No Thursday Doors today, so I’ll get right into the first day of my trip. I left the house at about 4 am, on the road for an hour or so before the sunrise I showed you yesterday. Daylight found me driving along beautiful highway 87 (the Beeline Highway) all the way to Winslow (more on standing on a corner there eventually), on to I-40 (paralleling or part of the old Rt. 66), and through Albuquerque, New Mexico where I hung a left to head north towards Colorado. As I got closer to my destination for the night, Raton, New Mexico, just a few miles from the Colorado border, I not only saw rain in the distance but drove through a mini-storm so intense that I had to slow down quite a bit.

Raton was hopping as it hosted the annual Run to Raton motorcycle rally, which I’d never heard of before. The plan had been to eat at a local brew pub, but that stretch of street and businesses was blocked off to vehicles and appeared packed, so I looked for somewhere less crowded, spotting this bit of street art during my search.

Bruno’s Pizza was my eventual choice. I ordered a pizza to go and a local dark beer to sip while waiting which gave me time to look at some of the paraphernalia on the walls, at least the baseball section. You gotta love Yogi Berra-isms. 🙂 I suppose today you might call him Captain Obvious, but his words will make you laugh. What to read some more? Click here for 50 of his most popular sayings.

Three of baseball’s most famous stars…

Another Yogi-ism, then it was back to my motel for some pizza and R&R before getting to bed early in preparation for another early start. I particularly want to be on the way early on the second day so that I get through Denver with the least amount of traffic as well as get to Sheridan in time to get groceries, gas, etc., get up the mountain, unpack, and still have some time to relax. Good night!

  1. solaner says:

    The quotes are great. Thanks for sharing, Janet

  2. billgncs says:

    in the spirit of Yogi…

    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

  3. beth says:

    sounds like it’s going to be a great trip

  4. bushboy says:

    Going to have to wait for motorbike photos am I?

  5. I’m ‘assuming’ you are driving solo, and if so, I applaud your tenacity.

  6. Jodie says:

    You are so smart to get such an early start. You get to see the best sunrises that way too.

    • Getting an early start in the Phoenix area (and by “early”, I mean 4 or 4:30 am) helps avoid the masses of traffic. Getting an early start on the day I go through Denver means the same and is well worth it with the added benefit of having plenty time to do things when I arrive. Sunrises are a beautiful added bonus. 🙂

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Isn’t it awesome – in the true sense of the word – when those thunderstorms come rolling over the plains!?!?

  8. Hammad Rais says:

    I couldn’t agree more with Yogi Berra 🙂

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