Route 66: Holbrook, Gallup & Albuquerque

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A big straight stretch from Holbrook to Albuquerque saw us collecting lots of great pictures of signs from old motels, and some diner dining to add a bit of tourist tacky fun. 

Leaving the Wigwam Motel bright and early  (and snapping a few more photos for good measure) we headed east across Arizona and into New Mexico - hard to believe we're already onto state number 4! A breakfast stop for a coffee and hash brown in Gallup, and a bit of town exploring.

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The El Rancho hotel is one of Gallup's greatest claims to fame, a hotel known for the celebrities that have stayed there in it's past. When they would shoot western movies in New Mexico and nearby Arizona in the 30's and 40's, celebrities of the time would stay at the El Rancho. Doris Day, Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck, Lucille Ball and the Marx brothers, are just a few who stayed there. 

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Further on and into Albuquerque, we stopped for lunch at the very charming retro diner, the '66 Diner'. Housed in an amazing building and committed to it's '66 roots through and through, we were glad we stopped in to check it out. Despite ordering 'half serves' and sharing a famous milkshake, we still couldn't get through the meals, eep! 

Turquoise vinyl seating booths, checkerboard tiled floors, and Route 66 memorabilia all through the diner. It was lots of fun and a bargain - the two lunches we didn't get through came to less than $20!