After the border, there is a trucker’s yard of a special kind. Russell
Travel Center, located at the Interstate, is fully set on Route 66. The owner had previously had the Longhorn Motel on the Historic Route 66. Of course there is also a dinner, but the free museum, which shows not only cars, but also Coca Cola, music jukeboxes or toy collection is clearly the highlight.
Tucumcari is the secret capital of motels, on Route 66. Alone 5% of all motels on the route, are located here in Tucumcari. I would like to introduce you to the Roadrunner Motel and talk to the owner. The most beautiful and the greatest Route 66 Monument is located at the end of the village, in the Route 66 Museum car park. Of course, I also take you to a car show. Since there are a lot of neon advertisements here, explain and show you the neon advertisements.
There are many relics that still die in the sun, but you can still see them, and you can marvel at them. In Newkirk, Brideport, there are remains of gas stations, bridges, or railroad.
Then I look at another car museum in Santa Rosa, where you can buy the exhibition cars and take it with you. From here, it is a bit off the track to Fort Sumner, the city of Billy the Kid. I tell you his life story, show you his museum with his collection of weapons and many personal items. His two only confirmed photo shoots, where one of them has put in 5 million dollars of a family in 2015. The mystical story around his grave and his repeatedly stolen grave.
Back in Santa Rosa, I cool off at the Black Hole before I go to the Josephs diner. From here, I looked at Roswell and the story of the UFOs and the UFO crash site of 1947. Here today, aliens still land for the tourists. The Hangar 84, where the remains and the aliens were kept and also an aircraft cemetery. There were two routes of Route 66 in New Mexico, which differed very widely in kilometers. I drive with you the route of 1926 and this led over Las Vegas and Santa Fe to Albuquerque. Las Vegas in New Mexico, not in Nevada, was a good place for Western movies and also parts of the motorcycle film Easy Rider were filmed here.
In Santa Fe, I look at the famous Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, before I take the city with the many galleries in a walk.
After that, I set off on the road to the town, which has devoted itself entirely to the Mahat project, “Los Alamos”. Here the first atomic bomb was built, then also the Fat Man and Little Boy, which were dropped on Japan. I’ll show you pictures of the city, the Bradbury Museum and the “Black Hole”. A shop, where one could get geiger counters, chemical supplies, organic plutonium in doses, everything in the laboratories from the atomic authority as waste was sorted out.
Back to Albuquerque, I make a stop in a small artist’s village, “Madrid”. The village became famous because Disney turned some scenes of the movie “Wild Hogs” or the original title, “Born To Be Wild”. I’ll show you the original diner, where the shooting took place. The Manhatten project is also a big topic in Albuquerque and a nuclear museum is concerned with this.
Bill Gates’s first Microsoft store, is still to be seen in the city. The city of Galupp and especially the Hotel El Rancho is then my next destination. There were a lot of stars, from Jone Wayne, Jane Fonda and President Ronald Regan, just to name a few. Then the border comes to Arizona.