New Mexico to Texas to Oklahoma
We only have sporadic internet access, so this will be another two-day update. Hope it’s not too boring! 🙂
Tuesday we woke up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and decided to check out the center of town. One thing we noticed particularly in Santa Fe but all throughout New Mexico was the very different style of houses and buildings. I guess this is from it’s Spanish/Mexican/Native American origins. Santa Fe was beautiful, has heaps of character and the people were friendly.
Next we stopped in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, at the Route 66 Auto Museum, which was nothing short of AWESOME. We all agreed we’d like a garage like this.
After that we continued heading East in New Mexico, had a quick stop in Tucumcari for photos and souvenirs, before driving to Glenrio, which was a bit difficult to find with the Sat Nav – not surprising considering it doesn’t exist. Glenrio is a ghost town, one of the many towns that died completely after Route 66 was bypassed by the interstate. A sad, scary place. Oh, and this stretch of Route 66 is unpaved! The state border runs through the middle of “town” so we can honestly say we drove from New Mexico to Texas on a gravel road!!
Then it was on to a few small Texas towns, Adrian – home of the “Mid Point Cafe” (1139 miles to either Los Angeles or Chicago) – and Vega – home of a cute, restored 1920’s “Magnolia” service station, before finding ourselves in a field in the middle of nowhere, where some numpty has buried some Cadillacs…
And finally, our Texas home for the night – the Big Texan Motel, Amarillo.
Okay, that was Tuesday. Are you still with me? Now on to Wednesday…
A few Texas photo stops along the way at Groom, McLean and Shamrock, before heading into Oklahoma and stopping at the National Route 66 museum in Elk City and the Oklahoma Route 66 museum in Clinton.
One thing we noticed, almost as soon as we crossed into Oklahoma, was the amazing change in scenery. Texas was very flat, dry, dusty desert. Oklahoma is surprisingly green with rolling hills and lots of farmland – beautiful!
Tonight we’re staying in Oklahoma City, tomorrow is a special day – we’re going to Tulsa!