Hampton Inn & Suites Amarillo West
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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The landscape changed again during this section of our road trip - whilst initially appearing mostly dry and baron it became greener as we entered Texas. The Cadillac Ranch which is a privately owned display of Cadillacs buried nose deep in the dirt and covered in graffiti provided a scene for some great photo's at sunset - Texas sure has pretty sunsets - see for yourself in the photos attached.
We left Tucumcari, New Mexico and continued east on I-40. We stopped at Cadillac Ranch along Historic Route 66. Cadillac Ranch is a public art sculpture originally created in 1974 by members of an art group, Ant Farm. It consists of what were originally Cadillac cars from 1949 to 1963, half buried nose-first into the ground. People come with spray paint and write graffiti on the cars. There were dozens of families who stopped and most of ...
... Shortly after Texola it crosses the state line in to Texas, where we drove by mostly open plaines, ranches and ghost towns, with very few signs of business life and homes spread miles apart from each other. Passing by towns in Texas; Shamrock - a town with many roadsides business gone & empty dilapidated buildings McLean - Devil's rope museum, stopped just round the corner at Red River steakhouse for dinner. A western rodeo house, with old ...
... which has a speed limit of 70mph, the fastest you can legally drive on Route 66 up to this point of its journey. After Conway, and at the more sedate speed of 55mph, I encountered the eastern edge of Amarillo which include its airport and no residential areas as far as I could see. With a population of over 190,000 this is the only urban area of note in the Texas Panhandle. The city covers nearly 20 miles along Route 66 but I was ...
... and wide as far as the eye can see. Barren dry prairies, red iron rich turf, tumble weed, nodding donkeys pumping oil. Wind turbines (which I happen to think are quite beautiful), and rumble down ranches with squeaky ticking weather vanes. Small towns half closed down due to lack of trade but each apparently with something just about big enough to keep it going be it a taco shack, car lot or antique stall. Huge ...