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Drive from Port Angeles to Albuquerque - part 2

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Drive from Port Angeles to Albuquerque - part2

The first day we left Port Angeles (morning of October 8th) driving down on US highway 101 down the Olympic peninsula, driving over to Interstate 90.

We Took Interstate 82 down from Ellensburg, and continued on I82 until it intersected with I84 in northern Oregon.

We continued I 84 over to Tremonton to I 15 in Northern Utah. We then took US hwy 6 southeast of Provo to where the road name is changed to US 191 south of Carbondale, Utah.

We continued over to I 70 for a short drive until US 191 further south toward Moab and then turned off on US 491 at Monticello, heading east to Colorado, through Cortez, Colorado, and continued east to Durango on US 160, and then south to Farmington on US 550, which was followed down to I 25 to Albuquerque.

One big bonus to this route is that one goes through some pretty country with mountains, canyons and red rocks of all sorts.

We regreted not making the drive longer so we could have stopped at Moab for a couple of nights to see Canyonlands and Arches national parks, but since one can't bring one's dog on trails, it would have just been a drive through. We'll have to do that sometime on down the road.

Likewise, we regreted not spending more time on the trip near Cortez to see the canyons of the Ancients, or Mesa Verde, or the Native american sights near Farmington. So we'll have that to look forward to sometime in the future.

When we drove through Durango, we looked around as much as one can while just driving through, and we were able to determine that there were enough amenities there to where we wouldn't feel deprived staying there for a month or two.

We drove 4 days and stayed in motels for 3 nights. It amounts to about 1550 miles and about 24 hours of driving. When you add in the stops for gas and motels, it works out to about 33 or 34 hours on the road, or in the car if one does fast food.

We were ready to be in Abq. when we arrived. We stay in more expensive relatively good motels which normally have comfortable beds, however even though they are usually good, they all are different, so it's often hard to get a full nights sleep on the road even if whatever sleep was experienced was good.

Too often there are thin motel walls, or insensitive neighbors slamming hallway doors, or talking in the hall, or children raising their voices, or trucks making noise out on the street, etc., etc., all of which conspire to damage the quality of a nights sleep.

When we arrived, it felt like we were coming home. We've stayed in Abq for 3 years, and the married couple who are our landlords are friends.

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