Route 66

Day 7

First stop of the day, Whitehall Mercantile. This store was built at the turn of the century. Plenty of old items that you don’t see anymore. While I’m looking around, a lady ask if I want to make 5 bucks. Hmmmm, I guess. She wants me to help move a headboard from upstairs for her. I usually l have to do this stuff for Sandy and don’t get paid a dime.
Talk to a couple guys that pull up on bikes. A VStrom and a BMW. The BMW rider ask where we’re from and says he is from Ontario and is riding for 3 months.
We ride down the road and before I get in 5th gear, there’s an old gas station on the side of the road. More pics and we are off again. There were a group of cars, some classic, that was running the route today also.
The Historic Route 66 is mixed in with the regular roads. You will be riding along and a sign will point for you to turn. You are now on part of the original road. It may be smooth, but mostly it is very rough. You will wind around for maybe a mile or 2, then you are back on the main road, a half mile from where you turned off. This is great if you want to ride the original road, but not good on making time.
As we turn on one of these side roads I wonder if this will just wind back into the main road and not have anything on the segment. This time there was an old bridge and a rock gas station that was being restored on the inside.
I noticed a flying wagon at a station. I pull in to top off and take some pics.
I Carthage we look for murals, but don’t find anything. The courthouse was very nice. We took a video, but I don’t think it recorded. I did take a shot of the dome from the Boots Motel.
Down the road is an old rock filling station.
In Webb City one of the old stations has been converted into a visitor center.
Route 66 only covers about 13 miles in Kansas. As we hit the state line we are looking for lunch. We stop at 4 Women on the Route. Sandy goes in and there’s nothing to eat. We take a few pics. At this location is the tow truck that inspired Mater in Cars.
Keep going looking for food and see the rainbow bridge. The last of the Marsh Arch bridges. Even though they built a new bridge to bypass the old rainbow, you can still drive across the rainbow bridge.
Next is Baxter Springs, we pass an old service station to hunt for food. Bingo, Café on the Route. We have a great meal and I head back to the missed station.
As you enter Oklahoma, there is the option to ride on the 9 foot road. The road was only 9 feet wide. Now it is mostly covered with gravel and is 20 feet wide. You can still see the 9 foot road in several places.
Next up is Mickey Mantle’s home town, Commerce. Pics of him and the stadium named after him.
Just before Catoosa, is the big blue whale. This was once a swimming hole, but is now just a park.
We make it to Tulsa for the night. I drop Sandy off to check in and I head off to buy a new laptop. Seems my 10 year old Dell, just couldn’t take the strain of the trip.

Day 7