Before we left Winslow we took a couple more pictures at “The Corner”.
We continued east on the old Route 66 towards Gallup and had some small adventures on the way.
We checked out the Wigwam Motel. This is another of the unique Route 66 Motels from the 1930’s and is still in operation.
I was getting pretty hungry (as usual), so we stopped at a café where I had eaten previously in 2010. Our waiter was the eight-year-old grandson of the owner. He did a real good job taking care of us, but was not allowed to pour the hot coffee.
|Judith was engrossed in a book titled "How to Transfer Your Bad Attitude to Others" - or something like that.
Leaving Hollbrook we were back on the Old Mother Road for a while, but ran into a small problem for Judith… the pavement ended. We had to revert to I40.
|End of the pavement.
Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest
We rode a loop through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest National Park and saw some amazing landscape. It's hard to get pictures that represent the colors of the Painted Desert at noon time, but that's when we were there.
|What make, model and year is this car, and here was the picture taken?
|Here's a hint on the location
Onwards to Gallup
Our hotel destination in Gallup was the El Rancho, yet another iconic grand hotel from the 1930’s and 1940’s on Route 66.
Click here for more on the El Rancho: El Rancho Hotel, Gallup, NM
The bar is called the 49’ner Lounge, but I didn’t see any Joe Montana pictures. However, the bartender is a 71 year old Laguna Indian with lots of fun stories, as well as history about the Indian Nation in New Mexico. We both had some terrific Mexican food for dinner and left feeling pretty stuffed.
|Looking down from the balcony that went around the lobby
|Two curved staircases lead up to the rooms
|Fireplace in the Lobby
|Player Piano in the Lobby