El Paso to Phoenix
Trip Start Jul 28, 2006
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Complimentary breakfast at the Quality Inn -
one scrambled egg, two pancakes, one sausage, two bacon strips plus coffee and O.J. You can also choose a danish with fruit cup or cereal.
Depart for Phoenix.
See my first Border Patrol SUV.
I also saw the Sun Bowl where UTEP plays. The stadium seems like it is carved out of a mountain.
Cross into New Mexico.
Cross the Rio Grande.
Pass the Border Patrol check point in Las Cruces. The Border Patrol waved me through. I guess I look safe, so I did not have to stop and show my credentials.
Cross the Continental Divide, altitude 4,585 feet.
Cross into Arizona.
Enter Texas Canyon.
Very cool huge rock formations.
Cross San Pedro River.
Enter Davidson Canyon.
Outside temperature of sixty-six degrees.
Cross Tucson city limits.
Sun finally comes out. I drove through rain from the minute I entered Arizona until I passed out of Tucson.
12:30 - 1:00
Gasoline and lunch break in Casa Grande, AZ. I stopped in a Burger King. I was not super hungry so I figured I would just get a Whopper Jr. and a soda. The cashier charged me for two sodas and she did not know how to undo one soda. She then called the manager over and there was a big to-do.
Cross Tempe city limits.
Arrive in Phoenix.
I spent some time in the Phoenix Art Museum. A very fine art museum, indeed. Although it was tough to find. A large portion of the roads in downtown Phoenix are undergoing construction so navigating the streets is a little difficult. The museum holds a nice variety of American, European, and Asian art.
From the museum, I checked into the Comfort Inn.
I attended mass at St. Mary's Basilica downtown. I thought I might go to the cathedral, but the cathedral is off in a suburb-type area of Phoenix with nothing else around the complex. Instead of going to mass at the cathedral and then driving downtown to eat dinner, I went to mass at the basilica. The basilica is beautiful. It was built in 1915 and was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1987. The basilica is run by the Franciscans.
After mass, I went across the street to a small mall with many shops and restaurants. I pondered the menu at Lombardi's and was enticed by the linguine with shrimp, scallops, artichokes, and asparagus in a light cream sauce.
Then back to the Comfort Inn, conveniently located right next to I-10.