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We are quickly realizing that when google maps gives you directions from place to place with distance and time to make your journey it clearly doesn't take into consideration the pace at which one travels in a motorcoach. So, with that said we choose our route, add 1 1/2 - 2 hours to our ETA, and make our way down the road. Today we traveled 459 miles and that makes for a long day! In a car that would be an easy 7-8 hrs.
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... famous for. We drive into the city and start seeing old places with cool signs. We go to the Standard Diner in downtown for our dinner. It's not a real original diner....it's only about 8 years old. But the food is exceptionally good....it's kinda like an upscale fancy diner place. Dinner was superb.
We leave from Standard Diner and head east, checking out the neon as we go. If you do neon here......you're probably a wealthy man. There's ...
... and then on our last day, take a hot air balloon flight with hundreds of other balloons. The thought of riding in a hot air balloon was exciting....but doing it with tons of other balloons in the scenic west was the icing on the cake.
Clear blue skies, calm winds and mild temperatures are the norm in Albuquerque, encouraging year-round hot air ballooning and enabling more than 300 resident balloonists (more than any other state) to fly hot air ...
... it is extremely neat to do...and the views from the top are outstanding. We didnt expect to do something so unique and great like this on what was supposed to be just a quick stop on the way west. We would highly recommend a stop at El Morro and El Malpais.
After over 7 miles of trails, we headed for our hotel in Gallup NM, and dinner at Virgies Mexican Diner, which seemed to be a local favorite...the food was good!
... accordingly). So, for us --with differing tastes-- it was a tad over budget. But...see for yourself... and know we don't do this very often!
So, back to the rig and to bed early. Tomorrow is the last of our 'tough drives'. With luck, we'll cover another 429 miles. We expect more winds into our right side, but have chosen to head toward OK before stopping. Oklahoma here we come!