On Old Route 66

Today Bev and I drove north from the El Malpais lava fields to the nearest town of any size: Grants,New Mexico. I’m sitting in a McDonalds drinking coffee and using the restaurant’s wi-fi. Quite a luxury after a few nights camping in “primitive” BLM sites!

We came into town on Rt. 117, which many decades ago was part of Route 66. Grants is full of motels, fast-food joints, and it even has a Wal Mart. Our attention was caught by a sad-looking motel dating back to the days when Route 66 was the main high-speed inter-coastal highway.

Here is a motel which has truly “gone by the wayside”; I’m sure the proprietors never imagined that the name would be prophetic:

While Bev waited in the van I walked around to the back of the motel, which has a second-floor porch. I peered through a broken window and saw this dusty interior; I positioned my camera between the bars (which didn’t seem to have preserved the glass) and took this shot:

Bev and Sage the collie are awaiting me in the van. I will reluctantly close this net connection, as we’re off to Chaco Canyon!

Larry

3 comments on “On Old Route 66

  1. Joan says:

    Spooky motel pictures almost in time for Halloween! oooooeeeeooo. That one has sure fallen by the wayside. (grin) Would you believe there is a guy who just takes pictures of old motel signs and ruins? Your motel was included. I can see pics of motels but just the signs?

    Here’s the Wiki summary of Chaco Canyon. Not just your ordinary canyon but an archaeological wonder. Take that,Stonehenge!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaco_Culture_National_Historical_Park

  2. Rodney Heather says:

    Stonehenge is where we come from.
    What’s wonderful and amazing is that what was happening in Chaco Canyon was also happening at many other places on Mother Earth. I only knew their visual art. I never knew they worked stone to such an extent as to be responsible for the largest buildings in North America until the 19th century.

  3. Joan says:

    So you are from England? Please forgive my semi-snarky comment Rodney. (blush) I was speaking from the standpoint of the archaeologically hungry thrilled to find something of this magnitude in North America. I live in St. Louis Missouri. Across the river we have the Cahokia Mounds, but large earth berms are not nearly so exciting as Cacho, or for that matter something like Matchu Pitchu from our South American neighbors..

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