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Route 66 in Texas

July 20, 2016

April 21, 2016.  Route 66 (coincident with I-40) cuts through the northwest corner of the Texas panhandle.  It does, though, have a don’t-miss-it attraction.  Um . . . . was this worth it?  🙂


Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX


This is the stickiest mud I’ve ever encountered.  We had to keep kicking it off, or it glommed on in huge amounts to our shoes!


Someone gave up.

We spent a few nights in an interesting place – Pioneer Park outside Wellington, TX.  It’s main claim to fame is that it’s where Bonnie and Clyde, fleeing the police, missed a detour and drove off an incomplete bridge.

The park serves as both a county park and a state highway rest area.  The super-friendly hostess told us they get a free spot from the county, and a small stipend from the state for maintaining the facilities.

This was also the only night our weather alarm radio kept us “entertained”.  Mostly, it was for thunderstorms with hail which were first not for us, then north of us, then south of us, then … sheesh!  The hostess, hearing the forecast of hail, showed us where they parked their car, under the bridge, on low land next to the river, where there was predicted to be heavy rain :-o.  But we followed their lead and parked our car down there, and it all ended OK.


Retrieving the car from under the bridge, near Wellington, TX.

April 22, 2016.  We drove back up to Route 66 to explore Shamrock, TX.


If this looks familiar, you’ve probably seen the animated film ‘Cars’.  Shamrock, TX


Something new added to the old Route 66 Conoco station in Shamrock, TX


This 1928 Reynolds hotel is now a very interesting local Pioneer West museum, Shamrock, TX


Part of the Pioneer West museum, Shamrock, TX

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