Day 3, Route 66 From Amarillo to Bosque, NM
|Oct 9, 2017 Mon
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|Start Point:||Amarillo, TX, US|
|End Point:||Bosque, NM, US|
|Weather:||Started the day at 48 °. Temperatures stayed mostly in the 50’s to low 60’s and we ended the day at around 70 °. Very windy.|
Elevation Changes During the Day
Track Log for Today
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Showing Laurie some more Route 66 places I visited on my “40 to Phoenix” motorcycle ride back in the spring. You can read more about some of these places by reading my “40 to Phoenix” blog here.
The Route 66 mid point in Adrian, TX. We also visited this place in 2016. Read about it here
Russell’s Travel Center is a great place to eat breakfast just over the NM state line.
Glenrio Historic District, TX
This is the original Route 66 road bed from Glenrio, TX to Endee, NM. It was never paved and I’ve read that the locals made some good money pulling travelers out of the mud.
Oops! We weigh over 11 tons.
Laurie really liked this place.
Ghost Town of Cuervo, NM. The completion of I-40 in the 70’s and 80’s destroyed many small towns in the American Southwest. Some towns filed lawsuits to try to get more than one exit from I-40. Multiple exits seemed to generate more traffic. The town of Cuervo was split in half by I-40 and really did die. US-60/54 in Arizona also feels like they have seen better days. There are many abandoned motels and cafe’s along that route. The buildings just fade away with time. They are not demolished as no one wants to build anything in their place.
It is a little sad but nothing stops change. I wish those buildings and the road could talk, especially Route 66. For sure some people were traveling for fun but how many people were searching for a better life or trying to escape the depression of the 30’s? Or as Laurie said, how many were running from something?
And think about how dark the sky was at night or what a relief it was to make it to the next town near the end of a long day. The 2 lane road and Model T’s and 50’s Chevys were state of the art then but wouldn’t those travelers be amazed at how we travel today?
Santa Rosa, NM
US route 60 going toward Bosque, NM.
You may be interested in the next article, Day 4, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and Good Local Food.
The previous article is Day 2, Little Rock to Amarillo and Route 66.
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