:: Lee and Julie's trip round the world 2004

New Mexico and Arizona part of the road trip...
Date: Jul 25, 2004 - 03:55 AM

From Santa Rosa, we did a loop through Las Vegas (the other one in New Mexico), Santa Fe and then down into Albuquerque. Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we were driving through a really bad storm. Luckily, by the time we got to the RV park in Albuquerque, it had passed.
We woke the next day, to find out there was a tornado that had touched down and took a few roofs off, just 30 minutes after we'd passed it!! Very lucky indeed!

American RV Park

American RV Park

We had 3 days in Albuquerque, but didn't get up to much. We went to the Atomic Museum, which was really interesting and also a tad scary. Loads of info about nuclear sciences, atom bombs and the Cold War.

From Albuquerque, we went to El Morro National Monument (Inscription Rock) and then into Gallup.

On our way, we passed over the continental divide. This is the line that divides the flow of water between the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. Rain or snow that drains on the east side of the Continental Divide flows toward the Atlantic Ocean while precipitation on the west side drains and flows toward the Pacific Ocean. Every continent except for Antarctica has a continental divide.

A night in Gallup at the famous El Rancho Hotel, where many movie stars have stayed including John Wayne, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas to name but a few.

From Gallup, we did our longest day driving yet, almost 500 miles. We headed north to see the 4 corners monument. This is the place in the United States where four states (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) meet in a single spot.

From there, we were headed for Winslow in Arizona and back onto Route 66. We drove for miles on some very lonely roads and some awesome scenery.

Winslow wasn't the most 'happening' place, so we decided to keep moving and stay in Flagstaff, Arizona and base ourselves there for a few days. From there we could do the Meteor Crater and of course, the Grand Canyon.

Pictures of those are to follow soon...

This article comes from

The location of this page is