CROSSING INTO TEXAS is worthy of note -- I'm halfway across the US on my return journey and I've come upon an entirely new culture, the Wild West, complete with hitching posts, cowboy hats, longhorn cattle, and barbed wire.
The little town of McLean, Texas, is a nearly abandoned virtual ghost town, located on historic Route 66 that's tempting to bypass. When the "Mother Road" Route 66 was built in 1927 McLean was once a popular stopover for tourists and a center for processing livestock, oil, and agriculture. Unfortunately, there aren't any iconic diners or motels operating now, but you'd definitely miss out if you hurry on by, for it's a hidden gem that's incredibly enchanting.
If you visit McLean today, you won't find lots of people walking around; maybe the occasional tourist, pulled over to take a quick picture. But believe me when I say there are many photo opportunities here. Most of downtown McLean is on the national Register of Historic Places.
Unfortunately, throughout the years cities like Amarillo became more popular, so the town's growth dwindled and its population decreased. The final nail in the coffin was the construction of Interstate 40, and now I'm inclined to believe the population of reptiles exceeds those of humans nowadays...
Miles 4705, Week 51, Weather 63F🌥