The road takes us north-east through the Tonto National Forest until we meet up with I40. We are driving past Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert at 9 am, but alas, the park is closed due to Covid-19. At about that same point we see signs for Historic Route 66. It winds back-and-forth intersecting with I40 many times until just east of Santa Fe, New Mexico where we take I25 north. One of our stops is the Route 66 Travel Center. The adjacent casino is closed - drat! They have some take-out food, but our packed sandwiches look much better. We buy gas and pull over for a small picnic. On our drive we see a lot of desert and go through at least five Indian Reservations.
The scenery changes more to trees and mountains on I25 as we approach Pueblo, Colorado. From there it is less than an hour into Colorado Springs. We arrive at our Airbnb 12 1/2 hours after leaving Mesa. The 900 Sq. Ft. Airbnb home was built in 1904 and was last remodeled in 2018. It’s very cute and reasonably comfortable.