Day 2 Saturday Total Distance 175m Driving time approximately 3hr 50m Heading east from Albuquerque our journey takes us on a mixture of the modern I40 that overlays the old 66 and the original road.Old 66 takes us on a climb through the mountains on some great roads via Tijeras Canyon and then we drop down through Barton and Edgewood.
The final nail in the coffin of this fantastic road was the bypass of Williams Arizona in 1984 after which Route 66 was no longer an official US highway.
Many of the gas stations, the diners and motels were out of business and fell into decay.
Wednesday – Before breakfast this morning we are going to the top of the formidable Mont Ventoux, from where we can watch the sunrise.
After breakfast (back at the hotel) we’ll be crossing vast swathes of French countryside to see the wonderful Millau Bridge (from the deck and from the valley below).
Day 3 Sunday Total Distance 228m Driving time approximately 5hr 11m We leave Tucumcari and head north west through spectacular open plains and mountains to rejoin old route 66 and start our journey west on the Santa Fe loop of the 66 through the Pecos National Park and the Glorietta pass, the highest point of 66 at over 7500 feet (at nearly 2300m about 140m higher than the Grimselpass in Switzerland).
Our journey finishes for the day in the fabulous town of Santa Fe with its wonderful Pueblo-Spanish architecture.
For those who haven’t done our Spanish Safari, this will be a great taster…
Sunday – rest and relaxation aboard the ship home to Portsmouth.
The ruins of Helmsley Castle are here and are well worth a visit as is Dumcombe Park where you can visit the stately home and gardens, again very beautiful.