Indeed the night at Monticello was particularly cold, -9°C under my truck… The gray water drainage was frozen. I left the carpark of Visitor Center around 9:30 after having worked on Internet. On the way I stopped at the Valley of the Gods to have lunch and finally I bivouacked there.
|Valley of the Gods at noon||Valley of the Gods at around 5 p.m.|
At sunrise on the site, the beauty and the quietude of the spot encouraged me to remain still a night in spite of the night temperature below zero. I made this profitable day to immerse me in the training of Spanish with the Assimil French method, the task is difficult…
|Valley of the Gods at 7.30 a.m.|
I left with regrets Valley of the Gods so much the place was quiet, but cold. The condition of the tires ex-military was frankly bad after only 11,910 km. The report showed an unequal wear because the sold tires had between 20 and 30% of wear, according to the salesman… I thought that I should change before leaving the USA with the hope to have finally new tires, without believing in it too much. Consequently I gave up part of my project to see again certain parks. I crossed to shortest while heading to Flagstaff, then tomorrow will be another day. On the way I took again two phictures of Monument Valley, alas as often in the fog, to look at the photographs of the first visit. I returned to the bivouac in 2011 close to Sedona.
The following day was a short driving day with alunch pause at Wal-Mart in Winslow after a stop in front of McDo for Internet. Then I went at the entrance of Petrified Forest NP to bivouac at the Crystal Forest, free RV Parking. Altitude is above 1600 meters.
For the first time since more than one week, the night temperature was at Crystal Forest of +4°C. I revisited Petrified Forest with pleasure because in April 2011 the temperature was chilly. While arriving at Gallup the sun was resplendent, I spent the night on the Wal-Mart carpark.
The way from Gallup to Albuquerque was without interest on the Interstate 40. After a stop at the Visitor Center on the highway close to Grants and a liunch pause I approached Albuquerque in the fog at the bottom of mountains at an altitude of almost 1600 meters. Again I stationed at Wal-Mart.
|Landing at Albuquerque|
Sunday started under a black sky after a night rain. The program of the visits was charged. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center accommodated me as of its opening. It exhibits the culture of the pueblos by presenting handicraft and custom as well as the relations with the various conquerors. A gallery shows paintings by Native Americans.
|Migration of Salt Mother by Larson Gasper||K'yawakwayina:we by Edward Wemytewa|
Then the sun appeared around 11 a.m. I benefitted from it to stroll in the Hispanic old town founded in 1706 by the governor Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. It is representative of the Spanish urbanization with a plaza and its church.
Beside Albuquerque Museum Art & History gathers the art of the three cultures of New Mexico, native American, Hispanic and English.
|Back Alley by J. Chris Morel||Autumn in Highland County by J. Cris Morel|
Finally I walked the quadrilateral formed from the west to the east by the 5th and the 3th st and, from the north to the south by Lomas Blvd and Silver street. Central street is on the old Route 66. KiMo Theater is representative of Pueblo Deco-style. As in much of American cities mural are omnipresent.