Route66 Rail Haven Motel, Springfield MOMay 20 in the United States
Started in Missouri, crossed a short corner of Kansas and then half of Oklahoma. Last night and tonight stayed in motels.
Started in Missouri, crossed a short corner of Kansas and then half of Oklahoma. Last night and tonight stayed in motels.
Kristia suggested we head to Branson Missouri for the day. It is a 2 hour drive to the neighboring state, which is a town full of lots of very different activities. It's like a holiday town, very touristy with lots to do. The kids got to miss school today and kristias
Our original idea was to go and see Dolly Parton's Stampede dinner show but with the cost and timing it wasn't ideal for the kids. Instead we went to a pretty basic water park but the kids had a blast and it was only $15 a person. It had 2 water slides, a fast but short lazy river, a toddlers pool, a basketball pool, 2 hot tubs and a kids area to climb and water play.
We spent a few hours there after we had a lunch on the boardwalk and our entire party of all ages had fun. After being water logged we stayed in the same complex and the kids were able to choose one more activity. Charlotte and Brandon did glow in the dark mini golf, Isabelle did go karts, and maverick and Kristia did some zombie 3D game thing.
As it was another 2 hour drive back we had to have some dinner. Josh was over going out to dinner with the kids so we googled a park, got a pizza and enjoyed dinner at the park. The park was right next to a cute creek, so before we got back into the car we let Brandon and Inara play in the creek before we put PJs on.Read more
Martin Luther King stieg am 3. April 1968 in diesem Motel ab, um 1‘300 streikenden afroamerikanischen Kerrichtabfuhrleuten bei ihrem Arbeitskampf in Memphis zu helfen. Am gleichen Abend hielt er im Mason Temple von Memphis seine berühmte Rede „I‘ve Been to the Mountaintop“, die sich mit dem Streik befasste. Es sollte seine letzte Rede sein. Am Abend darauf wird er auf dem Balkon vor seinem Zimmer 306 von einem WC-Fenster einer Pension vis-à-vis aus erschossen. Der mutmassliche Täter: James Earl Ray. Dieser sollte nach zweimonatiger Flucht in London verhaftet werden. In der Folge gestand er die Tat, um somit ein strafminderndes Urteil zu erlangen. Wenig später widerrief er sein Geständnis und beteuerte bis zu seinem Tod im Jahre 1998 im Gefängnis seine Unschuld. Nun waren Tür und Tor für alle möglichen Verschwörungstheorien geöffnet.
Sounds familiar? Tatsächlich haben die ersten zwei der drei grossen amerikanischen Attentate in den Sechzigerjahren einige Ähnlichkeiten. Und auch an dieses Attentat kann ich mich erinnern, als es geschah. Und ich kann mich an die Fassungslosigkeit und Ohnmacht erinnern, die viele Menschen damals zum Ausdruck brachten. Und so wollte ich auch zu diesem Ort gehen, der heute, ähnlich wie das ehemalige Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, ein Museum geworden ist. Das ganze Motel wurde mit Ausnahme von zwei Zimmern völlig aushöhlt und beherbergt das National Civil Rights Museum, eine unheimlich reichhaltige Ausstellung, die die Geschichte der amerikanischen Menschenrechtsbewegung von Anfängen bis heute aufzeigt. Am Schluss des Rundganges kann man einen Blick ins Zimmer 306 werfen, wo King seine letzten Stunden verbrachte.
Das dritte Attentat: Am 5. Juni 1968 sollte der Bruder von John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, im Ambassador Hotel von Los Angeles erschossen werden. Er hatte soeben die demokratischen Primaries in Kalifornien gewonnen und hatte gute Chancen, den anderen Kandidaten, Hubert H. Humphrey, den Vizepräsidenten unter Lyndon Johnson, zu besiegen. Humphrey sollte gegen Nixon verlieren, und der Rest ist Geschichte. Was wäre gewesen, wenn all diese Morde nicht geschehen wären? Es hat nicht sollen sein ...
Zu den Bildern: das Lorraine Motel; der Balkon, wo MLK erschossen wurde; Zimmer 306; mutmasslicher Ort der Schussabgabe auf King; Sicht des mutmasslichen Schützen auf das Motel.Read more
Back on the route, exiting St Louis around 3pm, we stopped at the route 66 famous Fresh Donuts shop and Ted Drewer's Custards. The latter serves frozen custard called "concretes" upside down to show its thickness. Is this where the Blizzard got his serving points? So so good. What I've loved the most about all these little shops along the route is they're locally owned, small shops that perfectly portray small town America.
State 66 State Park visitors center - Got a great map ! Also did my dishes of our morning's cereal in their washroom sinks. Glamorous life on the road.
Exposed mining tunnels
Meramec Caverns - So many things to say. We were warned the Meramac caverns were very touristy, and not as "rock" oriented as the other caves in the area, but when on route 66, let's do it ! The tour starts off showing off its large disco dance floor complete with a disco ball coming down from the ceiling. Remember, we're in a cavern. So a disco ball coming down from the ceiling means a wire bolted into the cavern's rock top. It was put there because the cave was and is privately owned, and it was used as the social hall for dances and gatherings of the young. The cave is so big, cars would drive in and park inside the front portion of the cave. They tell the story of Jesse James who evaded the police by finding a different way out then the massive front entrance. The guide took about 5 minutes describing the details of a Lassy episode which was shot in the cave. In that 5 minute description, there was a 1 minute blurb about Lassy having to spend the night in the cave. There was a fake movie set still in place out on the rock formations. In the hour long tour, he spoke about the rocks and stalagmites for a total of maybe 15 minutes. And what cavern tour would be complete without a 5 minute movie clip playing against the stalagmites depicting different "American" (said with enthusiasm and an accent) things, with Céline Dion belting out the National anthem in the back ground?
We had food, trying to waste time for sleep time. We planned on sleeping in the walmart parking lot, but opted for the truck across the street instead. Picture my mighty accent, in line with 18 wheelers. So cute.Read more
25 hrs on a double-decker Amtrak train from Chicago to Albuquerque...
Its a hot sunny day as we leave bustling Chicago. Massive Lions Club parade and convention going on so street's are full of costumed international participants. Out through the flat Midwest again, those endless fields of corn and wheat until we hit Fort Madison on the Mississipi river then the country gets hillier and more interesting with lots of forested areas. Still under blue blue skies with puffy white clouds. Where in Iowa now and the landscape returns to cornfields barns and silos but this time with more forests and rivers too.
It's another packed train because of the holidays and also full of noisy boy scouts. The headphones come in handy as I'm also in a carriage with noisy children. Tried to sneak into my sleeper carriage early as it was empty but the conductor caught me and sent me back to coach :-)
I do have it for 17hours though from Kansas City which we arrive at around 10pm. Looking forward to a sleeper cabin all to myself... I might actually get some sleep tonight.
As with the train from NYC there are a lot of Amish or Menonites aboard in thier distinctive older style outfits the women all in long blue dresses and white bonnets, the men with under-the-chin beards, wide brim hats, white shirts and braces. I guess trains are allowed in thier strange olde world no machines existence. I'm amazed at just how many of them there are here in the US among all the blue jeans and t-shirts.
Next stop Des Monies River, a tributary of the Mississipi before we cross the state line into Missouri and head for La Plata. No delays on the Southwest Chief so far, she's running like clockwork.
The sleeper cabin is pretty comfortable a day large enough for me to fit on the bed. Didn't sleep much with the train jumping around and the whistle constantly blowing but well rested non the less. Up at 6am and off to breakfast where I shared my table with 3 boy scouts. They are all off to Philmont for a big scouting Jamboree.
Breakfast pretty good too... Omelette, bacon, fries, salsa and guacamole.
Scenery is a mix of wheat fields and scrubland now as we approach the Kansas/Colorado state line. We also pass what I can only describe as a massive cow farm. Holding pens for stock movement?
Into Colorado now and the scrubland is getting dryer and browner. Some cows wandering around where once great herds of Bison roamed. Just passed the John Martin reservoir, the skeletal drowned bushes looking cool against the blue water. There's a large modern redbrick complex just beyond the lake, then we approach a place called Las Animas. Just outside town there is a large modern prison with hundreds of inmates visible beyond the barbed wire.
We follow the Arkansas River into La Junta where we get a break stop and I get a chance to stretch my legs. South and west of La Junta the landscape starts to change to pinnon clad mesas and gullys and the Rocky Mountains appear through the haze on the horizon. Next stop Trinidad, Colorado.
After Trinidad we climb slowly up through the Raton Pass following the old Santa Fe Trail and down into New Mexico to Raton. Stunning views on both sides of the pass. On the way back I will stay for a day in Raton and hope to get out and explore the Sugarite Canyon State Park.
Ahhh, New Mexico. This is what I came here for. Stunning landscapes that speak to my heart. I have always wanted to visit and now I'm here Yippee!Read more
The weeks zip by and we are nearing the end of our journey.
We travel North from the palm trees to the leafless oaks. December approaches. The days are short, the nights long and dark, the mornings crisp and clear. We drive toward the sunrise and we lose an hour, then regain 60 minutes, depending on our wandering path and the vagaries of time zones. In Arizona, the huge Navajo nation uses daylight savings time (like the rest of the State), but the small Hopi reservation (which is surrounded by Navajo) does not. While we are there, daylight savings time ends and even our cellphones display the wrong hour. Unlike Phileus Fogg in Around the World in Eighty Days, we have no deadline — but in 2017 it is impossible to be unaware of time.
I find myself wondering how things have changed in the time we have been away.
Time to go!Read more
Started the day by going to the top of the Gateway Arch before driving on down the road to Springfield MO.
Circle Inn Malt Shop
Wagon Wheel Motel
Missouri Hick Bar-B-Q
Shelley’s on Route 66 - Grabbed a quick coffee to go at this old school diner. They showed us that even coffees have abnormally large proportions in the states… Their pops here are like a litter big! Who drinks that much?
Murals - We stopped in front of the old publishing office to take a look at our first mural of Cuba. As we admired the painting a lady came out of the building and handed us a guide to all the murals in town. Now keep in mind, the town consists of one main street, going down about 5 blocks, with very few places of interest coming off to the side of this main street. Non the less, this guide explained all the murals, corner by corner, all 12 of them! Pretty much one at every corner, both directions,
Crawford County Historical Society Museum - We stumbled upon a tiny little museum during out mural walk, and like all things free, why not! A very passionate historian, also retired teacher, walked us through the museum. What we thought would be 5 minutes quickly turned into 1 hour. He chatted away about living in the 1800s, then early 1900s. A small little section on route 66 showed just how packed and busy town centers were back when route 66 was the only way to travel. Tunnels to cross the road safely were more common then you would think.
Tallest rocking chair - What’s there not to like about a ridiculously large rocking chair? Why did they build it? Why not. You can't really climb it. So you can't really sit in it. There's a huge gift shop next to it that's actually closed down. It was attached to an Archery thing which I would have loved but that was also closed down. Maybe that's for the best with Jack's clumsiness, I’d rather keep both eyes.
Somewhere on the highway - 4M Vine Yards - We stopped before noticing this was suggested by our guide book. It was advertised as a store to buy Concord grapes, and it turned into a small town experience! There was "antiques" for sell, which was pretty much the contents of a hoarder's garage with little trinkets of glass everywhere. There was a full wall of jellies, and to buy them you just address the 4 people sitting behind a wooden counter, chatting away. That's beyond the stuffed deer head above the counter of course.
Vacuum cleaner museum - I'm in heaven ! I've been looking forward to this museum for ever! I wanted a small town eclectic and nonsensical museum, but I actually learned! All because the museum curator was passionate about his vacuums! I learned all about how the first "electric suction sweeper" would plug into your light bulbs outlet (wall plugs were invented 10 years after the vacuum). This first hoover weighed about 60lbs and cost 75$ back when a brand new Ford cost 300$. He explained how back then, you often only had the one light bulb with electricity, that's why they made sure the first electric sweepers had their own head lights! I got a video of the hand crank vacuums that came before the electric. I had a blast reading all the old advertisements, incredible what they got away with in the 30s and 40s (see my Facebook picture album on this exhibits for amazing examples). Tom, our amazing curator, seemed a little on the gay side... And I really had to resist asking what it was like in Missouri to spend all day talking about vacuums and being gay... lol. That being said, this wonderful man shared our views on feminisms, and pointed out all the best offenses. You know a museum is done well when you go in hoping to laugh, and you come out fascinated by vacuums !
Mule Trading Post - The most eclectic gathering of souvenirs, random items and "antiques" that are pretty much whatever someone has in their garage out on a shelf.
Totem Pole Trading Post - Another one of the same concept stores along 66, still mostly have the same stuff, "antiques" that fill shelves with dusty glass trinkets and route 66 memorabilia. Think same as Mule Trading Post, with the addition of fireworks in this one!
A modeled Stonehenge at the School of Mines - It was a university's art piece of some kind... Jack wanted to stop because of her interest in the original Stonehenge, but quickly lost interest because "it doesn't have the spirituality".
Devil's Elbow bridge - basically a really pretty bridge in nature. The best part, and probably one of my favorite and most uncomfortable moments yet, was the Elbow Inn Bar & BBQ pit. Grungy looking wooden bar in the middle of no where. You walk in, and you've suddenly entered a biker bar with what is clearly regulars drinking together at the bar. You don't know if you're going to get beat up or made fun of... Jack being Jack, walked right up to the regulars and said "hi yall" as I sat quietly at the first chair I saw away from the regulars. There's hundreds of bras hanging from the ceiling, stickers all over the walls, an impressive amount of RIP photos and info about what seemed to be all young bikers. It took all of 2 minutes within our arrival for who we found out was the owner of the place to ask to see Jack's beastises. Yep, 2 minutes and this tall, massive (in every direction), leather wearing dirty looking man asked Jack if he could have her bra or have her prove she doesn't have one. And my discomfort starts. This bar was an experience of it's own. The waitress later came around with our food (side note - absolutely amazing pulled pork sandwich that even the vegetarian devoured) and said "try not to worry about those idiots, they mean no harm". As we leave, one man points out I have yet to say a word, asked if I was scared, I responded "I just don't say much". Haha, terrified would have been my honest answer.
Hooker's Cut - I enjoy the name. Basically, back in the building route 66 days, this was a super impressive place because of the amount of rock they had to cut through to build the route. I guess back then it was super impressive, today it was just pretty.
The only road side park in Missouri - Jack was driving, looked away for a second and missed it. I think it may have been 40 feet long along the road, with a single park bench. The other states have had plenty, so this was confusing.
Old motels signs
Uranus, MO - I have not clue if this is an actual town, or just what they called this shopping plaza, but it was a massive Plaza with burlesque, strippers, tattoos and a gun shop. The best part - across the street was a bulletin board saying "pornography pollutes body, soul, mind" by the Pulaski Christian Ministerial Alliance. Coincidence?
Frog's rock - painted rock on top of a hill along the highway, couldn't stop.
Square around Pulaski County museum in the old Court House - shops, cute store fronts, most memorable thing was a little sign in a store window stating "Warning Protected by (insect picture of a gun), We don't call 911", ˋMERICA.
Munger Moss Hotel - Cool sign in the front with towns and their distances, midpoint cafe (at the midpoint, duh) is 645 miles away. My first Gemini giant, now 406 miles behind us.
Starlight lanes bowling alley
Laclede County Museum and Route 66 museum - For some reason, every tourist info center have suggested this museum to us, it's housed in the county library. It was the size of a volleyball court I would say. The whole thing. With about 5 displays, and not the most interesting ones either... We've seen such better museums, this just confused us. Completed of course by an extensive salt and pepper shaker collection which would put my mother's to shame.
Redmon's Travel Center - Didn't stop, advertised "The World's Largest Gift Store". I don't know how proud I would be of that... It seems like every town has a "world's largest" or "world's best". Who regulates these?
Storefronts on both sides - Our guide book actually says this place made the Guinness Book of World Record for being the only town "with 2 main streets and no back alleys". It was said that they created an entrance on the back side of their stores when route 66 was built behind, as to attract the business from their locals and traveller's along 66. I was expecting super cute, long strip of shops. I got 3 buildings with maybe 2 of them still open with doors fronts on both streets. Disappointed isn't the right word, mostly sad how they advertise this town with such great emphasis on their two sides stores, but non exist anymore... Much of route 66 has been a game of imaging what once was...
Steak and shake with curb side service - I thought this meant they would deliver to our car, but I was wrong, My lazy self was very excited at this possibility but it turns out they're only referring to their order window you can walk up to. Pfft, walking.
Gellioz Theatre - Pretty, old, but closed.
Shrine Mosque - Very ornamental, we'll painted, worth dropping by to stair at...
The Rest Haven Court
Route 66 Rail Haven
We ended the evening having melted cheese and local beer at a great little bar, sitting on amazingly comfy couches.
To catch up a bit of time, since we've been feeling like progress in distance has been a little slow, we drove out to Carthage after dark (which we try to avoid since you can't see anything along the way) to spend the night at a truck stop. Luxury!
Side note - It's been getting easier to find truck stops or Walmart in which we can legally spend the night in our car thanks to my wonderful app RV Parky. Jack couldn't care less about parking legally, but she let's me do my thing because she knows I sleep that much better when I'm not worried about getting caught or woken up in the middle of the night by a flashlight hitting the car window.Read more
Walked from the Old Courthouse to the North entrance of the Arch, boy was it hot, glad to get through security to the air conditioned visitor centre. The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot (192 m) monument. Clad in stainless steel and built in 1965 it is an inverted, weighted catenary arch, it is the world's tallest arch and tallest man-made structure in the Western Hemisphere. A tram takes us to the top, pods of 5 people squashed in and a 4 min ride. Views from the top are breathtaking, the city one side & the Mississippi River and our RV park behind the Casino Queen on the other.Read more
Impressive building, now a museum where Former slave Dred Scott sued for freedom in 1846.
Exhibits include the story of the settlement of Early St. Louis (1764-1804), depicting the unique lifestyle of the original French residents and their American Indian trading partners. The second gallery, called Exploring the West (1804-1840), tells the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the American period of the fur trade and the mountainmen. The third gallery is entitled Clash of Cultures (1840-1890), and describes the way of life of plains Indian tribes, the pioneer movement and settlement of the far west, and the treatment of American Indians from the reservation era to today.Read more
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