Cowboys and Indians

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.

Beautiful building near the Plaza in Santa Fe

Beautiful building near the Plaza in Santa Fe

Route 66 was actually re-routed in 1937 to go through Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe.

Route 66 was actually re-routed in 1937 to go through Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe.

Heading south from Santa Fe

Heading south from Santa Fe - the highlight of the morning was seeing actual tumble-weed blowing across the highway!!

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.

Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa

Route 66 Auto Museum in Santa Rosa

Sold!  A bargain at $55k.

Sold! A bargain at $55k.

My favourite - 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

My favourite - 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

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!!

The Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM.  Every motel room has it's own garage!

The Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM. Every motel room has it's own garage!

Yes, this is Route 66.  Yes, this is gravel!!

Yes, this is Route 66. Yes, this is gravel!!

Glenrio, NM/TX.  Now an abandoned ghost town.

Glenrio, NM/TX. Now an abandoned ghost town.

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…

The Midpoint Cafe - Half way on Route 66!

The Midpoint Cafe - Half way on Route 66.

The famous Cadillac Ranch!  Yes, it's very random, but well worth seeing.

The famous Cadillac Ranch! Yes, it's very random, but well worth seeing.

And finally, our Texas home for the night – the Big Texan Motel, Amarillo.

The Big Texan - as they say, everything's bigger in Texas...

The Big Texan - as they say, everything's bigger in Texas...

The Big Texan Motel

The Big Texan Motel

You can get a FREE steak meal here.  If you eat it within 1 hour.  Oh, it's a 72 oz steak, plus bread, potatoes and salad!!

You can get a FREE steak meal here. If you eat it within 1 hour. Oh, and it's a 72 oz steak, plus bread, potatoes and salad!!

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.

This cross in Groom, Texas, is 19 stories high!

This cross in Groom, Texas, is 19 stories high! The fuzzy black thing at the base is Nathan.

This was the first Phillips 66 station in Texas, built in McLean in the 1920's.

This was the first Phillips 66 station in Texas, built in McLean in the 1920's.

This beautiful Conoco service station was the inspiration for "Ramone's" in the movie "Cars".

This beautiful Conoco service station was the inspiration for "Ramone's" in the movie "Cars".

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!

Oklahoma seems very green.  Those rain clouds might have something to do with it...  For those that are interested, we haven't hit any bad weather thankfully - just a lot of strong wind!

Oklahoma seems very green. Those rain clouds might have something to do with it... For those that are interested, we haven't hit any bad weather thankfully - just a lot of strong wind!

Tonight we’re staying in Oklahoma City, tomorrow is a special day – we’re going to Tulsa!

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5 Responses to Cowboys and Indians

  1. Lyn says:

    You’ll be wanting to watch ‘ Cars’ again when you get back…it will mean even more to you

  2. Mike L says:

    that cross is awesome… I might have a talk with Ps. Andrew 🙂

    72oz steak? did you give it a go? 😀 that’s like what, 2kg? no thanks

  3. Andrew says:

    “I guess this is from it’s Spanish origins.”

    Not quite– it’s from Native (American) origins, though Spanish-influenced. Most of the buildings in New Mexico are of the Pueblo Style, after the Pueblo Indians of the area– that’s a catch-all term for the specific tribes of the Hopi, Zuni, etc. Outside of architectural circles, it’s more commonly known as Adobe, after the manner of construction. You CAN see some Spanish-influenced architecture there, but that’s the Mission Revival Style, which you may have seen more of around southern California.

    Here ends the architectural lesson for the day. Now let’s move on to meteorology….

  4. Graeme Hetet says:

    72oz steak plus potatoes, salad etc in 1hr. I recently viewed on the Sky Travel channel the English bloke who traveled Route 66 on his Harley stop at that same Steak House. The film editor attempted and ate the 72oz steak in 1hr, at the end he was bent over and they had to get a bucket for him and point him to the toilet..lol

  5. Tracey says:

    I’m not surprised you’ve had strong wind given all the tornadoes they’ve been having down there!! Stay safe and keep having fun! It looks amazing 😀

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