First things first: Wal-Mart for groceries. Always an experience.
Next was the Cadillac ranch, just west of Amarillo. Ten Cadillacs nose down in the dirt out in the middle of a field. Graffiti is, apparently, encouraged, and the cars are covered with it. The paint is visibly thick, and spent cans of spray-paint litter the ground. It's right on Interstate 40, but you’d miss it if you didn’t know it was there.
We moved on to lunch, still looking for the perfect 50s-style café after yesterday’s disappointment. Found it!
Both Vega, Texas, and Adrian, Texas, claim to be the mid-point of Route 66. In Adrian, you find the Midpoint Café and Gift Shop with a sign across the road proclaiming 1139 miles to Chicago and to Los Angeles. Couldn’t tell by us, though. We’ve travelled 1473 miles since Lou Mitchell’s in Chicago to this midpoint. That’s 334 miles of getting lost. Sounds about right.
Anyway, we went into the café, and it was just what we were looking for: full of Route 66 memorabilia, clean booths and tables in the 50s-60s style, and great hamburgers. A very nice young lady took our orders and served us our food (I’m sorry I didn’t get her name), and we met Becky Ransom, who sat us when we came in, took our picture for us after we ate, and talked with us for almost an hour in the gift shop. She works at the café one day a week (on Sundays), and if we’d found the café on Monday, we would have missed her. She is a teacher and set up a six-week curriculum on the history of Route 66 for her sixth grade class. She also met with the Pixar people as they were researching the Mother Road for the movie Cars. Her name is in the acknowledgements at the end of the movie (shown under The Big Texan, as she works there full time).
We also met Fran Houser, who owns the Café. Conventional wisdom says that the character of Flo was based on Fran. Easy to believe—just like Flo, she’s just nice people. Her name is in the acknowledgements, too. Look for both of them the next time you watch Cars.
We reluctantly left the Midpoint Café and moved westward. On the Texas / New Mexico state line is Glenrio, which sits right on the line, half in Texas, half in New Mexico. Today it’s a ghost town. Very few buildings, we missed it and had to come back to find it. Didn’t see any ghosts, though.
Onward toTucumcari, NM, and we saw the Blue Swallow Inn. Okay, who doesn’t think that was fun?
DAILY ENTERTAINMENT... courtesy of Shannon
More pictures of everyone, but no names. Who is that in the middle?
Day: 23, 9/26
Leave: 10:30 am; Amarillo Ranch RV Park, Amarillo, Texas
Breakfast: Pastry and coffee at the RV park
Lunch: Midpoint Café, Adrian, Tx
Arrive: 5:15 pm, Santa Rosa Lake State Park, Santa Rosa, NM
Travelled: 194 miles; 7.75 hours (gained an hour at NM state line)
Comments: We’ve met nothing but nice people on this trip, but none so nice as we met today at the Midpoint Café.