Monday, November 27, 2017

Route 83

Route 83 from Abeline to Taos

477 miles, 5,480 feet altitude gain

National Center for Children
Pump jacks in cotton fields
Gigantic wind farms
BNSF railroad—coal cars and petroleum tanks moving east, boxcars moving west
Sky-scraping concrete grain silos
Buddy Holly Museum
Grazing beef cattle
Penned dairy cattle
Hay fields studded with round bales
Fields of corn and sorghum
Rolling irrigation systems, quarter of a mile long
Llano Estacado
Exotic road kill
Tumbled-down gas stations
Mom and Pop motels
Snow in the Sangre de Cristos
Taos Pueblo

And on the last night we were treated to a sunset worthy of Van Gogh himself-- crimson sky, with spiral clouds and pin wheeling wind turbines.

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