Wednesday, June 23
Gallup, NM – Tucumcari, NM
On our way out of Gallup we made a stop at Glenn’s Bakery for some breakfast. Then it was back on I-40 until we reached the Continental Divide where we stopped for some photos with the sign.
Next up was Grants where there was a nice Route 66 sign you can drive a vehicle through so we did that before stopping at the New Mexico Mining Museum next door. We had been planning on visiting the mining museum, but unfortunately it was closed. So instead we spent a few minutes walking around the nice park next to the museum where we saw a Muskrat swimming in the creek.
Down the road we stopped to take pics at the old 250 foot long Rio Puerco bridge, which was built in 1933.
Then it was on to Albuquerque. We went to the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society where a crew of volunteers has been spending the past 18 years meticulously restoring a giant steam train, bigger than the one we had seen at Kingman. Mike, our tour guide, took us around and explained what was being done and how steam trains work. We got to climb up in the engine and look around too. It was very informative and quite funny as well. We also got to ring an old Steam train bell and blow the whistle.
On the way there we thought we were going to visit a train museum; we didn’t realize it was a restoration of a single engine in progress. But it turned out to be so much better and more memorable than a regular museum.
On our way out of Albuquerque, on Route 66, we stopped for lunch at Clowndogs Gourmet Hotdog restaurant. It’s pretty neat; you can customize your own hotdog with a wide variety of toppings, including Fruit Loops and chocolate sauce.
Next down route 66 was Moriarty where we paid a visit to the Lewis Antique Auto and Toy Museum. There were probably a hundred or more vehicles parked around a huge barn and with paid admission you were free to wander around and look at them. There were so many different kinds; trucks, cars, semi-trucks, antique cars, and many more. All of them were just sitting outside, slowly rotting and rusting away.
The owners of the museum told us nothing was for sale which seems sad to me. Someone might want to buy one of the old cars or trucks and give it a new life and save it from rusting away.
Next up was Cuervo, a ghost town where we explored several old, abandoned houses. It was pretty neat and made for some great pics.
Then it was on to our final stop for the day; Tucumcari.
We checked in at the Historic Route 66 Motel while my parents and brother and sister-in-law checked in at the Roadrunner Inn. We ate dinner at a Pizza Joint called Cornerstone First Edition Pizza & Subs, which fittingly enough, happened to be in an old Pizza Hut building.