Albuquerque and Beyond


Today we drove from Amarillo, Texas to Flagstaff, Arizona; but we saved some time to explore some of the historic roadside stops along Route 66, and had a great lunch with two friends in Albuquerque. It was a fun day.

I will say that it was very foggy while we were in Texas, but once we crossed over into New Mexico the sun came out and we opened up the sun roof and enjoyed the scenic drive into Albuquerque. Once we arrived, we found our friends Neala and Kay waiting for us at Los Cuates restaurant. There was plenty of accessible parking there, and the restaurant featured level access and some very nice accessible restrooms. It was a welcome stop after our drive through Texas and part of New Mexico.

Cherrie really enjoyed her New Mexican lunch, as the food is quite different than the Mexican food we get in California. First off, they use blue corn tortillas and a kind of smoky chipolte salsa. It’s very good and it has kind of a sweet aftertaste. Additionally, their enchiladas are layered instead of rolled.

Lunch was excellent and Cherrie had fun talking with Kay and Neala – both travel writers – about their recent adventures. I was very happy they were able to fit us into their schedule, as this is a busy travel season for us all. In fact, Neala is on her way to China tomorrow.

We also got some Route 66 tips from both of them, and we had some fun stops in the afternoon.

Out first stop was at the giant Kachina statue in Gallup, New Mexico. It’s just outside of the Greyhound Bus Depot, and although it was pretty windy there it made a fun photo stop.

Cherrie’s favorite stop was at the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona. This is a classic Route 66 stop, and although the wigwams themselves are not accessible, it does make a fun photo stop. If you are a slow walker, you might consider staying here, but the old wigwams just can’t accommodate wheelchairs.

Then of course, I had to take time for myself and stop in Winslow, Arizona so I could “stand on the corner.”

It was a fun day. Tomorrow we will have the opportunity to drive on the original Mother Road and explore an off-the-beaten-path part of Route 66.