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.
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