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Our 2017 Route 66 Tour was a major success. Check often for updates.

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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    • Topaz Labs

      Topaz Labs provided us with software for processin...

      2017.10.13, Friday
    • 5 Days

      Only 5 days left.  Paul and I are excited.  I've...

      2017.08.31, Thursday
    • 34 Days

      34 days and I breakout the road trip music.  Vari...

      2017.08.02, Wednesday
    • Stan Kenton

      I grew up on Stan Kenton. I'll start today's post ...

      2016.10.10, Monday


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 4 – Rolling in to Saint Louis

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.  ...

Day 4 – Saint Louis Getting Closer

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.

Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis Continued

Traveling to Saint Louis continued, we leave the cobblestone highway and we come upon this...

Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

Let's make this clear.  There are two Springfields on Route 66 -- Illinois and Missouri.  We're leaving the one in Illinois heading to Saint Louis, Missouri.  Before we head out we are going to go to Lincoln's Tomb.

Day 3 – Lincoln to Springfield

We're still on Day 3 in this recap as we drive from Lincoln to Springfield.  Illinois is definitely the land of Lincoln.  You can't go anywhere without seeing some reference to Abraham Lincoln.

Day 3 – Beyond Normal

Beyond Normal As we head southwest, beyond Normal, Illinois, we continue to find interesting things and people. Coming from Western New York where maple syrup is a staple food, it was fun to see a sugar house on Route 66.  Funks Grove is best ...

Topaz Labs

Topaz Labs provided us with software for processing our images on our Route 66 Tour.  My hope was to process these images as we went along, however I didn't realize how little time we would have.  We rushed to finish in 30 days.

Day 3 – Waking Up Normal

Waking up Normal is not something I normally do. Normally, I get up, read my scriptures, shave, shower and... well... you know the routine.  I do not look forward to showering in this disgusting Motel 6 bathroom.  It's so bad I will not ...

Day 2 – Going to Normal

This is a continuation of day 2 as we're going to Normal.  Today I kept thinking about the scene in Young Doctor Frankenstein when Doctor Frankenstein asks Igor about the brain Igor brought him.   "Abby... Abby Normal."

Day 2 – Joliet Illinois

Today's recap starts in Joliet Illinois, which is just south of Chicago.  It is host to a very nice museum.  It is also home to Route 66 Soda.  Yes, they make Route 66 Beer (a play on words - it's root beer).