July 12th, 2017
9:00 am CST: Woke up and had a bowl of Special K. Not important now, but will play a role later on.
12:40 pm CST: Shamrock, Tx. The U-Drop Inn was an old gas station that was restored within the last 15 years. It was the inspiration for the architecture of the towns in Radiator Springs from the movie Cars. How the hell did they make 3 Cars movies?
3:10 pm CST: Amarillo, Tx. Stopped for lunch at the Big Texan restaurant. They have a 72 oz. steak dinner where if you eat it in an hour it’s free. Wanted to attempt it but that damn bowl of Special K that I had 6 hours ago really had me stuffed. Settled for a 9 oz. rib eye.
3:40 pm CST: Amarillo Tx. The Cadillac Ranch is these 8 old Cadillacs in the ground that people come and spray paint. Pretty neat art idea. There was this old guy there who was absolutely livid, but I wasn’t sure what he was mad at. He just said, “This is what happens when you give art to people, they ruin it. This is ‘American’ Art at its finest”. Absolutely heated at what the exhibit was intended for.
7:00ish pm MST: Got some pretty cool scenery in New Mexico. 10/10 would recommend people come visit.
8:55 pm MST: Gallup NM. Pulled in to the El Rancho Hotel, our only planned hotel of the trip. I can honestly say it is one of the coolest places I’ve ever seen/stayed in. It is where movie stars in the 40’s and 50’s would come stay and brother, they haven’t changed a thing on the inside. Truly like stepping into the past. They have added A/C, which honestly, is an essential.
9:15 pm MST: While watching Game 5 in the hotel room, a huge and heated debate about new school basketball vs. old school basketball breaks out. Devon and I vs. Dad. No side won and no opinions were changed. Look for this debate to be revisited several times in the future.