The following morning we set off to Roswell
. The weather was very much the same, although given the 24 hour downpour, the states rivers were nearly breaching their banks which was to the amazement of both us and the local towns folk. Our only stop in Roswell was at the infamous International UFO research centre and museum. This was a really fascinating place with numerous articles, government documents, affidavits and conspiracy theories relating to the 1947 crash and potential government cover-up, as well as other UFO sightings over the last 60 years. After about 3 hours in this museum, we drove through the middle of the town checking out the alien head street lampposts, cheesy alien phrases on store windows and restaurants, and had some fun driving through 1ft high water puddles in the middle of the roads with Lola (the whole town in their big pickup trucks were as well). We then headed to the only river bank in Roswell to watch the newly formed rapids in what we reckon was previously a very dry river bank, locals getting stuck driving on the mud whilst trying to get a better look of the river, and cowboys in their shiny pickup trucks doing donuts and spraying mud everywhere.
After another long morning of driving, we finally arrived in Santa Fe – the oldest state capital in the USA – our overnight stay and a stretch of the legs on route to Roswell. The weather during our drive was terrible, we got caught in very large storm that swept through the centre of the USA (Colorado was eventually struck with the worst of hit). Whilst the fork lightning was spectacular, the heavy rain made driving Lola a real challenge and we were very glad to reach our next destination. The cities architecture was of Spanish design (reflecting the origin of the cities early settlers), and quickly reminded us of travels in Europe. Our first stop was a visit to the oldest active church in the USA, which was followed by a visit to the oldest house in the USA. After wondering around the cities centre a bit more, the rain set in for the evening so we retreated back to the comfort and safety of Lola.