New Mexico: It's not new and it's not MexicoPerhaps there is a compromise to be had if USAnia takes leave of its senses and elects the appalling D Trump as President in November, viz. El Presidente agrees to pay for the wall that Trump seems so keen on as long as the border is restored to the state it was in before the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. This would, of course, mean the return of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Oklahoma to Mexico but I'm sure that's not an insurmountable issue1.
|Mesa. Occupied Mexico. Saturday.|
which started life as a 1947 Chevrolet COE truck but has had a few tweaks over the past seventy-odd years including, though not limited to, a 454 CID (about 7.5 litres) V8. Sadly this one's not for sale chiz.
The other main attraction in Santa Rosa is the Blue Hole, so called because it's a hole. And it's blue. Or at least it is when the sun's out.
|A Blue Hole, yesterday|
A bit further west and you have a choice of Route 66s. Later incarnations went more or less straight west across the Scorching Plains™ to Albuquerque but before 1937 the road described a big loop to the north, passing through Santa Fe in the process. I chose the older version as I've been across those Scorching Plains™ before and most of them were a tad dull. Not that the route north is much better, at least to start with.
|O noes! Another Scorching Plain™|
By now the route is running parallel to, or underneath, I-25, but a noteworthy detour can be made to La Bajada Hill. This is a La Bajada Hill today:
From 1926 to 1932 66 went over it, before someone saw sense.
I bailed from the official route some miles further south partly so as not to have to fight through the northern suburbs of Albuquerque but mostly to ascend the Sandia Crest. The Sandia Crest is a lofty wossname that rears a vertical mile or so above the Scorching Plains™ below and in doing so reveals itself to be yet another h>10,000 foot road I missed in 2011 (there's another one on the east side of the Sierra Nevada near Mammoth Lakes too chiz).
|Albuquerque from quite a long way up|
|Western Super Mare|