|Abandoned Swap Meet - Once very popular|
|...and more stuff!|
|Sunshine at home - Swap Meet|
Grants was full of abandoned buildings, restaurants, gas stations and more... back out in the open the landscape changed reflecting the volcanic region we were travelling through. Route 66 is hardly straight and smooth compared to the new highway but Deadman’s Curve was noted as a big caution doubling back on itself to nearly 300 degrees, a section of road hardly suitable for the long trucks that ran here once.
The Casino at Laguna is dedicated to Route 66 and themed accordingly inside and out. Nearby the old Rio Puerco bridge has been maintained for tourist purposes only.
|Rio Puerco Bridge with another new bridge on the I 40|
At Albuquerque we diverted in to an Auto Zone tool and spares shop when the central locking on the Mustang decided to stop working. Ah, use the key like the old days... but no! The only door lock had come loose and dropped down and there was now no way to lock it. An hour later after borrowing tools the door was stripped and the offending part re-installed and hopefully locked in place for the foreseeable future! Another hour later we had called by the Unser Racing Museum and had eventually made our way back to R66 from the sprawling city.Throughout the remainder of the afternoon we were on and off the mother road as she weaved her way in and around the main highway. We stopped at several small outposts, the first, well known, Clines Corner Diner was unavoidable... signs in both directions for ten miles ensured everyone stopped there. In Santa Rosa at the Auto Museum, they’d gone home early...
|Unsers Racing Museum|
|The most over the top avertising ever!|
|Business abondoned everywhere|
|Running parallel to I 40|