On the Road with Tom and Gloria travel blog

Cadillac Ranch



The weather couldn't be better for a drive! Cool and sunny - but not so sunny that you and your water get hot from the rays coming through the windshield.

I left Grants at the perfect time to miss rush hour through Albuquerque. My heart did a flip flop when I passed the RV park that Tom and I had stayed at two years ago when we attended the Gathering of Nations here. Wonderful memories. Today I drove straight through town accompanied by Tchaichovsky's Concerto #2. I was happy to leave New Mexico. For some reason this state never clicked with either me or Tom. Windy, dusty, and huge truck traffic might be part of it but even in Taos or Santa Fe we never quite felt comfortable.

Stopped for lunch in Amarillo Texas ( make sure to spell that with cowboy boots for the L's). Cadillac Ranch was down the road - just had to stop - old Cadillacs buried nose first into the ground in a pasture along the service road of US40. This piece of installation art was originally done by three artists in 1974 on another piece of property in Amarillo but the city is sprawling out so the millionaire sponsor had the cars moved in 1997 to their present location. I walked through an unlocked gate and then on a dirt path through the pasture to get a closer look. Spray painting the cars is encouraged as part of the "art".

It was only 2 o'clock and I could get to Oklahoma City in 4 hours and 15 minutes from Amarillo . I decided to keep driving so I could spend the whole day tomorrow sightseeing. On my way into Oklahoma City I passed the hometowns of Roger Miller, Miss America 1981, and Garth Brooks. Oh - if I only had more time!( just kidding). It will be nice to take a day off from driving. I hope I can squeeze in visits to the State Capitol, the Oklahoma City Memorial, and the National Cowboy Art Museum all in one day.

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