|The Parking Meter was invented in Oklahoma|
We had another VERY long day of driving today, but it was more fun than yesterday. We have been following Route 66, "the Mother Road", all day, and really enjoying it.
We left the Lucky Star Casino at about 8:30 or so, and stopped to buy gas at the casino's gas station. It was priced higher than we think the surrounding area might suggest, but it was the only way to repay the hospitality of the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes who own the casino and allowed us to stay for free last night. We didn't go lose any money in the casino, so we figured the price differential for the gas was only fair.
|This is the interior of the little red diner below|
In the 1930's room, we heard Nobody's Business But My Own while we read about the building of Route 66, the first road to be linked continuously between eight states, and paved throughout its length. The "mother road" allowed people to travel more easily for commerce and pleasure, and gave rise to uncountable small business--gas stations, lodging, restaurants, and souvenir shops--in towns which are only a memory today.
|Somewhere in time, our lives became history!|
|Prefab Diner, delivered ready to set up within one day!|
We helped the cause of Route 66 preservation, however, by purchasing several books and a Route 66 sticker for the back of our RV. The books included a VERY detailed traveler's guide to Route 66 (many people come and drive the original roads wherever possible, stopping at the vintage businesses which still survive). From our vantage on the Interstate, we read about the towns we were passing, noted the landmarks still extant, and wished we had months rather than days to explore all the small towns we passed.
Our only subsequent stop, however, was in Amarillo, Texas. This was at a Route 66 classic stop, The Big Texan Steak Ranch. We'd been here in 2007, and I remembered the steaks as being excellent. So we enjoyed our steak lunch before getting back on the highway. We were heading for our friend Alan's house in Santa Fe (ironically, his wife Susan is back east with her new granddaughter!) We reached our destination just after dark, and managed to get mostly level in the parking lot behind his apartment (the complex is built on a hillside.) We walked Cassie and then went to downtown Santa Fe for margaritas and a light dinner. Afterwards, Alan took us for a walk around the center of town. OOOOOOOHHHH, it is a GOOD thing the stores were all closed! I fell in love with so many things I would love to be taking home with me. This is a dangerous shopping area, for sure!
We came home after that, tired and ready to get a good night's sleep. More Santa Fe adventures will come tomorrow.