Route 66 and Exploring the Back Roads Around Logan
Since I had to take a short trip back to Tucumcari to grab some groceries before breaking camp Monday and heading farther north, I decided to head south a bit and check out the Caprock Amphitheater that I had noticed on my New Mexico Benchmark Atlas.
Driving the backroad to Caprock, I passed this abandoned farm building and stopped to poke around and get a better look.
Most likely was quite the place in it’s day, and I got a kick out of the dark blue interior walls, still vivid after all these years of neglect. The number of cow patties inside the building gave witness to it’s importance to the range cattle who obviously use it to escape the summer heat, though I am uncertain how they get inside since there are stairs at every entrance point.
The outbuilding clearly shows the power of the infamous New Mexico winds and how quickly they can turn stucco and adobe to sand.
Had to stop and check out these three young horses grazing in a tight knit band.
Caprock Wind Farm
Turns out the Caprock Amphitheater is no more, just a few not all that long ago abandoned buildings and a sign directing you to an out in the middle of nowhere ticket booth window. What is there now is the headquarters for the Caprock Wind Farm, the only one yet where I was able to drive amongst and directly under these giant wind turbines. Kind of neat hearing them hum and whoosh while standing directly beneath them as the relentless New Mexico winds are transformed to electricity.
The Remnants of Route 66
Instead of taking I-40 into Tucumcari, I drove the twenty plus miles on Old Route 66, which parallels I-40. The arrival of the Interstate spelled doom to all the Mom and Pop businesses along this stretch of highway as evidenced by all the abandoned and boarded up roadside buildings.
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