I left good old Motel 6 a bit late this morning, got lazy packing and by the time I was on the bike it was nearly 9:00am. I stopped at IHOP for the basic feed and since there weren’t any rowdy kids to watch I was in and out pretty fast.
Points of Interest signs are frequent and I try to stop at most of them. Sometimes to the total surprise of drivers following a bit close.
The open prarie or plains...whatever the difference is I don't know...are vast in this region and ranches occupy thousands of acres.
I followed Highway 380 through the remainder of New Mexico passing ranch after ranch, many with fancy wrought iron signs.
One of the small towns that seemed to be economically depressed sported two metal fabrication shops who specialized in fancy signs. Just goes to show you, not everyone is suffering.
After awhile I decided it might be nice to take a break so I pulled into one of the rest stops where I discovered about all you can do there (legitimately) is rest. Calls of nature are evidently left to ones discreation. Ha! Bet me!
At least there are lots of wild flowers to take photos of which makes for a legitimate reason to hike out into the bushes. Yellow daisies are one of my favorite subjects. Ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you that.
Anyway after taking a few pics I decided it might be time to start looking for a place to stay so I consulted Garmin & Company for suggestions. The nearest motel was listed as a Super-8 not too far away in Knox City so I selected it and got back on the road.
On the way out of town I did a double-take and rode back for a look at the marque on the drive-in movie. It looked to me like the local kids had been having some fun being creative with movie titles on the reader board. The nature of the titles was definitely not in keeping with a "GP" rating and I'm amazed the local folks left them up. Naturally I had to do a bit of coloring over them, wouldn't want any of my readers to be shocked. Send me an email and I'll send you the unedited version...but only if I know you.