August 23, 2016 – Drive from Albuquerque, NM to Amarillo, TX

If the old adage that “a happy house is a happy home” …

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I-40 initially continued through some still desolate and relatively flat country.

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Ever so slowly, however, the distant mesas begin to close in and vegetation becomes more abundant

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DSC_2785as the some of the rivers, which across the past several states have been little more than dry or shallow streams of muddy water now are running full.

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Paralleling Historic US Route 66, one sees ongoing evidence of abandoned towns, homes and businesses …DSC_2807

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Any takers?

victims of being by-passed when Interstate 40 was completed.

After a stop for gas in Tucumcari (best price we’ve paid on the trip … $1.969/gallon), we

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Across New Mexico and the western part of the Texas panhandle, we’ve seen dozens of

DSC_2809over the past several days, and while a throwback to another bygone era are still in use by ranchers across the southwest.

Meanwhile, nearing the mid-point between the New Mexico border and Amarillo, we found ourselves amid miles of wind turbines … we estimated close to 1,000 …

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DSC_2814which share the land with cattle

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Arriving at the Oasis RV Resort, we were greeted by

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However, this is one of the best campgrounds we’ve ever stayed at and when we do our on-line rating, we plan to give it a 10 out of 10 score!

 

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