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Published: October 13th 2009
Day 15 - Tuesday - 29 SEPT
I was up early this morning but reluctant to leave because it was cold out. Old age is getting to me. As I was packing the bike I heard a thump thump thump… it was the motel housekeeping swinging a rag at the window ledges to get the dust off them. The motel was as interesting this morning as I had found it last night. The parking lot was huge. This motel had lots of rooms. I can’t wait until I can follow route 66 for its entirety maybe next year.
The first stop was Quay county NM, for my ABC’s. Most counties will mark their borders with a sign. Not Quay. I looked all over the county seat before I found something that was marked with Quay County. That was the juvenile detention center. As I rode up there were empty parking spots right infront of the sign on the building…. Lucky me. A couple officers were walking in as I was getting my stuff out. A couple minutes later they walk back out with another man. The 3rd man and I return greetings. He offers to take my picture which
Thump Thump Thump cleaning the window sills
I wonder if she was doing it to get everyone moving. It was before 8AM.
I gladly accepted. I quick tell him why I want a picture here as the 3 return inside one says “well that explains it”. I guess I was a possible threat and they figured it took 3 officers to neutralize me. Leaving the detention center I look up one of the route 66 attractions a couple blocks away that I had waypointed. It was a series of 3 murals on the sides of buildings lining a parking lot.
Next stop was for the Cadillac Ranch. I had wanted to see this for quite a while. There were no signs for it. I probably would have ridden right by it if it was not for a couple parked cars there. It was quite a ways off the road. I took a picture of Effie with it in the background then took the hike to the cars.
All the caddys were new when they were planted at the ranch. It was a colorful exhibit. I easily spent an hour there. Another visitor offered to take my picture. She must have been a professional or a wannabe, I thought she was never going to quit.
From here it was north
through the TX panhandle through the OK panhandle and into KS. Other than a photo stops and lunch stop at Brahms (got to love that ice cream) it was just a straight shot. I was hoping to spend the night at Greensburg, so I didn’t dally too long anywhere. I stopped at Mullensville to look at the whirligigs along Hwy 400. They are such a hoot. I took alot of pictures last year they are in this blog: 08 Liggetts Artwork in Mullinville KS
The noise in the motor is getting more noticeable.… come on Effie make it home.
I get to Greensburg as the sun has set. Its too dark to take pictures. The motel is full, I don’t need to stop so its another 20 or 30 miles to Pratt. There are a bunch of motels along the highway there and they look pretty full too. When I get there I pull into a parking lot and start calling motels. The 3rd one I call has a room. The Budget Inn. Stopping at Long John Silvers to get some thing for supper delayed me getting there by over 30 minutes. They were slow.
The room was more than satisfactory. This
was the 3rd time of the 4 motels I stayed at that I was given a room next to the operators apartment. Is it because I look like I am going to be a quite guest or because I look like I am going to be trouble?
Oh, yeah, Sons of Anarchy is on TV tonight. Its starts just as I finished unloading. Awesome luck.
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