This Conrad Brunenkant building is the oldest in historic Florence, built in 1890 with locally made bricks. All of the stone was locally quarried as well. It was a quaint little Dutch bakery in its early days and I wish I could've seen it then. The exterior had a porch and awnings added in 1973 and the outside staircase was removed. The original entrance was also changed from the west side to the south side. This is the current look and I want to move in now.
Next on our stop was the grand city of Amarillo. We were really enroute to Dallas, but this midway city proved to be a great stop! Welcome to the Big Texan steakhouse. Famous for its giant steaks, and eating challenges, the Big Texan is a legendary place to have a meal. Greeted by the towering cowboy out front, delights were sure to be had inside. Let’s just say while I didn’t go for the steak challenge, their salmon was some of the best I ever had. We were too full for dessert this time, but we are definitely gonna try it next time! Thanks to Christian, our giant-smiled (and pretty cute) cowboy for serving us up the good stuff. And sorry we came in so late ;). If you ever find yourself passing by, be sure to stop! You won’t regret it!
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In our long drive from Tucson to Santa Fe, US route 60 is a deliberate choice just so we can pass through Pie Town, followed by the Plains of Augustin. Occasionally our unspoken looks along the way speak volumes: “are we there yet?” The distance from Tucson to Pie Town is 307 miles (494 km); from Pie Town to Santa Fe is another 222 miles or 357 km.
Our excitement grows when we see road signs listing both town and the ever decreasing distance to said town. Finally, we arrive in Pie Town whose main street is naturally the highway. With 15 minutes to closing time, we step inside Pie-O-Neer: Stan says hello and provides us with a short history, we’re both astonished and completely won over by how warm and welcoming the cafe is, we drool over the remaining pieces of pie, and Kathy gets into the scene with a happy photobomb, all before we dig into our coffee ☕️ and pieces of pie 🥧. Note in this picture the “pi(e)-bar” symbol at lower-centre and the “peace of pi(e)” tie-dye shirts at right.
Pie Town, NM, 🇺🇸 – 19 Oct 2018 (HL, x70 img tag 10507).
Since the 1980’s, this random juniper tree in the middle of Arizona has been decorated for Christmas. Nobody knows who does it or why, but every year, along this quiet stretch of desert highway, appears this curious work of public art — just sparkling there in the sunshine. And for some reason, I find great satisfaction in that. 🎄
Throwback Thursday to the South of the Boarder pool. A pool with scary vibes. There was nothing wrong with the pool itself, but rather the ominous planetarium sized bio-dome that hung over it. Condensation on the glass would drip down into the pool like it was raining. Add in an abandoned bar, and poor acoustics, and you had a very creepy place.
We made a quick pit stop here during a road trip in August. I had previously seen all the kitsch the eye could behold last time I stopped at this exit, but stopping during the glory of the neon reign totally hooked me again. If there were ever a place the word kitsch was designed for, it is South of the Border. I feel 5 instead of fifty-something when I step out among all those magical lights and bursts of color. I want to run and climb and touch and stare. I dream about all the sounds and smells and excitement that must have been South of the Border in its hay day. #bestroadsidestop#neonformiles#wanderlust#roadsideamerica#roadsideamericana#folkart#neon
Original post: Chain of Rocks Bridge, a mile-long span across the Mississippi River between Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri was a significant landmark for travelers on Route 66. Standing 60 feet above the river, and built with a 30-degree bend to accommodate riverboat traffic, the bridge opened to traffic in 1929. Today, thanks to Interstate 270 less than a mile upstream, the old bridge is open to bicycle and foot traffic for anyone wishing to relive the glory days of America’s Mother Road. (And [today], the US Senate debates designating Route 66 as the nation’s 20th National Historic Trail. Legislation has already passed in the House.) #Route66#ChainofRocksBridge#RoadsideAmerica#FindYourTrail#FindYourPark#EncuentraTuParque#Trails50#historicbridge
Ladies Late Night Shopping is tonight from 4-7pm!
Lanfranco’s Vintage & Value
Studio On The Square
And both Burlap Roses!
Be sure to stop in at the NEW Burlap Rose Antiques! 618 E Main St.
As the snow falls here in Stuttgart & I wait to register my car ❄️, I remember our trip to Charleston to pick up our car after returning from Germany back in 2016. A pit stop at this slice of quintessential 1950s Americana to indulge in its tacky splendor was a must. 😂
The whole family at the world famous Bagdad Cafe, with owner Andree Pruett. She took time to sit down with us and talk about her family and work and life on Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert.
Yo. You come across some random stuff on the side of the road in PA. This is a replica of a NASA Apollo Space Capsule. It was built by a career Air Force man who was just a patriotic American who wanted to pay tribute to the space program. Impossible not to respect the commitment and hard work it must have taken to build this thing!! #passion#roadsideamerica