Days Seven thru Ten, brought us thru MIssouri and Kansas. Kansas has the shortest miles of Route 66 at just 13 miles.
We stayed at Pin Oak Creek RV in Villa Ridge, Mo. $41.00 night, with no discounts.
Meramec Caverns-in Stanton, was a fun stop. The caverns are advertised on many barns along the way. This was a hideout for Jesse James.
Wagon Wheel Motel-in Cuba, is the oldest continually operating Motel on Route 66
Route 66 Outpost-in Fanning, had the worlds largest Rocking Chair until 2016
World famous Mobil “Pegasus” mascot-along with the Old Mule Trading Post,
Both in Rolla.
We found Purina Farms in Gray Summit, not on Route 66, but has free admission and parking. They put on a dog show daily and walk around the grounds and see animals.
Afterwords we wanted to try Ted Drewes in St Louis, which has been there since 1930.
Day nine we left St Louis area, as we hadn’t planned well and were unable to find camping, due to the Solar Eclipse. So west we go, passing the Uranus Fudge Factory in Saint Robert, and yes we had to get some fudge.
Munger Moss Motel-(one of the most distinctive landmarks on 66)-Lebanon
Stayed at Camp Mi Casa in Carthage, simple park but very nice and Stephanie the owner is so nice. $20.00 with Passport America (good 2 nights), $40.00 additional nights.
Down the street was the Route 66 Drive -In. Of course we had to go see a movie (Dunkirk) and some popcorn and coke for $3.00. -Carthage
Praying Hands Memorial-(no words needed)- Webb City
Cunningham Park-tornado memorial- Joplin
(This was a very moving memorial for the 161 people who died in the 2011 tornado. They also have a children’s pond in the exact spot where the playground used to be to honor the children who lost their lives)
Bonnie and Clyde garage hideout-Joplin
Ampersand Sculpture in Joplin
Today was also the Solar Eclipse where we had beautiful weather and saw 93%
totality. This finishes Route 66 in Missouri and we continue on to do the 13 miles in Kansas.
Cars on the Route at the Kan O Tex Gas Station- Galena
(This is where Tow Tater is, he was the inspiration for Tow Mater in the movie CARS, which I watched with my grandson Jaxson, prior to leaving on our trip.
Eisler Brothers (now Nielsons) General Store- Riverton
(We ate lunch here, yummy deli sandwiches. The store has been here since 1920’s.
Phillips 66 Station-Baxter Springs
This is the end of Kansa Route 66, tomorrow onto Oklahoma.