Day 4

Trip Start Mar 07, 2009
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Trip End Apr 17, 2009


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Skyliner Motel

Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ok, well, day four down. This one was a lot of fun. We started out in Springfield, MO. Since it's world headquarters for Outdoor World we figured we may as well stop and take a look. The place is ginormous. I thought the one back home was big...no comparison. From there we started to hit all the little towns on what used to be Route 66. The route doesn't really exist anymore, so half the challenge is figuring out what state road to take that used to be the route. There's a sign every now and again that tells you you're on the "Historic Route 66", but they are pretty sparse and sometimes confusing. Anyways...we decided to hit a few classic places today. We drove through mostly cow country, lots of farms, but we eventually rolled through Carthage, MO. I had to stop and take some pictures. It was weird how similar it was to Hartford City, IN. The court house looks different for sure, but still an amazing downtown area that seemed vibrant. Very much the way I remember Hartford as a kid.  Next, it was onto Baxter Springs, KS. There's a little diner there called Cafe on the Route. Ok, so if you haven't figured it out by now, we're both foodies. So, we want to go to some of the classic places for old nostalgic food. The diner was fun. I personally loved the Tobacco Onions (pictured). The rest of the food was ok, not my favorite, but we both agreed it was fun to re-live some history. The next stop was the tallest totem pole in the world in Foyil, OK. It's very weird and cool. Check out the video. Next up, it was time for dessert. We got a got a guide book out for this one. Hammet House in Claremont, OK (home of Will Rogers) was awesome. Again check the video :-) Then we had one more we wanted to slide in, but it was getting pretty late and I wasn't sure it was worth stopping until we saw it. The Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK was very cool. It was a water slide back in the day, but now it's just a picnic area where people can hang out on it. So, deliciously campy. We decided we wanted to stay at least one night in an old school roadside motel for this trip and Stroud, OK seemed like a pretty good option. We read a very good review for the Skyliner Motel and decided to give it a shot. It's pretty cool. It's best one of these I've ever stayed in. Ok, well I think that's all for today. More from the road tomorrow. :-)

Curt
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