Route 66: Albuquerque, Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Adrian, Amarillo
Hello, Texas! We made it to the Lone Star state and passed through so many great towns. Possibly my favourite day of Route 66 sightseeing so far! So many great signs, fun spots and cool things to see.
Leaving Albuquerque and getting back on the Interstate, we basically drove in a straight line for over 400 kilometres. A stop in at Santa Rosa, we saw the Blue Hole, an artesian well where scuba divers practice their diving, in brilliant blue waters.
Tucumcari was a really great stop, solely for the amount of beautiful signs. The famous Blue Swallow Motel, and the cute Teepee Curios were two of our favourites.
Continuing on to Adrian, just over the border in Texas. We waved goodbye to New Mexico and hopped on in to state number 5, stopping for lunch at the Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas. With a population of less than 200 people, I don't know if Adrian really counts as a town, but it's home to the very midpoint of Route 66, smack bang in between Chicago and Los Angeles with 1139 miles to go on either side. The cafe was a fantastic stop, and lunch was delicious! We're getting wise to the American diner experience and their oversized portions, so today we split a grilled chicken sandwich and a piece of chocolate pecan ugly crust pie (the selling point of the Midpoint Cafe, what they're well known for). The perfect amount!
Along the road a few more miles close to Amarillo, and we found Cadillac Ranch. 10 old Cadillacs nose down in a line in a field in the middle of nowhere. People are welcome any time to Cadillax Ranch, day or night. We timed our visit with quite a few other groups, but they were (luckily) on the tail end of their visit so we had the place to ourselves for a little while! So much fun.
Into Amarillo for the night, at the top of the Texas panhandle. Crossing off the biggest request on Joshua's Route 66 bucket list, we headed to the Big Texan Ranch Steakhouse for dinner. A Route 66 hallmark and a pretty crazy place. Set like a massive western dining hall, complete with a balcony running the whole inside level covered in taxidermy. Bison, deer, bears, mallards and so much more.
The Big Texan is also home to the 'free 72oz steak', a challenge where if you can eat the whole steak (plus sides) in under an hour, you get it free. If not, you're looking at an $80 dinner and a stomachache.
A western style menu crossed with huge portion Americana, we shared a 30oz steak and I still couldn't finish it! I don't know how those cowboys can put away that much meat!