June 2014 Road Trip!
Historic US Route 66 with my daughter, Christy
Here We Go!
Thursday, June 26
Leaving Decatur AL, 6:31 am CDT
In eastern Arkansas this quickly became a
blinding rain - 30 mph tops for 1/2 hour.
5:15 pm: Waiting in the "Cell Phone"
lot at OKC airport for Christy's (1 hr delayed) flight from SFO.
About an hour later, our first taste of Old Route
The next guide book recommendation was the
Dairy Best, a classic drive-in.
Great food and atmosphere! My fried bologna
By 9:00 pm CDT:
Art Deco Conoco Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe
Much to our surprise there was a live band at
The band sounded pretty lame and we had already had dinner,
so we enjoyed a couple
beers at Big Vern's across the street,
Leaving Vern's, the entertainment across
was done, so we got these photo ops.
Friday, June 27
Checked out of the Sleep inn.
The view as I pumped gas.
Conoco station in daylight
I was here before with Sandy:
And here is the CARS movie version
Just one of many relics of the old Mother Road.
We almost missed this one, the first of many
Restored, iconic Phillips 66 station
The post office: get your stamps and beer
No comment necessary
Spectacular (if WINDY) scenery at the
rest area/information center. Windblown selfie!
The "Leaning Tower" was deliberate;
left rear foot is a couple feet in the air!
Largest cross in USA: 190'
The Big Texan
Home of the "Free 72 oz Steak"
- if you can eat the whole thing in 60 minutes!
At the turn off I-40
Note abundance of empty spray cans - graffiti
Evidently a lot of rain recently!
The gnome gets his turn, with help from the
empties to stay above the mud!
The Vette out at the entrance
From the Pixar movie "Cars"
The midpoint of Historic Rt. 66
10:00 am MDT
The Blue Swallow Motel
Each unit has its own garage!
And the next stop is in sight!
(or is it TEPEE
CURIOS?) A tour bus of Brits was just unloading!
I had to buy this:
1998: Sandy & sister Peggy in Glenn's
owner's George Barris-built T-bucket!
3:45 pm MST
The Wigwam Motel
Remind you of anything? Again, from "Cars"
Geronimo's Trading Post
Famous for petrified wood from nearby Petrified
Forest National Park.
"Standin' on the corner..."
Dinner and GREAT beer!
10:54 am PDT
Yeah, some welcome!
Santa Monica Pier: Route 66 - the end of the
Mother Road! Unfortunately, a drive-by: it was so crowded that vehicles were
banned at that time.
The pier from a lookout down the road...
Oh well, it's been fun!
Then it was off to LAX for Christy's return
flight to SFO.
What a memorable trip; Thanks, Christy, for making it so!
From here I moved on to Burbank for the night. The Highway Earth show (in Franklin Canyon, Beverly Hills) was the next morning.