Originally published 28 February, 2014
At the world famous Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas!
We have learned that a lot of Route 66 is just road...and it runs right beside the interstate. We also purchased a spiral bound book that you use to guide your travels. It tells about road conditions, and has "RV alerts"...pointing out areas that are too rough, narrow, etc. for an RV. The first part of 66 out of Albuquerque is one of these so we skip it. After that, 66 and I-40 are the same road....there is no 66....just 40. This goes on for about 100 miles.
Tucumcari used to be one of the major stops along the way. It used to advertise 2000 motel rooms. Now it's 1200. But there is a very large concentration of "the real deal" route 66 rooms in this town. It's what all explorers of the old road seek.......hotels from the heyday of the road, with metal chairs and ash trays out front, for a relaxing smoke before bed, and mom and pop restaurants to eat at. If you're going to just stop at one route 66 town in New Mexico......make it this one.
From there, we head to Shamrock, Texas. We stopped to photograph the old Conoco station...probably one of the best known icons of the road. It was dark by then and lit up in all it's neon glory. It's fully restored and simply a gorgeous old building. It was well worth the stop just to see it.
The Conoco station, Shamrock, Texas
At this point, it's after dark and we decide to push on at this point and get as far east as possible, staying well ahead of the storm. We get to the town of Sallisaw, Oklahoma....not too far from the Arkansas line and 5 hours from Tunica. We got a big jump today and got way ahead of the storm. Thanks to Walmart for a big parking lot. It's time for sleep now.
Quote of the day: Uttered in the flat lands of eastern New Mexico or western Texas panhandle to Laurie. "There's a whole lotta not jack shit out here."- Bill
Song of the day: This is us- Mark Knopfler and Emmy Lou Harris
I'm Bill. My wife Laurie and I love to travel and share our stories. We especially love it when we have been able to motivate our readers to start traveling on their own, and making their own stories.
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