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Day 7 Amarillo to Santa Fe

About 275 miles, this was our second longest day in the saddle

sunny 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.

Cadillac Ranch outskirts of Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch outskirts of Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch outskirts of Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch outskirts of Amarillo

Iconic gift shop, Tucumcari

Iconic gift shop, Tucumcari

Typical Route 66 Motel, Tucumcari

Typical Route 66 Motel, Tucumcari

Tucumcar Route 66 Diner

Tucumcar Route 66 Diner

Tucumcari Mountain

Tucumcari Mountain

Crossing from Texas into New Mexico

Crossing from Texas into New Mexico

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Day 6 Clinton to Amarillo

About 175 miles in hot temperatures of 32 degrees

sunny 34 °C

We started on the road early at 0825 to blue skies and sunshine and shirtsleeves already nice and warn.

We stopped in Elk City at 0900 for the City Old Town Museum and the National Route 66 Museum. Both of which were extremely interesting. The Old Town Museum had a set of restored building in a street setting which we walked around. We spent about 2 hours here.

At about 1100 we continued our journey to a small town called Erick where we saw the quirky shop front. Leaving Erick we continued on to Texola on the original route 66. Long straight roads and undulating scenery. Texola is officially a ghost town, if the town has less than 50 residents it is classed officially as a ghost town. The building of the interstate was the town's downfall. The population dropped from about 700 to the present day of 36.

We continued onto Shamrock crossing the state line into Texas stopping at the U-Drop-Inn and Tower gas station which was restored to its former glory in 2003 at a cost of $1.7m. It's now a working museum and gift shop. We had our lunch in a diner across the road.

We continued our journey passing by Groom where a large water container balances on 4 crooked legs and somehow manages to stay upright!

From there we arrived into Amarillo via the Big Texan steak house famous for its 72 ounce (2 kg) steak. If you're able to finish the steak with all side dishes within one hour, the meal is free, otherwise you have to pay for it. We only had a cold drink to look around and continued our journey to our hotel. It has a Texas Roadhouse steak house immediately in front of it so. This is an "old friend" we know the chain well so we'll be paying it a visit as soon as we have finished today's news. We're ready for a cold medicinal drink (beer of course) and retire in a real comfy room for a long day tomorrow.

Elk City Old Town Museum

Elk City Old Town Museum

Erick shop front

Erick shop front

Texola ghost town

Texola ghost town

Texola ghost town

Texola ghost town

Texola ghost town

Texola ghost town

Crossing the State line on Route 66

Crossing the State line on Route 66

Shamrock Route 66 Filling Station and Diner

Shamrock Route 66 Filling Station and Diner

Groom Water Tower

Groom Water Tower

Amarillo Diner

Amarillo Diner

Amarillo hotel room  mmmmm  comfort

Amarillo hotel room mmmmm comfort

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Day 5 Tulsa to Clinton

195 Miles today, sunshine, cloudy then sunshine.

sunny 34 °C

Today we started a bit later than usual. When we left it was blue skies and sunshine but about 1/2 way through the temperature dropped to about 24 degrees and the air was fresher, it seems we missed some rain storms that had come up from Oklahoma City. Luck of the Adderley's, running the gauntlet. Once we cleared the clouds, blue shies and sunshine returned with 34 degrees all the way to Clinton. We traveled in shirts and T shirts for the while day. Even now, at 2030 it's still about 30 degrees!!!

We managed to stay on the original route for most of the day. Long straight roads with little traffic and wonderful views. We have started to go across the great plains (wagon trains and settlers have gone before us) We have passed through Sioux and Comanche territories (at least I haven't been scalped!!!).

We stopped for breakfast is the iconic Rock Cafe in Stroud (photos below), very healthy low fat food as you can see. The gift shop was next door to the cafe so we were told that we could look around and if we wanted to buy anything just take it back to the cafe any pay for it with the meal. Sometimes in the UK you can't even start a tab! The people are so trusting, it's really nice. Continuing from there we visited a round barn in Arcadia and rested our "seats."

We didn't venture in Oklahoma City as we wanted to stay away from the traffic so from there we remained on Route 66 arriving in Clinton about 1540 at the route 66 museum. We had a good look around the displays, very interesting. How did the early travellers survive the heat without air conditioning.

We had a really good Italian meal in Adaos to round off the day and washed it down with some medicine.

We need medicine to help us recover for the following day's adventure......!!!!!! If you believe that.....................

Route 66 OK

Route 66 OK

Route 66

Route 66

The Rock Cafe, Stroud

The Rock Cafe, Stroud

Rick's breakfast in the Rock Cafe

Rick's breakfast in the Rock Cafe

Sand's Breakfast in the Rock Cafe

Sand's Breakfast in the Rock Cafe

Rock Cafe Gift Shop

Rock Cafe Gift Shop

Round Barn

Round Barn

Route 66 Museum Entrance

Route 66 Museum Entrance

Route 66 Museum in Clinton

Route 66 Museum in Clinton

Evening meal in Clinton

Evening meal in Clinton

A much needed beer

A much needed beer

Posted by RickAdderley 18:15 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Rolla to Tulsa

315 miles which is the longest day on the journey

sunny 32 °C

Day 4, knowing that we had a long way to go and lots to see we were on the road for 0825. We stopped at 1015 for breakfast at Crackerbarrel which is an old friend, well tested and well tried, good old Southern cooking. From there we went to Carthage which was about 165 miles from our start point. We stopped theer to photograph the Jasper county Court House which was featured in the back to the future film. A quirky town but we enjoyed it.

You will see from the route photos it's easy cruising biking. We had blue skies and sunshine with top temperatures of 94 degrees Fahrenheit, hot, hot, hot.... We are drinking gallons of water (yes, water!!!!). No alcohol until the bike is parked up for the day. Also you'll see the original route is sometimes a dirt road not to be ridden on a Harley. We had the details in our pack to avoid certain sections that are no longer made up roads.

From Carthage we went to Claremore the gun museum. This was really interesting as the collection was from a single person who owned a Hotel in Claremore and donated his collection to the city. It was a free entry and really interesting. Sand had to be the Indian here!

We arrived at our hotel at 1830 via the Hard Rock Hotel at Tulsa. It was long day but so enjoyable. How often can you ride a bike in shirtsleeves at 94 degrees in England. Factor 50 sun lotion does its job very well.

We had a lovely meal in Ruby Tuesday, great steak and chicken.

Time for bed. Not such a long day tomorrow.

The Court House Carthage

The Court House Carthage

A new type of selfie on Route 66

A new type of selfie on Route 66

Route 66

Route 66

Route 66 sign

Route 66 sign

The old Route 66 you can see the dust from the dirt road!

The old Route 66 you can see the dust from the dirt road!

Cracker barrel for breakfast

Cracker barrel for breakfast

A perfect shadow

A perfect shadow

A replica of the hotel reception where the original guns were displayed

A replica of the hotel reception where the original guns were displayed

Sand as an Indian in the museum - anyone want her?

Sand as an Indian in the museum - anyone want her?

J M Davis Arm and Historical  Museum

J M Davis Arm and Historical Museum

Posted by RickAdderley 19:33 Archived in USA Comments (3)

Springfield to Rolla

200 miles on this day

sunny 29 °C

We woke at 0630 to blue skies and sunshine and we were on the road just before 0930. It was that hot we had to wear a long sleeve shirts to protect us from the sun. Our jackets had been relegated to the top box yesterday!! It's been about 29 degrees for most of the day with some scattered clouds towards the end of our ride.

The roads are long and straight. At this point we are mainly on the interstate roads as route 66 either just follow at the side or is shingle and pot holes, not good for the Harley.

Our 1st stop was Cahokia, an old Indian settlement dating back to 900 AD. Who said the Yanks don't have history? It is the largest archaeological site north of Mexico, it once housed 20,000 persons. It's now full of grass mounds with one pyramid type mound that is supposed to be taller than some in Egypt.

Back on the bike again to St. Louis, the largest city in the mid west. We visited the Arch which celebrates its 50th anniversary in October this year. We queued and went to the top in a tiny pod that only seats 5 persons. It's that small you have to be "friends" with the other occupants. At 630 feet tall the views across St Louis and the Mississippi were really good.

We were longer than expected in St Louis, the roadworks and traffic didn't help so we went straight to Rolla where we are now. We arrived at 1730 and managed to obtain some very important medicine capsules from the local gas station which we put on ice in the room as none of the restaurants in this area sell alcohol urgh....!!!!!!!!!!!

We can be clean now as Sand has done the laundry, we didn't have to swap undies and T shirts as we just about managed with our stock (a bit much information here I think!).

Long day tomorrow, it's 1930 now, time to eat.

Indian Burial Ground

Indian Burial Ground

Top of the arch

Top of the arch

St Louis Arch of Peach

St Louis Arch of Peach

In-Room Stash

In-Room Stash

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