The Santa Fe Roundup
Trip Start Jul 29, 2011
4Trip End Aug 02, 2011
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This time I'm OFF the road, back home in Chicago. I tried getting online at the Albuquerque "Sunport" (a/k/a airport) last Tuesday, but couldn't do it. So, after our flight home was diverted for awhile in Milwaukee due to a storm and after getting back into the routine this week, I'm finally writing what should have done a few days ago. Sorry for the delay.
I left Santa Fe Tuesday morning during a warm day, which got warmer as I got closer to Albuquerque and down to a lower altitude. The big local news in Santa Fe while I was there was the homecoming for Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, who won the Medal of Honor after saving a group of Rangers from a grenade. While throwing an enemy grenade away from his fellow soldiers, it exploded and Sgt
I left Santa Fe (reluctantly) and headed south on Interstate 25, but didn't get into albuquerque on that route. Instead, I took "the highway that's the best" as the song says: America's Main Street, Route 66. Albuquerque may have the distinction of being the only town that has two entries from 66. From 1926 to 1937, 66 went to Santa Fe from a tiny stop on the highway called Cline's Corners. After '37, the U.S. Highway Department decided to straighten it out, so it bypassed Santa Fe and now runs east-west from Tucumcari and Santa Rosa, more or less in line with Interstate 40. But 66 devotees still include the old alignment up to and down from Santa Fe. Thus, you can enter Albuquerque on old 66 either from Santa Fe to the northeast or on its east-west alignment. As with every other place on 66, Albuquerque is proud to be on the old highway, which includes Central Avenue running straight through downtown. A showpiece on this stretch is Albuquerque's Kimo Theater, built in 1927 and beautifully restored
This was another terrific excursion. More than just a "vacation" it was another journey, an adventure. For me, that's what every trip should be about. Then again, it would be darn near impossible NOT to have a terrific experience in the place aptly named "The City Different!"