I know I have posted about Route 66 before, but here goes again.
We were in Oklahoma recently for this reason:
One day, we traveled down to just north of Oklahoma City and headed East on Route 66. Our first stop was in Arcadia at “POPS”. This is a gas station, restaurant and pop museum on the outskirts of town.
All these bottles on the walls of this gas station/restaurant are different kinds of pop bottles.
We happened to be there on a Tuesday, which is half price burger day, so we had burgers.
Mine was the grilled onion burger.
I really enjoyed the burger and thought it was one of the better ones I have had. Larry said it was OK, but nothing special. We both agreed the fries were some of the worst we have ever had.
In the parking lot was this restored old pickup truck. I just thought it was really neat to be driving the road in this old car.
Next stop, just down the road, was the round barn.
From what I was told, the reason for the round barn was that people believed that a tornado would not destroy a round barn. And Oklahoma is certainly in tornado alley!
Here is a picture of the road.
Can you imagine back in the 1900’s when this was the major road between Chicago and California. It was called the “mother road”. A lot of history along the way!. We stopped at a Route 66 Museum in Clinton OK along the way.
One of the highlights of this museum was a slide show about a young man who had driven the road back in the 60’s and then drove it again in the early 2000’s. He stopped the same places and took updated pictures (that were in the slide show).
One place we stopped, but did not go in was “The Rock” café. If you remember the Disney movie “CARS”, you will be interested to know that the Corvette in that movie is based on the owner of the café.
The rocks that are the building materials for this café came from the excavation for the original route 66 road.
All along the road are small “Tourist Cabins”, that people used to stay in as they traveled this road. Some are still in operation, some are closed. It is good to get off the freeway sometimes and explore the side roads where history happened. To feel what it was like to take the road at a slower pace. Where the trip was just as exciting as the destination.
We have purchased a couple of books about the road, and hope to travel more of it in the future.