Oklahoma City, OK, OK - Amarillo, TX
Jul 28, 2010
|Started the day with home cooked bacon, eggs, hash browns, toast and orange juice. Just like home. Did a sewer dump before we left and I actually stayed dry! I didn't even need to wash my hands....but I did. By 9pm we were on the road to El Reno Fort in Oklahoma City and it was already 88 degrees. Unfortunately we couldn't get into a lot of the buildings but did get a bit of history. Gen Custer was at this fort and won a battle against the Cheroke's. It was also a German POW camp. Very interesting stories and artifacts to see.
Passed through Weatherford and it was a sea of wind turbines. I've never seen so many in all directions!
Stopped in at Clinton to a Route 66 museum for more history. It took you from the inception of the road in the early 20's through to current day. There was a story about a guy who is over 90 now, that drove it in the 20's in a Model T Ford. He went from Oklahoma to LA and it took him over 2 months. In 1937 they started the "Highway Patrol" to stop the bootleggers from bringing in whisky but also to reduce the number of accidents. With the new V8 engines and paved roads, they started to see a lot of accidents.
Also learned how the gas co. Phillips 66 got its name. I thought it was due to it being on Route 66 but apparently 2 owners were travelling to a meetings where they were going to name the station and the passenger said "I think you could do 60 with this new gas". The driver said "I can do more than that. I'm doing 66 now". And that's how it got it's name. Now you know!!!
Stopped in at Jiggs Smokehouse for a bite to eat. If you are ever through this way it is a must stop. The best meal we've had since we've been away! (Except for the meals Chris cooks of course). We had mesquite BBQ'd beef on a bun and a Pig Sickle, port rib on a bun with mesquite sauce. It was served on a square piece of wax paper on top of a piece of paper towel. Saves on dishes I guess!! Anyway, it was fantastic. They suggested a side of beans with it but we didn't figure we could eat all that. However, when we finished our meal we figured the beans would have been fantastic so took a side order to go.
Went to Elk City to another museum. Glad we only paid $4.00 each to get in. It was somewhat of a repeat of the earlier one except it had a 15 minute movie. We both had a nap through it. Hope we weren't snoring!!
Driving to Amarillo Texas the skies got very dark and it poured. It stopped raining but the sky was still black and you could see lightening in the distance. It was an erie feeling. I felt like Dorothy and was looking for Toto to run away with me.
Drove through many little towns that were a sea of old closed gas stations, restaurants and hotels. One had a tree growing up through the middle of it and many others had grass growing through the sidewalks, driveways and roads. They looked like ghost towns. We did have our first sighting of cactus growing in the wild!
Hit Texas at about 4 and quickly noticed how dry and flat it is. You can see for miles and miles of dry fields but then you'll see big crevaces in the ground, almost like mini canyons.
I think it will be an early night. Chris is about to put a movie on. That means I'll be asleep in about 5 minutes so.....goodnight!!!
Stopped at our first KOA for the night. Set up camp and went into town to have a look around and pick up some new CD's for Chris and sunglasses to replace the ones I just broke. Got back to camp to eat our beans, toast and a couple of beverages. What could be a better dinner than that!
One thing I am constantly surprised at is the no helmut law for bikers. There are so many of them driving without helmuts. I can't understand why there isn't a law.
Arrived in Texas and the rain stopped and the temperature dropped to 74. Nice break!!