MC Southwest Roadtrip DAYS 6 & 7 - Turquoise Trail and Santa Fe, NM
From Gallup we headed towards Albuquerque to grab some lunch. But not before stopping off in the small town of Grants. I had to pull over and take some pics of some of the bad-ass vintage signs.
Our final destination for the night was Santa Fe which is only about 65 miles away, about an hour heading north on the I-25. Instead, I decided to take Highway 14 which follows the historic Turquoise Trail into the hills and takes an extra hour. I'm so glad I did.
The first little town we stopped at was Golden. I saw a house decorated in old bottles and other junk and a sign that said FREE TOUR. The cheap side of my middle classy instincts kicked in as I pulled the Ford Flex over to the side of the road.
Because we spent $65 in the store the owner let us have a walk thru of his museum for free (it's normally $2 a person).
We eventually made it to Santa Fe around dusk and luckily scored an amazing parking spot near the town Plaza. It just so happened to be that the Great Race, an annual vintage car race that lasts about a week, were rolling into the plaza parking in their reserved spaces. We walked around and soaked it all up.
After dinner and more walking around we headed to our lodging for the next 2 nights. It looked cozy and clean on the Internet, online reviews were positive, and the price was right. As soon as we arrived I felt a familiar vibe. From the gravel driveways to the horse shoe toilet paper dispensers, this place had just the right dose of middle classiness.
The next morning we enjoyed our complimentary breakfast in the motel courtyard and went back to The Plaza to walk around and shop a bit.
Had to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain and hit up the Five & Dime in Santa Fe for their World Famous Frito Pie.