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Ben's 2017 Route 66 Adventure

Day 10
Thursday, May 11

Shamrock TX


Start Day 10

 

Sights around Shamrock

 

The Pioneer West Museum
Museum #6 for my trip

Click photo to see more of this exceptional museum

 

 The Shamrock Water Tower, one of the tallest in Texas

      

  

More murals, on the way out of Shamrock

  

 

McLean TX

  

 

Devil's Rope Museum
Museum #7 for my trip

Click to take a tour

 

Classic McLean murals

  
  
  

Probably the most classic McLean Route 66 landmark!

 

Alanreed TX

The Alanreed Travel Center
Post Office, groceries, gifts, Rt 66 memorabilia, beer.
Yep, go to the Post Office to get your beer!

 

 

Westbound Rest Area
   

Rest rooms and, yes, Tornado Shelter. How comforting!

    

    Groom TX

The "Leaning Tower of Texas"
      
    This was intentional, to make it a landmark: the far side legs are about 3 feet in the air!

Said to be the largest cross in the US - 190'

 

Amarillo TX

Home of The Big Texan
where a 72 oz steak dinner is FREE... IF you eat the entire meal in 1 hour!
      
  
A very pleasant surprise: I never would have guessed this was not only also a brewery but ONE of the TOP 10 Places in the WORLD FOR A BEER!
  
No, I declined the 72 oz steak. The rib platter was superb, as was the Bomb City Bock!

 

Cadillac Ranch

  
  
Rather than add spray can graffiti, I left a tribute to my favorite brewery: Rocket Republic.        
  

 

Vega TX

  

 

Adrian TX

  

The MidPoint Cafe
The half-way point on Historic Route 66 between Chicago and Santa Monica

  
  


  
  

 

Approaching New Mexico


The ghost town of Glenrio TX

  
  
  
  
  

 

New Mexico
State #10 for this trip

The New Mexico Welcome Center
  

 

San Jon NM

 

That flat-top mountain ahead screams Tucumcari!

 

Tucumcari NM

One of the most sought after landmarks on Historic Route 66
The Blue Swallow Motel. "100% Refrigerated Air"


  
The owners: Kevin & Nancy Mueller. Super nice people!!!
  
To my disappointment (but not surprise) they were booked solid for the next 2 nights.
The second night was actually sold out to a group of bikers from the Netherlands!
I reserved the 3rd night, and asked for suggestions for alternate lodging.

This was it. The plan was to do day trips from here for the next 2 days.

 

Dinner & beer for the next 2 nights
  

                      

 

Wall art in the local Lowes supermarket

   

 

End of Day 10

235 miles for Day 10
  

 

 

On to Day 11

 

 

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