4 Corners '05

Orlando - Key West - Las Vegas
3,500 fantastic miles

Amarillo Texas Cadillac Ranch
10 Cadillac cars growing from the west Texas soil near Amarillo.

We stopped in Amarillo just as the a storm moved in from the north.
  Thunder and a fantastic lightening show limited our choice of restaurants.

  We decided to forego the "72 ounce steak"
at The Big Texan Steak Ranch, opting instead for
our third Mexican dinner in four meals!

Big Texan Steak Ranch
72oz. Steak Facts and Stats
  • Nearly 6,200 people have succeeded in eating the 72oz. steak (since 1960).
  • Almost 37,000 people have attempted to consume the free 72oz. steak (since 1960).
  • Approximately two women each year successfully eat the steak of the 4 or 5 who try. About 50% of the women who try are successful.

  • Richard LaFeare chomped his way through 2 steaks on the "Donny & Marie Osmond Show" in 2000.
  • Frank Pastore, a professional pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, ate the complete steak dinner in a record that still stands today of just 9 minutes back in May of 1987. This was Frank's 7th and fastest time to complete the steak contest in 11 years of running to spring training in Florida.


  • The oldest person to eat the steak was a 69-year-old grandmother; the youngest, an 11-year old boy.


  • Klondike Bill, a professional wrestler, consumed two complete dinners in the one hour time limit back in the 1960s.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch is famous for offering a free 72 ounce steak to anyone who can eat the steak, baked potato, salad, shrimp cocktail, and roll.





The Texas Panhandle.  Flat, straight road leads toward New Mexico and Taos.  We were threatened by wicked looking thunderstorms once we turned west from Clayton, New Mexico.  The rain hit just as we pulled into a gas station near Springer, New Mexico.  As the rain began to subside, we pulled out of Springer and into warm New Mexico sunshine. 

We were leaving the small town of Cimarron, New Mexico, when Roe hit his brakes and signaled a U-turn.  As a young Boy Scout, he had attended the Philmont Scout Ranch.  Memories came flooding back!









Eagle Nest Lake is located in New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains in the Moreno Valley.  It is  surrounded by Baldy Mountain and Wheeler Peak, two of New Mexico's highest mountains.  Eagle Nest Lake is known for its kokanee salmon and rainbow trout fishing and its ski resorts.



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