Day 112 September 29, 2014
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Tucumcari, New Mexico
We were driving west on a pretty boring stretch of I-40 west, when suddenly, BLAMMO!! A swarm of about 50 bugs, ran smack dab into our windshield. It was ugly! A freakin’ bloody massacre! Otherwise, the drive out of Oklahoma City was uneventful. So, at least we had Bugageddon to talk about for a while.
When we got to Amarillo, Texas, we paid a visit to Swann Animal Clinic. I’d called ahead to make an appointment to have Dax looked at. Seems he was having a little problem with his anal glands. Yes, anal glands. This day was really shaping up nicely, wasn’t it?!
The folks at Swann Animal Clinic couldn’t have been nicer. Ends up Dax had an infection, so it was a good thing that we had him looked at. We got him set up with some antibiotics, thanked everyone, and went on our way. Poor Dax.
We didn’t know if we’d ever in our lifetime, be back in Amarillo, Texas, so we took a little time to go see what downtown Amarillo looked like. Checked that off.
When we got back on I-40 west, we were in such a deep discussion about donuts, that we almost passed right by Cadillac Ranch. Thank the good lord that we saw it just in time!!
Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia….
“Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, U.S. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs; the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.”
We had a fantastic time at Cadillac Ranch! A nice young couple there gave us a can of their spray paint so that we could actively participate and leave our mark on the old cars. The interactiveness of it all, really enhanced our experience of the place.
Under the threat of tornadoes in the area, we made our way to Tucumcari. We were smack dab on the old Route 66, the Mother Road, surrounded by super cool mid-century modern architecture, signage and landmarks. Cool stuff, so we did a little drive about before stopping at Tucumcari Cactus RV park.
It was getting late, and we were too tired and lazy to cook dinner, so we walked over to nearby Del’s for dinner. Being that we were in Tucumcari, well, we didn’t expect a great meal or anything. So we were blown away by the completely delicious food and great service. If you’re ever in Tucumcari, this is THE place at which to dine!
So far, no tornadoes. As we walked back to the RV park, we felt the wind pick up, and felt a little rain falling. Lucky us, it wasn’t until we were safely back in the Space Shuttle, that the sky began to rock ’n roll. Wind, lightening, thunder….all night long. It kept us a little on edge, but, that’s as bad as it got. No tornadoes. It was a totally great day after all.