Here we are driving across America and we run in to a guy going the other way walking across America. I had heard about him somewhere. I can’t remember where, but he was the second guy I heard about. The one is in his 70s, and this guy, a younger guy.
So, we’re driving down Route 66 and he pass this guy pushing a car, draped in the flag. I spun the car around and we drove up to him.
“Hey, are you the guy who is walking all of Route 66?” I yelled.
He responded that he was. I asked if we could interview and photograph him. He was more than happy to oblige us.
We’ll call him G. (he said we could) because it was hard to catch is name. We talked for a while and he told us about the 3 flags he is carrying – The US Flag, the flag of England, and a Native American flag. He’s asking people to sign his flag, which we did.
Before we parted company, G. asked if we could pray together. He asked me to say the prayer.
We stopped at a place called Uranus. The owner has one weird sense of humor. There’s the “Axe hole”, they thank you for “picking Uranus”, and more. This is for real. The is the place that has the motto, “The best fudge comes from Uranus.”
We were met at Uranus by a photographer named Jax. She showed us around, took pictures of us, and then treated us to lunch at Nona’s in Waynesville, Mo. The owner Julie and her daughter Kaylynn showed us great hospitality.
There at Nona’s we met several locals — mostly women with husbands serving in the military at a nearby Army Base.
A special thanks today to Bay Photo for samples to hand out, Walworth Veterinary Hospital for dinner tonight, Topaz Labs for the software I used to process a picture of a bridge on Route 66, ACDsee because that’s what I use every night to prepare these images, On1 Software, Alien Skin Software and Jax for treating us to lunch and giving us the grand tour of the area.
We also want to say that Comfort Suites in Rolla gave us the best room we’ve seen yet. Plus, breakfast was included. The place was clean, no odors or smells, and had great amenities. If you’re ever in Rolla, I recommend you stay at Comfort Suites.