Albuquerque New Mexico

Trip Start Mar 25, 2013
Trip End Apr 21, 2013

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Winnebago RV
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Amarillo Texas

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Albuquerque New Mexico
wake at Childress  tx  seat 7yrs 9am
Drive from Childress to Albuquerque 6.5 hrs  just outside Amarillo is Cadillac Ranch 10:30am
Santa Rosa Blue Hole may be dried up 4:30pm
***koa gain 1hr 19/07/12 # 268430.000

Wednesday 10th April Alberquerqie, New Mexico
We woke to find snow covering lots of the ground and roof tops and it was so cold, apparently it had gone from 83 down to 16 and it sure felt like it. Needless to say that the kids were just in awe of the snow as this was the first time they saw it, let alone playing in it. We were a little concerned though as the road in, which was within view was covered with flashing police lights, i though the roads must have been blocked but it turned out a semi had gone on it's side in the ice and it was just police to alert oncoming traffic - yes the traffic kept going. There were a lot of semi's and RV's who had pulled onto the side roads to avoid the treacherous road conditions so we could tell it wasn't really safe yet to drive off, well it was only 6:00am anyway so we went to have breaky in the restaurant - well it was actually a casual room with large TV. There were quite a few council truckies who gave us some advise regarding the weather etc, most had suggested this weather was extremely unusual and quite unexpected.It was expected to clear by 10:00am, well it didn't, the snow covering the RV didn't budge until 2:00pm when we were well within desert regions and the sun was belting down. We end up going across to Walmart to get some supplies and the walk over was just horrible, only 2 minutes walk but the wind just cut straight through and it was freezing. 
Time for beanies and double jackets now.We left at about 11:00 and had another 6 hours to get to Albuquerque in New Mexico.
The drive was slow which felt like we would never make it, it wasn't until about half way when i finally were able to pull to the die of the road as there was not a single truck stop along the way but we had this terrible noise coming from under the truck which need to be looked at - turns out it was a mudflap which started hitting the undercarriage when we got to 65 mph, the speed limit was 75 mph so we couldn't maximize our time for this whole part of the trip. A shot time later we filled up with gas and got straight back onto the road as we were soon approaching Amarillo Texas which was well regarded as a big tourist destination, we pulled into to a tourist centre and spoke to a man who gave us some good advise on what to see and do in the local area. There were some freebies for the kids also. Lilia noticed the signs warning of rattlesnakes so she was now looking all around in fear of rattlesnakes, i reassured her it was mean't as a warning when stopping on the side of the road and going for a wander but i really didn't know the extent of the warning myself.
The first stop was a mistake and most likely we followed the map wrong but we felt we had been given a bum steer either way we wasted an hour getting lost in Amarillo city for no reason whatsoever, only to head back out and on to an area which was the towns slice of Route 66, we found somewhere to eat and had some burgers and nachos, all of which was lovely except for a few hairs we found which suddenly killed our appetite. We wandered through a game store and bought a few little Pokemon things for Jack and a game for their Nintendo DS - a US copy as i had a feeling they would work in our Aussie units despite all the warning against doing so - I was correct so we landed a game for just $6 and this sets us up to get a few more cheapies along the way rather than pay the crazy prices in AU like $59. We then went into an antique shop and it was the most incredible store - if only we lived here we would have bought so much more as they are so cheap - i was seeing all these things we could buy for next to nothing and resell them on ebay for a motsa but we just couldn't. We did find some original star wars toys and an antique set of spectacle that we bought plus a few other bits and pieces.Now it was time to get back on the road and try to make Albuquerque before nightfall. One the way well after 3 hours i needed to stop as i was getting very weary, we noticed it was starting to snow, we pulled into the first available truck stop surrounded by the nicest rocky mountains and boulders you had ever seen and yes the snow was falling, the kids were so excited and it was really nice, the wind had settled a little which made the drive good and fast at 75mph, but to see the snow fall just topped of a good day. We took some photos and Wendy films us getting covered in snow - there wasn't huge amounts but enough. Funnily though within 2 minutes of leaving the snow stopped, it was like it fell just for our benefit.
All the way we have been just one step ahead of bad weather, it was almost like it was following us just far enough behind for it not to be a problem, but the clouds were enough to tell the story.
We had another hour or so to get to our destination, which we really wanted to get to before night - well we did get there before night at 7:00pm.So we went though and got our little package which was left out for us, pulled into to spot 62, plugged in and quickly went for a walk to get some KFC as this was pretty much all there was, funnily though KFC looked like it was shut as all the chairs were stacked on the tables and the place looked like it was actually closed for business full stop as there were no staff nor patrons, luckily though were tried the door and they were open. After eating inside we walked back in the freezing cold to settle in for the night knowing we had another big drive tomorrow, we need to make Monument Value by 4:30pm for a booked tour, so the plan is to leave by 7:30am. We have gained another hour also which means we will get a good nights sleep, hoping it won't be too cold in the RV. It did get very cold down to about 3 degrees.
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glenrae on

What a horrible drive, so glad you are all safe and sound at a hotel and not in your RV. Will this weather continue as you go further west, sure hope you will drive out of it tomorrow. Did you get your asthma spray darling? I presume it was in the RV not that you had to drive to buy one.
Take care, stay safe. LU all xxxxoooo PS (there is always a PS lately :-)) Got your email re Skype too late, we were at a meeting with a solicitor. It would have been so good too. We skype with Mazz often so we are ready for you when and if you have skype again. xx

glenrae on

Just got your email darling, imagine - still snow on the ground. Hope it is still there for the kids to see. Wish you'd get a longer sleep before your long drive though. I imagine you will be leaving early to get to Albuquerque. I said in my email which you may or may not see yet, that the weather map shows you driving away from the bad weather which is good.
Good luck, stay safe and luv to you all. xxxxoooo

Sue, Belinda & Amy on

Hi Travellers,
Glad to hear you are all safe from the storm. Good driving Paul! Wendy, I sent Annette a quick birthday message from all of us on Facebook, she wants to catch up in May. All going well back home. Stay safe and drive carefully xxx.

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