So, 600 miles later, I'm in a Hampton Inn in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. The first day of the trip was uneventful. I didn't leave Phoenix until about 10:30 because of my manicure so it was a late start. I was dressed in shorts, sandals and a short sleeve shirt and when I stopped in Flagstaff to put gas in the car, I about froze to death. It was about 50 and windy. The rest of the day, the temp ranged from 46 to 54. I wonder why I didn't realize that it would be so much chillier.
I stopped in albuquerque at a Cracker Barrel for dinner and then on to Santa Rosa. I stopped here because it was getting dark and I don't like to drive after dark, especially when I don't know where I'm going.
Northern Arizona and western New Mexico are beautiful places. I saw mountains, canyons, mesas, bluffs and a lot of tumbleweed. For awhile, it looked like I was driving on the surface of another planet. What was really amazing was the wide open spaces. Mile after mile of undeveloped land.
I guess I'll get a few hours of sleep and then do it all over again. Tomorrow's goal is Dallas.