Crossing the panhandle

Trip Start Mar 13, 2013
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Trip End Apr 13, 2013


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Silver Saddle Motel Santa Fe
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Texas
Saturday, March 30, 2013

Is this the way to Amarillo?

Excellent breakfast this morning, including biscuits and gravy, eggs and meat patties. Got up before light and went downstairs, feeling exhausted with lack of sleep due to my stupid fecking rash.....I need to be nude for a while!

Richard has reorganised the back seat so that the person sitting there is behind the driver. It's been a bit of a sad seat for whatever reason, so today is different.

Fantastic day today driving through sunny Texas; we began by backtracking to check out The Big Texan, where they have the 72 oz steak ready on ice for the next contender. They have been feeding travellers and challenging them to eat this massive meal - if you can it's free - since 1960. Texas has the second shortest length of the Route after Kansas, but it packs in lots of interest.

We met Perry at the Bent Door Cafe in Adrian, TX, which is HALF WAY!! He had such a broad accent and gravelly voice that we could barely make out what he was saying. I had to concentrate really hard - he must have thought I was a bit dim! Perry told us that the bit of building with the bent door in it was salvage from the local airport in 1997.

After a chat we signed the guest book - apparently once a guest book reaches a designated amount of signatures the business gets a sign on the Highway. We next stopped at the Midpoint Cafe, where I was able to plug my camera battery in to charge on a power board set aside for that very reason. The staff here are super friendly. The cafe was very busy so while waiting for our lunch we perused the gift shop. I was very pleased to find the Route 66 hoodie jacket available here, along with the badge for Texas to go with our set. I had the idea to collect a badge from each state, back in the Mule Trading Post, but didn't actually see the hoodie's that were for sale there. Shell got one at Mule; the hoodies here are exactly the same, just slightly more pricey at $35. We now both look like the epitomy of the Tourist with our navy Route 66 sweaters complete with a row of State pins! Four down, four to go....of course the Texas pin is bigger than all the others.

The rest of the drive across the Texas panhandle was flat, dry and dotted with ruins and relics of a more prosperous time. A lot of 66 was dirt, and at times we could see the I40 - well, we could see the trucks that indicated it was the Highway, anyway! There was no actual border to indicate when we crossed into New Mexico so we were unaware until the first 'New Mexico Route 66' sign.

In Tucumcari we stopped and chatted a while with Kevin and Nancy at The Blue Swallow, where we had intended to stay last night. We recognised the two Harley's parked outside from The Bent Door in Adrian, and yes - they had been for a visit at the same time we stopped there!

They were lovely, and recommended we stay at The Silver Saddle Motel in Santa Fe tonight.
Rich and I shared the driving and I drove in to Santa Fe around 8.30 pm, mountain time. Our room is the Roy Rogers room! It's really cool and kitchy.
 
We walked down the Cerillos Hwy to an eatery that Rich had spotted,Tortilla Flats for some Mexican then crawled in to bed exhausted about 11 after plastering myself with skin treatment.

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