Route 66 Day Ten

June 21, 2009

Amarillo – Roswell

Got up and went down for breakfast, which to be honest was a pretty poor affair, for starters they only had one two slice toaster which was totally unsuitable for the amount of guests, they had also run out of plain bagels, two types of cereal and a host of other items, there was also a lack of seating, luckily we got a table but there was people arriving after us who was not so lucky.

After we checked out the first port of call was the Cadillac Ranch, this contains ten Cadillac cars that have been buried in the ground, we almost missed them as it was on the opposite side of the road and set quite far back. We turned the car around and parked up then walked over to them. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm, and it consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line. After taking some photographs we moved on.

Next we arrived at Mid Point in Adrian, this is the half way point on Route 66 and to celebrate we called in the Mid Point Café to have a banana cream pie.

As we arrived in New Mexico we stopped of at the visitor information centre to pick up some leaflets and a map before passing through Tucumcari. Tucumcari is an old town with a lot of old abandoned buildings.

This I when we decided to do another detour off Route 66, we went to Fort Sumner, famous for being the last resting place of Billy the Kid. When we were here we checked out the Billy the Kid Museum but to be honest it should have just been called a local area museum as apart from an alleged rifle said to once belong to the outlaw and a few paintings everything else related to Fort Sumner and even had old telephones and cars. 

A few miles down the road we visited the grave yard where Billy the Kid aka William H Bonney is laid to rest.

We then started our drive down to Roswell, these were real open roads and we only saw a couple of cars during the whole trip, some dear even ran along side the car at one point. Unfortunately, a bird flew straight into the front of the car killing it instantly; this really made both of us feel bad.

When we arrived in Roswell I went to check into the Hampton Inn but they wanted a scandalous amount to stay the night so we drove a bit further till we got to the Best Western were the price was more reasonable, although the internet connection was painfully slow and the room stank with a mixture of soy source and smoke, not to mention the noisy people next door.

We had dinner at a Golden Corral down the street, for $9.99 you could eat as much as you wanted. One thing really annoyed us here as soon as we got in we put our drinks on a table and went to get some food by the time we came back some idiot hillbilly family where trying to move out table onto theirs to fit their excessively sized family after grabbing it and saying we was sitting there, and they were our drinks all they could say was he thought they were his kids drinks, what an @sshole.

After we ate we went back to the hotel.  




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