October, 2011 Larry and I flew to Chicago, rented a car and drove Route 66 back to Santa Monica. The adventure continued, and now that we knew we were taking way too much time each day pulling over to photograph every “66” we saw, we agreed to hightail it and use the interstate, when necessary. To be honest, quite often you NEED to use it because the actual Route 66 road is not driveable. You can see it most of the time, off to the side. That said, it was time to get moving. Still in Illinois, however…
Day 4 – Drive in and Ariston Café, Jubley. Mt. Olive Cemetery – Mother Jones burial site, Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, Stanton, IL. World’s Biggest Ketchup Bottle, Collinswood. Chain of Rocks Bridge, MO side near Mitchell. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis. Mermac Caverns, World’s Largest Rocking Chair, then stayed at the Wagon Wheel Motel, Cuba, MO.
Day 5 – Outlet for Walnut Bowls, Exit 127. Steak and Shake for burgers and fries, a Pro Bass Shop the size of Disneyland, Springfield MO. Kel Lake Motel, Carthage, went Far Afield to Cathage County Courthouse. Joplin, MO – tornado ravaged town was quiet but they are making progress with cleanup. Commerce, OK – Mickey Mantle’s boyhood home. Holiday Inn Express, Miami OK.
Day 6 – Coleman theater Main St., Miami, OK. Hogue House, Chelsea, OK $16 sears catalog 1913 home still lived in by descendants of original purchaser. Totum Park Museum, Ed Galloop, Blue Whale in Catoosa, Meadow Gold ice cream sign Tulsa, OK. Stable Ridge Winery, Stroud OK, Rock Café. Pops soda store, Arcadia OK. Guthrie Historical Downtown, Oklahoma City National Memorial 1995 bombing, Giant Bull Calumet, then the sun went down, lots of circles, cows on road, finally found our way, Weatherford OK Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Miles driven to-date: 1232, NOW we’re talking. Halfway through our allotted 12 days to cover about 2600 miles, we are anticipating wide open spaces to cover through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Guaranteed, California will be slow driving.