Albuquerque to Amarillo - a day on the road...

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Where I stayed
Amarillo Ranch RV Park
What I did
Cadillac Ranch Amarillo
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Monday, April 9, 2012

   We got on the road at what seems to now be our "regular" time - 8:40 AM, making our first fuel stop of this year at the nearby Flying J, where we managed to get away "cheap" at $4.02 per gallon. 
   A mostly uneventful drive - we saw a lot of Indy Car haulers heading West - they're on their way to Long Beach for the Grand Prix.  Saw some NASCAR fan RV's heading East - they're on their way to Dallas for this weekend's races.  Us - no racing on the schedule, but lots of exploring to be done over the next week or so!

   Late in the morning, we saw some dark clouds collecting ahead of us, and knew that the predicted thunderstorms were probably going to get us by the time we got to Amarillo - but they continued to mostly move around us, making for some pretty awesome photos (you know me and the clouds!)

    We pulled off of I-40 just after hitting the Amarillo city line, so that we could drive along Old Route 66 (aka the service road!) to see the roadside attraction known as "Cadillac Ranch".  The storm appeared to be imminent, so we decided to just shoot a few pictures from inside the motorhome, so we could get on our way and get setup at the RV Park before the downpour.  Cadillac Ranch is one of those roadside oddities I'd always wanted to see, but I was disappointed when I read that, over the years, the Cadillacs (10 of them, nose- down, stuck in the dirt as pop art) have been disassembled and pretty much destroyed to the point of being unrecognizable, and everyone who goes there now evidently brings a can of spray paint to leave their own mark on the hulks of metal left standing there.  We may still take a ride over there tomorrow to get a closer look - but for now, I think I'm satisfied with what I saw and photographed from a distance.

   Of course the rain began as soon as we got to the park, but quit fairly quickly, and despite our county being in a Severe Storm Watch all night - it seems to have continued to go all around us, with only telltale signs of lightning and thunder every once in a while.  Sure hope it stays away tomorrow, as we really want to spend some time at Palo Duro Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas"!

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