Today we drove about 10 hours through some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen.
We left at 10:30 A.M., and went to McDonald’s, but they had stopped serving breakfast so we decided to just head out without eating. We drank some coffee from the hotel room and headed West on I-40. In the last stretch of Texas, we saw a ton of farmland. We passed a huge cattle ranch and a bunch of windmills as well. We got to New Mexico and stopped off at the welcome station, where we heard about a Dinosaur museum in Tucumcari, NM. We had to go… so we continued onwards down I-40, passing some beautiful mesas on the way. The Dinosaur Museum was tucked away in the back of this small town, but we managed to find it thanks to some signs. The museum was definitely catered to a younger audience, but it was still interesting, and we saw some cool things. Plus it only cost us $4.50 to go through. After a quick stop at Sonic, we were on our way again.
As we continued west, Haley took another nap and I drove along in awe of the beautiful scenery. Two hours later, we realized that the gas light was on, and we didn’t know where the next gas station was. We kept going forward and hoping for a gas station, when we saw an exit sign for Thoreau, NM. We were saved! We took the exit, and wound up in a tiny Native American town. We got some gas, jerky and energy drinks, and then took a quick tour around. We stopped in at a pawn shop to see what was available, but there wasn’t much to look at. Back on the road…
A bit later, we crossed into Arizona, and the scenery only got more beautiful. More mountains and colors appeared, and we saw some crazy rocks along the road. We chugged along until reaching our destination of Flagstaff. We went back two hours in one day due to time zones, so at first we thought we had made great time…but I guess it didn’t really matter, we got 2 free hours! We checked into Travel Lodge, put unpacked the car and hung out in the room for a while.
Haley wanted to go see “On The Road” at the movie theater, but apparently it’s only in select theaters right now, so it wasn’t playing here. Instead, we headed downtown to eat and check out the nightlife in Flagstaff. By the way, Flagstaff is absolutely gorgeous, and the weather is phenomenal. I wouldn’t mind living here at all!
We walked around downtown for a bit, and thanks to UrbanSpoon we decided to eat at Diablo Burger… which was a great choice! Best burger I’ve ever had, hands down. Nothing in Baton Rouge can even compete. The fries were amazing too! I also had a Mother Road Black IPA to drink with my burger… I learned that I’m not really a fan of black brews, but it was definitely interesting… I’d drink another one.
After eating entirely too much food, we walked around a bit more, and decided to check out one of the bars. I have no idea what the name of this place was, but the sign outside just had a dude’s face on it….
This bar freaked me out. We walked in to a huge group of drunken people taking up the majority of the space. We made our way to the back to find a table, and took a look around. There was one guy behind the bar, and 4 beers on tap, but the other wall looked like a gas station; it was lined with coolers full of all sorts of beers. There were cans, bottles, 40’s, cases, 6 packs, etc. I didn’t really know how this worked… I finally went up to the bartender and asked, and apparently you just had to bring up whatever you wanted, pay, and he had to open it for you. So I grabbed a Flat Tire, because I hadn’t had one in 2 years and remembered it being good. It wasn’t as good as I remembered, but I enjoyed it. After Haley and I had a beer and talked for an hour or so, we decided it was time to head out (mainly because we were the only people left in the bar), and came back to the hotel, where I’m sitting now.
Today was a great day. I drove through some beautiful country, and saw a lot of amazing landscapes I’d never seen before. I adventured in some small towns, ate some great food, and am staying in a beautiful town in AZ. Tomorrow will be even more amazing; our first stop is the Grand Canyon! I’ll have plenty of pictures!
It’s 2:40 A.M. in Amarillo, TX. It’s been a long day; we left at 9 A.M. and headed North to Shreveport, LA en route to Dallas. The day has been quite eventful, and not as tiring as you’d think.
It took about 3 hours for us to get out of Louisiana, which was a bit depressing because our road trip across the country couldn’t really begin until we left our home state…
We stopped at the first rest stop in Texas, where we got an awesome map of all the Cracker Barrel locations in the U.S., and took some sweet pictures.
At 4 P.M. we made it to Dallas, and Haley wanted to go to some random BBQ restaurant; we finally found it, and it was closed… so we drove around in traffic and found Hobbi’s BBQ, but it didn’t look shitty enough; our theory is the shitter the BBQ place looks, the better the food will be. So we decided to try to find Marshall’s BBQ… well, after an hour, we did - except it was also closed down! So we had to settle for Dickey’s, a franchised BBQ restaurant… obviously people in Dallas don’t support local business! (lol)
Dallas sucked. The traffic was terrible and the roads were confusing. It was pretty, but driving through was a nightmare… I’ll definitely avoid it on the way back.
We finally left Dallas around 7 P.M. and headed toward Wichita Falls, which was about 2.5 hours away. Our original plan had been to stay at Wichita Falls, but we were feeling crazy so we decided we’d shoot for Amarillo, which was 280 miles away. Like I said, we’re crazy.
As we drove along the vast expanses of nothing, we saw some interesting things: lots of cows, a Nascar stadium, lots of drive-thru liquor stores, lots of adult video stores, and some seemingly abandoned towns. Vernon and Childress seemed to be vacant; it was super creepy.
At a gas station in Childress, we met a guy named Donald who worked there. Apparently he was raised in Santa Monica… small world.
In between Childress and Amarillo, we decided to pull over and star gaze for a while, because the sky was just too beautiful to ignore. We spent about 20 minutes on the side of the road listening to music and enjoying an incredible night sky. We even discovered our own constellation :p
We finally made it to Amarillo around 2 A.M., and got a hotel room. Now it’s time to pass out for a few hours before we tackle the next leg of our trip… the plan is to make it close to Flagstaff, AZ so we can get to the Grand Canyon early on Saturday!
This weekend I saw some great shows on the beach with my friends. Everything was awesome about Hangout; the people, the weather, the food and of course the music. Over the weekend I saw Rebelution, Coheed and Cambria, Chris Cornell, Jack White, Gogol Bordello (AWESOME), The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skrillex, Mac Miller, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, The Flaming Lips (Dark Side of the Moon cover) and Dave Matthews Band. The festival is a bit on the pricey side, but this weekend was well worth it.
I had a lot of fun, but now it’s time to head back to Baton Rouge and get ready to leave for California on Thursday!
Every penny counts when you’re moving across the country, so tonight I’ll be DJ-ing an 8th grade graduation dance at the school my mom teaches at. OH MAN, I’m SO excited! The older I get, the worse this job sucks, but it pays well… And that’s all that matters, right?
Before I drive 1800 miles across the country, I decided it would probably be a good idea to get my car checked out, so I’m sitting at Diamond Mazda in Baton Rouge waiting on my car to be serviced. Oil change, belt check, AC check, fluid levels, tire rotation, etc…
Better now than on the side of the road somewhere in New Mexico.