We got into Oklahoma pretty quickly, and I must say that OK's roads are really awful. Bumpy, potholes, just awful. The only other thing worth noting about Oklahoma is that there are Indian reservations and casinos every couple of miles. It's a gambling addict's heaven, for sure.
300+ miles later we get to Texas. Our friend Jonny told us of this restauant in Amarillo called "The Big Texan" that's the home of the 72oz steak, and if you can eat the whole thing you get it for free. If not, it's $1 per ounce, so $72 just for a steak.
We get there and it looks like some kind of Old West theme park outside and inside was all wooden with dead animals on the wall, a gift shop, etc. We end up sitting on the upper level where we have a good view of everything.
Sure enough, there's a guy there trying to eat the 72oz steak. They have him sitting at a table up on this platform/stage with spotlights on him. People are walking up taking pictures, like he was the Wolfman at the circus.
When we sat down he had 30 minutes left. I have to say we were pretty anxious watching the countdown clock. When it hit zero, someone came up and asked everyone to give him a hand, handed him a t-shirt and that was that. Problem is, we're not really sure if he did it or not. BUT it figures, he gets up and turns around and he's wearing an Alabama shirt. We ended up talking to him and he was from Huntsville but lives in TN now.
Here are a few pictures:
After the most enjoyable dinner experience ever, we got back on the road and drove to Tucumcari, NM to stay at The Blue Swallow Motel, recommended by Brie and Jeremy.
Cute little 1950's, neon signs everywhere, hotel on Route 66. This place was fantastic. The lady who checked us in was great. We were the only people in the hotel last night though so I take it this is their slow season.
As we were checking in the lady told us that there's another snowstorm that's supposed to hit tonight and they were expecting another 5-7" on top of what they got last week. We told her we were planning to get to Flagstaff tonight and she said "oh no Flagstaff will be worse! It always snows in Flagstaff!". Great. So that brings us to now. We're on the road trying to see how far we can get. The snowy desert is beautiful!
Here are some pics outside our hotel this morning.