Oct. 8-15 2021

We continue our journey through Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. I assume this is Petrified Forest Road. This is at mile marker 18. The mountain ahead may be the Flattops.

I have no idea what this mountain is.

This looks like more petrified wood.

A close-up of some petrified wood.

It's the wood that makes it good - as they used to say in the Kenny Rogers Roasters commercial.

The same mountain as 4 photos up, as we're on a trail - a people's road - that runs off the lot.

We now return you to roads, already in progress.

Another view of what gives Petrified Forest its name.

By this time, we might be going back north again.

I'm not sure where this pointy mountain is.

Probably near the middle of the park (near the famous Newspaper Rock).

This is one of the most important road features of this trip. The power lines represent the old path of US 66. This is looking west. The road apparently closed in 1958.

I think this is looking east.

The body of a 1932 Studebaker is parked in front of the old roadbed.

Back east on I-40 just before reentering New Mexico.

"New Mexico True." Back in New Mexico!

Biz I-40 (old US 66) in Gallup. The motel there was full of more New Mexico smiling faces!

South on Arnold at Aztec in Gallup. This was the morning when we were delayed because of another motorist monopolizing a gas pump, and a pump at another station trying to eat a credit card. Straight ahead, there appears to be an alley - a people's road!

We accidentally backtracked around Gallup, but for the life of me, I can't figure out exactly where this is. All I know is that I snickered when I saw I-40 coming back into view, because of the embarrassment factor.

South on NM 602.

NM 53 in Pescado, a town too small to appear in my road atlas.

My atlas shows that NM 53 runs through the Zuni and Navajo reservations here.

Not sure, but this could be at El Morro National Monument - code-named ELMO (like Elmo of Sesame Street) by the National Park Service. That's where several elderly vacationers loudly cussed.

Probably at El Morro. The monument preserves the remains of a prehistoric village and a cliff where explorers left personal inscriptions.

This is at El Morro.

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