31 May: Vaughn, NM to Globe, AZ
Penny's Diner was a reconstruction of the heydays of the Route 66 era. I even found a picture of a diner in my evening stay in Globe later that day.
My motel included this diner for breakfast. I ordered Hot Tea along with other items. The Spanish speaking waitress got the tea correct, but missed the hot part. I was served tea that is used for ice tea, except without the ice. Another waitress added the meaning of Hot Tea to this person's growing daily English vocabulary.
Driving along, with a pretty good windchill, temperature around 46, noticed that the wind is being harvested in many places. This mountain top had many turbines generating electricity.
Trains are still moving a large percentage of goods across America. This is a main east-west line owned by the Burlington Norther-Santa Fe line.
In the western part of NM, near Datil, there is the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. It is the site of the VLA (Very Large Array). Here is a link to more info
Many antelope that seem to blend into the landscape. This particular one seems to be separated from his friends by the fence.
Near the continental divide, there was a large forest fire. At that time it was only 10 % contained and was already NM's largest fire ever. Even 2 weeks after this blog entry, the fire is still only 50% contained.
Alpine, AZ was just perfect. Cool, bright, clear. However, the previous year a major fire in AZ threatened its existence. Scars of the huge fire exist on the mountains surrounding this community. Link to 2011 fire:
It was a warm day once we lost elevation. Driving was a pleasure with the roads well marked, banked appropriately for safe turns. On a bike you can't watch the scenery AND watch the road. Stopped a few times for picts, but the drive was terrific.
Remember the days when you traveled to a motor court or tourist court as they were called. It was great to have covered parking right next to my room. No room scan cards here.
Arizona is getting HOT!
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