June 2008 Archives

Roadtrip 2008 - Destination: Taos, New Mexico

Here's the itinerary and rundown on the road trip Edie and I took in late May, 2008. It was a blast and we had a great time throughout. Below you will find the basic framework and links to the specific days.

Our trip lasted a total of 10 days and by its end we had driven over 3400 miles. Here's how it went:

Day One: Chicago, Illinois to Grand Island, Nebraska

Day Two: Grand Island, Nebraska to Estes Park, Colorado

Day Three: Estes Park, Colorado

Day Four: Estes Park, Colorado to Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Day Five: Glenwood Springs, Colorado to Taos, New Mexico

Day Six: Taos - Pueblo de Taos

Day Seven: Taos - Ojo Caliente Springs

Day Eight: Taos - Rio Grande Whitewater Rafting

Day Nine: Taos, New Mexico to El Reno, Oklahoma

Day 10: El Reno, Oklahoma to Chicago, Illinois

Well, this was undoubtedly the least enjoyable day of the trip with nothing to look forward to other than a full day of driving, headed into increasingly heavy traffic. We spent a total of 13 hours driving, covering a distance of 832 miles. Alot of that was spent navigating the roads and horrifically bad drivers of the state of Missouri. I've heard that Missouri is the "Show Me" state, but I confess I was yelling "Blow Me!" at the many aloof and unaware drivers I had to deal with. There must be something in the water there which numbs the mind.

Anyway, we gradually made our way up toward Chicago and soon saw the Sears Tower jutting up in the distance. Home at last!

This turned out to be a wonderful trip. Edie was an excellent co-pilot and a comfortable fellow traveler to be with. What a great trip!

Well, its Day Nine of our trip and time to starting heading back on the two-day drive to Chicago. Rather than return the same way we arrived, we took the "southern route", comprised mostly of Interstate 40 due East through New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. But first we stopped by Santa Fe, New Mexico and visited several of the Art Galleries on Canyon Road. My favorite was Gallerie Corazon where we coincidentally found paintings by Tracy Turner Sheppard whose art I really connect with. Her paintings, of course, were all too pricey, but my Sweetie Pie Edie bought me a wonderful calendar displaying prints of her work. (Thanks Edie!).

Once out of Santa Fe, we had a pretty full day of driving ahead of us, taking us as far as we could before it got too late. When all was said and done, we had driven over 9 hours and covered 610 miles. We stopped for the night just West of Oklahoma City, in a town called El Reno. The accommodations at the Days Inn were modest but comfortable. We scooped up the free fruit at the reception area, headed back to our room and watched "300" on HBO. I think we both slept very well that night.