Sunday, October 23, 2011

Michigan to Santa Fe, NM Itinerary: August 2-9, 2008

Sat. Aug. 2, 2008
7:15 a.m. depart Ann Arbor, MI > IN > IL
11:45 a.m. E rest stop lunch at Mile #117 I-80 IL
1:48 p.m. E crossed Mississippi River at Byron enter IA – fourth state
Stopped at rest stop at Mile 300 on I-80 IA
E. Kunze Farm Implement Exit 215 I-80 IA (tower blue grain wagons)
3:14 p.m. E Mile 258
4:30 p.m. E. rest stop at Mile 147, I-80 IA
5:36 p.m. E. arrive 304 Kellogg, Dallas Center, IA
MILES: 579
Dinner w/ Virginia Howell, Kathleen Warren & her son Cole Warren, 7 and tour of Dallas Center inc. Tasty Cup ice cream

Sun. Aug. 3, 2008
8:10 a.m. E depart Dallas Center, IA
gas in Adel, IA 3.70 gal
wind generator Stuart, IA
8:45 – 9:20 a.m. E Walnut IA ($20)
10:11 a.m. C arrive Omaha, NE – fifth state
10:40 a.m. C Mile 432 rest stop w private dining pavilions and “funky glass barn” on hilltop near Ashland, NE
11 a.m. C two wind generators Mile 405 near Lincoln, NE
1 p.m. C Aurora NE
2:20 p.m. M Big Springs, NE
2:30 p.m. M got on I-76 enter CO (drove 482 miles from IA to CO) – sixth state
Dinner at PF Changs in Southland Mall: “South of God dang Denver, just off highway robbery!” AJT re: $8.50 in tolls on Denver bypass road
10:30 p.m. M arrived Pueblo, CO
Miles Dallas Center to Pueblo: 781 (trip thus far 1366 miles at 28.3 mpg)
Stayed at Wingate/Wyndom in Pueblo ($99)

Mon. Aug. 4, 2008
8:22 a.m. M departed for Taos
10:20 a.m. M arrived in New Mexico – seventh state
NM-64 sighted antelope on the way to Taos
Cimmeron 6427 elevation
mid-afternoon arrive Taos, NM
early evening arrive Santa Fe, NM

Tues. Aug. 5, 2008
Opera house tour
Café Pasquale
Marriage of Figaro

Wed. Aug. 6, 2008
Bandolier National Monument (monsoon, pinon pines, double-winged saltbush)
Billy Budd

Thurs. Aug. 7, 2008
La Boca
Cathedral Labyrinth
Ten Thousand Waves spa

Friday, Aug. 8, 2008
8:10 a.m. M depart Santa Fe
8:27 a.m. M exit 282 on I-25 through Gallisteo Basin
9:13 a.m. M I-40
10 a.m. M Santa Rosa, NM exit 277
10:50 a.m. Las Palomas NM
11:21 a.m. wind farm to east on mesa near San Jon, NM (50 plus wind generators)
11:39 a.m. M (12:39 p.m. Central time now in TX) crossed into Texas – eighth state (on day #7)
100 windmills north of exit 42 on I-40 near Vega, TX
1:36 p.m. C Amarill, TX
3:01 p.m. C crossed border to Oklahoma – ninth state
3:15 p.m. C picnic at rest stop near Erick, OK
5:24 p.m. C gas & food at Mile 125 I-44 in Oklahoma City, OK
6:45 p.m. C Bristow, OK
7:10 p.m. Tulsa, OK
7:30 p.m. crossed Arkansas River east of Tulsa, will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, OK
Landscape before Tulsa and into MO looks familiar like upper mid-west. Mile 321 I-44 Spring River crossing
8:48 p.m. C cross into Missouri – tenth state (fourth today)
stayed overnight at La Quinta Inn in Joplin, MO
Total miles today: 756

Sat. Aug. 9, 2008 Happy Birthday, Alisa!
7:24 a.m. C departed Joplin
9 a.m. b’fast in Springfield, MO, Mile 77 I-44
(route home: 44E to St. Louis take ring road 270 to 70E to Indianapolis to 69N to MI to 94E to A2)
11:25 a.m. C St. Clair
12:27 p.m. C crossed Mississippi in St. Louis to IL
4 p.m. C entered IN 70E to Indianapolis
8 p.m. E entered MI
9:30 p.m. E arrived A2
Total miles today: 838

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