The welcome center has a very unique look and and grand central rotunda that features displays of early ranch life in the rugged Texas environment. The display also features the newest crop being harvested along all Route 66, Wind Power. From Illinois all the way through New Mexico there are massive Wind Farms harvesting the energy of the wind through large 300 foot tall Turbine Towers. It appears that the "Dust Bowl" has finally found the perfect crop.
We set up camp in Amarillo, Texas which is the only significant city along the route and immediately head out in the Mini to find Cadillac Ranch. We don't have to look very far, it is just 1 mile from the campground and can be easily see from the interstate. Cadillac Ranch is probably the most famous modern attraction along the entire length of Route 66. This collection of 10 old Cadillacs planted neatly in a row was added to the Route 66 landscape in the '70s and now feature 40 years of graffiti. If you are headed this way be sure to visit The Cadillac Ranch and don't forget your Krylon!
We are taking a short day trip to Palo Duro Canyon just south of Amarillo. It is the second largest canyon in the United States (you may have heard of the largest one). The canyon area is a Texas State Park and features a drive from the visitors center at the top and ends at the campground, picnic and hiking areas at the bottom of the canyon. The drive is a twisty, narrow roadway balancing along the cliffs of the canyon edge. We are traveling in the mini for this trip but there are many motorhomes in the campground below that have made this journey as well.
It is time to move on... We are trying to get to Albuquerque in time for the Balloon Fiesta.