473 Miles on I-40

Trip Start Apr 02, 2010
Trip End May 01, 2010

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Day 3 Continued April 4, 2010 Kingman, AZ to Albuquerque, NM

Greg's Version:

Kingman, AZ was a gas and chocolate stop. Between us we managed to bring along 20 Cadbury eggs and two bags of chocolate eggs.  We have decided that once a day we will have a chocolate stop or just eat a couple of the little chocolate eggs as we roll down the highway.

Kingman to Albuquerque is a straight shot east on I-40 for 473 miles.  I was hoping this would be one of those "just drive for 9 hours" trips.  NO!  Most of the day was spent trying to keep a 30-40 mph cross wind from blowing me into Utah.  I am not saying parts of it were not beautiful.  The pass out side Flagstaff is 7300 feet and for miles either side the forest floor was covered with big patches of snow.  I've uploaded a couple of nice pictures that Mary took from the car.  Please ignore the reflections, especially the Starbucks cup.  We finished up the day with dinner at Cracker Barrel Country Store and Restaurant one of Mary’s favorite places to eat.

Mary's Version

Okay, I have to fess up about getting some Hershey's chocolate eggs, you know, the small ones with the foil cover?  And a package of Cadbury mini-eggs.  The small ones with the hard, crunchy outside.  Yum!  Oh, and four Cadbury eggs.  Greg got 16 Cadbury eggs!  I thought what I had gotten would be enough for the whole trip.  Ha, apparently not!  Can you tell, we're not dieting?

Yes, as Greg has said, the wind has been ridiculous!  30-40 miles an hour, buffeting us around!  And scary, passing many big rigs, as they were also being knocked about, and them being even less aerodynamic that we are! 

Arizona is a beautiful state.  Lots of red earth.  And when we are in the high desert, wonderful, tree evergreens with patches of white snow all around.  Lovely.  Oh, and I'm learning to try to take pictures really close to the window, so people won't see reflections in the pictures, especially Starbucks cups!

And yes, one of my favorite restaurants ever, (remember, I guess we're not dieting), Cracker Barrel is a comfort food place.  Food like Mom used to make, only better.  (Uh, sorry Mom).  Great breakfasts, but for lunch and dinner, things like meatloaf, and macaroni and cheese, and great, homemade desserts like apple pie, etc.  We actually haven't had dessert there, yet.  Too much other food to eat!
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Lisa Arnold on

Not that you want to be reminded of work, but here I am, on a business trip in Tewksbury, MA, and the only decent restaurant within walking distance is.... A Cracker Barrel! Right next door, in fact.

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