Spring Break 2012 Route 66 Road Trip
Day 1 –
to St. Louis, MO
“Are you ready, Guys, to get your kicks on Route 66?”
Oh, yes, we were ready to leave
Michigan on our Spring
Break Road Trip down Route 66. Miss
Holly, the van, was packed, and we were looking forward to being with our
family for about ten days. As we started
out on our journey, we needed to make our first stop at Doggie Camp and leave
our two buddies behind for a few days.
They are always happy to go to Doggie Camp…they know their place, and
they head that direction without even looking back at us!!
Route 66 actually started in
about the place where the Art Museum is now located. However, we did not plan to start our Mother
Road Trip until Chicago, Illinois , where we would pick up our son and
granddaughters. We will have to do the St. Louis, Missouri Illinois part of Route
66 another time, which gives us something to look forward to!
We basically drove down Interstate 55 from
to St. Louis, but as we crossed the Mississippi River, we went across on the I-270 bridge
which took us along side of the Chain of Rocks Bridge, one of the original
routes across the river. It was opened
in 1929 and closed in the late 1960’s.
Today it is billed as the “world’s largest bicycle and pedestrian
bridge.” Notice how the bridge turns in
the center…interesting design. Also,
notice how narrow it was. It would have been
a scary bridge to cross, I think.
After we arrived at our son’s house, we soon loaded their luggage in the van and headed out on our Spring Break excursion. We didn’t go far that night…just to
a few miles from his house. We wanted to
stay in a motel where the girls could go swimming. Turns out the motel was booked solid, mostly with
sports competition students, and the pool was way too crowded for us. We had a nice evening meal at Red Lobster, since we had not spent very much on our meals during the day, just
the two of us. Remember, $50 a day for
five people, with our son picking up the excess. We slept good that night…we
needed it for the trip ahead of us. Chesterfield, Missouri
The next segment will be about our trip through
Missouri following Route
66, Day #2. It was a very busy day…lots
of stops, but with a destination of by nightfall. Check back! Tulsa,