This was to be our last day of real exploratory travel of Route 66... and a little bittersweet. We'd had such a great time thus far, and were sad that we wouldn't be able to finish it as we'd hoped.
We left out of Tulsa and into Chelsea, OK where we visited the Totem Pole Park.
And found this little gem before leaving town. It's the Pryor Creek Bridge, also in Chelsea.
drove the length of Rt. 66 that they dub the Sidewalk Highway that runs
from Afton to Miami, OK - it's called this because when it was
constructed, they only paved a 9' wide section... passable for 1 car
"Merry Christmas, movie house!" The old Coleman Theater.
found another old restored service station in Commerce, OK... only this
one had turned into a gift shop as well... although it was closed when
we got there.
Across the street we found the Dairy King restaurant... complete with homemade Rt. 66 sign-shaped cookies.
really only a few miles worth of The Road that passes through Kansas,
but we still stopped and saw a couple of neat things. The first was the
Rainbow Curve Bridge in Riverton, KS.
then into Galena, KS... where the real tow truck that was the
inspiration for Tow-Mater from Disney's "Cars" movies can be found.
passed into Missouri and didn't stop too much until we reached Lebanon,
MO... it was nearing dark. We had missed a lot of the old neon signs
lit up at night during the duration of the trip, simply because we were
in the wrong places at the wrong time. But finally, we spotted one.
That was it. Lebanon is where we called it off. We had one whole day now to drive the interstate back to Chicago.