FUN-travel: Driving the good ole US of A! Tucumcari, NM to Flagstaff, AZ

June 10, 2014 by  

Day 4 – drive 474 miles – Tucumcari, NM – Pop. 5363

5 Shamrock, Texas

U Drop Inn

  • Had a great speech @ NACUFS Southern Region Conference
  • 12:00 – hit the road
  • 12:30 – lunch stop

FUN- food – Cowboy Travel Plaza for the best BBQ lunch! The place was packed and the service was great. It’s basically a truck stop with a big store and restaurant. Rotisserie chicken sandwich, bbq beef sandwich, 2 sodas $20.

  • Shamrock, Tx stop – photo op U Drop Inn
  • 6:00 – arrive Tucumcari, NM
  • Holiday Inn & La Quinta behind the McDonald’s
  • Stay at La Quinta – newer hotel
  • 7:30 – dinner @ K Bob’s across parking lot – nice salad bar & drinkable wine

FUN-fact – Many of the scenes in the television show Rawhide (1959–1966) starring Clint Eastwood were shot in the Tucumcari area.

Day 5 – drive 496 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pop. 67,468

  • 8:00 – hit the road after McCafe coffee w/espresso shot
  • 1:00 – Gallup, NM – more great art deco on Route 66 – Hotel El Rancho
  • 3:00 – arrive Flagstaff
  • 6:00 – meet long time friends for happy hour @Rendezvous Martini bar
  • Dinner – PaTo Thai next door
  • Starts snowing

FUN-fact – Had enough points to stay 2 nights for free.
Not so FF – La Quinta in Flagstaff is old and tired.

1 Gallup, New Mexico

El Rancho

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