Day 7 – Catching Up with Gee

Catching Up with Gee

Here we are at the end of our first full week.  On day 7 we run in to a man I read about before starting this journey.  He goes by Gee (because people have a difficult time with his first name).  Gee is walking all of Route 66.  He started in California and will end in Chicago.

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Gee — Walking Route 66

Our conversation with Gee was uplifting.   He’s a Navy Vet and a patriot.  He’s carrying a U.S.A. Flag and asking people to sign it as he travels across America.

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Paul, Gee and Me

Munger Moss

Before running in to Gee we saw the famous Munger Moss Motel.  Named after Nelly Munger (original owner) and her second husband, Emmett Moss, this motel started as a sandwich shop serving meals to Route 66 travelers in the 1930-1940s.  Today it is a 44 room and 16 efficiencies motel in Lebanon, Missouri.

 

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Everyone Needs a Millage Sign – They are all over Route 66

 

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Munger Moss Sign Restored in 2010

And, if you are staying at the Munger Moss Motel, catch a few lanes of bowling.

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Bowling Alley Across from the Munger Moss Motel

We also came across a couple of defunct businesses.  One was an old cafe, the other a convenience store and meat market.  Again, on Historic Route 66, but didn’t have the wherewith to keep the businesses going.

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Whitmor Farms No More

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Closed Meat Shop

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Gascozark Cafe

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An Old Route 66 Sign

World’s Largest Gift Shop

Or, so the sign claims that this is the World’s Largest Gift Shop.  It was closed.  We missed it by about 15 minutes.  However, the candy store nearby was open.

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World’s Largest Gift Shop on Route 66

In the candy store they had… of course… saltwater taffy.  (I didn’t get any.  But, keep reading to see what I did get.)

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Saltwater Taffy

I saw in the glass display case they had chocolate dipped Twinkies.  Okay.  I’d regret it if I didn’t try one, so I bought one.

It was okay.  Nothing I’d go out of my way to have again.

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Chocolate Covered Twinkie

As we motored down Route 66 I spotted another Corvair.  (Yeah, if you haven’t figured it out, I love Corvairs.)  They also had a few rust bucket roadside attractions too.

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Another Corvair

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Roadside Attraction

Well, it got dark quickly, and I saw this neon sign…

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Rest Haven Court Neon Sign

That’s it for Day 7.  We made it to Springfield, Missouri.  (Yes, there are two Springfields on Route 66 – Illinois and Missouri.)

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