Zebulon Montgomery Pike Trail to Red River, Mexico Journey 1807

Day 14: October 11th, 2003 Albuquerque

A little bit more downtown is a Denny’s, where I have breakfast today. I am still thinking what to do with my fan. But first I want to visit the Indian Pueblo and Cultural Center. Then the Museum of Natural History & Science and as finish the old town.

So I start now with the Indian Pueblo and Cultural Center. I am lucky, because they will show traditional dances in the middle of this center. They should start around 11am, which gives me plenty of time to see the museum.

They show you the pueblo Indians history and the Spanish influence as well as the USA influence later. All in all it is definitely worth a visit. Then I stroll through the gift shop and buy two shirts. After that I watch the traditional dances until noon.

I leave around half past twelve. The heat in my car is almost unbearable without any fan. Therefore I decide to repair the fan. First I drive back to my motel. There I check all my fan fuses. But they are all ok, so I check, if there is enough voltage. Also this is alright. Therefore it must be either the motor itself or something blocks the motor from turning.

I take a look at the phone book and see a Chevrolet dealer. But when I arrive there, they tell me, that they are only open for the next 20 minutes. If I would have been there an hour earlier…

This does not really help. The service technician says, the only option for me would be Pep Boys. So I drive back to my motel. I have also seen another Chevy dealer in Moriarty. They are open longer, but they only do easy tasks on the weekend, like oil changes. He also suggests to go to Pep Boys.

Therefore I call them and to my surprise, they say, they can do the job. They also have my fan in the shop. So I immediately drive over to this shop. It is not even as far as the Denny’s. I arrive half past two at their location. Unfortunately there are a lot of cars already in front of me. But they guarantee, that my car will be done today. Around half past five it is eventually my turn. An hour later everything is done.

I drive back to my motel. There is no need to check video taping, because I have done no taping today and took no pictures. For dinner I drive again to Outback Steakhouse. But today the waiting time for a table is way longer.

Around 9pm I am back to my motel with a working fan. This action killed my old town visit, But when I think about driving on dusty backroads in Texas without any fan, this was definitely worth the lost time.

  • Sights
  • Indian Pueblo and Cultural Center (Fee $4)
  • General
  • Breakfast: Denny’s, Albuquerque
  • Dinner: Outback Steakhouse, Albuquerque
  • Motel: Super 8, Albuquerque
  • Distance: 34 miles