What are the superlatives of Route 66 as Paul and I saw it? Well, let us list them.
We crossed the continental divide this evening. ...2017.09.20, Wednesday
We're down to three days. In three days this sho...2017.09.02, Saturday
Only 5 days left. Paul and I are excited. I've...2017.08.31, Thursday
Were you aware that John Steinbeck mentions Route ...2017.01.19, Thursday
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Downtown Baxter is a clean town with a turn of the century look.
And, here’s a modern oil change outfit that’s keeping the retro look deserving of Route 66. Kudos to 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.
And, another Tow Mater.
WILL THE REAL TOW MATER PLEASE PULL FORWARD.
Cool Antique Shop
We found this cool antique shop called the Hitch N’ Post.
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.
Inside the shop there are replica Route 66 signs, as well as old license plates.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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. ...
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.
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 ...
Rolling in to Saint Louis We’re rolling in to Saint Louis and surrounding areas. I saw the arch for a brief moment, but we were in a no-stopping-zone so I couldn’t get a photo. We saw this brick church and stopped to photograph it. ...
Saint Louis is Getting Closer. After leaving the turkey tracks (which were on a side alignment), we came across Polly's Restaurant. It seems like Polly's is closed down.