Big Texas Stuff, the Midpoint, and New Mexico

            At the end of the last post Bubba parked the car with others belonging to people who drive like him.  When we started out in the morning, he backed into one of the legs of the water tower.  We decided that it was time to get out of town.

            Passing through Amarillo Texas, we were told we had to visit a Big Texan.  “A big Texan what?”  I asked.  We found a Big Texan Boot.

            We found a Big Texan Cow.  You could get a free Big Texan Steak if you wanted to fight the cow for it.

            This guy claimed to be The Big Texan but the lace cuffs on his pants made me suspicious.  He claimed they were painted on boots and that made things sooo much better.

            Finally, finally we found the real Big Texan.  He treated us to a 72 oz. steak from The Big Cow.

            Just outside of town we found this interesting natural rock formation in an empty field.

            As we got closer we saw that it was some more of that Big Texan Parking.  This time it was with Cadillacs.  They have a vehicle placement problem here.

            I don’t know who did the tagging.  There was a security camera nearby; maybe they got a photo of whoever did the spray painting.

     We briefly considered stopping here for the night.  We found a fabulous hotel.  It had 50 rooms but only 40 were fabulous enough.

            Instead we continued on to the town of Adrian, our last Texas stop and the midpoint on our journey.  As you can see, the whole town turned out for our arrival.

     I had a decision to make.  I really wanted to see my mystery friend, Millie.  Was she ahead of me?  Was she behind?  Which way to go?  I made a decision…this way.

Maybe I should have gone the other way. 

            We crossed into New Mexico and stopped at a place to do a little shopping for luxury items to bring back to our friends.

            It was time to stop and settle in.  We had a choice.  This first place we looked at advertised “Squeaky Clean Rooms”.  Instead of a pool, they had a sand box to play in.

            The name may have been a little misleading since, in my mind, a safari conjures up visions of a lush jungle.  I had not seen a whole lot of foliage around here, lush or not.  This place looked a little more inviting.  It had Refrigerated air.  Not just some of it, but 100% of it.

            In one of the highlights of our trip we were able to see the Tucumcari Museum whose grounds had, the sign claimed, rocks and plants.  It was actually a very nice slice of life from a small desert town.

            We have been told that the road “has issues” ahead.  We will leave that for next time.

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Devil’s Rope in Texas

            Bubba is back on the road in Texas.  Today he is looking forward to seeing a special museum.

            Today we are visiting The Devil’s Rope Museum.  I’ve been looking forward to seeing this place for hundreds of miles.  A whole museum devoted to Devil’s rope.  Can you imagine?  I don’t have a clue what Devil’s rope is but I’m sure it will be something. 

            We decided to hit the road early, starting off with a bite to eat at the U Drop Inn.

     From there we gassed up at the ultra modern gas station.  These oil companies in Texas operate with a tight profit margin, so they don’t modernize much.

            Off we go along Route 66 looking for something called Devil’s rope. 

IS THIS IT?

            No, no, no, that is just advertising for an old roadside attraction.  Or maybe it is a warning to watch your step.  Or maybe it is a community comment on the character of the people living in that trailer.  I don’t know for sure.  It was a sign by itself in a field.  I kept my feet up just in case.

            Finally we arrived and I found the true definition of Devil’s Rope.

     Devil’s Rope is barbed wire.  This is a whole museum devoted to barbed wire.  How much could there be?  It was a pretty large building.

            It is all here.  Everything you want to know about wire is here.  Fence posts through history, types, makers, tools, and even medicines used to treat injuries caused by Devil’s rope.

            Can you get a wire overdose?  I will be seeing this stuff in my nightmares.

            Back in the car, our map said the road was going to get a little rough and it might be some distance between gas stations so we thought we would fill our tank.  Luckily, the tanker truck had just arrived.

            We found the branch of the old road we were to follow.

            Maybe we should top off at this gas station too.

            We then headed out on the long road.

            As evening came, we decided to look for a hotel.  There was not much to choose from on this stretch.  We came across this place.  The rates were competitive and the rooms were…rooms.

            We had second thoughts about the place because the parking lot looked empty except for one car.  It appeared that he was a long term guest.

            We were just about to leave when we went around to the other side and saw the parking lot was full.  This must be a pretty good place after all.  This many people could not be wrong.

They park funny here.

Next we will be finishing up our Texas portion of the Mother Road, and heading into New Mexico.

Heading to Texas

Heading to Texas

            Bubba is heading across Oklahoma and moving into Texas.  Route 66 went through a short piece of Texas. Some of the towns bypassed by the new roads have dried up and some have blown away.

            We arose early and had a brief bite in the local tavern. 

            The place needed a little maintenance; a light bulb was burned out in the rest room. 

           The road was getting rougher so I gave a test drive to a car better suited to both me and the road.  It is little but rough.

            I took it for a spin.  It was a little hard for me to turn the steering wheel.

            I decided to go back to being a passenger with Rick and Spider.  The addition of the newer, bigger, roads makes it difficult to stay on the old portions sometimes.  Our choice here was to go over the perimeter fence or go around and do some backtracking. 

            Maybe we could dodge the trucks and stay on track. 

            Some of the old places are deteriorating and it is only a matter of time before…

We waited at this place for an hour and a half for a big gust of wind.

          In other places restoration has taken place.  This little station is in Shamrock Texas.  It is a great little town worth a stop.

          At night it is a beacon in the darkness.

          When in Shamrock Texas there is but one place to eat.  Big Vern’s

          It isn’t hard to find.  It is one block east of THE red light.  We missed it at first because we only saw a green light but eventually found it and the friendly staff took us to our table.

          They brought me in, in a nice bunch of grapes.

          After seeing the town’s other attraction, the largest water tower in the state we bedded down for the night.

                                                      Next time we will learn about Devil’s Rope.