Ben's 2017 Route 66 Adventure
Saturday, May 13
I never left Tucumcari
Until such time as I could check into the Blue
Swallow, I planned to spend the day exploring the town.
Breakfast at Kix on 66 Restaurant
Small world story: As I was
eating at the counter, I overheard the couple (circled in 2nd photo
in the booth behind me tell the waitress that they were from
Pennsylvania. We struck up a conversation. I said that I was
originally from Philadelphia. When they said they were from Kennett
Square, I said that I knew it well - my parents grew up in the small
town of Lincoln University, practically next door. My mother's father
was the University President and my father's father was the Pastor and
Librarian! As kids we made many
trips there during school vacations. The woman was dumbstruck: her father had been the town butcher in
Lincoln University, as was his father before him! Another link: they also have a
daughter who lives in the Bay area in California. Dontcha just love
After breakfast I gave the Vette a
quick but long overdue bath.
When I returned to the motel to give it a quick
wipe-down before checking out, this cutie was looking for some attention.
Some sights as I cruised the town
Mesalands Dinosaur Museum
Museum #10 for my trip
photo to tour it with me
New Mexico Route 66 Museum
Museum #11 for my trip
Click photo to
tour it with me
The Tucumcari Train Depot
Museum #12 for my trip
More Tucumcari sights
Finally: I can check into the Blue Swallow!
Click photo to see a
lot of the really cool stuff that makes this such a huge Route 66 attraction!
Another fun Small World thing: As I was unpacking at my room, who
walks around from
the office but The Brits! They had tried to get a room but, of
course, were unsuccessful.
Back to the Lizard Lounge for dinner and more Kilt
End of Day 12
26 miles for the day, and that included a fast pass on I-40
from one end
of town to the other and back - as a quick blow-dry after washing the car.
That's 2106.0 miles from Chicago start
On to Day 13
Return to Rt 66