Hampton Inn & Suites Amarillo West
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I started the day by visiting the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum which is reputed to be the best museum on the whole of Route 66. It certainly didn't disappoint with a great number of items and articles from throughout the road's history. I took a lot of photos and got a couple of selfies with the two Route 66 signs outside the museum. After leaving Clinton behind I travelled Foss and Canute, both of which have suffered from the building ...
Drove through to Amarillo, Texas today......with a few stops on the way. The Blue Whale is 80 feet long and made of cement and steel, created in 1970-72......it was closed down in 1988' but the Hampton Inn group restored it as part of their Land Marks program. The tepees were built by Ed Gallaway starting in 1935. They consist of concrete, stone and steel and are all hand carved. The Round barn was built in 1898 and was restored by the ...
... left a spray can in front of our front wheels which made a massive bang. Our poor tour manager and bus driver had to go back out it the pouring rain to check everything was okay and the bus was apparently covered in paint which by the time we got to our hotel had washed off. We finally made it to our hotel in Amarillo which was absolutely awesome! Super tacky Texan themed hotel with a swimming pool in the shape of Texas, leather dooner covers and even leather shower curtains. ...
Steinbeck never says much about Amarillo in The Grapes of Wrath. He mentions it once at the beginning of Chapter 16. "Then went through Amarillo in the evening, drove too long, and camped when it was dusk." Later on he says "The Joads and Wilsons were in flight across the Panhandle, the rolling gray country, lined and cut with old flood scars...The land turtles crawled through the dust ...
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We managed about a 4 mile round trip and were totally drenched with sweat at the end, imagine our surprise that this weekend there is a charity run around the canyon, you can opt to do 20km, 30km, 30 or 50 miles. We ran into one guy who had just finished the 30 mile run and was now riding around the course on his mountain bike picking up the litter, thought the sun would be too strong for some. We of course, after careful ...
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