Tucumcari - Santa Rosa
Arriving in Tucumcari after sunset was an interesting experience. In this city we were able to see the impact Route 66 had and still has on local businesses and cities/villages that are situated along the old Route.
Restaurants and Motels have this distinctive Route66 style - a lot of neon light, and the architecture itself. Although there were a lot of renovated buildings with shiny and bright signs in front of them, they were not able to hide the fact that for each beautiful motel/restaurant there were at least two to three abandoned buildings along the road. An American would probably say - there is room for improvement, the fellow Austrian might suggest: everything is going down and world's end is near.
At todays breakfast we met Abel - a cattle farmer, Tucumcari native of 78years - and simply a wonderful soul. Not only did he tell Lukas about the impact Route66 had on the city's economy (where today is one bar or restaurant on 200m, back in the days there were around 35), he also helped us out with some grease for our bike chains. Abel drove back to his farm just to get it, although he is almost completely paralysed! This courage really impressed us! Still amazing how many helpful people we meet on the road..
Just before heading out of town we met Gavan, a 24 year old from San Francisco who worked in NYC for a while. He decided to go back to his hometown. By bike. Classy. It got almost unreal when we started to compare his and our route, as it´s almost identical! He started one week ealier, fell sick and now recovers in Tucumcari. We agreed to meet up in Albuquerque, as he´s taking a more direct route than we do. Lookin forward!
B & L
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