811 Miles to go. We arrived in Albuquerque this afternoon, the drive between Amarillo and here was beautiful. Albuquerque is snug against the Sandia Mountains, the southern most tip of the Rockies. I always imagined New Mexico as a flat desert area, but we’ve been through 1/2 the state and most of it has been dry mountainous terrain. The altitude of Albuquerque is 5280 ft., the same as Denver, but it’s much hotter here. Let me tell you, anyone from the southwest that tries to tell you the heat is easier because it’s “dry”, is full of shit.
Texas was completely boring to drive through, pretty much flat cattle ranches the whole way through. I’ve always heard that it is legal to have an open container of alcohol so I was looking forward to legally drinking a beer in the car until I saw this, DOH! I’m glad I looked it up instead of cracking one open without a little research.
Driving out of Oklahoma and also in New Mexico we saw a huge array of windmills along Route 40 which I’ve found out are FPL Energy wind arrays. FPL is the largest generator of wind produced power in the US, and provides clean, reusable energy in other forms to power companies across the US. It’s nice to see a company that is fighting the good fight to get rid of fossil and coal based fuel consumption. We won’t run out of wind, will we? Of course the skeptic in me is weary of all large energy companies, I’m sure FPL is no exception when it comes to the dirt and rumors out there on the Internets.
We pretty much hung out in the hotel room in Oklahoma City, we did get a shot of the city from the car though (I didn’t expect there to be actual buildings here):
The trip through America’s heartland is over, and our trip through the southwest has begun. Overall it has been a relatively painless trip. Jackie and I haven’t really gotten under each other’s skin any more than normal, which has been a pleasant surprise .