Fort Madison to Joplin

Trip Start Feb 08, 2009
Trip End Feb 20, 2009

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Monday, February 9, 2009

We're on the road at last!  

Our 2009 LA Pen Show Adventure started off this morning traveling through the rolling hills of southern Iowa.  Quaint little towns -  playful calves in fields - the leaning Pulaski school - Milton Cheese - The Villages of  Van Buren - Bloomfield birthplace of WA Sheaffer.  Pleasant early morning drive.

Turning south toward Missouri, we are reminded that this is Amish country and encounter not just one or two horse drawn buggies, but a whole parking area at a farm filled with probably 20 or more horses and buggies.  Outstanding to see.  

Rolling on southward into Missouri, a pit stop in Queen City at Casey's for donuts - Casey's is the Iowa equivalent of 7-11 or whatever gas/convenience store is in your area.  Aside from the usual stuff all convenience stores have, they make fresh donuts, worth stopping for!   More cute old towns along the route including Millard which just happens to be my Mom's maiden name, no connection though.

We usually have good luck finding some things at the antique malls and shops in Missouri, lots to choose from.  And indeed we did find a few things today at our first stop south of Kirksville.  We made several other pen hunting stops throughout the day, also found some of our faves are now gone, out of business, what a shame.

We picked up Route 66 in Lebanon, MO.  Attempted to go to the fairly new Route 66 Museum there, but alas it is closed on Sundays.   We've heard good things about this museum, so if the timing is right, we'll try on the return trip.

Totally unexplainable, but it's always a good feeling to be back on Route 66 and today was no exception.  We have traveled this stretch in it's entirety from west to east before, it's amazing how the perspective changes driving it east to west, saw things we didn't remember from previous trips.  We did a lot of criss crossing of I-44 in order to stay on Route 66 and off of the interstate, passing through Phillipsburg, Conway, Sampson, Niangua, Marshfield and we  Blew thru Plew!  Honest, Plew was the town name!   As we neared Springfield, we opted for the 1936 Route 66 alignment through town, hadn't tried this before, glad we did because we saw some great achitecture including a Route 66 landmark, the Rest Haven Motor Court.   Thus far no wrong turns, but in Carthage we  took the grand tour due to missing a turn, bound to happen a few times.  Scenic routes, even if by chance are almost always fun.

So far, so good, nice to be on the open road!

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