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We ran in to another walker this morning. This guy is 79 and walking the full Route 66. He expects to complete his walk around Thanksgiving time. His name is Sonny.
Sonny brightened our day. He has walked nearly every major path in the USA. He walked the Lewis and Clark Trail east to west and then turned around later and walked form west to east. Pacific Coast Trail? Of course, and many more.
After leaving Sonny just outside Elk City, Oklahoma, we ran in to a couple of ladies from Scotland riding motorcycles across the U.S.A. on Route 66 – Rachael and Katrina. We not only ran in to them at a Route 66 Museum, but then again at Slug Bug Ranch, and again at dinner tonight.
Last Night’s Stay
Our stay last night was courtesy the Econo Lodge in Elk City, Oklahoma. Connected to the hotel is a small dinner. We decided to walk across the lobby for dinner. The food was great, and the place was BUSY!
This morning, breakfast was included with our room, so we ate at the diner again. The biscuits and sausage gravy was the best I’d ever tasted. It must be that southern touch. Again, they were busy and PACKED.
Goodbye to Oklahoma
Western Oklahoma is pretty desolate and depressed. Many of the towns along Route 66 look like Ghost Towns already (and are close to it). It’s sad people are moving to big cities and metropolis areas. There’s a lot of pretty country out there where one could live cheaply.
It was funny. There was a Welcome to Texas sign, but no “Leaving Oklahoma” sign. On the other side of the road, there was no Welcome to Oklahoma sign either. Later, there was another Welcome to Texas sign. We decided it must be no-man’s territory.
Here’s a gallery of images from Texas from Texola to Amarillo…
Paul and I have a great presentation about our findings on Route 66 and how they relate to photographers. We’d love to come to your PPA Affiliate to present our show.
Thank you Bay Photo. We continue to give out sample cards. Thank you Republic Wireless. The service is working great. And, a special thank you to Econo Lodge for the room last night.