September 15, 2008. Left Weatherford, Oklahoma around 9:00 am and crossed the border into Texas about 10:35am. Traveling on Interstate 40. There seems to be a lot of signs for the original Route 66. We are figuring out that 40 replaced 66 for much of the way.
Today we left the highway for a few hours and did a scenic drive through the Palo Duro Canyon. It was interesting getting to the Canyon because we went for a long time down some very lonely roads (looked like President Bush country to us). At one point, there was absolutely nothing but our road, sage bush, and desert red dirt. We felt so vulnerable! What if the car broke down? No cell towers, no Toyota dealers! It was almost enough to put us off these scenic drives! But then we came to these red, red rocks (which we now know are called hoodoos). Our first canyon – awesome!
We left the Canyon via Hamblen Drive, named for the guy that pioneered the crude road through the canyon which saved the settlers 120 miles when traveling to the courthouse.
We spent the night in Santa Rosa, NM after driving 485 miles.