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.

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