Here is the final part of our summer road trip, from Los Angeles to Hill Country, Texas. If you missed it, here is part 1 and part 2. After a day of driving and being pulled over, we have finally reached Tucumcari, New Mexico. Tucumcari is quentessential Route 66. The main road is lined with vintage hotels, shops and restaurants. We stayed at the Historic Route 66 Motel, which is right on the main road. It’s midcentury international style, is quite aesthetically pleasing and the lady in the office was very sweet. The room was clean, beds were comfy and it was perfect for our 1 night stay. If we ever take Highway 40 again, we will be staying here again, without a doubt.
We slept so well and got an early start, as this was our final day on the road and we had 3 states to get through. Our first stop of the day was Tinkertown, outside of Albuquerque, NM. Tinkertown. Tinkertown. Tinkertown. How to describe this magical place? It is room after room of amazement; vintage coin machines, glass bottle walls, wooden figures, music, machinery, an actual boat, Peruvian Burial Dolls and so, so, so much more! By looking at the website, we alloted about 45 minutes and we ended up being there almost 2 hours! If you are ever in the area you must stop. It is only $3.50 for adults and make sure to bring plenty of quarters for all of the different vintage machines, like Otto the One Man Band, Uncle Sam, Esmerelda the Fortune Teller, and my favorite, the Boot Hill Cemetery.
Now begins the long haul home. We drove by the Wigwam Motel, stopped at the Jack Rabbit trading post in Arizona, and got gas at a cute little gas station, that still used the old pumps. The Arizona landscape, along the 40, was beautiful and the forest was so green and lush. As we wound up the mountain and then back down again we came to our last “stop.” Sitgreaves Pass winds up and around a one lane road that is filled with wild burrows. It was so beautiful; the sun was starting to set and the city of Oatman was practically empty. My sister hated this drive, but I found the tiny road exhilarating!
Our journey was slowly coming to an end, as we entered California. The freeways were congested and the speed limit was greatly reduced. I was already starting to miss the open road, never-ending landscapes and the speed limits! Seriously, 80mph needs to be the speed limit everywhere! What I learned from this road trip is it is good to take you time, meander around the country and in cute small towns and to just enjoy the diverse land and people that make up this great country.
Thank you for taking this journey with me.