Day Five: We Did Not Make A Left Turn At Albuquerque

The Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ.
The Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ.

Most of today was spent in the car. We stopped at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ on Route 66 for a quick photo op before heading on to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. There are numerous trails and scenic viewing areas in the park, so we stopped periodically, walked around and took lots of photos. Then it was back on the highway for a lot more driving.

We stopped for lunch in Gallup, New Mexico and had an amazing meal at Jerry’s Cafe. Why didn’t anyone tell me about sopapillas before now? Fried bread with honey? Yes, please!

After our bellies were full, we got back on the road and started making our way towards Roswell. Once we got past Albuquerque, there wasn’t much to see. We drove through miles and miles of very flat ranch land and didn’t see a single building until we got to Encino, which is the most nightmarish little town I have ever laid eyes on. It was right out of a Steven King novel. Needless to say, we did not stop.

Several hours later, we finally made it to Roswell. We haven’t seen any little green men yet, but the dude at the gas station was kinda sketchy.