Distance travelled 140 miles. Time on the road nearly 6.5 hours.
We have just managed to beat the thunderstorms to tonight’s motel, the iconic Wagon Wheel in Cuba. We stayed ahead of them all day, spurred on by descriptions of “severe storms” and “golf ball hail”, but it literally started just after we pulled up outside our cabin and as we started to unload the car. Heavy rain, thunder and lightening, and I am drafting this in Word because the internet connection is already down! One quick picture of the cabin, with more to follow tomorrow – if the weather improves so that we can take some:
Last night our hotel in Springfield MO (I keep saying Springfield MO because next week we are in Springfield IL) could well have been right in the middle of the Street Rod show. Ours was one of the few normal cars in the carpark overnight, and when we went across to the nearby Cracker Barrel for Dinner (Mel – we pretended you were with us. Hope you felt the Love!) the place was full of Show participants in their fancy T Shirts which put my grey “Standing on The Corner in Winslow, Arizona” one into the shade. Springfield MO is where Route 66 has its roots, and the hotel had a nice clock in the lobby:
When we got outside to load our car, one of the few remaining Show cars from the night before, was this tiny thing:
Pauline took this one just to illustrate how closely the modern Interstates sometimes follow the old Route 66 highway. A couple of minutes later our road veered off into the countryside.
Phillipsburg. We never went in!
Stark City. Freshly repainted by the look of it. Quite a few barns along Route 66 advertising these Caverns, which we will be visiting tomorrow. Despite their new appearance they date back to the 1930’s. Apparently, new Barn Murals are not allowed, but the law allows old ones to be preserved.
Lebanon. You know you are in a town that appreciates its Route 66 heritage when you see something like this on the way in:
A Veterans’ Memorial:
Finally, an old Motel. We were beginning to wonder whether we would see any:
Immediately over the road from the iconic Munger Moss Motel. Beautifully preserved and still working:
In the middle of nowhere:
Waynesville. The famous Frog Rock:
Pulaski County . Devil’s Elbow Railway Bridge:
and the road bridge over the Big Piney River:
Devil’s Elbow Inn:
Newburg. Vernelle’s Motel on a very old alignment that runs parallel to a newer road. Disused and someone has, less than helpfully, blocked off the road:
When we saw that the old alignment was blocked off at Vernelle’s Motel, we thought that we would have to give John’s Modern Cabins a miss. However, about 100 yards further along, there is a car width track leading across to the old alignment, right alongside of the old cabins which are falling to pieces now. Lots of mosquitoes!
!!!! The middle of America and we come across a half-sized model of Stonehenge… It was carved by the University of Missouri’s Water Jet Lab to demonstrate the power of their equipment and, apparently, when used as a clock it is accurate to within 15 seconds. :
An original Mule Trading Post:
Transporting new lorries American style:
St James. An old gas station. One of very few that we have seen today. In some States we saw dozens every hour:
Fanning. Pauline had cunningly worn a top that complemented the chair. If you look really closely, the local Top Cat Chapter are all snoozing on the left hand rocker:
Storm is still well underway outside,..