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2017.10.09, Monday
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  • Superlatives

    What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.

  • Lessons Learned

    After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this ...

  • Longest Day

    This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  ...

  • Kingman

    We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand ...

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2017.12.11, Monday

Day 9 - Fire Station and Railroad

Day 9 – Fire Station and Railroad

While we were eating lunch, the fire chief invited us to stop and visit the fire station in Galena.  Why not?  It’s not often you’re invited by a town dignitary to come visit.

The fire station is next to the restored old train station.  It’s a double-whammy of a Route 66 stop.

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Galena, Kansas, Fire Station


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Galena, Kansas, Railroad Station

A young man came out of the fire station curious as to what we were doing.  We told him his chief invited us to stop by (and about then, the chief pulled up in truck).  Paul asked the young man to pose for a shot.

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Firefighter in Galena, Kansas

We’ve learned Galena was a big hub during the mining days.  Extracting galena for its lead and zinc made this a boomtown in the late 1800s.

Intersection of 66 and 69

Soon we came to the intersection of 66 and 69.  Enough said.  Keep your jokes to yourself.

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69 and Alternate 69

Baxter Springs

Baxter Springs has this cool Walgreens.  Now, this is how old businesses should be treated and revived.  I applaud Walgreens for keeping the old signage and adding value to Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

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Baxter Drugs

Downtown Baxter is a clean town with a turn of the century look.

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Baxter Springs

And, here’s a modern oil change outfit that’s keeping the retro look deserving of Route 66.  Kudos to Quick Lube.

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Route 66 Quick Lube

We ran in to a couple pulling this cool retro looking trailer.  It turns out they are from the San Francisco Bay Area, so we told them Bay Photo was one of our sponsors and the guy knew exactly who were were talking about.  We left them with a sample of Bay Photo Products.

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A Couple Traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area

And, another Tow Mater.


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Another Tow Mater

Cool Antique Shop

We found this cool antique shop called the Hitch N’ Post.

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Antique Shop

Here’s what makes it so cool…

Yes, if you have a 1959 or 1960 El Camino, you can get a replacement door here.  They had much more, but this is just a sample.

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Need a Car Door

Inside the shop there are replica Route 66 signs, as well as old license plates.

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Inside the Shop

Route 66 Cookies

There’s a unique old drive-in that sells Route 66 Cookies.  Yes, they are cookies in the shape of a Route 66 shield.

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Route 66 Cookies

The owners made a big point to point across the street at the Conoco Station to tell us it is fake.  It’s never been a gas station, and is only decorated that way.  Again, it was a huge deal for them to point this out.

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Best Decision

2018 came along and I caught the H3N2 virus.  It had me down for 5 weeks.  If that wasn't bad enough, a couple of weeks after getting back on my feet again, I got a sepsis infection in my knee.  Thinking that would be it, I felt like my recovery ...

GRPP Presentation

Join us on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, for our GRPP Presentation.  Greater Rochester Professional Photographers (GRPP) has invited Brent and Paul to present about their Route 66 adventure.  The details can be found here...

Day 9 – Fire Station and Railroad

While we were eating lunch, the fire chief invited us to stop and visit the fire station in Galena.  Why not?  It's not often you're invited by a town dignitary to come visit. The fire station is next to the restored old train station.  It's ...

Day 9 – State to State

Day 9 – State to State Day 9 is the day we go from state (Missouri) to state (Kansas) to state (Oklahoma).  It’s odd that Kansas is not represented in the Route 66 Song.  Yet, there are some neat places to see in Kansas.  One of them ...

Day 9 – The Small Stuff

Day 9 – The Small Stuff As we leave our friends in Joplin, we head southwest on Historic Route 66.  We keep seeing the small stuff as we drive along.  By small stuff, I’m talking about an old car here, a service station there and ...

Day 9 – Surprises in Joplin

We had some surprises in Joplin this morning.  I got up and went to the office at the Enlight Inn and ordered a smoothy.  My Hippy Hippy Shake had a few ingredients I wasn't quite sure about, but when I got it, my fear of kale in a shake went ...

Day 8 – Heading to Joplin

Day 8 – Heading to Joplin After seeing all those Corvairs, while we’re heading to Joplin, we come across more bridges.  It’s only fair that we stop for Paul (a retired bridge engineer) since we stopped so I could see Corvairs. ...

Day 8 – Corvairs

Make no doubt about it, Corvairs were one of the best cars ever made.  I may be a bit biased having owned two of them, but they had some unprecedented features and rivaled many other sports cars.  While it is common belief that Ralph Nader ...

Topaz Studio on Day 8

I'm taking a break from the normal recap, and reviewing one of our sponsor's products.  Topaz Studio is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. I've been around the block a few times.  There was a point where I grabbed up every action for ...

Day 8 – Start of Week Two

Start of Week Two It’s the start of week two.  Week one went quickly, and here we are starting a new week.  We’re in Springfield, Missouri, this morning.  Let’s see what Springfield has to offer. Before we hit the road I looked ...