After spending a night in Helbrook, I woke up at 6am and headed to Chinle,AZ. In my travel guide, it says through Canyon de Chelly is not amazing as Grand Canyon but it is still worthy of a visit.
After driving north 100 miles, I arrived at Canyon de Chelly at 10am. This canyon is more than 34 miles long and has few vista points. I spent 4 hours there and visited all vista points.
I would say Canyon de Chelly is not comparable to Grand Canyon at all. It is not as sheer as Grand Canyon. Also the view there is not as wide as it is in Grand Canyon. But one thing makes it differentiated from Grand Canyon is the Navajo culture. Hundreds years ago, there were Indians living here and you still can see some remains there. After spending four houses there, I thought I had enough history class and decided to start heading to New Mexico.
There are few National Parks are some amazing. Unfortunately, I have some issue with my visa status so that I have to avoid any checkpoint. For this reason, I want to pass New Mexico and Texas as fast as possible. As a result, I did not stop at New Mexico at all.
But one thing in New Mexico is pretty interesting. When I stopped at a gas station, I found they sell FIREWORKS there !!! I’ve never seen shops selling fireworks in united states. I was thinking to buy some fireworks and set it off somewhere else. But I don’t know can I bring it to other states( at least in California, you are not allowed to use it ). So I did not really buy it.
After I passed Albuquerque, NM, an bad thing happened to my car. When a truck passed by my car, something from that truck hit my driver’s side window. That object was so huge and so fast that my window is totally wrecked. At that moment, the window looked like a spider net. It was still a whole piece but kept having some cracking sounds came out. I was so worried and stopped my car at the next exit.
After I stopped my car, I tried to check how bad is the window and I shall have a temporary fix ASAP. The bad thing is I was in the middle of no where. The closest grocery shop is either 30 miles west or 30 miles east from where I was. There is a fastfood shop there, but the shop was about to close, people inside it refused to open the door to listen to my requests. Basically, I am on my own. I tried to contact someone special to help me, she listened to me and suggested me to call AAA. I called AAA asking where is the closest shop, so that I can have my car fix tomorrow morning and continue my trip. Then………. The AAA guy told me their system is down, he can not help me, I shall call them again next morning 🙁
After searching my car trying to find something can be used to fix my window, I found “Salonpas Pain Relieving Patches”. I’ve never known salonpas can be used to fix car until that night 😀 I put all the salonpas I had on my window and drove another 30 miles to next town – Santa Rose, NM.
At that moment, I thought my journey is over because it might take Honda dealer few days to order a new window for me. If I have to stop at a city for few days, I better stop in the city where I have a friend there. For this reason, I decided to drive another 450 miles to visit my friend living in Oklahoma City, OK.
Because the window was broken and the structure was so weak, I can not drive too fast. Otherwise, I might lose my window. Luckily, it did not happen and I arrived Oklahoma city safe and sound.
On my way to Oklahoma, I passed Amarillo, TX and found things in Texas are really DIFFERENT! There are lots of neon light in Amarillo. Shops are built so closed to the highway. Also highway ramps are so short, and make ramps look like drive ways to shops. Each shop has its own highway ramp! I will definitely visit Texas again once my visa problem is resolved.