Day 5 and probably the most boring drive yet to be honest… 535 miles behind us 530 of those on the same straight as* highway.. but made for some great sights. Crossing a couple state lines and into a new time zone.
We stopped in Elk City Oklahoma for our random highway exit. The down town was adorable with brick lined streets and the Elk statue right at City Hall. They pride themselves on their low cost of living and small business support which is evident as The downtown consisted of small shops and restaurants rather than big box stores and chains.
Gas Stop: Elk City, OK – $2.65/gal – gallon H2O $1.00
We hopped back on the 430 miles of farmland, cows, and character.
There are windmills for miles and miles and it’s amazing how far you can see.
We could feel the increasing elevation driving wise and a little less oxygen in the air as we continued.
There were these adorable little pull off spots with picnic tables and areas to just hang out and look out over the lands. (The sun was right in our eyes in the picture above).
We pulled off at one and saw a couple from Pennsylvania and one from Connecticut- the ones from Pennsylvania were much friendlier and threw us an excitable wave.
We continued along the boring road and crossed another time zone and into New Mexico.
Another patch of Route 66 along the way.
It was interesting to see the acres and acres of land and all of a sudden clusters of homes and ‘civilization’.
Gas Stop: Santa Rosa, NM – $2.78/gal
After gaining about 5,000 feet (at least) of elevation and lots of miles we finally made it to Albuquerque.
& spotted a golf course – not like your typical New England courses .. shout out to brothers blog: https://operationgoldenpass.com/
We read about a ‘New Mexican’ restaurant called Sadie’s on a few different sites and decided to give it a try for dinner.
Chris gives it a 10/10 would visit again and recommend it to anyone stopping through, but we both agree we would order very differently and you’ll see why ..
We ordered an appetizer of nachos “small or large” our super nice waiter asks.
“Okay can I get you anything else tonight”
“Yeah, we are ready with our entree orders too”
Guys .. when a waiter is about to take your menus after an appetizer order .. ASK QUESTIONS .. it all makes sense now.
A few minutes later another waiter walks by with a MASSIVE plate of nachos.
“Good thing we didn’t get that large” I said to Chris “holy crap”
That waiter loops right back around and places the nachos down, “small nacho?”
We took the majority of this plate back with us and tried their new fried ice cream.
YAAAASSSSS is all I gotta say.
We decided to walk around the city a little – it was a gorgeous night.
Well, we have survived our first week of marriage … in a car .. just the two of us. It has actually been such a great experience so far and we are ready to get this camping thing under way.
cheers to week one of wedded adventure,