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2017.10.09, Monday
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  • Superlatives

    What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.

  • Lessons Learned

    After a trip of this magnitude, we have lessons to share. The lessons learned are categorized below. We hope this ...

  • Longest Day

    This was our longest day yet.  We got up at the crack of dawn, drove to the desert, and photographed the sunrise.  ...

  • Kingman

    We spent last night in Kingman and are staying here tonight.  Kingman is near Nevada, California and the Grand ...

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2017.12.11, Monday

Day 9 - Fire Station and Railroad

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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Galena, Kansas, Fire Station


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Galena, Kansas, Railroad Station

A young man came out of the fire station curious as to what we were doing.  We told him his chief invited us to stop by (and about then, the chief pulled up in truck).  Paul asked the young man to pose for a shot.

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Firefighter in Galena, Kansas

We’ve learned Galena was a big hub during the mining days.  Extracting galena for its lead and zinc made this a boomtown in the late 1800s.

Intersection of 66 and 69

Soon we came to the intersection of 66 and 69.  Enough said.  Keep your jokes to yourself.

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69 and Alternate 69

Baxter Springs

Baxter Springs has this cool Walgreens.  Now, this is how old businesses should be treated and revived.  I applaud Walgreens for keeping the old signage and adding value to Route 66 in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

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Baxter Drugs

Downtown Baxter is a clean town with a turn of the century look.

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Baxter Springs

And, here’s a modern oil change outfit that’s keeping the retro look deserving of Route 66.  Kudos to Quick Lube.

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Route 66 Quick Lube

We ran in to a couple pulling this cool retro looking trailer.  It turns out they are from the San Francisco Bay Area, so we told them Bay Photo was one of our sponsors and the guy knew exactly who were were talking about.  We left them with a sample of Bay Photo Products.

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A Couple Traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area

And, another Tow Mater.


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Another Tow Mater

Cool Antique Shop

We found this cool antique shop called the Hitch N’ Post.

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Antique Shop

Here’s what makes it so cool…

Yes, if you have a 1959 or 1960 El Camino, you can get a replacement door here.  They had much more, but this is just a sample.

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Need a Car Door

Inside the shop there are replica Route 66 signs, as well as old license plates.

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Inside the Shop

Route 66 Cookies

There’s a unique old drive-in that sells Route 66 Cookies.  Yes, they are cookies in the shape of a Route 66 shield.

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Route 66 Cookies

The owners made a big point to point across the street at the Conoco Station to tell us it is fake.  It’s never been a gas station, and is only decorated that way.  Again, it was a huge deal for them to point this out.

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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 ...

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?

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 ...

Day 6 – Finding Rolla

We didn't have trouble finding Rolla.  It's a pretty good sized town.  Route 66 is tricky here because there are traffic circles (aka roundabouts) and a divided highway.

Day 6 – Rolla Missouri

I keep wanting to say, "Rella", when it is "Rolla".  Why?  Because that's the way the locals say it.  I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho.  Either way, we're on our way there.

Day 6 – Missouri

Sunday and I screwed up.  I meant for our weekend respite to be Saturday and Sunday night.  Instead, I booked Friday and Saturday night.  Going forward, we'll spend Saturday and Sunday in the same place. I'm off to church this morning.  I ...

Day 5 – Chain of Rocks Bridge

Day 5 - Our next big stop - the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  This bridge is 1 miles long with a 20-degree bend.  Closed to automobile traffic, it is a fun and scenic walk.  As a result of it being a 2 mile walk, plan your time.  It closes at dusk.

Day 5 – The Arch Inside

The Arch Inside The arch inside is like a theme park attraction.  You enter and go below the arch (in the basement).  You’ll find a gift shop, displays and more. This mural shows how the arch compares with other national monuments.  ...

Day 5 – Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch, aka Saint Louis Arch, is a monument.  It's not a functional building, per se, but a monument built for tourist to visit.  Okay... It's a government owned tourist trap.

Day 5 – Good Morning Saint Louis

Good morning Saint Louis!  You have us for two days.  We are excited to be here.  Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood - a suburb of Saint Louis.  It's called the Route 66 Holiday Inn. Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized.  We did ...