Indian tribes.
They are wide, beautiful, generous and still wild landscapes. The roads are endless, long straight to the horizon, and followed by another straight line to the next horizon.
Historic Route 66 in New Mexico
The whole route is following the historic Route 66, which sometimes becomes the interstate.
The landscape is semi-desert, beautiful, flat, with mounds and hills of red color, in a first approximation to the landscapes of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.
For many miles we found few service areas, although I have been in many of them, specifically in Flying P. Ranch, Clines Corners and in Indian village.
Are establishments managed by native Indians, the majority Navajos, but also of other ethnic groups (Apaches, Comanches and some more), who commercialize multitude of objects of their crafts, of which the goldsmith with turquoise stones stands out.
Souvenir in service area of native Indians on Route 66 in New Mexico
This semi-desert landscape is also very sparsely populated, with few villages in sight. What can be seen is very simple.
These service areas from the interstate highway look like centers of Tribute to Native Americans of North America (in addition to its commercial nature ...) that they were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands, very decimated and that they have lost the essence of their life. It is sad.
What to see in Albuquerque
We have stopped about five hours in Albuquerque, city that takes the name of homonym of Extremadura.
Albuquerque in New Mexico
It is the largest city in the New Mexico state, but not its capital, which is the city ofSanta Fe.
Albuquerque It has a population of more than half a million inhabitants and was founded in 1706 by Spanish colonizers, and still retains some aspects of that Spanish cultural and historical heritage.
In Albuquerque, during the month of October, theAlbuquerque International Balloon Party, the largest concentration of balloons in the world.
We have toured the city, first by car and then on foot. Initially, the modern area of the city, where we ate in a very nice pizzeria.
The food served buffet was very good, well prepared and the pizza very crispy.
Albuquerque Congress and Exhibition Palace in New Mexico
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We also visited thePalace of Congresses and Exhibitions, I had a lot of activity and various exhibitions.
Then by car we drive to the Albuquerque Old Town, with strong Mexican and Spanish reminiscences, both in aesthetic aspects, as in the type of food and crafts (ceramics, galleries, ...).
There we were walking for a couple of hours and in the Plaza Mayor we saw a hermitage very old dedicated to San Felipe Neri.
The feeling that this city has left us is that it would be very pleasant to live, and that sometime in some of our lives we will come to live here for a long time.
Historic Route 66 by Albuquerque in New Mexico
Now we are in the mythical west. Great feeling of spaciousness, long, quiet roads, few vehicles, peace, harmony.
The road is alive and the road is life and was alive. There are roads and there are detours, there is hard and wild land. There is soul And everything is beautiful, very beautiful!
Sun and heat: about 35º; with rain, temperature drop to 19/20.
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