Decent breakfast at the hotel in Flagstaff (Aspen/ Inn Suites). Overall it's a great location and decent price, but I'm not sure if would stay there again... Too old.
We passed by a Jiffy Lube to check the car before drive again. The manager, Bobby, was very helpful and kind - In emergencies, a good place to stop (at Route 66 and Ponderosa Pkwy).
Today was basically road, a little bit of New Mexico culture, and a BAD experience with Booking.com.
We were looking for some history, and after researching, decided to stop in Gallup, a small, but the most populous city in between Flagstaff and Albuquerque.
We heard that Gallup is known as the “heart of Indian Country”, because it’s in the middle of many Native Americans reservations, but we didn’t find anything more than overpriced stores selling Indian jewelry and rugs.
Heading East on I 40 we’ve seen many signs for Indian stores with Navajo pottery and souvenirs, but decided to stop at Cline’s Corner, a very traditional store, what we were trying to avoid, but in the end it was a good surprise. Lots of gifts and souvenirs for all pockets and tastes.
My tip: if you are driving from Arizona to New Mexico looking for Indian stuff, stop before entering New Mexico at the small stores you will find along the road, probably the Native Americans that craft it are the ones selling it.
Today we noticed the main difference between California and Arizona, with New Mexico and South of Texas. While driving, entering New Mexico we could notice already the litter at streets, the kindness of the drivers and people in general in both states along I 40 and 287 South (where we drove) unfortunately doesn’t compare to California and Arizona. Hope this was just my impression.
Passing Amarillo on I 40 E, around Wildorado, there were a kind of slaughterhouse and the smell was just awful. I don't know why is it so smelly, but we are researching if it could be because of the conditions- there were maaany of them in a small area. A sad part for me, specially because a little ahead at 287 South we have seen many foxes (or maybe similar animals) dead and a couple of them crossed us. :(
Since we were tired, we slept in Wichita Falls, a small city between Amarillo and Dallas, but Booking.com just sent the reservation after midnight to the hotel- we booked at 6pm (it's not the first time this happens, and I'm not planning to use them anymore). We were tired and looking for rooms at 3am in front of a road sign that said "Hitchhikers may be escaping inmates"- not the end we expected for our day...
Hope to have better experiences to tell you tomorrow when heading Dallas to see Clarence, a dog I fostered in 2012.
"This whole experience of asking people about gratitude and happiness, is making us think and while driving talk a lot about it. I feel looking inside and realizing what should I do about my life in matter of really changing what is not making me happy."
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