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
Route 66 was actually re-routed in 1937 to go through Albuquerque instead of 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
Sold! A bargain at $55k.
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!
Yes, this is Route 66. Yes, this is gravel!!
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 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 Motel
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! 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 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!
Tonight we’re staying in Oklahoma City, tomorrow is a special day – we’re going to Tulsa!