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Desert Wanderings- Do you Know the Way to Santa Fe?

sunny 38 °C

Spray paint, steaks and giant cowboys, you say?

This was our last day driving Historic Route 66 and we looked forward to 3 stops on our way to Santa Fe.

Just 20 minutes past where we stayed in Alanreed, is the VW Slug Bug Ranch. Someone has buried VW Bugs nose first into the ground. This, of course, is a nod to the Cadillac Ranch. (More on that later) we were the only one stopping there and had the place to ourselves, although it really felt abandoned on a good day. The cars have been spray painted by passers-by and continue to add to the layers and layers of paint everyday.
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The Bug Ranch is at the corner of a historic part of the original Route 66 where, in its day, people ate at a cafe and got a refuel in Conway. It is now almost entirely abandoned and sits overgrown and wild. You can really imagine what the travelers of the 50s would have seen on their cross-country road trips.
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Lunch was to be had at the iconic Big Texan Steak Ranch where we did NOT take in the challenge presented to any visitor who would like to have their dinner for free. You only need to eat a 72oz steak, and 2 sides with bread in less than an hour and it’s yours free!! No thank you! It is a promotion the Big Texan has been running for more than 60 years and people have actually won! We opted for a 8oz steak and a smoked beef sandwich. Both super delicious!

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Our last stop was just on the west side of Amarillo, the Cadillac Ranch. This art instillation was started in 1974 when 10 Cadillacs were buried nose down into the earth. Since then, people from everywhere have been stay painting the cars with names, symbols, pictures and colour. The paint is so thick in places it is obscuring the shape of the car part. In this picture, is a wheel but you can hardly make out the flat hubcap.

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Needless to say, it was an experience but an odd one at that. We did get a chance to spray paint our names on a spot and I’m sure by the time we got to our campground this evening it had already been painted over.

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Close to the Cadillac Ranch we found this feller. The Second Amendement Cowboy. Texas you say!
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We hit a bit of rain back in the road but drove straight to Santa Fe. We are staying at Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground with 2 -way hookups. Tomorrow we will head into Santa Fe to explore while trying to stay out of the crazy heat.

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Thanks for following along!

Posted by blgracey 02:40 Archived in USA

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Hey, that cowboy's arms aren't bare at all... ;p
Enjoying your adventures!

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