For the third and final leg of the Odyssey I start
off from my sister's home in Pagosa Springs, CO and head south through New
Mexico to end the day at Albuquerque. Along the way I will stop at The Black
Hole surplus store. It specialize in surplus from U. S. nuclear weapons
programs. It should be interesting to look over the items for sale. After that
it is on to Santa Fe, NM to visit the state capital. I then head southwest into
Albuquerque. In Albuquerque I will pay a visit to the National Nuclear Museum to
view, among other things, an Atomic Cannon developed for the U.S. Army during
the cold war.
The second day of this leg I head east
along the I40 interstate. This road replaced much of the old Route 66 through
New Mexico and Arizona. In Gallup, when I pull off for a refueling I will take a
little side jaunt down Route 66 through the town. After I enter
Arizona I will get off I40 to take a drive through the Petrified Forest National
Park. I rejoin I40 again and head towards Flagstaff. Twenty miles past Winslow,
AZ I leave the interstate to stop at Meteor Crater, a rather large hole in the
ground made by a meteor strike about 50,000 years ago. The crater has been
privately owned by the same family since 1902. Reaching Flagstaff I end my
driving for the day.
On the third day I head south from Flagstaff to
Phoenix, AZ. The road drops from 7,000 feet in Flagstaff to 1,100 feet in
Phoenix and, of course, the temperature will go up by about 20° F. I pass
through Phoenix and continue south to Tucson, AZ. There I will visit the Pima
Air Museum which is located just outside of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, better
known as the aircraft bone yard. This is where the U.S. Air Force keeps it's
spare aircraft, either for storage or parts. There are several thousand aircraft
stored there. I remain over night in Tucson.
fourth day finds me heading back north to Phoenix to visit the Arizona state
capital and generally while away the day until about sunset which occurs at 7:28
on August 1st.. The daytime temperatures run about 106° F so by sunset it will
probably be starting to cool off. Also since I will be heading west I can avoid
the sun in my eyes. This last section is about 420 miles across the Mojave
desert and any advantage I can get will be worth it. It will be a good test for
the Montreal's cooling system which should perform flawlessly. Sometime in the early morning
hours of August 2nd I will arrive home.
I have every
confidence in the Montreal and it should prove to be a fun and exciting trip.