Making a mark...

Trip Start Sep 27, 2010
Trip End Mar 23, 2011

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Our next stop was kind of determined by recommendation, we have been speaking to Larry and he told us about the Palo Duro Canyon which wasn't too far from the refuge, although not south, we decided it might be worth a look. So having chosen a campground we headed for Amarillo. Do you know the way …? We do!

This journey takes us into Texas for the third time since we began RVing, but we haven’t been to Amarillo and the "panhandle" before so we were eager to see what it had to offer. We drove west towards the border and crossed just after Hollis – which seemed a bit sad…we have passed through many a town like this on our travels and it does make you wonder what life is like in a place like this. But to be fair it was Sunday so we can’t really expect a bustling town centre. Anyway we drove on past Memphis – no we hadn’t got lost, it’s another one! And then through Goodnight :)

To most of us Texas is BEEF and OIL and we were bit surprised to see fields of COTTON, in fact the stuff got everywhere and the dust as we passed the harvesting & packing plants was grimy. It was a pleasant journey though as we had cut across country and didn’t hit the freeway until a few miles outside the city – then of course it was just like any freeway, anywhere – bit of a race track - sadly when we are in Bree, Malc can’t join in quite as enthusiastically as he might want! Either side of the road was packed with the 'big box’ stores and every restaurant chain you can think of. This was a new one though, with a novel claim to fame. Big Texan Steakhouse

Anyhow we arrived at our Oasis, yes that was the name of the campground and looking around us it was! Sited just off the freeway to the west of the city it sits amid a flat landscape in every direction. Nothing to stop the wind from tearing through as we found it did on most days! But the site was great, clean, well kept, large level sites and with a laundry only charging 50c a wash what more could I ask for. (Bit less wind actually please, oh and some warmer nights) During our stay here we have had some of the coldest nights we have ever had – NS excluded of course – with temperatures often below freezing. Though actually that did prove to be advantages in one respect.

I will leave the canyon for a blog of its own, for now I will tell you about some of the other things we have found.

I have mentionedour "guide book" - ‘Eccentric America’ before and a little way down the road from us here, is a Cadillac Ranch…yep, cars in the ground, not growing in the traditional sense but certainly ‘expanding’. Naturally we took some photos…but perhaps what I will remember most is the teen who offered Malc an aerosol can that had some left in it. This has to be the only place in the world where a teenager can offer a middle aged man the wherewithal to produce graffiti ‘legally’. He had a brilliant time, though probably his tag only lasted a few moments. Each time we passed this site, there was a line of cars along the road side and a line of people walking down to the cars. We believe it is like that all the time. We felt it rather a shame that some of the cars have been dismantled over time, but Stanley Marsh who owns the field and set the cars up, is said to have thought that even the dismantling is a form of art. Modern art? What do you think Malcolm J? :)

This spot is in fact on Route 66, which we have loosely been following since Chicago and in the city there is part of the mother road that still has some of the original buildings, so we had to go see.

Whilst it did look a bit sad, we did find many original signage and some of the shops were absolute gems once you got inside. Take a peek, we did.

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