More than half way through our Route 66 trip

Day 11-13 Albuquerque to Flagstaff. Very straightforward route, along the I-40, interspersed with R66. Stopped off at Grants for coffee in Macdonalds. Once again a great visitors’ centre with loads of information and enthusiastic staff. Went along further to the Continental Divide and had a geography lesson! Rain or snow that falls on the east towards the Atlantic and on the west towards the Pacific. Along the route, also are the Red Rock cliffs. Beautiful colors. Stopped at Red Rock State Park for some pictures. On to Gallup. Dip in the pool and jacuzzi which the three of us had to ourselves. Dinner at El Rancho, old hotel and restaurant where the stars used to stay when filming nearby. Then into town for the Native American dances. Great fun and very interesting. Downside of the good location is that we’re near the railroad, and trains run all night! Detour to thenPainted Desert and Petrified Forest – fantastic colours. Off to Arizona, unfortunately we got the monsoons en-route, so not many stops. Flagstaff is a great town. We went to see the Meteor Crater this morning, which was awesome ‘as our American cousins put it! Then back to wander around the gone. We came back into Flagstaff for a night out. First Friday here is great fun, lots of art galleries and music everywhere. We checked out several bars and had a veery enjoyable evening, topped off by a taxi driver who played rugby. Nice vibe in this place.

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