13 September - Weatherford to Amarillo: 220 miles

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Forgot to turn on GPS for the first half of the day so it says only 176 miles, so I'll accept the 220 miles. Is this the way to...?

Motel Neon Sign reflections in car bodywork

Big attraction of the day is the Route 66 Museum in Clinton. I think this is the best museum on the route. Clean, slick, very pretty and gives a good insight into the story of the route. And it has a souvenir shop, surprisingly.

Route 66 Museum in ClintoThe Mother Road neon sign in the Route 66 Museum

Outside the museum it was in the hundreds. There was a sprinkler running on the grass and I went and stood in it. Was wet for about ten minutes before the heat sucked it all up.

Bear gave us a bit of a photo op on a section of overgrown old road. Helmets and jackets off and single riders getting photos. Very liberating. If only I could have done no helmet the whole way. We rode down that section as a group dodging the trees and sand traps. I enjoyed it.

Riding on the old Route 66 roadbedHarley and Annabelle's

Stopped at Harley and Annabelle's rather unique place in Erick. Unfortunately, Annabelle wasn't well so we missed them. But wish her well and the store looked fantastic. Was really looking forward to the music as well.

Crossing into Texas we stopped at the Conoco fuel stop in Shamrock. Local community is working to restore it and doing a fantastic job. Another Bear special - he's the only tour guide with the keys, so we got to go inside into the diner. The Finns, again, didn't.

U Drop Inn Cafe Shamrock TexasBear in the U Drop InnConoco Tower in Shamrock

The Big Texan Steak Ranch completely lived up to it's billing. Huge eating room. home of the 72 oz steak challenge. Even had it's own micro-brewery and a horse motel out the back. The whole group chipped in and put Zak up for the challenge. His family back home in Denver were watching on the interweb. He made a big dent in the steak, but he has a few year's worth of training to do before he'll be fully ready for it.

Big Texan Steak Ranch Amarillo TexasZak accepting the 72oz steak challenge

Have to say most uncomfortable bed on the journey. More like sleeping in a hammock. But so tired slept well anyway. Something I'm beginning to note: how tired I am at the end of each day.


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