So.Well, not straight away as the pre-1937 alignment of Route 66 avoids the main east-west corridor currently occupied by boring old I-40 and instead shoots off south of Albuquerque before looping back north across the Scorching Plains™ to rejoin the interstate at Mesita, which is out of Scorching Plains™ territory and into what can best be referred to as badlands. There is not much to be seen along this stretch, to be honest, unless you're hellbent on following the guidebooks to the letter. And if you do that you might end up somewhere completely not on Route 66 at all, such as Pie Town. Which I visited in 2003 and thus saw no need to visit again.
Scorching Plains™ of New Mexico.
It would seem that
You are behind us now.
But are you?
["Yes. Yes, they are" - Ed.]
|Pie Town NM in 2003, yesterday|
|Ron Weasley never did get the hang of parking|
|Omnes:||So, ML Maire, duz teh Arizona haz teh Scorching Plains™ 2?|
|ML Maire:||That has been left as an xersize 4 teh readuh!|
Next port of call is Holbrook, which is most notable for being:
- the current eastern end of the (official) American Truck Simulator universe, and
- the home of the famous Wigwam Motel
|HAIRY JAPANESE BASTARDS!|
Only took 'em 27 years. Anyway, I have been to Winslow before in, you guessed it, 2003. And I thought I stayed in the same hotel as I'm in tonight, but am clearly mistaken, because the. car park is a different shape. And I had a visitation from the P*nct*r* Fairy. In 2003, not today. That would be too much. California tomorrow, and I know from a Several of previous visits that the first bit of it contains Scorching Plains™ in abundance, otherwise known as The Desert.
Since by the time this is read anywhere east of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge it will already be tomorrow, I shall take this opportunity to wish Professor Larrington a happy birthday. Whether she reads this is a different matter altogether, as she is on her holibobs in Georgia. The one famed for its moustachioed communist dictators, not peaches and the Ratmobile.
- Readers who recognise the origin of that joke are invited to keep their traps shut.