The Cadillac Ranch and Other Oddities

We almost missed the Cadillac Ranch as we left Amarillo.  It’s just a simple cow pasture, “patties and all” that attracts thousands of visitors.

Nancy at Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo TX

It was here that Casey and J.T., a young couple from Murfreesboro, TN, introduced me to the iPhone app, Road Trip 66.  It is a cool app that has all the oddities, lodging, restaurants, and other things to see on Route 66.  It proved to be very helpful.

Along Route 66 are many vestiges of its heyday when tourists looked for good places to eat and sleep.  It seems as though businesses vied for customers with eye-catching signs and gimmicks.

Rooster’s-Our Lunch Stop, Vega, TX

Roark Hardware-Oldest Operating Hardware Store on Route 66, Vega, TX

Restored Magnolia Service Station, Vega, TX

Dot’s Mini Museum, Vega, TX

Dot’s Mini Museum, Vega, TX

Dot’s Mini Museum, Vega, TX

Bent Door, Adrian, TX

Adrian TX

Last Motel In Texas, First Motel in Texas, Glenrio, TX

Deserted 4-Lane in Glenrio, TX

We crossed into New Mexico and had our usual celebratory drink at the Welcome Center.

Crossing Into New Mexico

In the town of Tucumcari vintage motel and diner signs were on every block.

Tee Pee Curios, Tucumcari, NM

Tucumcari, NM

Tucumcari, NM

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM

Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumcari, NM

Old Stuckey’s Restaurant, NM

Albuquerque was a welcomed site.  David and Alison had dinner waiting.  We enjoyed some conversation time with them and David’s brother, John, and Peter from San Francisco.

October 5, 2012

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