On to New Mexico

On February 17, 2010, Ivan found out at 1 am that the couchsurfer in Santa Fe, New Mexico had canceled.  Great!  Ivan wrote to more couchsurfers.  We both looked for accommodations online.  Ivan thought we should go to Albuquerque instead.  It was an hour closer to Flagstaff.

In the morning, Ivan talked to Isaac about how our couchsurfer canceled at the last minute.  He also talked how we’d be headed out to  Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe.  He told Ivan about his friends who were also couchsurfers that lived in Albuquerque.  Ivan wrote them a message.  We said thank you and good-bye to Isaac. 

We drove to get breakfast.  We ate at Macy’s.  We had cous cous with saltanas and a yogurt with granola. 

We started driving to Albuquerque at 12:30 pm.


We saw a few different things on our travels of Route 66.  We saw Two Arrows, Jackrabbit and the La Posada Hotel. 

We stopped by to see the Wigwam Motel.  It’s not actually teepees but concrete that’s shaped as teepees. 


It looks pretty small inside.  In the parking lot, there’s a couple classic cars there.

We got a call from Leslie (Isaac & Marguerite’s friend in Albuquerque).  She said we could stay with them.  We were happy to hear that!  She said we should stop by and she’d give us suggestions for dinner.

I was taking a nap while Ivan was driving.  He woke me up saying Jen, the police.  I thought he was playing a joke on me.  But, I looked in the rearview window and sure enough a police car was chasing us.  The guy who pulled us over was nice.  He said that the GPS unit was blocking the driver’s view, the license plate was obstructed and Ivan was driving in the wrong lane.  Ivan said he was from England and showed his driver’s license.  The license plate has a frame around it so you can’t fully read the Nevada on the top.  Ivan said he would move the GPS unit from the window.  The cop said it’s alright.  He let us go.  I guess he was just bored. 

We arrived about  7:30 pm.  Leslie was having a meeting.  She recommended Garduno’s for good southwestern food.  We drove there.  Ivan had chicken fajitas and I had a great honey and chili chicken dish. 

We went back to the house. We met Andy, Lesley’s husband.  Ivan also saw their cute daughter.

We chatted with Lesley and Andy for awhile.  They gave us lots of tips on Albuquerque, Santa Fe and New Orleans. 

We went to bed early since we were so tired from not getting much sleep the night before.

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