Our first full day on historic route 66 saw us take in all the sights that Route 66 through Texas had to offer. Well, I say all of them, but we managed to completely fail to find the Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo – I have no idea how we couldn’t find it (might be that I was preoccupied with explaining to James that he couldn’t turn left when the lights were red – oops too late, he did it!) and I was sad as it was one of the things I really wanted to see.
Route 66 through Texas – what to see
Shamrock was a highlight – we really loved that little town, especially the neon show at night.
The day after we had a lovely little visit to Shamrock Pioneer West Museum before heading away from town.
It was a cute little place with lots of exhibits about the history of the area. The volunteer who was there was also really helpful and showed us round the museum personally as we were the only ones there at that time.
Unfortunately the upstairs was really hot and muggy – I don’t think they had air conditioning and we just caught Alex as she was about to faint! She had done it a few times before, both times when it was really warm, I think she just doesn’t do well in heat. I can’t say enough nice things about the lovely lady who volunteered there – she looked after her, gave her a can of cola and looked after her downstairs where it was a little cooler while we finished looking round the museum.
Leaving Shamrock and heading east we stopped at Groom, where you can’t really miss the ginormous cross! Route 66 is full of really odd and unique roadside attractions like this cross and leaning water towers! A bit random! Alex and I got out to have an explore at the cross – there’s a gift shop and a church there as well as some sculptures. A lady came up to us while we were wandering around and gave us some bracelets for no reason except kindness.
We then headed drove towards Amarillo singing the song ‘Is this the way to Amarillo?’ which was fun for about 2 mins 😉
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Just before getting in to Amarillo we came across signs for the Big Texan Steak Ranch which I’d heard of lots when researching places to go along route 66. It’s a restaurant with a gift shop attached.
Apparantly if you can eat the 72oz steak there you’ll get it for free – we didn’t give it a go!
We had planned to have an early evening meal at the cafe at the mid point of the road. Unfortunately we arrived too late and it was closed when we got there – it would be perfect for lunch, but it’s not open after 4pm. We stopped for a bit of a photo opportunity, even though we’d only done about 165 miles on the road.
We headed over the border in to New Mexico for dinner that night (if I remember rightly it was Taco Tuesday!) and I think we were all really sad to leave Texas behind. We’d had such a great introduction to the USA here.
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