We woke up after a great sleep at the Blue Swallow Motel, on Route 66. The motel is located in Tucumcari, NM which still boasts many of the original hotels and restaurants from the heyday of Route 66 travel.
We talked to the owners in the morning and learned of the great expence related to restoration of the neon lights. The rare event of hale in the area can be devastating to the glass tubes. They spend $20,000 on their neon alone for the restoration, though, part of this came from the historic preservation association. The other interesting thing is the apparent absence of any sort of electric code in the area. While standing in their office, you can look up and see the bare wires leading to the neon lights and the ballast box attached to them marked “High Voltage – Do not touch the bare wires!!!” Moral of the story, don’t touch random wires anywhere around this place.
We then ate some breakfast at “Kix on 66” at the recommendation of our hosts. Afterwords, we packed and prepared to head out. On the way out of town we stopped and took some pictures at the “Route 66” statue which you can see in our gallery. We tried to continue along Route 66 as long as possible, but gave up when it turned into a dirt road through a cattle farm, we gave in and proceeded along I-40.
Along our drive we saw the very barren expanse of New Mexico. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more barren, we hit Arizona. At times, however, there were an annoying number of billboards (one company had 40+ of them in a 2 mile stretch) on the side of the road. 525 miles later we arrived in Sedona, AZ.
We met up with Uncle John that evening and went out to eat at the Dahl & DiLuca restaurant. We returned to the RV for a good night sleep before we began our next day of the trip.
Check out today’s pictures in the Gallery