10.06.17 – What to see on Route 66 from Williams, Arizona to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Friday, October 6, 2017 – We did not travel the entire length of Route 66, also known as The Mother Road.  The current length of Route 66 is 2,278 miles. We started in Williams, Arizona and ended 900 miles east of that in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We chose this year’s journey because it covered parts of states we’d been in, but hadn’t seen a lot of.  We saw a lot of California, Nevada, Missouri and Illinois previously so this worked out very nicely for us.

Our 2017 travels were much more than just Route 66 but that’s all I’m writing about today.

I’ve compiled a list below of the sites we saw along Route 66 in the map below.  In case you want to use this list but don’t have as much time as we did I’ve given an A to our favorite places along the way:

Arizona to Oklahoma along Route 66 – CLICK THE MAP TO ENLARGE IT.

Williams, Arizona

Downtown Williams Arizona Grade A

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

There is also a Grand Canyon Railway train you can ride from Williams to the Grand Canyon.  Not a Route 66 thing but if you are there you MUST do that!

Holbrook, Arizona

WigWam Motel Grade A

Arizona Desert

Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co.  Grade A

Petrified Forest

Painted Desert  the northern part of the Painted Desert was a Grade A

Albuquerque, New Mexico

66 Diner Grade A

Sandia Peak Tramway  Grade A

Musical Highway Grade A

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Gabriel’s Restaurant    Grade A

Trader Joe’s – not a Route 66 site but a must shop place!!!

Santo Domingo Trading Post  – Very poor area economically.  Very eye opening for me. – The trading post is on maps of places to see but it is closed and we could not find it!

Madrid, New Mexico

Adorable small town on Highway 14 on the way back to Albuquerque from Santa Fe

Santa Rosa, New Mexico

The Blue Hole  Grade A

Route 66 Auto Museum   Grade A

Tucumcari, New Mexico

TeePee Curios, Blue Swallow Motel, Route 66 Monument    Grade A

Amarillo, Texas

Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum 

Cadillac Ranch   Grade A

The Big Texan – Home of the 72 oz. Free Steak   Grade A

Conway, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch    Grade A

Elk City, Oklahoma

National Route 66 and Transportation Museum Complex   Grade A

We did not stop to see anything in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  We enjoyed seeing a lot of non-Route 66 things when we were there two years ago. That is on here because it   was the end of our travels on Route 66.

We’ve accumulated so many Route 66, some for our family and others, and some for us. We bought one of the original (type – not an original sign) Route 66 signs for our rustic fence in Amite.  Each state on the route has it’s own sign that says the state name in place of where the original one says RouteI got a red white and blue bling bling Route 66 cap, and other cool things!

That’s all the Route 66 things we saw.  There were lots of old and mostly closed businesses or maybe just the sign remains.  In the blog links I included above there are photos of lots of these cool relics of times past!

Here’s one not inclued above. https://rosalynandroy.com/2017/09/20/09-20-17-from-arizona-to-tijera-new-mexico/

We originally intended to travel Route 66 from Missouri to Arizona but we’re really glad (weather wise) that we went the opposite direction.  Much cooler nicer weather when we went and are just now getting back into the heat of the south with an 85 degree day today in Oklahoma!

We’re leaving in the morning headed to Golden Pond Park in Shirley, Arkansas for a week.

Please be praying for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as they prepare for wherever Tropical Storm or Hurricane Nate finally heads to.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

 

 

10.02.17 Please pray for Las Vegas – Jack Seisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, Texas

Monday morning October 2, 2017 – Before I jump into more of the awesome things Roy and I have gotten to do, I feel the need to ask for prayers for all those affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night.  The first I heard about it was when I woke up this morning and read on my phone on Facebook that my husband, Roy was asking for prayers for Las Vegas.

Then I saw President Trump was speaking on national television about the horrors that occurred and the need for prayers and for God’s comfort.  Three horrible hurricanes and a National Horror have challenged this young presidency and I am so thankful  that Donald Trump is our President.  No one could have done better than he has being our President.  If you watch CNN or others you won’t know that.  If you watch Fox News you are well aware of the truth of this man’s leadership. Here is the video from earlier.

This from  Ann Voskamp on Facebook

Broken for those who are heartbroken today in #Vegas.

With-ness breaks brokenness & we are with you & He is Emmanuel, God with us.

And shared tears are multiplied healing — & we weep with you & God sees & shares in the heartbrokenness & catches every tears & His love is stronger than any hate.

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Thanks Ann for those words reminding us that God’s love is stronger than any hate.

October 1, 2017 – Living in a modern era RV makes Roy and I interested in the history of RVs and how they changed and improved over the years.

Jack Seisemore Traveland is a combination RV Sales, Camping World type accessories store, RV Park and a very well done RV Museum. The Sisemore’s began restoring and collecting unusual vintage RV’s over 25 years ago. These include many RV’s from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The museum is free.

I mostly share just our personal photos of places we are blessed to visit.  Because of the confined quarters in these smaller, older RVs makes taking good photos hard for an amateur photographer like me.  When I was going through the almost 200 photos we took most of them got deleted because of poor quality.  That left me with not much to use.  Then I discovered on their website a wonderfully clear slideshow of photos from all throughout the museum.  Here is a link to the slideshow for ya’ll to enjoy!

http://www.rvmuseum.net/

The photos and video below are ours.  As soon as I saw the first photo below I said to myself that is a bus I’d love to have.  Then I realized it was the Gornicke’s family bus from the famous Robin Williams movie “RV.”  So many hysterical and heartwarming moments were filmed in and around this bus!

Along the interstate we saw two things that I wasn’t aware were part of the Route 66 sites.  First is The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Groom, Texas. We did not know there was something to visit when we passed it by on the interstate.  I wish we had known.

From their website at http://crossministries.net/.

“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

Welcome to The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries, we are a nonprofit organization located off of Exit 112, Interstate 40 in Groom, Texas. Our mission is to serve people from all walks of life by creating an environment that is filled with peace, compassion, and spiritual direction. We believe in cherishing and strengthening the institution of the family, which we feel is a vital part for establishing a culture that flourishes. Our purpose is to share the truths of the Gospel with all who visit the Cross, and to preserve traditional values in today’s society. We affirm the dignity of all people to live as Christ taught, who will in turn impact their families, community, and our world.

Next is the leaning Britten USA water tower which I found the following information about.

The water tower was bought at an auction and was going to be used as the town’s actual water tower. However, it never met code. So instead of wasting it, Ralph Britten decided that anyone can have a water tower, but his was going to lean.

He placed the water tower near the family truck stop and restaurant. Although the restaurant and truck stop burned down, you can visit Ralph’s grandson at the Auto Shop that is now where the truck stop and restaurant used to be.

Here’s a link to information about the leaning water tower. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-leaning-tower-of-groom-texas

There are a lot of Route 66 sites we didn’t know about and I’m glad we at least got to see these two.  You know I photograph everything so I’m glad I whipped my camera out to catch theses!

Next is our last stop on Route 66 which very fittingly was the Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Museum.  That’s what I’ll be writing about next.

I hope to put together a blog post with a list of everything we chose to see along the way in case that can help someone else who wants to travel this route.

I have books, maps of each state with Route 66 sites marked (not nearly all but it helped).  I would love to pass these along to someone who could use them.  If no one claims them to use in traveling, I’d be glad to give them to someone who just wants to learn about Route 66.  I think I paid between $50.00 to 70.00 for all of these so it’s a lot of good material.

We are in Checotah, Oklahoma right now staying at Terra Starr RV Park for a week.  We are not even going to unhitch Boots from Dora unless we must.  One whole week of resting, blogging, painting rocks and more resting!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

 

 

09.29.17 The Big Texan 72 oz Steak

September 29, 2017 – After having lots of fun at the VW Bug Ranch and the Cadillac Ranch in Texas we went to THE BIG TEXAN, home of the famous Free 72 oz Steak if you can eat it all.

This is  basically a very touristy Big Texan place, but lots of fun and the food was really good.

We went early evening so the place wasn’t filled up with people until we were almost through.  All the steaks are cooked in the open.  We were sitting right next to it so we got to smell and see all the steaks being cooked.  They are served on the BIG TEXAN plates shown below.

We got the 30 oz steak for two with fried okra and the best tasting loaded baked potatoes I’ve ever had at a restaurant.  We both got those sides and also enjoyed sweet peach tea.  Oh my!  

After dinner we walked around to see the rest of the place.  A hallway near the back had several photos on the wall.  When you stood in front of one it looked like a normal person.  When you moved a few inches to the side the person turned into a skeleton!

 

There was a very large gift shop which was mostly all Texan gifts.

There are rules for taking “The 72oz Steak Challenge.”  Here they are:

Meal consists of: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72 oz. Steak

This is the table you sit at for the challenge.  It is on a raised platform so everyone can see you.  There are time clocks along the wall next to it so the person taking the challenge knows how much time they have left.

  1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!
  2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”
  3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.
  4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.
  5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.
  6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)
  7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.
  8. You must sit at a table that we assign.
  9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.
  10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.
  11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.
So that’s that for the Chauvin’s visit to the Big Texan.
I forgot to write a blog post about our visit to Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum in Amarillo, TX last week.  I’ll work on that next.
Today we visited the Historic Route 66 Museum here in Elk City, Oklahoma and several other museums on the same property.  I believe that will be the last Route 66 type thing we will do.  We go to Checotah, Oklahoma Saturday (tomorrow) for a week of doing nothing!!!  Sometimes that is really needed!
Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
I love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  Yes this one is a scripture!

09.28.17 A – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is much more well known than the VW Bugs are and it is very different.  All photos I’ve seen, showed the Cadillacs as though they were right  by the road like the VW Bugs and it was all dry around them like this photo.

It stormed the day before so they were ankle deep in water and were actually far far off the road like you’ll see in the first photo. 

We saw around 20 people coming and going while we were there.  Most all of them except one young man and MEEEEE didn’t go into the freezing muddy water to paint on the Cadillacs.  They resorted to painting on the ground which I did also!

Here they are as we walked closer and closer to them and around them!

I have wanted to see these things for the last three years and I was determined to get some spray painted on them.  I sprayed Roy, Rosie and the first initial of our six grandchildren’s names  K E M J C G.  Kallie, Ella, Madisyn, Jacob, Caroline and Gracie. That’s in the order of their ages! This video is when I’m telling Roy that the initials are the Chauvin grandchildren.  You can hear how strong the wind is and may not be able to hear me explain that!

The muddy water sucked my shoes in with each step so I slowly, slowly walked out determined not to fall flat on my face.  I was very proud that I achieved that!

I wore these shoes because they already needed to be thrown away.  I brought a good pair of shoes to change into when we got to the car.

This is the other person who painted and even he didn’t go very far into the watery mud.

I painted the grandchildren’s initials on the ground as well so it could be seen better.  Pretty sure with the next rain this will all be washed away.

This video tells ya’ll all about our experience there!

Bales of hay along the walking way were sprayed as well.

This is the entry way.  Roy went through the barbed wire and I went through the swinging gate that was deep in mud.

The muddy shoes were left there with a lot of other muddy shoes!

Here’s some information I found to share: Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm.

Cadillac Ranch was originally located in a wheat field, but in 1997, the installation was quietly moved by a local contractor to a location two miles to the west, to a cow pasture along Interstate 40 (which is Route 66 in a lot of places) in order to place it farther from the limits of the growing city. Both sites belonged to the local millionaire Stanley Marsh, the patron of the project.

Cadillac Ranch is visible from the highway, and though located on private land, visiting it (by driving along a frontage road and entering the pasture by walking through an unlocked gate) is tacitly encouraged. In addition, writing graffiti on or otherwise spray-painting the vehicles is now encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated. The cars are periodically repainted various colors.

If you are ever anywhere around Amarillo, I highly recommend going back to your childhood and painting on one of the Cadillacs or a bale of hay or the ground!

After spray painting (I call it graffiti) on the VW Bugs and the Cadillacs we headed over to the Big Texan Restaurant for a delicious meal.  More on that next time!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!