Russell’s Travel Center, Glenrio, NM

Most Travel Center’s along highways are a dime a dozen, but every once in a while you see one worthy of notice, such is the case for Russell’s Travel Center in Glenrio, New Mexico located on I-40/Route 66fullsizeoutput_4b01.jpegThe center is located in the middle of not much,

IMG_9909.jpgIMG_0483this travel center seems to be pretty all-inclusiveIMG_0477.JPGThere’s a restaurant, a subway subs, and a grocery store IMG_9830.JPGthat sells a large selection of pre-made foods, and other tastiesIMG_0478.JPG

IMG_0479.JPGI was at the truck stop at around 11am and the donuts were sold out. When I mentioned it to the manager, he said they only make a limited amount every morning, and when they sell out they’re gone.

Where most truck stops will sell a small selection of foods, this place was practically a grocery store of foods that store easily and don’t require refrigeration or freezing.

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Another thing that impressed me was this place stocks its shelves with a LOT of single serving options. This is actually unusual and I know this because I’m always in search of these things. Most stores for instance only sell soup or chili cans that serve two or more servings …

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Now if your someone who lives on the move like I do, or a trucker does, this means either you end up eating twice as much and get fat, or your stuck with eating one serving and trying to store the other serving, which means you have to eat the same thing multiple times a day.

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They have the normal distribution of services for truckers, and it was nice that they were making the sports equipment available to non-truckers, but that said, $12 for a shower seems a bit pricy to me… but this is the desert.

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They have a car/collection museum so big that it spills over into the product section

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Some of what they have in their relates to the history of their own business (which has been on 66 for a long time)

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But for the most part it’s yet another one of those museums that is more a hoarders delight than curated wonder

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… there’s SOME explanation of what things are, but very little…

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(Still trying to figure out what Yoda has to do with anything)

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And it’s kind of cool that they lift the hood on some of the cars allowing you to see how much simpler engines were back then

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That said… how is ANYONE supposed to make sense of the breath and depth of this collection … less is more folks!!!

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Del’s Restaurant Tucumcari, NM

Del’s Restaurant in Tucumcari New Mexico, which Yelp ranks as one of the top three restaurants in town was kind of a major let down. But in a town with only 27 options, half of which are national chains… well beggars really can’t be choosers.

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Looking at the exterior you’d assume it was a steak place … because cows…

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BUT NO! It’s sort of a Mexican/Southern American combo type place that can’t quite make up its mind what it is….

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other than all the staff have to wear white cowboy hats… Oh and note the upper right corner of the menus… the woman next to me ordered the “light bite” of macaroni and cheese, and it was this MASSIVE plate full of the stuff… and note that there’s NOTHING low-calorie on that list… Light bites in the southwest apparently doesn’t mean what it means everywhere else

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The place has a fairly large gift shop (the room after the tables, AND the check out counter) that sells pretty much all the obligatory goods and not much else.

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and an all you can eat soup and salad bar, where most of the salads are swimming in mayonnaise (welcome to culinary sophistication of the southwest)

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I got my salad (blue cheese on the side) and the mushroom soup (because a waitress told me the bean soup wasn’t very good)…. and then I ordered the grilled salmon. I am pretty sure I was NOT brought salmon… it was fish, and other than it was woefully over cooked it wasn’t bad… but it sure as shit wasn’t salmon… Sockeye salmon possibly… but that’s not Salmon… it’s in the trout family… and to be honest what I was eating tasted more like something in the tuna family than trout.

 

 

The roaming route 66 salesman

Met this guy while staying at Motel Safari in Tucumcari, New Mexico, he drives up and down 66 selling stuff to the motels that says Route 66 .

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And here I thought my car had a lot of stickers…

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He says he’s originally from the Chicago area and got into the business by selling a map he created about how to negotiate route 66, and since then has added all sort of other items to what he sells.

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PS, found these today, it is the map this guy was selling…. with the price marked out and being sold for twice that…

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