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route66Sign.gif (1961 bytes)Route 66 Trip '99        Alex, Baker, John, and Rachel
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Day 1 - Illinois
Day 2 - Missouri
Day 3 - Kansas/ Oklahoma
Day 4 - Oklahoma
Day 5 - Oklahoma/Texas/New Mexico
Day 6 - New Mexico
Day 7 - New Mexico/Arizona
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Day 9 - California
Day 10 - California
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Day 13 - California / Nevada / Utah / Wyoming
Day 14 - Wyoming / Colorado
Day 15 - Colorado / Nebraska / Iowa / Illinois

Day 6  [7/25/99]
From: Tucumcari, NM
To: Santa Fe, Nm
Total Miles: 167 
Sites Seen: A Big Hole, Clines Corner, Santa Fe, Bebe & Burt's, John's Birthday
Today's Entry By: Alex Franke

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It is a well-known fact that cattle will climb stairs but never descend.
The day got off to a normal start. We woke up and each beat John with our pillows eighteen times for his birthday. We packed our bags and reported to the front desk for our free breakfast. On the way out to the car John discovered that Rachel and I had set up a spider web in the van for his birthday. For those who don’t know, a spider web is like a birthday party game. Each person is given the end of a piece of string and must follow it around the van. The strings run all over the place and get tangled, which is half the fun. At the end of everyone’s string is a prize. We all got a nice little book with a string to hang around our necks. They are silly.
route66Sign.gif (1961 bytes) After loading the car John went back to the desk to check out. When he returned to the car, he said, "well everything’s fine except for $87.12 in phone bills. Apparently in the state of New Mexico just because a number has the same area code as your location doesn’t mean that it is a local call. As a result, our four to five hours of computer time was charged as long distance. Nuts!
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Rachel argues with Vipin Bhakal.
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We shall never speak of this shortcut again.
After a disheartening moment we decided to get on our favorite road and tour some classic 66. This would require some time on poorly maintained roads but we were up for the challenge. Rachel started out driving and we had a little trouble finding the road to begin with. Finally we found our road which was paved with what our book described as "broken pavement." After some rough bumps and dirt-covered areas we thought we had mastered this bitch of a road. The road, however, would not let us win and she tricked us in to going too fast, which caused us to fishtail. Rachel handled the situation very well and made sure to "turn into the skid." A little shaken-up but okay, Rachel continued to drive. We drove with more caution now which was a good thing because we narrowly missed a road-wide twenty-foot deep hole in the road. This part of the road looked like it used to be a bridge, and water that ran underneath the bridge ate away at the road almost al the way across. We considered trying to squeeze past on the "shoulder" but upon inspecting the hole, we decided not to. Simply the weight of our bodies on the edge of the hole caused large chunks of asphalt to fall into the hole. After we each selected a piece of road as a memento of our near-death experience we pulled U-ey and went back to the interstate. Our guidebook did mention a hole in the road, but it was written a few years ago when we supposed the road was in fact passable.
route66Sign.gif (1961 bytes) After that trauma we were okay except for the large pink snake we almost ran over a little later. We ate lunch at a place called Restaurant, and looked at some items at Clines’ Corners, a large cheesy market of sorts. We basically just used their ATM.

Next we moved on to Santa Fe. There we met Bebe and Burt Krimmer. Bebe is Cynthia’s cousin, so after much deliberation we figured that Bebe was John’s first cousin once removed. First Burt took us to his local driving range where we smacked some golf balls for a while. Apparently I am not as good at hitting the ball off grass as off a tee.

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I think Rachel is actually smiling, but it sure didn't seem like it at the time.
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Swinging on the Krimmers' patio.
Back at the house there was a dinner table set up on Bebe and Burt's beautiful patio. Bebe whipped up an amazing dinner while Burt manned the grill. It was cool outside for the first time on the trip and we got very excited to be able to wear pants for the first time. We started off with chips and salsa and cheese and crackers. Then we had a birthday barbecue for John with ribs and chicken, and corn on the cob, with sides of grilled green beans with pine nuts and garlic, and some delicious bread. For dessert Bebe brought out a great-looking Black Forest cake which Burt picked out. The cake was really good, especially with some vanilla ice cream.
route66Sign.gif (1961 bytes) The four of us spent the rest of the night out on the patio writing postcards and updating our web site. It was a gorgeous night and the lights of Santa Fe glowed in the distance.
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John attempts to extinguish Baker's middle finger (Bebe is far left).

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