Day 2: Left Norman about 10am, ate lunch in Clinton, stopped twice in TX, once at a rest stop
and once to refuel. We drove through my favorite country, beautiful eye-candy (at least for me) and saw motorcycles touring old 66 at various places. Since I grew up using Highway 66, I suppose I'm immune to its charm. I'd rather drive on Highway 40. Continuing west beyond Amarillo, we went through grasslands then rimrock country with cacti, mesquite brush and large wind turbines. The highlight of the TX drive was passing a sewage pump truck painted bright metalic magenta. We stopped at a rest stop on the NM border, proceeded through dark mesa vistas, saw more wind turbines and finally mountains. Well, one. Tucumcari Mountain is near its namesake town where we're spending the night. We're staying at the Safari Motel on Route 66. Yesterday we averaged 49 mpg; today with a headwind, 44 mpg. It looked like rain in the evening, but I doubt whether any hit the ground.
Some murals in downtown Tucumcari.
Some shiny for lo5an