US-66 through Gallup, New Mexico. Small town America. Buck Owens on the radio, the windows down, the burning heat. 185 miles to Flagstaff with more small towns in between.
The sign promises so much more. California, land of infinite dreams. Uptown plaza. We are so close to the big time we can taste it.
When I saw this sign I almost drove off the road. I was stricken by the sight. 2004 was long ago and this sign is gone. But look again. We are so close to the big time in Gallup in US-66.