We woke up early Friday morning, as Grandma had promised. I believe Grandma is the only early morning riser in the bunch. But we got to giggling over silly things, and pretty soon everyone was up and ready. We had breakfast at the motel breakfast buffet (included with room), good on the budget!! Then we hit the road!! We had a long haul ahead of us before we reached
, for the night. Tulsa, Oklahoma
There are a couple of Route 66 trails through
St. Louis. The original came across the Mississippi into
downtown and then headed southwest on Mackenzie/Chippewa, which became Watson Road. Watson
Road was absorbed into Interstate 44 for several
miles. A couple of historic places along
that early route are:
The first is the Coral Courts Motel, which is now totally demolished and replaced by a small subdivision. It has the reputation of being one of the most famous motel courts all along Route 66, and it is sad that it is gone.
The next famous spot is Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, still going strong, having originated around 1941. Customer lines run out into the streets, but they go fast. We did not use that route on our trip out of town. Instead, we took the second option.
We had entered into
on Thursday on the northern I-270 loop, stopping at our son’s place, and then
going to Chesterfield
for our motel. When we left the motel on
Friday morning, we headed down to Manchester
Road (also known as Hwy 100) and took it west to
Gray Summit. This is where the original
route and the later route met. We planned
to take the early Route 66 on our return trip.
We will also be stopping back in Gray Summit on our trip home to visit
First stop for us on this Friday morning driving southwest across Missouri was the town of Cuba, also known as “Mural City”, boasting of over one dozen outdoor artworks on buildings throughout town. Both Granddaughters joined me, as well as our son, in snapping pictures:
This is a restored Phillips 66 gasoline station – isn’t it cute!!
Well, Miss Holly (the van) is waiting on us, time to go! Because just ahead is:
We stayed on Route 66 to the next town of
Fanning, where we had our first “Giant
Alert!”…the world’s largest rocker, which is 40 feet tall. Every year there is a Race to the Rocker,
to Fanning, a four mile run. This just
took place at the end of March this year.
The U.S. 66 Outpost and General Store was interesting enough that we stopped on our way west, and again on our way back home.
Here’s a good example of Route 66 coming to an abrupt halt, and the interstate taking over…Route 66 was absorbed into Interstate 44.
We took turns driving the interstate and driving the
Mother Road. This was part of the preplanning I did, to
know when it was a good time to be on Route 66.
If we did the trip over, we could cover a lot more of the road than we
did on this trip. But we were under time
restrictions. I think a person needs at least a month to truly enjoy Route 66,
and that’s just one way!
We hopped on to the interstate at Dillon and drove to the exit for Waynesville. Here we had two Giant Alerts! One is obviously a bowling pin, and the other is a rock formation that someone had painted to make it look like a frog. They did a great job!!
My goal was to be in
before noon to stop and
visit some friends of ours…a former pastor and wife. They have a ten acre ranch I wanted to see,
and I knew the girls would enjoy their pets…dogs and bunnies. We ate our “Granny Jar” “snack alert” lunch
just before going to their place. That
particular snack alert card had “deli sandwich or p&j sandwich”, so that
worked out well!! Therefore we didn’t
stop for lunch at a fast food place, and we had breakfast at the motel, so that
left us the daily food budget money for our evening meal. Lebanon,
It was time to head on down the road to
We chose not to spend much time in Springfield on this trip, but we did
hop off the interstate at this point and drove quite a lengthy stretch of Route
66 from Halltown to Joplin, and on into the third state along the Route 66
historical road…Kansas. However, that
will be shared in my next segment, Day 2, Part B. Y’all come back now, ya hear?