We actually relaxed for quite a while yesterday morning with our couchsurfing hosts in Las Cruces. Ruth made some pancakes for everyone for breakfast and we enjoyed them with real Vermont maple syrup! Thanks for everything Kevin and Trina, we had a great time with your family!
First thing we did when we left Las Cruces was to make a little detour 20 miles north of the city to try and find Billy the Kid's secret hideout.
And it really is secret! There are no signs, no indication of it being there. But Trina and Kevin had told us of this little known location where Billy the Kid and his gang holed up in the mountains back in 1880 and they had scratched their initials and names into the rocks at the hideout.
Up in the hills on BLM public land, but there's only one gate to go through.
There it is...Billy the Kid's Black Hill Hideout!
First, you have to find the sign marking the Wildlife Study Area.
Rather than me giving you the directions, you can get more details here... http://www.summitpost.org/billy-the-kid-s-black-hill-hideout/366202
Ruth, up at the shaded area hideout.
Ruth, looking for the names.
Unfortunately, over 100 years of weather had pretty much obliterated any sign of the names. Still, it was fun to go check it out and imagine what it would have been like for these outlaws hiding out in the hills!
And, then we had long drive ahead of us from there to Albuquerque.
On the road to Albuquerque.
Some interesting rock formations.
And a train for you, Sam!
The outskirts of Albuquerque!
We had couchsurfing hosts arranged in Albuquerque, and we had planned on arriving between 4-5pm. But when planning these drives and you use your GPS or Google maps for planning, they use the speed limit as your guide. Well, the speed limit on that highway I-25 is 75 mph (120 km/h)! And we only drive at about 57 mph (91 km/h)...but we did pretty good anyhow and pulled in to Cheryl and Mike's driveway around quarter to five.
We got acquainted and sat on their beautiful deck overlooking the city. Ruth and Cheryl headed out to the grocery store and got the fixing's for dinner and we had a nice evening together with lots of discussion.
Cheryl, Mike, Kevin, Ruth
Yesterday's drive, 246 miles (400 kms). Including the detour to Billy the Kid's hideout!