|I'm sitting here in Fort Stockton, TX watching a PBS TV
show on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. Neat to be looking
at places I've recently visited. One tidbit mentioned is that it is one
of 20 Civil Landmarks of the world (I think I have this right) - along
with the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building.
Before leaving Raton, NM this morning I met another gent - Sako (sp?). He picked me out as my having passed him the evening before. He was moving down the road pulling two horses in a trailer - I remembered passing them. He commented on the bike leaning over due to the wind.
We stood in the warming sun for perhaps 30 minutes talking. He travels about working his trade - wood carving. A good conversation enjoyed we parted.
I hopped on I-25 and headed south to Las Vegas, NM. A brunch and fuel stop, along with a shot of the old steam locomotive, I made just a short hop down to US-84 and took that South. There I grabbed a shot of the US-66 historic sign.
US-285 from Vaughn, NM to Roswell, NM. 70 MPH four lane - filled with nothing. Why is this even a four lane?? About 1/3 way between the towns (about 100 miles) a couple rabbits passed (I had pulled over to get a picture). One was a yellow car and the other was a white van. I pulled out as another went past me. It was sitting about 1/2 mile behind the first two.
Four lane, empty, wide open - roll on. I traded fuel economy for time and sat a ways behind the third vehicle (white Yukon). For a great part I enjoy the wide open spaces - but this was a process miles jaunt.
Roswell, NM - (sorry folks) the best part of that place was the "UFO crashed here" sign about five miles before I came into town. Perhaps there is an aspect that would change my mind - e-mail me.
From Roswell the next town was Artesia - small, industrial - no thanks.
From there next up was Pecos, TX. Small - its claim to fame is being the "First Rodeo" town. It was also home to some small march / protest. About 30 people walking with signs down the middle of the street with 6 or 7 police escort vehicles.
The jump from Pecos to Fort Stockton was at sunset / dusk. Nice golden, red, blue colors with some whispy clouds on the horizon.