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Introduction

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Gallup is a city in nortwest of New Mexico, USA. It's located along the old historic Route 66 and there are lots of points of interest regarding the Mother Road. The city has around 20,000 inhabitants.

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Weather

Gallup has a semi-arid climate with dry, sunny and generally warm conditions, except for winters which can be pretty cold at night due to its elevation of about 2,000 metres about sea level. It's location at higher elevation means it is not extremely hot and in winter it can be cold at night and very occasionally snow is possible. Absolute highs and lows are 38 °C and -37 °C. Average highs in July, the warmest month, are around 32 °C and nights around 10 °C, while January average around 7 °C during the day and around -12 °C at night. Average annual precipitation is around 300mm, most of it falling during the wetter summer months. There is about 30 inches of snow on top of that, mostly falling from December to February.

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Getting There

By Train

Amtrak's Southwest Chief operates train between Los Angeles and Chicago on a daily basis, with stops en route in many places include Gallup.

By Car

From Gallup, the main I-40 runs east west through New Mexico, on its way west towards Arizona and California and east towards Texas.

By Bus

Check Greyhound for options, schedules and prices.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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