Friday, September 02, 2005

Day 84 - Lubbock - Roswell, New Mexico, USA

Day 84 – 31st August 2005 -7:00 GMT Total Miles 14362

Now Lubbock is where Buddy Holly was from and opposite our hotel was a large bronze statue of Buddy Holly and their walk of fame.

Statue of Buddy Holly Posted by Picasa

They had a little plaza area and the statue.

Buddy Holly and Walk of Fame Posted by Picasa

The house Buddy Holly was born in was torn down in the 1970’s and the house he grew up in is owned by a private family who do not like visitors. We thought we would visit his grave so drove to Lubbock Cemetery.

To Buddy Holly's Gravesite Posted by Picasa

Buddy Holly grave was a very plain simply headstone flat on the ground with a picture of a guitar on it.

Buddy Holly's Grave Posted by Picasa

We then left Lubbock and made our way along the highway 380 and drove across the Texas oil fields and into New Mexico, crossing the international timeline again into Mountain Time Zone. We arrived in Roswell (where the Aliens allegedly landed in 1947) and checked into a Motel which was fairly cheap about £6 each a night.

Rowell High Street Posted by Picasa

We then went to the high street and got some food and a smoothie from a café and then headed into the UFO Museum and Research centre. The place only cost a $2 donation to get in and was not what I was expecting. After Watching X-Files and the series Roswell I thought this place would be full of colourful displays and models.

The UFO Museum and Reaserch Centre Posted by Picasa

The first half was made up of newspaper cutting and hand writing witness statements on a time line stating on 4th July 1947. Witness’s had put the crash at three different sites. The museum went into the cover-up and the pretence it was a hot air balloon. They also had Top Secret government documents on display which was a bit puzzling about what to do when in contact with Extra-Terrestrial life forms. They then had a few models of Aliens and UFO’s.

Little Green Man Posted by Picasa

The next section was where the disproved the UFO photo’s they had by it being a fold in the negative before it was developed etc. They also showed unusual light patterns which could look like a UFO and then had sections on Area 51 and present day space travel. I found the whole museum to be fascinating and although unlikely to be about little green men, it seems to point at a Government cover-up about something, most likely the testing and development of technology for countering Russian Missile Strikes. Jill and Reece were done in the museum after 20 minutes but I needed at least and hour and a half to fully look around. They also had a Library there with numerous Books and Video’s and DVD’s that you can sit and read and do any research you want.

UFO Museum and Research Centre Posted by Picasa

We left the museum and went back to the hotel for a couple of hours then went across the road to Appleby’s which is a restaurant chain, had Steak and Ribs which was great. Left the restaurant after a couple of beers and went back to the hotel for the night.


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