Day 3, Route 66 From Amarillo to Bosque, NM

Oct 9, 2017 Mon0Route 66
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Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:43 AM MDT Alt: 3825
Dirt road original Route 66, Endee, NM

Miles:338
Start Point:Amarillo, TX, US
End Point:Bosque, NM, US
Weather:Started the day at 48 °. Temperatures stayed mostly in the 50’s to low 60’s and we ended the day at around 70 °. Very windy.


Quick Links
  1. The Route 66 mid point in Adrian, TX.
  2. Glenrio Historic District, TX
  3. Ghost Town of Cuervo, NM.
  4. Santa Rosa, NM
  5. US route 60 going toward Bosque, NM.
  6. Elevation Changes During the Day
  7. Track Log for Today
  8. Other Blogs About This Trip

Showing Laurie some more Route 66 places I visited on my “40 to Phoenix” motorcycle ride back in the spring. You can read more about some of these places by reading my “40 to Phoenix” blog here.

The Route 66 mid point in Adrian, TX.



We also visited this place in 2016. Read about it here

Oct 9, 2017 Mon 7:39 AM CDT Alt: 4055
Mid point of Route 66, Adrian, TX.
Bobby, Laurie
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 7:40 AM CDT Alt: 4042
Mid point of Route 66, Adrian, TX.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 7:41 AM CDT Alt: 4042
Mid point of Route 66, Adrian, TX.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 7:42 AM CDT Alt: 4044
Mid point of Route 66, Adrian, TX.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 7:43 AM CDT Alt: 4044
Mid point of Route 66, Adrian, TX.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 7:54 AM CDT Alt: 4151

Russell’s Travel Center is a great place to eat breakfast just over the NM state line.

Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:05 AM CDT Alt: 4035
Russells Truck and Travel Center, NM for breakfast.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:19 AM CDT Alt: 4035
Russells Truck and Travel Center, NM for breakfast.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:20 AM MDT Alt: 3865
Russells Truck and Travel Center, NM for breakfast.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:21 AM MDT Alt: 3843
Russells Truck and Travel Center, NM for breakfast.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:21 AM MDT Alt: 3843
Russells Truck and Travel Center, NM for breakfast.
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:27 AM MDT Alt: 3889
Russells Truck and Travel Center, NM for breakfast.



Glenrio Historic District, TX



Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:50 AM CDT Alt: 3877
Ghost town of Glenrio, TX
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:52 AM CDT Alt: 3877
Ghost town of Glenrio, TX
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:56 AM MDT Alt: 3877
Ghost town of Glenrio, TX
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:56 AM MDT Alt: 3877
Ghost town of Glenrio, TX
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:59 AM MDT Alt: 3875
Ghost town of Glenrio, TX
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 8:59 AM MDT Alt: 3875
Ghost town of Glenrio, TX
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:00 AM MDT Alt: 3875
Ghost town of Glenrio, TX

This is the original Route 66 road bed from Glenrio, TX to Endee, NM. It was never paved and I’ve read that the locals made some good money pulling travelers out of the mud.

Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:07 AM MDT Alt: 3812
Original dirt road Route 66 from Glenrio, TX to Endee, NM
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:11 AM MDT Alt: 3847
Original dirt road Route 66 from Glenrio, TX to Endee, NM

Oops! We weigh over 11 tons.

Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:15 AM MDT Alt: 3821
Original dirt road Route 66 from Glenrio, TX to Endee, NM
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:16 AM MDT Alt: 3821
Original dirt road Route 66 from Glenrio, TX to Endee, NM
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:30 AM MDT Alt: 3844
Dirt road original Route 66, Endee, NM
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:32 AM MDT Alt: 3844
Dirt road original Route 66, Endee, NM
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:33 AM MDT Alt: 3844
Dirt road original Route 66, Endee, NM
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:33 AM MDT Alt: 3844
Dirt road original Route 66, Endee, NM
Laurie
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:33 AM MDT Alt: 3844
Dirt road original Route 66, Endee, NM
Laurie
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 9:42 AM MDT Alt: 3823
Dirt road original Route 66, Endee, NM



Ghost Town of Cuervo, NM.



Laurie really liked this place.

The completion of I-40 in the 70’s and 80’s destroyed many small towns in the American Southwest. Some towns filed lawsuits to try to get more than one exit from I-40. Multiple exits seemed to generate more traffic. The town of Cuervo was split in half by I-40 and really did die. US-60/54 in Arizona also feels like they have seen better days. There are many abandoned motels and cafe’s along that route. The buildings just fade away with time. They are not demolished as no one wants to build anything in their place.

It is a little sad but nothing stops change. I wish those buildings and the road could talk, especially Route 66. For sure some people were traveling for fun but how many people were searching for a better life or trying to escape the depression of the 30’s? Or as Laurie said, how many were running from something?

And think about how dark the sky was at night or what a relief it was to make it to the next town near the end of a long day. The 2 lane road and Model T’s and 50’s Chevys were state of the art then but wouldn’t those travelers be amazed at how we travel today?

Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:46 AM MDT Alt: 4839
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:47 AM MDT Alt: 4839
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:49 AM MDT Alt: 4839
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:50 AM MDT Alt: 4839
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:52 AM MDT Alt: 4840
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:53 AM MDT Alt: 4840
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:54 AM MDT Alt: 4842
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 11:55 AM MDT Alt: 4842
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66
Laurie
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 12:03 PM MDT Alt: 4842
Cuervo, NM, old Route 66



Santa Rosa, NM



Oct 9, 2017 Mon 12:39 PM MDT Alt: 4589
Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, NM
Bobby, Laurie
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 12:42 PM MDT Alt: 4590
Blue Hole, Santa Rosa, NM



US route 60 going toward Bosque, NM.



Oct 9, 2017 Mon 2:44 PM MDT Alt: 6081
Oct 9, 2017 Mon 2:45 PM MDT Alt: 6081

Laurie


Elevation Changes During the Day



The day started at 3,610 feet and ended at 4,728 feet. The highest altitude was 6,472 feet and the lowest altitude was 3,610 feet.



Track Log for Today




You may be interested in the next article, Day 4, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and Good Local Food.

The previous article is Day 2, Little Rock to Amarillo and Route 66.

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