I had a sweet reunion with a cousin whom I haven’t seen in years. Living near Route 66, her and her husband met us at the Route 66 Diner in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had dinner and caught up on old times.
We were trying to figure out the last time we saw each other. It was probably sometime in the late 1980s. It was a fun reunion on Route 66.
I honestly hated leaving the Quality Inn in Tucumcari. The room was nice, clean and comfortable, and the swimming pool was impeccable. I could have stayed there just to go swimming all day.
The breakfast was good. True to New Mexico, there was green and red chili sauce next to the eggs. Plus, they had cheese, onions, jalapenos and chopped tomatoes available to put on your eggs.
If you are traveling Route 66, stay at the Quality Inn when you get to Tucumcari. Tell them Brent and Paul sent you.
As we headed west on Route 66, we noticed Tucumcari has a lot of motels, some out of business. We stopped at the museum on the other end of town. We noticed in an old picture of Route 66 in Tucumcari that at one time it was a bustling place.
Santa Rosa, New Mexico, was my favorite part of the day. We visited another car museum there, and then we spotted a diner. Both me and Paul said, “Nah… let’s wait.”
We then saw the Santa Fe Grill. It looked clean from the outside, and so we went in.
After meeting the owner, we were promptly seated. Our waitress, Anna, was very attentive to our needs and provided excellent service.
I had the BBQ Bacon Cheese Burger and it was a perfect burger. The onion rings were also perfect. Paul had the turkey sandwich and love it too.
The things that made my burger perfect were a) the bun was toasted, b) it had a slice of onion (not diced onion), c) a slice of tomato, d) the burger was cooked just right, and e) it had ample lettuce too. The onion rings – crisp on the outside and moist in the middle.
The place was clean and has a nice southwest feel. They are located at 2249 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa, NM 88435. Pay them a visit as you motor down Route 66.
We visited two car museums today. One in Tucumcari and one in Santa Rosa. The one in Tucumcari is a general museum with lots of cars. The other, a car museum.
In the Santa Rosa car museum I found the ultimate photographer’s road trip vehicle. Here it is…
Photographers in the cab, and equipment in those back doors. It’s the perfect road trip vehicle.
The other must have come from Rochester, Buffalo or Syracuse…