Route 66: Amarillo, TX, to Santa Rosa, NM (6-of-20)

On the way out of Amarillo, I stopped at Cadillac Ranch where ten Cadillacs are buried nose down.

Route 66 midpoint Adrien, TX, claims to be the halfway point between Chicago and Santa Monica, CA.

Texaco Along the way, I took a deep breath and headed down an 18-mile, optional portion of old Route 66. Along the way, the ghost of Endee, TX, revealed shells of motels, diners, and gas stations. It was a little intimidating because I was the only one on the road. I was also afraid that one of the stones would give me a flat tire. I’ve never changed a tire in my life and I hope I never have to! I wonder if AAA would rescue me in that remote location. . . .

On Monday night, I stayed in Santa Rosa, NM, where the population is about 2,000. I think there are more motel rooms in that town than residences!


My Reboot: Solo Route 66 Trip Introduction 

1. Route 66: Day One

2. Route 66: Erie, PA, to Elkhart, IN

3. Route 66: Elkhart, IN, to Normal, IL

4. Route 66: Lebanon, MO, to Chandler, OK

5. Route 66: Chandler, OK, to Amarillo, TX

6. Route 66: Amarillo, TX, to Santa Rosa, NM

7. Route 66: Santa Rosa, NM, to Gallup, NM

8. Route 66: Gallup, NM, to Williams, AZ

9. Route 66: Williams, AZ, to Barstow, CA

10. Route 66: Barstow, CA, to Santa Monica, CA!!!!

11. Route 66: Santa Monica Pier

12. Route 66: Stars’ Homes Tour

13. Route 66: Live taping of Jeopardy!

14. Route 66: Taping of Chelsea Lately Show and a Taste of Traffic

15. Route 66: Arcadia, CA, to Flagstaff, AZ

16. Route 66: Meteor Crater!

17. Route 66: Amarillo, TX, to Tulsa, OK

18. Route 66: Tulsa, OK, to Terre Haute, IN

19. Route 66: Terre Haute, IN, to HOME!

20. Route 66: Twitter Updates

Here’s a gallery of photos from the trip.

A Couple of Articles Written for Suite 101:

Traveling Route 66 Solo By Car

A Nine-Day Guide to Driving Route 66


Ann Silverthorn (Twitter: @annsilverthorn) is a versatile blogger who also writes about a wide variety of topics in numerous genres, including technology, travel, creative, and grant writing.

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