July 3, 2018, Moriarty, NM-
I woke up in Sallisaw, just after 6 AM, which is my usual wake-up, when on the road. Ed’s Cafe was across the road from Sallisaw Inn, so I headed over for breakfast. The waitress looked to be a sassy sort, the kind that can handle truck drivers very well. She plopped a menu down in front of me and took my coffee order, then walked over to a gray-haired gentleman and plopped her cleaning rag in front of him. I liked her right away. Turns out, he was indeed a regular, coming by here every two weeks.
I ordered the special, and Sassy Stacey got me to change it to the same plate from the regular menu, telling me quietly that “the boss jacks up the price for the special, when all it is, is more hashbrowns.” So I got a good deal on a very decent breakfast.
I headed straight across Oklahoma, bypassing OKC, and stopping at a Braum’s, in Weatherford, for lunch. I like Braum’s for their milkshakes and malts, getting one of the latter, to go with my chicken tenders. Weatherford is a nice little town, so getting in out of the heat there, and giving the Elantra an hour’s rest, made perfect sense.
Next was the Texas Panhandle, a far more magnificent place than many people might see. My remorse came from not giving old Texas Tidbits enough of a heads-up, as I approached Amarillo. So, it happened that my only Texas stops were gassing up in McLean and a short meditative visit to the rest stop off I-40, at Alanreed.
Despite the ominous clouds, I did not get so much as a drop on my windshield today.
After leaving Texas behind, I made two stops in eastern New Mexico, dinner at K-Bob’s, in Tucumcari, taking advantage of the chain’s delicious catfish plate and generous salad bar, then gassing up at a Mom and Pop store in Milagro- just because the young couple are making a heartfelt effort to revive the windswept little settlement.
Finally, the day ended at one of Moriarty’s oldest inns: Sunset Motel. The widowed daughter-in-law of the motel’s founders runs this place with a velvet fist. Her business acumen and graciousness do not clash- which I find admirable and reassuring. She keeps her late husband’s and in-laws’ legacy running very smoothly.