WELCOME to the Wild West, where Indian tribes and pioneer settlers battled for years for the right to occupy the land. I'm traveling through Tucumcari, New Mexico, which was a tough place back then. The original railroad camp near here was named "Six Shooter Siding" for all its feuding, and Tucumcari is derived from the Cherokee word ambush. Although the town thrived at the turn of the century, it's now an abandoned museum -- a "ghost town" with decaying relics of its past like defunct gas stations, neglected buildings, and empty streets. Those businesses that remain are barely making a living from day to day.
New Mexico is a primitive place that puts demands on all hearty souls who chose to settle here. Survival involves coping with nature, the arid climate, and the sparse population. It was one of the last states to be admitted to the union (47th) and has strong Hispanic and Native American influences. However, the beauty of its broken mesas, snow-capped mountains, deep canyon gorges, and dry desserts are its redeeming features. You gotta like rocks and sagebrush!
Miles 4894, Week 54, Weather 53F☀