Point Us In the Direction of Albuquerque

Josh works on the Stars and Stripes during the stop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Josh works on the Stars and Stripes during the stop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Stars and Stripes has needed a lot of hands-on TLC these past few days.

The Stars and Stripes has needed a lot of hands-on TLC these past few days.

We had a long day of driving through serene and scenic New Mexico after leaving Santa Fe, stopping in Albuquerque for lunch before heading on to Gallup. Some of the towns and sights along the way seemed surreal. The hustle and bustle that we are used to in the Detroit area does not exist here. It’s almost like time is standing still. Even though Thomas and Benjamin had a problem with their water pump last night, they still made it back to the hotel and had a great score for the day. Fortunately there are 2 water pumps on the car! But it was a long night for the Stars and Stripes crew, since in addition to the problem with the shock tower, the transmission had a little leak and they had to spend all night working on it. As the saying goes, “Race, Repair, Repeat!” Josh Hull, Stars and Stripes navigator, has been attracting the local press along the route. Here’s a link to his interview with KOB4 and an earlier interview filmed by KOAM while we were in Missouri. After arriving in Albuquerque for lunch (pulled pork and coleslaw, very good!), we had the opportunity to visit the Unser Racing Museum. The museum features cars from the early days of racing from Pikes Peak and Indianapolis to the latest technology. They even have a racing simulator and other interactive kiosks. Speaking of interactive, if you want to follow us on our Trip Tracker, the link is always on the left hand side of the blog or you can click here. Before rolling into Gallup for the night, we passed through the Continental Divide, which means all the rivers we see from now on are flowing towards the Pacific, just like we are.

We enjoyed touring The Unser Racing Museum during our stop in Albuquerque.

We enjoyed touring The Unser Racing Museum during our stop in Albuquerque.

You feel a need for speed when you see these cars.

You feel a need for speed when you see these cars.

Historic racing machines.

Historic racing machines.

We reached the Continental Divide.

We reached the Continental Divide.

Part of the scenery.

Part of the scenery.

On the road again.

On the road again, heading to Gallup, New Mexico, our stop for the night.

The Great Racers pass under the arch in Gallup, New Mexico.

The Great Racers pass under the arch in Gallup, New Mexico.

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