May 22, 2016. The area northeast of Santa Fe is truly the “wide-open spaces”. Early in the ride we pasted the highest point on the trip, Glorieta Pass at over 7300 ft. It’s called the Getysburgh of the West. It was the farthest west site of battle during the Civil War- never would have guessed. We also stopped at the Pecos Natl. Monument. We’re getting some sight seeing in finally. Really fascinating history here . Over 1,000 years of Indian occupation and a very sophisticated community with over 2,000 people in this large Pueblo site . It is a gateway for the Plains Indians to meet and trade w the high desert ones. It was also a site of Mexican interaction w the Indians as well as the 1500-1700 efforts by the Conquistadors to enslave and introduce Catholicism into this part of SW USA. It’s location was a true crossroads for centuries!! Finished the ride on a wind aided rolling non-interstate road into Las Vegas. This is definitely not YOUR Las Vegas! This small town had a great restaurant – Charlie’s Spic & Span- everyone was enjoying this colorful local dinner– us too! Veggie Tacos and the works!!