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June 29

Palo Duro Canyon State Park - Tucumcari

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Until half an hour or so outside of Tucumcari, the road was long, straight, and narrow (no, seriously) through flat farmlands for tens of miles on end. In four hours we must have taken at least as many corners, maybe even more, and encountered probably twice that number of vehicles. Not a gas station in sight. This is where companies like Tesla and Nikola should be testing their autonomous electric trucking concepts.

Ah, Tucumcari. Fabled waystation on historic Route 66. No end of motels on the Mother Road for weary travelers looking for a decent place to spend the night. It’s gone down a little since its heyday, but some iconic motels survive (including the Palomino Motel and the Blue Swallow Motel) and Dels Restaurant, opened in 1956, remains a vey popular spot for lunch. Quite rightly so.

Don’t miss out on the Historical Museum with its very Americana collection of completely unsorted items, big and small, books and kitchen utensils, a coffee roasting machine, a wooden roulette wheel, a caboose and much, much more, of all ages and in many stages of decline and disrepair.

Tucumcari – Palomino Motel

Tucumcari - Historic Route 66 Motel

Posted by FierceOrc 19:55 Archived in USA Tagged rv texas new_mexico

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