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Day 9 – Fire Station and Railroad

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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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Day 9 – State to State

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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 is Galena. You roll in to Galena, and…

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Day 9 – The Small Stuff

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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 someone’s homemade Route 66 sign. (Original on-the-road post for Day…

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Day 9 – Surprises in Joplin

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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 away.  It’s taste was delicious.

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Day 8 – Heading to Joplin

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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.   Finally we come to something that’s NOT a bridge… While you see lots…

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Day 8 – Corvairs

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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 killed the Corvair when he wrote  Unsafe at Any Speed, that’s only part of the story.  Nader’s claims were later debunked by a 1972 Texas A&M University safety commission report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They found the 1960–1963 Corvair possessed no greater potential for loss of control in extreme situations than its contemporaries.

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Topaz Studio on Day 8

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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 Photoshop.  Then there was the phase where I wanted to do it all myself.  That got old.  Now, I’ve come back around and I’m looking at other imaging software.

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Day 8 – Start of Week Two

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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 at the hotel’s free breakfast.  Hmmm… eggs… sausage patties… english muffin.  It’s time…

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Day 7 – Catching Up with Gee

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Day 7 – 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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Day 7 – Finding Uranus

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Day 7 – Finding Uranus

Finding Uranus sounds gross when you say it aloud, but seriously… wait… who can be serious about a town named Uranus?

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