Ben and Marie's American Road Trip
We woke up this morning in a normal bed again, a real treat two mornings in a row, not that I'm complaining about camping. I have enjoyed camping, and sometimes it's cleaner than the motels. We woke up and got our free breakfast, sausage, egg, toast and potatoes, which was very nice. They even had cups of tea, and it had been around 3 weeks since my last, so that was very welcome. We ate and then we did some laundry, and the dryer was dreadful, so we took our damp washing and checked out of the hotel. Marie was livid about the washing bless her. Our destination was Tucumcari, just inside New Mexico, another day, another state. Just outside Amarillo was the Cadillac Ranch, a set of Cadillacs buried in the ground nose down. Therefore leaving the rest of the cars jutting out. It is supposedly a memoir of times past and the different models of Cadillac represent times changing. Anyway, the main purpose of it, is to allow visitors to graffiti on it, which I was very excited about, because I'd never graffiti'd before. We went to Walmart to buy our spray paint and began tagging the cars and even the ground next to them. It was a lot of fun to be fair, although I can safely say marie wasn't cut out to be a graffiti artist! After meeting a few people and chatting, we moved on and amongst various abandoned gas stations and buildings we arrived at the midpoint of Route 66 in Adrian. 1139 miles covered and 1139 miles to go, I couldn't believe we had hit this stage, it seems to have gone so fast. We took some photos with the sign and spoke to the man in the cafe for a while and then set off again, we weren't far from New Mexico now. We crossed the border shortly after, and arrived at the Tucumcari KOA not long after that. I saw a snake on the road on the way too, but marie missed it. We got sorted at the KOA and with storms predicted we weren't staying in the tent. After that we headed into Tucumcari because there was lots of Route 66 heritage there. We saw the Blue Swallow Motel, an Indian style Trading Post and also we went to the dinosaur museum. The museum was really fun, we dug for fossils, touched some dinosaur bones and read a lot about the local history. Although as we were driving through, the famous 66 diner was on fire, there were a few fire engines but it seemed under control. Then we had some dinner, I had a steak brisket burger from Arby's and Marie had soup. Then we went back to camp and Marie put Guardians of the Galaxy on her phone so that we could watch the second one soon too. So we sat in the car and watched that, and then got ready for bed. More driving tomorrow.