GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 PART FIVE … January 4th, 2013 New Mexico
Route 66 through New Mexico has dwindled from an original 604 miles to less than 377 miles.
Tucumcari NM is really interesting and the residents have done wonders in restoring the same ambiance one might have found traveling Route 66 in the early years.
The Route 66 Trade Station located in Tucumcari is a restored vintage Texaco Station. There you will find unique antiques and other memorabilia.
Across the street from the Trade Station you can enjoy a meal at Del’s Restaurant.
Or you can grab something to eat at Kix on 66 which serves Seattle’s Best Coffee… I was not aware that Seattle had a “best” coffee. Kix’s was not open so I guess I’ll have to wait to check out the coffee.
The Blue Swallow is on our list as a place to spend the night the next time we’re in Tucumcari.
The Blue Swallow has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days.”
After Tucumcari it is the scenery, not the Route 66 landmarks that demands your attention and take away your breath.
Along the road:
Today Interstate 40 passes through the tribal lands, but once Route 66 cut through the heart of the 42-square mile pueblo lands. Driving Route 66 through the area is like steeping back in time. A word of caution though, taking pictures on Laguna land is generally not allowed. Before taking any photographs ask local village officials for permission. You really need to get that permission. I stepped out of the car to take a “scenery” picture and I did not even have a chance to take a picture before a police car pulled up to let me know I could not take pictures there. Fortunately I hadn’t taken any pictures yet or I highly suspect I might have lost my camera or at the very least had to delete pictures.
El Malpais National Monument is a must see. Surrounding the monument is an extremely barren and dramatic volcanic field that covers much of the park’s area.
From El Malpais we drove into Gallup NM where we spent the night before taking Route 66 into Arizona.