Trip Summary Calendar - Where we went and when

August 17, 2004

Amarillo, TX - home of the free 72 ounce steak

A quick Hello from Amarillo, TX. We had a nice drive earlier today from Socorro, NM, a total of 381 miles. There's very little to see other than hills and trees between Albuquerque and Amarillo. On the way into town we drove by the famous Cadillac Ranch, a farm with ten old Cadillacs pointed back-end-up out of the earth. An odd sight from the highway.

A local steak house offers a great service to tourists, many of whom use Amarillo as a brief stopover on there way somewhere else. All the hotels and RV parks have their menu, and if you'd like to eat there they'll come pick you up - in a white Cadillac limo with huge bull horns on the front. When the door opens, the limo moo's. Really! The big gimmick though is the "Free 72 ounce steak" advertised on many billboards coming into town. We couldn't read the small print at first, but the trick is you have to eat the whole 72 ounce steak in one hour for it to be free. Um, we didn't try. But we did have a very good meal, and enjoyed the free limo service.

We're here just one night. Tomorrow is the somewhat shorter drive (260 miles) to Oklahoma City where we'll spend at least two nights.

Posted by Mitch at August 17, 2004 10:33 PM
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