Feb. 27: Corral Drive-In, Guymon OK

Corral Drive-In logo projected on its screen at night

photo from the Corral Drive-In Facebook page

It’s Day 58 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. The drive from Las Vegas NM took a solid four hours to the heart of the Oklahoma panhandle and the Corral Drive-In in Guymon.

The weather’s pretty crazy now, grazing 70 degrees in February. I know you can’t count on drive-in weather this time of year, but I was still a little sad to see yet another closed for the season.

When the Corral opened around the late 1960s, it was the second drive-in in Guymon. The 54 had opened in 1949 and would continue operating into the 1970s. On the other hand, the Corral made it into the 1980s before closing, then was revived in 2009. I love drive-in revivals!

The Corral pizzeria and drive-in are closed for the season, but the RV Park is open year-round. Would it have made more sense for me to use an RV for this odyssey instead of staying at a different hotel every night? Would it have made it through the twisty, snowy mountain roads of a few days ago? I guess I’ll never know.

Miles Today / Total:  257 / 7683 (rounded to the nearest mile)

Movie Showing / Total Active Nights: dark / 37

Nearby Restaurant: One of the closest places specialized in chicken, always one of my favorites. (The chicken statue was a dead giveaway.) That’s why I stopped at Pollo El Ranchero close to downtown Guymon. Yummy grilled chicken at a reasonable price.

Where I Virtually Stayed: Well waddaya know! For the second straight night, I had a great stay at a great price at a Super 8. Friendly people, a clean room, lots of TV channels, and biscuits and gravy at breakfast.

Only in Guymon: I travelled on one of Guymon’s claims to fame on the way to the Corral. The east-west stretch of US Highway 412 between Boise City and Guymon includes a 47.7-mile straight shot. RoadsideAmerica calls it one of the longest straight roads in the US.

Next Stop: Tascosa Drive-in Theater, Amarillo TX.

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