AZ to MO (and back) via iPhone: Texas

The featured photo is a bit blurry, but we made it to Texas!  Still on Route 40 from Texola, our next destination: Amarillo.

In 2007 my dad and I took  a road trip from Arizona to Knoxville, TN.  A bad storm passed through and a forming funnel cloud was trying to do something, but it was tough to see through the hail and rain, which was very intense!


In  2007,  we stopped to wait the storm out at the Cracker Barrel next to the American Quarter Horse Hall and Fame Museum.

Amarillo, TX
American Quarter Horse Hall & Fame Museum 2018

We stopped at the same Cracker Barrel again this current trip, on the way to Missouri and also on the way back to Arizona.  I believe on all of our trips combined, we have eaten at this Cracker Barrel roughly a dozen times, becoming a tradition for us.

We planned on visiting Waco, TX to visit Magnolia Table, but the timing didn’t work because of the hours.  We also didn’t want to spend an extra night, go through Dallas and we wanted to get home.

Before reaching Amarillo, we stopped at Grey County Safety Rest Area.  According to Wikipedia, Gray County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 22,535. The county seat is Pampa. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1902 and is named for Peter W. Gray, a Confederate lawyer and soldier in the American Civil War.   Gray County comprises the Pampa, TX Micropolitan Statistical Area.



We slept in the car in Amarillo, TX after eating at Cracker Barrel, then left in the middle of the night, headed to Clovis, NM.

From Amarillo to the border, honorable mentions are Palo Duro Canyon State Park (city website) and Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Next stop, Clovis, New Mexico!