Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vintage Roadside: Goodbye Oklahoma and a wild welcome to New Mexico

Housekeeping was tapping at the motel door as we posted this morning's blog, but we've landed in a new city and are back as promised tonight with a batch of new photos catching us up to date on our road trip home.

Today's post starts in Woodward, Oklahoma and ends in Grants, New Mexico. Unfortunately, things got a little dicey with the lightning and rain after Clayton, New Mexico and we weren't able to shoot any photos on that stretch of the trip. Imagining the storm in Key Largo nicely sums up that leg of the trip.

For those of you who've followed along with us on our road trip blogs before, you'll notice a familiar rhythm: a focus on preservation stories on the way out with roadside sights emphasized on the way back. If you missed our first eight days of travel, be sure to go back to read about some amazing people and places.

Westward Ho!

This defunct motel in Woodward, Oklahoma is currently for sale and comes with a bonus feature - an underground tornado shelter. So tempted...

United Supermarket in Woodward: a popular place to shop with a fantastic rooftop sign.

Found a block off of Main Street in Woodward:

And Main Street itself featuring the Woodward Theatre:

Hardesty, Oklahoma:

Best road sign spotted on the way to Guymon: "Hitchhikers may be escaping convicts."

Fantastic twin arrow drive-in restaurant sign in Guymon, Oklahoma:

We've seen a lot of fiberglass figures in our travels and Tiger Motor Company's sign-topping tiger ranks with the best.

The Longhorn Motel in Boise City, Oklahoma:

Thanks, Felt, Oklahoma 4-H - you always were our favorite!

Random roadside photo on Hwy 412 crossing the Oklahoma panhandle..."Can I keep him?"

And just before the storm settled in, the Nu-Way Cafe in Clayton, New Mexico.

We'll see you tomorrow in Flagstaff!

Jeff & Kelly
Vintage Roadside

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