Day 7 – Leaving Rolla

Leaving Rolla

Before leaving Rolla, I had a nice sit down chat with the manager of our hotel.  She talked about how busy updates and upgrades keep a hotel manager.

Breakfast had sausage gravy and biscuits.  I added extra protein with a couple of sausage patties.  Not bad for an included breakfast.  A good way to start Day 7.

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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

After breakfast I headed across the highway.  There are two frontage roads to the highway.  This frontage road appears to be the original Route 66 in this area.  Not because of the Waffle House, but if you zoom in closer…

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Waffle House

there’s the Totem Pole.

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Tim’s Totem Pole


Inside the Totem Pole you find all sorts of souvenirs, crafts, and yes, even fireworks.  (Which I didn’t buy any fireworks.)  The owner is a nice guy named Tim.  He told us how the Totem Pole has been in his family since 1933 and how as a young man he worked there.

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Tim Jones – Owner

On the Road

Leaving Rolla, Route 66 takes us in to a tree covered area, and we come across an old bridge.  Next to old cars, service stations, hotels and diners, Route 66 has lots of old bridges.

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Old Bridge Outside Rolla, Missouri

The next thing to catch our eye was a house with some rusty old cars.  Of course, we stopped.  The owner came out and told us all about each car.  Many of them he finds abandoned in the woods and he hauls them out. (like the one below)

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What He Found in the Woods

We got the extensive, loooong history of this Willys Jeepster.

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Willys Jeepster Convertible (I’m guessing 1948???)

But what cracked me up the most was his collection of toy trucks.  Just like much of Route 66, they too are in need of TLC.

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Tonka Graveyard

We leave this, and not too much farther we see this…

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Lawn Tractor Graveyard

The timing is hilarious.  I go from photographing a bunch of Tonka toys to photographing a bunch of broken down ride-on mowers.  It could be fun to spend more time here, but we’re on our way after one last photo.

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Seen Better Days

Devil’s Elbow

Just down Route 66 a little further we hit Devil’s Elbow.    Only months before, the river rose up and flooded this area.  We are lucky we got to see it.  Click here to read about the flood.

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This River Rose ABOVE the Top of the Bridge


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A French Couple Took this Shot for Me

Next Up

Next up we find Uranus.