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DAY 68: ALBUQUERQUE, NM TO MIDLAND, TX

Beginning the sixty-eighth day in Albuquerque, NM, we charged the ID. 4. We would like to thank Erica from the Best Western in Socorro, NM for being very helpful in making sure the ID. 4 had plenty of charge for our journey. As we carried on, there was a truck on the highway that had an SUV hitched to the back. It was also surprising to see that a compact car was hitched to the SUV, as well. This train of vehicles that went in order from largest to smallest was very interesting to see. We drove down Interstate 25 and passed by the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. The 230,000 acre Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1973 and is a protected area of New Mexico managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. We then came through a canyon that was split by the highway. The ID.4 charged at a Electrify America station that was conveniently placed near a gas station. The long stretch of road seemed to disappear into the Sandia Mountains. Located largely within a part of the Cibola National Forest, the highest point is Sandia Crest at 10,678 feet. There were some curvy roads through the mountain range. An adobe style villa was nestled into the tree covered mountains. A long white train wisped by over-head as the ID.4 handled the windy road. Semi-trucks and locomotives are staples that we see over and over as we continue touring on the open road. The moon showed its face a bit early as we passed by some wind turbines harvesting wind power. We crossed the stateline into Texas and a huge hangar had the ever-proud Texas state flag painted largely across the outside wall. When we arrived in Amarillo, TX, we stopped by to see the 2nd Amendment Cowboy. At an RV Park east of Cadillac Ranch the Muffler Man stands in front of three old Cadillacs displayed behind the cowboy in excellent condition. The Texas sun began to set as we headed to Street Volkswagen. We would like to thank them very much for the merry welcoming and setting us a nice event. We ended our night in Amarillo, at The Big Texan. A restaurant that serves a Texas-sized 72 ounce steak!

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