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Published: July 10th 2012
Oklahoma City KOA
Our shady spot at the OKC KOA
I seems no matter how well we prepare, we never leave any earlier than 10 AM. Today we left Oklahoma city heading east and north through the rest of Oklahoma, a small bit of Kansas, and in to Joplin, Missouri.
Our first stop today was Pops, a new addition to Route 66. It's a modern tourist trap boasting over 500 type of soda and has a 66 foot tall neon soda bottle out front. We all picked out some flavors to try. Michelle grabbed a lemonade, tony another root beer and Anne choose a Shirley Temple flavor as well as an original recipie Dr. Pepper.
Not too far down the road was a sight from a differnt century, the largest Round Barn in Oklahoma. It has been lovinly restored by the local farmers and now houses a collection of local artifacts and some really great historians. We had a lot of fun listening to one of them tell about the area and the barn.
Further down the road we stopped at the Rock Cafe for lunch. This is a classic cafe that was reopened in the 90's by a woman who had plans to open a restaurant in
Water pointing directly at the electrical does not seem like a good idea to me.
the islands but instead got talked into taking over this one. It was one of the stops the PIXAR team made when researching Route 66 for Cars and the owner is the inspiration for the caracter of Sally. While we were there, one of those sudden midwest storms broke. It only lasted 5 minutes but it rained really heavily for those 5 minutes.
Or next stop was the Blue Whale. An old swimming hole and picknic spot that has a dock out to the middle of the pond that looks like a whale. You could slide into the water from the side or jump off it's tail. There was also an ark that was falling down that used to house a menagerie.
Just before the state line we stopped at a park that had some really tall concrete totem poles built in the early 40s. The area native americans are not known for making Totem poles, it was just one man's contirbution to the local folk art.
We passed through the state line on an old alignment of Route 66 into Kansas, sampled 3 towns and then headed into Joplin, MO. At the KOA Michelle got a
Pops on Route 66
A bit more impressive at night
chance to feed some really tame ducks and some REALLY big catfish.
Tomorrow is another long drive to Pacific, MO near Saint Louis.
Tony's Trailering Tip - When traveling Route 66, the milage that google tells you is much less that the distance you will really travel.
Michelle's Musings - Fizzy drinks are actually pretty good.
Anne's Annecdotes - Clarity is the most important quality in a navigator.
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