“USA 🇺🇸 ~Getting Our KIX on ROUTE 66! Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico”

OKLAHOMA 

Still in Oklahoma. Interstate 40 is like driving across the widest part of Texas. It takes YEARS! 😂 (joking)

There’s a lot of wide open spaces, and surrounding areas include many, many, Indian Nations, represented.
Daryl tried to buy a pair of moccasins, but size 16 wasn’t available. Bummer, as his good pair is in luggage, stored in Mumbai, India and we’ve yet been able to retrieve. (Covid Era)
Being close enough to Texas, we gambled on funding a good Mexican restaurant for dinner. We’ve been traveling on the Historic Route 66 for awhile now. We went on in to Clinton, following the route. It was pretty good and a nice change of food choices.

CLINTON ~Route 66
“Clinton was founded in 1903 at Washita Junction after a protracted dispute over the right to purchase Indian land and was named for Judge Clinton Irwin, who had been instrumental in the city’s founding.”

We are resting up today, and heading for New Mexico, via Texas. tomorrow! We are grateful to be experiencing sunny skies since leaving Tennessee. No rain. The days are warm and nights are chilly, but no longer, freezing temps.

⬆️ We stayed at Elk City/Clinton KOA in Oklahoma ⬇️

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TEXAS


Once we left Oklahoma for good, on this trip, we traveled across the Panhandle of Texas. It is, by far, the shortest drive across Texas you can experience!
I love Texas, and look forward to returning one day to visit friends, who live way south from where we were, today, but that will be when we have more time to play. Though I had never been through this part of Texas, it felt like the Texas I have come to know and love, when I lived in the Woodlands. The people of Texas are the best part!

The word “Amarillo” is of Spanish origin and it means “yellow.” There are two explanations for this colorful name: one, that it was inspired by the yellow flowers that grow in spring and summer. Another that it derives from the name of the Amarillo Creek, which in turn has yellow clay on its banks.


Established in 1926, Steinbeck called Route 66 “ the Main Street of America.” It was one of the original highways in the US and connected travelers from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California.

Route 66 passes across the Texas Panhandle and weaves right on through Amarillo.

•  Amarillo was rated nationally as having some of the cleanest air in the country.
•  The Texas Panhandle is approximately 26,000 square miles, or about the size of West Virginia.
•  The Texas Panhandle (26 counties) is larger than nine other states.
•  There are 62 incorporated towns in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.
•  The Texas Panhandle is approximately 26,000 square miles, or about the size of West Virginia.
•  The Texas Panhandle (26 counties) is larger than nine other states.
•  There are 62 incorporated towns in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.
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Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch is a rite of passage for anyone traveling the Mother Road (Route 66).

In 1974, just west of Amarillo, Ant Farm, a collective of San Francisco creatives, planted 10 Cadillacs in a ruler-straight line. “A bumper crop,” some wit remarked. An apt description as the installation has spawned many other motor-inspired installations that came afterward. Ant Farm members drove in the Cadillacs; ranging from a 1949 Club Sedan to a 1963 Sedan de Ville to this site, and then they half-buried the cars nose-in, with their tail fins poking out at uniform 52‐degree angles. Whether a tall tale or true, the angle was said to replicate the pyramids of Giza, each car showcased one step in the evolution of the tail fin from 1949 to 1963.
Owning a Cadillac was symbolic of success, so burying them in a paddock pointed out the absurdity of consumerism.
Oil baron and banker Stanley Marsh 3 owned the land and financed the project. Quite eccentric, he kept a pet lion and dropped water balloons from his 12th-floor office window.
He once said; “Art is a legalized form of insanity, and I do it very well.”
Vandals soon ripped off the tail fins, hubcaps, chrome, and doors. Graffiti artists had a field day. To Caddy lovers, it was sacrilege, but to Marsh, it was art. He believed the installation looked better every year. When Cadillac Ranch needed to be moved because of the encroaching city, he demanded the surrounding “trash” go with it. 

I found some left over spray paint cans lying about. I may, or may not have added my own graffiti.
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NEW MEXICO

Well, this was unexpected ⬇️
After driving another 400 mile day, we got to our campground in Albuquerque, and began setting up, just as it was getting dark.
Tiny ATE the 30AMP plug-in, then hurled it back out, backwards!
Oh Tiny!
By today, Daryl is cooking, so he had to get the right bit to remove the casing, then pulled out the plug-in, then had to silicone the casing back in, and we hope Tiny is done messing around with us! 😜😂😂😂
It is so nice to have a handyman for a hubs! He happens to be handsome, and is also grilling ribs for dinner! I scored, ladies!
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Thank you Lee Litfin for driving up to join us for dinner and spending some quality time! You are still just as kind as ever!
I only wish we had remembered to take a photo before it got dark, though, but we were too busy yacking! 😂
Lee and I graduated High School together; (Oregon) …go Newberg Tigers! We haven’t seen each other in over 30 years, in person, but this is why I like Facebook. It helps with staying connected!

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By the next morning, at our campground in Albuquerque, a gigantic converted greyhound bus left, so we have a view of the hills, now! I love New Mexico and this is my third visit. 

Getting Our Kix On Route 66!

We’ve been traveling west, since leaving Tennessee, on Interstate 40. This drive goes on and on, and on, but I am obsessed with Route 66, so it’s fun for us to take an exit once in awhile to explore the vintage towns, of which there are many!
Due to time restrictions on this particular trip, we can only pick and choose a few, but we will end up on Route 66 in future travels, so we will get to explore, further. These old towns have many, original signage and of course architecture which screams vintage. Sadly, some towns aren’t kept up the same as others, and one day they will crumble into dust, but Route 66 is like taking a step back in time, for sure.

Here are photos I snapped as we drove through some towns in Oklahoma, and Texas ⬇️





 ⬆️ A good example of old and new

US Highway 66, popularly known as “Route 66,” is significant as the nation’s first all-weather highway linking Chicago to Los Angeles.
When contrasted with transcontinental corridors such as the Lincoln Highway and US Highway 40, Route 66 does not stand out as America’s oldest or longest road. Nevertheless, what sets this segment of national highway apart from its contemporaries is that it was the shortest, year-round route between the Midwest and the Pacific Coast.
Route 66 reduced the distance between Chicago and Los Angeles by more than 200 miles, which made Route 66 popular among thousands of motorists who drove west in subsequent decades.
Like other highways of its day, Route 66 reflects the origin and evolution of road transportation in the United States. The often romanticized highway represents an outstanding example of the transition from dirt track to superhighway. Not only does Route 66 underscore the importance of the automobile as a technological achievement, but, perhaps equally important to the American psyche, it symbolized unprecedented freedom and mobility for every citizen who could afford to own and operate a car.
Escalating numbers of motor vehicles and the rise of the trucking industry increased the need for improved highways. In response the federal government pledged to link small town USA with all of the metropolitan capitals.
The period of historical significance for Route 66 is 1926 to 1985. The national system of public highways brought geographic cohesion and economic prosperity to the disparate regions of the country. As a component of the federal network, Route 66 linked the isolated and predominantly rural West to the densely populated urban Midwest and Northeast. Chicago had long served as a transshipment point for goods that were transported to the West. The creation of Route 66 ensured the continuation of this vital socioeconomic link. The appearance of Highway 66 came at a time of unparalleled social, economic, and political disruption and global conflict. It also enabled one of the most comprehensive movement of people in the history of the United States. One result was the irreversible transformation of the American far west from a rural frontier to a pace-setting, metropolitan region.
Perhaps more than any other American highway, Route 66 symbolized the new optimism that pervaded the nation’s postwar economic recovery. For thousands of returning American servicemen and their families, Route 66 represented more than just another highway. “It became,” according to one contemporary admirer, “an icon of free-spirited independence linking the United States across the Rocky Mountain divide to the Pacific Ocean.”
In recent years, Route 66 imaginatively documented in prose, song, film, and television, has come to represent the essence of the American highway culture to countless motorists who traversed its course during the more than fifty years of its lifetime.
After the road was decommissioned in 1985, federal and state agencies, private organizations, and numerous members of public realized that remnants of the road were quickly disappearing, and that the remaining significant structures, features, and artifacts associated with the road should be preserved. In 1990, the US Congress passed an act, recognized that Route 66 “has become a symbol of the American people’s heritage of travel and their legacy of seeking a better life.” The legislation resulted in the National Park Service conducting the Route 66 Special Resource Study to evaluate the significance of Route 66 in American history, and to identify options for its preservation, interpretation, and use. The document provides an in-depth account of significance and history of Route 66. This study led to enactment of Public Law 106-45, and the enactment and creation of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
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⬆️ We traveled through the Panhandle of Texas between Oklahoma and New Mexico

STATES VISITED ON OUR USA ROAD TRIP:

CALIFORNIA:

NEVADA:

OREGON:

KONA, HAWAII:

OREGON x2:

IDAHO:

UTAH:

WYOMING:

COLORADO:

NEBRASKA:

SOUTH DAKOTA:

NORTH DAKOTA:

MINNESOTA:

WISCONSIN:

ILLINOIS:

INDIANA:

MICHIGAN:

OHIO:

PENNSYLVANIA:

NEW YORK:

VERMONT:

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

MAINE:

MASSACHUSETTS:

RHODE ISLAND:

CONNECTICUT:

NEW YORK x2:

NEW JERSEY:

PENNSYLVANIA x2:

MARYLAND:

WASHINGTON DC:

VIRGINIA:

WEST VIRGINIA:

NORTH CAROLINA:

SOUTH CAROLINA:

GEORGIA;

TENNESSEE:

ARKANSAS:

OKLAHOMA: ✅

TEXAS: ✅

NEW MEXICO: ✅

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