Friday, June 19, 2009

Drive to ABQ

Today Arti rode 450 miles south to Albuquerque New Mexico!

He stopped at a scenic overlook near Colorado Springs (Pike's Peak in the background)

Then he saw Huerfano Butte, a volcanic core on the plains near Walsenburg. The marker reads "The isolated cone-shaped butte, east of this point and 10 miles north of Walsenburg, was named El Huerfano,'The Orphan', by early Spaniards. The name appeared in Spanish records as early as 1818. This butte was near the trappers' trail from Taos. Passed by Fremont and Gunnison on their railroad surveys of 1853. The river, and county also now bear the name. Altitude 6150 feet."

Southbound on I-25 approaching Trinidad, Raton pass in the far background.

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