We set of to Antonito through the mountains, but the landscape soon changed to more flatter plains and long, straight roads with tumbleweed blowing across. We stopped for lunch at a town called Alamosa and stocked up on some medication for Sicknote.
We reached Antonito earlier then anticipated, but Laura was relieved that she would have some time to recuperate in the motel room before dinner
. However, because of our tight budget, we had booked the cheapest place in town (Narrow Gauge Inn), about $50 per night. On entering the room we realised why it was so cheap! The room had painted block walls and tatty furniture, but, worst of all, when Laura pulled back the bed covers, they were covered in hairs and yellow stains and had obviously not been changed from the people before! Being tired, unwell, British and out of our comfort zone in the middle of nowhere, we decided not to complain as we had paid up front and were worried that we would not get a refund! We had a couple of blankets from our train journeys and decided we would use these and sleep on top of the covers.
Antonito itself was bit of a spooky place. Only two cafes and a couple of motels in the middle of nowhere. There also seemed to be a lot of drunk, redneck hunters wearing strange camouflage gear staying at our motel (not sure what they were hunting) and Laura couldn't stop thinking about where their guns were! Hopefully the next place wouldn't be so bad...
17/10/2009 - Unfortunately, Laura woke up in the morning not feeling too well, so she had a lie-in while I planned the next leg of the journey. I picked to head for a place called Antonito, which seemed about halfway between Buena Vista and Santa Fe, near the border of New Mexico. Turns out, it is famous for being the starting point of the Cumbers and Toltec scenic railroad, which travels through a narrow gauge at around ten thousand feet.