J. Dawg Journeys

Tucson to Tucumcari

Well, I’ve been from Tucson to Tucumcari.  Always wanted to use that line from Little Feat’s song Willin, and now its a true statement.  Today was a travel day and the target destination was Tucumcari, NM.  Not because there’s anything here (trust me there is NOTHING here), but it fit my mileage quota for the day traveling east on I-40.  And we made it without taking that left at Albuquerque!!! (you Bugs Bunny fans know what I mean).

Not much to report on the from the road.  Other than going thru Albuquerque, I-40 is mostly flat with big open sky vistas and little if any development.  Already, I know I’m going to miss this terrain when in a few days we get back to more development, trees, and cultivated land.

Tucumcari looks like it died in the 1960’s but refuses to shut the lights off and close the door.  There are still a several places open, but they’re outnumbered by the closed up places. And the places that are open still look like they did when people were still gettin their kicks on Rt 66.

Here’s a couple of pictures.

Vintage Texaco Stayion

Look at those fuel pumps.

We spent the night at the Cactus RV Park right on Rt 66. Its basically just another peas stone parking lot.  Its for self contained rigs only (no baths or showers) and you get full hook-ups and cable TV for $20/night.  Al little overpriced but it worked for us.

Tomorrow we head for Palo Duro Canyon State Park right below Amarillo. The Grand Canyon of Texas and the ancient home of the Comanche’s.

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