Thursday, February 9, 2012

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Got out of the hotel about 6:30 yesterday morning. Headed towards home. At Santa Rosa (110 miles down the road) it was time for breakfast.

Off I-40 and find the Route 66 Cafe. What a mistake! I ordered "hot cakes" and sausage. The pancake were "warm" at best - would not mely butter. Terrible service - waiting for coffee refill. Seemed they had no idea where my check was (no they did not make it free - it should have been).

Next stop was Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Palo Duro is billed as "The Grand Canyon of Texas". The park is about 25 miles off I-40, south of Amarillo, TX. The scenery was sure worth the detour.

Found the mountain bike trails. The sections at the trailhead looked good to ride -they there was a sign warning for folks with medical conditions. It would have ridden to check the trail, but I have a fully packed car and was not dressed for cool weather riding. Should I come back en route ABQ again in Spring - I plan tp check them out.

The park road was closed at Wash #2 - at the Mountain Bike trails - hunting season. They did warn me of that before I paid the entrance fee ($5 for the day).

Was a frustrating day on the road. One of the gas stops in Texas, the restrooms were not working (water problems). Next stop, they were filthy. Motel I stopped at said that if i wanted a "Senior Rate" room, it would be on the second floor!

Found at Denny's for dinner - at least that was decent. Colaped into bed after dinner. Slept right through Criminal Minds and CSI!

Today's photo is a view in Palo Duro Canyon SP.

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