We stopped just shy of Albuquerque in Moriarity, NM to handle some business. Remember when we bought all those fireworks? Yeah it was time to get those out of the trunk. So we asked nicely for permission and were directed to a vacant lot behind a conveniently located motel. Then this happened.
After leaving the Cadillac Ranch we tore though Texas and entered the grand state of New Mexico. Fort Sumner is home to the official grave site of the frontier outlaw Billy the Kid.
Billy The Kid was killed in Ft. Sumner back in 1881, and today it is the only reason anyone makes the trip to the small town about 50 miles from Santa Rosa, NM.
Here are a few photos taken from the trip, unfortunately due to rain we had to cut the trip short.
About 40 miles outside of Amarillo, Texas alongside Route 66 is a place that has been attracting art fans for years. Cadillac Ranch was created in 1974 and is the brainchild of Stanley Marsh 3, the helium millionaire. Cadillac Ranch is a set of used Cadillacs representing the “Golden Age” of American Automobiles (1949 through 1963) nose down and facing west “at the same angle as the Cheops’ pyramids.”
We visited Cadillac Ranch on our way to Flagstaff, AZ and here are some of the photos taken by Jorge A. Gonzalez.
If you would like to learn more about the Cadillac Ranch, visit the Wikipedia page.
When we first bought the Cadillac it had a bad heater core, spewing coolant all over the floorboards and spitting white smoke into the passenger compartment. We tried to make it to Sterling, IL which was the nearest “big” town to where we purchased the Caddy. On the way, we spotted Pete Harkness Chevrolet (just as the caddy was overheating). We met Nancy, the sweetest lady in all of Illinois, and she introduced us to Joe, the service manager and best mechanic in all of Illinois. Joe’s expertise had us back on the road in no time, with only a $60 repair and tuneup bill.