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.
Finally we come to something that’s NOT a bridge…
While you see lots of old service stations, you also see a lot of Phillips 66 Stations – old and new. Phillips 66 got the 66 from Route 66. That makes it more special.
I remember as a kid my dad liking Phillips 66 Gas Stations. I’m not sure why, but I had no idea back then what Route 66 was, or why it was Phillips 66.
I had a great aunt named Arvilla. But that’s neither here, nor there. We roll in to Arvilla, Missouri, and find this cute little Post Office…
Many small Route 66 towns have lots to offer the sightseer. You’ve already seen that murals are big on Route 66. Here’s a tiny building entirely painted with a wrap-around mural…
A bit further down the road were the Red Rock Apartments…
Rolling Hills and Bridges
Just before we got to Joplin we hit some rolling hills with one bridge after another. We finally stopped to take a picture of one of them. They were all the same style, built around the same time.
Restored Drive In Theatre
We next came to a restored drive in theater. I got out to take a couple of pictures, and a guy came out yelling, “Hey, you’re on private property.”
My standard response when this happens is to yell back, “I’m sorry, we’re leaving right now.”
As soon as I did his tone of voice changed and he asked, “Where are you from?”
We told him we were from Western New York. Once we told him this he relaxed and commented that he was glad we weren’t from France. He proceeded to tell us he doesn’t like the French tourists because they steal and urinate on his lawn. (Ewww.. .gross!)
He invited us to take a few pictures. Sharing with us the history of how he acquired the place, he pointed out they were a family friendly place and get a lot of support from the community.
Before we got to Joplin I saw this interesting church. Castle-like, it stood out in the Missouri farmscape.
We arrived at Enlight Inn where Natalie met us. One of the workers there, Natalie gave us a quick exterior tour and showed us to our little cottage. She explained that Enlight Inn offers health services like massages, sauna, sensory deprivation baths and more.
We asked Natalie where we could go to eat. We explained we didn’t want fast food or burgers. She recommended Hackett’s Wings downtown.
We found Hackett’s and ordered wings… of course.