We are in Tucumcari, New Mexico for the night resting. We will be on the road again in the morning, we didn’t even unhook the car. We are staying at the Empty Saddle RV Park, it’s not much on frills, but it has full hookups with all pull-through sites and it’s only $15. Just what the doctor ordered for two tired seniors. :-) I took a few photos of the mountain view and the campground. I saw a ton of rabbits in the field but was not fast enough with the camera to snag pictures.
For many years, Tucumcari has been a popular stop for cross-country travelers on Interstate 40 (formerly U.S. Route 66 in the area). It is the largest city on the highway between Amarillo, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Billboards reading "TUCUMCARI TONIGHT!" placed along I-40 for many miles to the east and west of the town invite motorists to stay the night in one of Tucumcari's "2000" motel rooms. The "TUCUMCARI TONIGHT!" campaign was abandoned in favor of a campaign which declared Tucumcari, "Gateway to the West".
Old U.S. Route 66 runs through the heart of Tucumcari via Route 66 Boulevard. Numerous businesses, including gasoline service stations, restaurants and motels, were constructed to accommodate tourists as they traveled through on the Mother Road. A large number of the vintage motels and restaurants built in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are still in business despite intense competition from newer chain motels and restaurants in the vicinity of Interstate 40, which passes through the city's outskirts on the south.
We have met a lot of people who travel and explore Route 66 and enjoy this area much. Sorry we are too tired to do any exploring in the area, maybe the next trip. :-) Check back later for more from somewhere in New Mexico.