Howard Johnson Albuquerque East
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... The divided hwy really didn't offer any better scenery than the interstate does, especially that section of Texas.
We stopped at a rest stop so the guys could stretch their legs, and so Nick could run the car for a few minutes (recommended in the car manual). Oops, dead battery. And no jumper cables. 104 degrees outside! A kind trucker lent us his cables and Nick was able to get the car started. Just to ...
... or are in the process of redevelopment. Next we drove to Old Town, easily parked on the street and spent about 2 hrs looking in the shops. I enjoyed Old Town, as the buildings were interesting and many of the shops had courtyards behind.
After shopping, we then we drove to the Route 66 diner for lunch. We almost got this place confused with the Route 66 Malt Shop, but realized we wanted the historic restaurant not the more modern one, even though both looked ...
... we don't believe there could be anything like our Blue Lake. The Blue Hole is a sink hole and the water is crystal clear, there are gold fish swimming in it and people can swim there too. It's not fenced as such and there are steps to get into it and platforms for jumping in. On a hot day I can imagine it would be very refreshing and very popular. It's still raining but we do manage to get some good photos before the rain gets heavier. Harvey is certainly getting a ...
... in the process.
Before we left we quickly explored the Kimo theater on Central Ave (Route 66) in downtown Albuquerque. Great architecture and a lovely building, but most of this area of the ABQ feels run down and forgotten. Empty store fronts and deserted streets. I do not know if it is just the Memorial Day weekend, but we were really surprised by the lack of pedestrians, especially with the pleasantly warm weather. ...
... as this is unfortunately never to be taken for granted. Housing development and a Highway have already compromised this site.
We found the Road again and headed for Los Lunas. On the outskirts of Albuquerque on Isleta Blvd - pre '37 66 - we spotted the Road Runner and The Blue Castle, both 66 icons. Lots of old motels and other wrecked buildings line the road on our way from Los Lunas to Laguna. Passing through a pueblo I spotted a Post Office and we ...