2015 USA Road Trip Day 7: Elk City MO to Tucumcari NM
As I was planning to drive less today, I had a really long lounge about and didn't leave the hotel until 10.30 - shame I'm still waking up at around 4am! I found Route 66 again and drove through Erick and Texola - loving the redneck shop, which I did NOT go into!
I then headed over the state line into Texas and took a few more photos in Shamrock, which was a really interesting place - enormously wide road with more motels, diners and stores, some closed, some hanging on. As a fan of Viz I loved Big Vern's steakhouse, something which will be lost on at least 99% of passers-by. Get dahn Ernie, he's got a piece!
Stopped off at a rest area in Gray County, and Texas is really starting to open up now. Massive blue skies ahead, land incredibly flat so you can see for miles and miles.
Past the "largest cross in the Western Hemisphere" at Groom (it is a big cross) and then through Amarillo and stopped off at Cadillac Ranch. This is just some cars buried in the earth, or so I thought - a lot more effort seems to have gone into it than I first thought. There's a bit about it here. I was amazed to see the cars were buried in 1974, and they're obviously quite a bit older than that.
Next stop on Route 66 for me was Adrian, the midpoint town. It's not just the midpoint of Route 66, it's very close to where I estimate the midpoint is going to be in my own journey, as I am only following about 75% of Route 66 missing off an equal amount at the beginning and the end. I was there 20 minutes and not another car came by. It's amazing to think that the Midpoint Cafe would be open in the summer and that people will be coming past again, because it seemed like a ghost town to me.
There's a little kind of bird table about 10 feet in front of the Midpoint sign, which looks to me as if it was deliberately put there to allow people to take photos of themselves at the sign, which I thought was a nice touch.
Over the border to New Mexico now and back another hour in time - I'm now on Mountain Time, 7 hours behind London, which means another fight for me to stay asleep past 9pm (and awake past 4am!) I thought it would be nice to visit the iconic Blue Swallow motel - but unfortunately I got there about 3.30pm and there was a "back in an hour" sign up at the office. I thought - no problem, I'll find something else to do in the town - and I just couldn't, it was ALL motels. I drove up and down Route 66 for a few miles before deciding not to go ahead with the Blue Swallow after all, which was a bit of a shame, but I settled for the Quality Inn, which seems like a hotel but it's actually just a posher motel. Only $75 and quite comfortable, although wifi in my room was non-existant so I've sat in the restaurant for the last two hours with my laptop getting everything up to date!
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Last updated 20 February 2015 14:06
I think I'm meant to do an "About" here but I think you'd be more interested in seeing a random seagull.