Food, Fun and our Greatest Fear!

Trip Start Sep 28, 2011
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Trip End Oct 15, 2011


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Friday, September 30, 2011

After leaving the Oklahoma City Memorial, we headed to Texas.  Our first stop was the Big Texan Steak Ranch.  In 1960, The Big Texan Steak Ranch opened on Route 66, the "Mother Road".  The towering sign of a long-legged cowboy became a major landmark on Route 66.  Signs along the highway advertised a 72-oz. steak dinner that was free if it could be eaten in an hour.  In the 1970's Interstate 40 replaced much of Route 66 and the owners built a bigger and better Big Texan Steak Ranch alongside the new road.

We had a lot of fun taking many pictures at The Big Texan Steak Ranch.  Photo opportunities were everywhere!  Our lunch consisted of a great tasting steak and all the fixings.  While we were there, no one attempted to eat the 72-oz. steak for free.  The 8 oz. one I ate was plenty for me!

Cadillac Ranch was our next stop just a few miles down the road from the restaurant.  Ten Cadillacs from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, are half buried, nose down in the dirt.  They face west in a line, tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas Panhandle.  Since 1974, people have stopped along the highway to walk out and view the cars and leave their mark on the graffiti painted cars.  We joined them with our cans of pink (mine) and green (David's) spray paint and wrote our names on the cars, took our picture and left the cans for the next happy painters. 

Then our worst nightmare for the trip happened.  The Jeep started making a whirring sound, like an airplane taking off and landing.  We drove to a Service station where we met the nicest group of mechanics who diagnosed the problem but would not be able to fix it until the next day.  As we already had reservations in Albuquerque that were prepaid, we decided to drive the remaining 265 miles and find a dealership there who could repair it since we would be there until Monday.  The mechanic at Christian Brothers Automotive suggested we drive no more than 60 miles per hour and if we heard any strange noise to pull over and call for a tow.  They were great people and didn't charge us anything for their time.  Off to Albuquerque we went, driving 60 in a 75 mile speed zone.
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