About 275 miles, this was our second longest day in the saddle
17.08.2015 31 °C
Back to Amarillo first. Last night st ate, drank and chatted in the Texas Road House, sat at the bar all evening until they threw us out at 2300 when they closed. Michelle will be proud of us, out in the dark, proper adults at last!!! As usual, food was excellent.
We started our journey at 000 in shirt sleeves to blue skies and sunshine but a bit cool as it had rained during the night. On the outskirts og Amarillo we stopped at the Cadillac Ranch which has 10 up-ended Caddies "planted" in a field. They are part of the collection of Amarillo's millionaire art fancier Stanley Marsh 3rd. It's pop art from the 60's and early 70's. It's and ever changing picture as visitors are encouraged to spray paint the Caddies!
Continuing our journey, we left the State of Texas crossing the State line into New Mexico stopping at Tucumcari for a late breakfast / early lunch. This town is half way in mileage of our Route 66 so we are now on the homeward stretch. Tucumcari supposedly takes it's name from the 4,999 feet mountain once used by the Comanche's as a look out point.
As many of you know Rick's pet hate are wind farms and during our journeys we have see many of them BUT on leaving Amarillo after seeing the Cadillac rance, a wind farm on our right extended for 38 miles.. .. YES 38 MILES!!!
On leaving Tucumcari the only thing we saw for miles and miles either side of 66 were mountainous views and great plaines. It was 50 minutes before we saw the 1st gas station rest stop which was on the outskirts of Santa Rosa.
On continuing our journey to Santa Fe we arrived mid afternoon and, due to crossing a time zone, the clocks went back an hour so we are 7 hours behind UK time now. This gave us a great advantage ad Rick needed to work for 3 hours and Sand did all of the laundry and ironing. We finall finished at 1900 and had a quiet evening the the hotel bistro.
Thunderstorms were promised during our travels but did not materialise so we traveled in blue skies and sunshine arriving in Sana Fe to 31 degrees!
Tomorrow because we are in Santa Fe for 2 night, the bike is locked up in the car park and we are taking the hotel shuttle bus to explore the city of Santa Fe which is about 5 miles away.