Tucumcari is the largest town between Amarillo and Santa Fe. It has always appealed to the travelers along Route 66. Glad to see that it has fared so well. Went through the town to see the sights.
I remember a scene from the movie "For A Few Dollars More" where Lee Van Cleef is riding the train and tells the man that he is getting off in Tucumcari. The man informs him that this train does not stop there. "We see," says Van Cleef and pulls the emergency break. Now I realize that there is a really a town by that name and I am here!
I pedaled toward New Mexico and before I entered there was Glenrio, Texas. This town was another started by the railroad. The area was settled on plats of 160 acres. This was an area that received the cattle from the range. The farmers could grow wheat and sorghum.
I have been feeling the wind for the last couple of day and today I saw the wind farms.
So many are having the heat wave in the central part of the country, so I would ride in the heat in many places. The wind continues to help push me along. I sure appreciate that. Going short mileage days did not seem like I would not make much progress. I am surprised how far I have gone in 53 days by covering over 1100 miles. I have had time in the day to explore the areas that I have traveled through. I got another post card today.
https://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/parkinfo/maps/gis/palo_duro_canyon/ This is the second largest canyon in the US. I never heard of it. This is a state park and is 120 miles long and averages 6 miles wide. What beautiful colors on a sunny day.
This is the Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels. The are part of an avant-gard art design group called the Ant Farm. They planted nose first.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.