Missouri

20 July, 2010
Rat Fink

The tile floor at the entrance to the 66 museum in Lebanon
Flying down the interstate today. We want to reach BoomR’s house as quickly as we can, YaaAAaaAAy
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But yesterday, we avoided the expressway almost completely and stayed on the Old Road. And while we saw some delightful stops along the way, the commercial devastation caused by the advent of the interstate highway was impossible to miss. Some of the little towns we drove through had just dried up, with abandoned remnants of better days standing guard over the two-lane road that once was the signature thoroughfare between Illinois and California.

Some out-of-the-way places have really capitalized on tourism, however, and seem to do really well. For those of you not on Facebook, one of my favorite stops was the World’s Largest Rocking Chair in Fanning, MO, where we spent some time at the Trading Post and did some shopping.

We drove through Cuba and saw another Route 66 classic — the Wagon Wheel Motel. Built in the 1930s, it embodies the old-style “motor court” establishment, with stone cottages built from pieces of Ozark mountain rock.

Likely the original neon sign

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Quaint stone cabins lined up in a semicircle

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Great day, full of fantastic memories, with a comfortable night in the “Route 66 Room” at the world famous Munger Moss Motel. I’m uploading most of my pictures to Facebook, and if you don’t do the FB thing, email me and I’ll send you a public link to them. Fun stuff.

Speaking of fun…writing the blog in the car is just that. Having family and fiends to share it with: amazing.

Fink (and the Thriller), Dallas bound

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Mavis
Mavis
20 July, 2010 8:51 am

I love the stone cabins! Have a KuKu Burger for me today! And yes, it’s another place I could probably run. ;0) Give BoomR a big hug from Mavis!

Love you both and safe travel!

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Greg
Greg
20 July, 2010 1:45 pm

Looks really like some interesting stuff along the way—almost like regressing in time!I admire the determination it took for you both to make this trip. I don’t think I’d have the patience to do all that driving on my own–I’d probably just fly over Rt. 66 and be in LA fairly quickly (and less tiring too). Continue to enjoy!!

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Greg
Greg
21 July, 2010 2:27 pm
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I’ll bet you both would enjoy New England/Canada–nice country and usually not stinking hot like it is here. French Canada is attractive though the people tend to be a little stand-offish! Too bad you can’t drive to Bermuda–the people there are great!!

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