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November 9, 2017

Day 7 – Leaving Rolla

Leaving Rolla

Before leaving Rolla, I had a nice sit down chat with the manager of our hotel.  She talked about how busy updates and upgrades keep a hotel manager.

Breakfast had sausage gravy and biscuits.  I added extra protein with a couple of sausage patties.  Not bad for an included breakfast.  A good way to start Day 7.

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Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

After breakfast I headed across the highway.  There are two frontage roads to the highway.  This frontage road appears to be the original Route 66 in this area.  Not because of the Waffle House, but if you zoom in closer…

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Waffle House

there’s the Totem Pole.

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Tim’s Totem Pole

Inside

Inside the Totem Pole you find all sorts of souvenirs, crafts, and yes, even fireworks.  (Which I didn’t buy any fireworks.)  The owner is a nice guy named Tim.  He told us how the Totem Pole has been in his family since 1933 and how as a young man he worked there.

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Tim Jones – Owner

On the Road

Leaving Rolla, Route 66 takes us in to a tree covered area, and we come across an old bridge.  Next to old cars, service stations, hotels and diners, Route 66 has lots of old bridges.

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Old Bridge Outside Rolla, Missouri

The next thing to catch our eye was a house with some rusty old cars.  Of course, we stopped.  The owner came out and told us all about each car.  Many of them he finds abandoned in the woods and he hauls them out. (like the one below)

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What He Found in the Woods

We got the extensive, loooong history of this Willys Jeepster.

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Willys Jeepster Convertible (I’m guessing 1948???)

But what cracked me up the most was his collection of toy trucks.  Just like much of Route 66, they too are in need of TLC.

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Tonka Graveyard

We leave this, and not too much farther we see this…

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Lawn Tractor Graveyard

The timing is hilarious.  I go from photographing a bunch of Tonka toys to photographing a bunch of broken down ride-on mowers.  It could be fun to spend more time here, but we’re on our way after one last photo.

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Seen Better Days

Devil’s Elbow

Just down Route 66 a little further we hit Devil’s Elbow.    Only months before, the river rose up and flooded this area.  We are lucky we got to see it.  Click here to read about the flood.

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This River Rose ABOVE the Top of the Bridge

 

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A French Couple Took this Shot for Me

Next Up

Next up we find Uranus.

November 7, 2017

Day 6 – Finding Rolla

We didn't have trouble finding Rolla.  It's a pretty good sized town.  Route 66 is tricky here because there are traffic circles (aka roundabouts) and a divided highway.

We didn't have trouble finding Rolla.  It's a pretty good sized town.  Route 66 is tricky here because there are traffic circles (aka roundabouts) and a divided highway.

Day 6 – Finding Rolla

We didn’t have trouble finding Rolla.  It’s a pretty good sized town.  Route 66 is tricky here because there are traffic circles (aka roundabouts) and a divided highway.

It is late afternoon, and so this will be the last Day 6 post.

Wash N’ Wax

This Wash N’ Wax place hasn’t seen customers for some time.  It takes money to rehabilitate these old places.  I keep thinking the tourist traffic can support it IF, and ONLY IF, the owner creates a unique environment.  If it is unique, people will stop.

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Wax N’ Wash
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Someone Owns It
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Derby – Closed

The other end of this town has this cool divided boulevard.  I love the trees and sidewalk down the center of Route 66.

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Route 66 a Boulevard

Used Cars and Trucks

Route 66 Motors looks like it would be a fun place to visit, however it was closed.  It could be it’s past Labor Day that is resulting in many of these places being closed.  As a result we have an obstructed view.

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Route 66 Auto – But Closed

Our Hotel in Rolla

Our hotel in Rolla is nice.  For once, our room is decorated with local photographs.  I like they have a local feel.

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Comfort Suites in Rolla

The lobby is also quite nice.  We’re going to enjoy our evening here.  In fact, I’m going to do my laundry.

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Comfort Suites in Rolla

Here’s my plug for Bay Photo Labs.  I put my camera on the tripod, and used my camera app on my tablet to take the picture.

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Showing off my Bay Photo Shirt

Tomorrow

Tomorrow we leave Rolla and head to Springfield (Missouri, not Illinois).

November 7, 2017

Day 6 – Rolla Missouri

I keep wanting to say, "Rella", when it is "Rolla".  Why?  Because that's the way the locals say it.  I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho.  Either way, we're on our way there.

I keep wanting to say, "Rella", when it is "Rolla".  Why?  Because that's the way the locals say it.  I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho.  Either way, we're on our way there.

Rolla Missouri

I keep wanting to say, “Rella”, when it is “Rolla”.  Why?  Because that’s the way the locals say it.  I put up with that when I lived in Pocatella, I mean, Pocatello, Idaho.  Either way, we’re on our way to Rolla Missouri.

Obnoxious

Most of the places we stopped made us feel welcome.  This one, however, was on the obnoxious side.

We stopped and were taking pictures of the teepee buildings.  A lady came out telling us not to take pictures.  She invited us in to the “gift shop”, and proceeded to tell us it is a $5 charge which will be deducted from any purchase we make.

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Teepee Gift Shop

I asked questions about the history of the place, for which she couldn’t (or wouldn’t) answer.  I wasn’t impressed.  So I bought a few postcards to recover my $5 entrance fee.  From now on, I’ll just drive by.  It wasn’t worth the stop.

For Sale

An old car for sale caught my attention.  I’m glad we stopped.  It is a 1930 Pontiac.  It is fun to see how my Grand Prix started off.  Look at the grill.  It looks like a Pontiac.  Grills are an important part of a car’s identity.

 

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1930 Pontiac

Jesse James

This place is big in to Jesse James.  We didn’t tour the wax museum, but the gift shop had some nice postcards.

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Wax Museum

Lunch Time

Lunch time and we stopped for a burger.  We stopped at Steak n’Shake.  We told our waitress what we are doing and she asked if we do maternity portraits.  Well, unfortunately for her New York is a long drive.

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Another Good Burger

While this is a chain burger joint, when you’re ready to eat, you stop and eat.  Little did we know there was a little diner down the road.  The Circle N.  Needless to say, we didn’t eat there, but we did go inside.

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The Circle N

Inside we found a cool Route 66 Mural.

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Inside the Circle N

Already Ate

We kicked ourselves again when we came to the Missouri Hick BBQ.  Again, we went inside to check it out. At the Missouri Hick BBQ you find Hick Chicks. (That’s what they call the waitresses.)

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Missouri Hick BBQ

 

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Hick Chicks

Moving Right Along

Moving right along we next stopped at the Wagon Wheel Motel.  The stone cottages are so much different than the other motels we’ve seen on Route 66.  They also have their old cars and gas pumps too.

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Wagon Wheel Motel
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Old Gas Pumps

As we entered the next town (Cuba, Missouri), I couldn’t help but notice this “Jesus – King of the Road” sign in the shape of a U.S. Highway Shield.  Very Route 66.

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King of the Road

Cuba, Missouri, offers a lot of Route 66 visuals.  It hosts several murals, unique buildings, and other eclectic stuff we associate with Route 66.

As we are leaving Cuba we see this HUGE Rocking Chair!  It’s constructed better than most buildings.

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Underside Showing Construction
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Giant Rocking Chair

Enough for This Recap

Enough for this recap.  We’re still on the road to Rolla Missouri, so watch for our next post.

November 2, 2017

Day 6 – Missouri

Sunday and I screwed up.  I meant for our weekend respite to be Saturday and Sunday night.  Instead, I booked Friday and Saturday night.  Going forward, we'll spend Saturday and Sunday in the same place. I'm off to church this morning.  I found a local ward meeting at 9 a.m. today.  Sacrament Meeting is first, so I'll go there.  This will give Paul a couple of hours to pack up.

Sunday and I screwed up.  I meant for our weekend respite to be Saturday and Sunday night.  Instead, I booked Friday and Saturday night.  Going forward, we'll spend Saturday and Sunday in the same place. I'm off to church this morning.  I found a local ward meeting at 9 a.m. today.  Sacrament Meeting is first, so I'll go there.  This will give Paul a couple of hours to pack up.

Missouri

Sunday in Missouri and I screwed up.  I meant for our weekend respite to be Saturday and Sunday night.  Instead, I booked Friday and Saturday night.  Going forward, we’ll spend Saturday and Sunday in the same place.

I’m off to church this morning.  I found a local ward meeting at 9 a.m. today.  Sacrament Meeting is first, so I’ll go there.  This will give Paul a couple of hours to pack up.

At church I met Elder Rowley.  His grandparents serve as site missionaries in Palmyra.  What a small world it is.  I got him and his companion to pose for a picture.

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Elder Rowley and His Companion
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Me and Elder Rowley

After church we hit the road heading southwest.

You Never Know

You never know what you are going to see on Route 66.  For example, the Henry Avenue Historic District was first on the list of You Never Know.  This was the frontier in the mid-1800s.  We might run in to more stuff like this along the way.  You never know.

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Henry Avenue
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Conestoga Wagon
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The Bacon House

Murals are huge on Route 66.  By huge, I mean popular.  People paint them on their houses and garages.  While it is not uncommon, their uniqueness is uncommon.  This is beef country.  Saint Louis, Missouri,  is known for its meats.

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Mural

Next up – Zerna’s Meat Company

Zerna’s is closed.  It could be because it is Sunday.  Or, they could be closed for the season.  This butcher obviously at one time brought the livestock right up to the building.  I don’t think they do any more.

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Zerna’s Meat Co
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The Slaughter House Gates

Zerna’s sells JRKY!  That’s what the sign says…

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JRKY!

What puts Zerna’s in the You Never Know category is this…

It is also a used car lot.

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Zerna’s Used Cars

Coming Up

Coming up we explore an abandoned motel, an old Army bus, a working motel, find a quonset hut, teepees and an early Pontiac!

November 2, 2017

Day 5 – Chain of Rocks Bridge

Day 5 - Our next big stop - the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  This bridge is 1 miles long with a 20-degree bend.  Closed to automobile traffic, it is a fun and scenic walk.  As a result of it being a 2 mile walk, plan your time.  It closes at dusk.

Day 5 - Our next big stop - the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  This bridge is 1 miles long with a 20-degree bend.  Closed to automobile traffic, it is a fun and scenic walk.  As a result of it being a 2 mile walk, plan your time.  It closes at dusk.

Chain of Rocks Bridge

Day 5 – Our next big stop – the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  This bridge is 1 miles long with a 20-degree bend.  Closed to automobile traffic, it is a fun and scenic walk.  As a result of it being a 2 mile walk, plan your time.  It closes at dusk.

We arrived on the Missouri side of the bridge and discovered you can’t park.  I pulled it up on my Route 66 app and read it is only accessible from the Illinois side.  We drove quite a distance in order to access it.  In fact, we were near it last night as we approached Saint Louis.  It’s entrance is near the drive-inn we saw last night.

At the entrance is one of those very cool Illinois Route 66 kiosks.  To think people used to drive across the Mississippi River on this bridge.  It is barely 2 lanes wide.  At today’s highway speeds it is no surprise that it is closed to traffic.  Make sure you read the kiosk.

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Side 1 – Illinois Map and “You Are Here” Arrow.
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Side 2 – Local Information

Walking the Bridge

I started across the bridge committed to reach the other end… and then return.  Little did I realize how long the bridge is.  As a result, I began to worry they gates would be closed before we made it back.

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The Illinois Side Entrance
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Route 66 Bench on the Chain of Rock Bridge

A couple of power-walkers were on the bridge.  Being locals I thought they could tell me what the buildings in the middle of the river are.  They were clueless.

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Downstream View

It turns out the buildings are water intake stations.  It is interesting these are place in such shallow waters.  The “chain of rocks” describes the rocky shoal that makes the river difficult to navigate.  i.e. shallow waters.

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Upstream View of the Mississippi and the Current Bridge to Cross

The bridge was built in 1929 as a toll bridge.  However, today there is no charge to access the bridge.  It is a park-like setting on the Illinois side.

About 1/2 way across the bridge is a fitting tribute to Route 66.

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Chain of Rocks Bridge Tribute to Route 66

Crime

The bridge has a shady reputation.  I noticed a plaque with the names of two sisters with the same death date.  I wondered, “Hmmm, did they commit suicide together?”  If so, how sad.

Well, the story is sad.  They didn’t take their own lives, but were murdered on the bridge.  On the morning of April 5, 1981, 20-year-old Julie Kerry and 19-year-old Robin Kerry were murdered by Martin Gray.  The story is sketchy, but the girls were thrown from the bridge.

During that night, Gray and his friends were up to no good.  He claims he went to the bridge to smoke pot, and the girls slipped off the bridge in an attempt to avoid his sexual advances.   The two girls were there with a cousin.  According to police, the three were forced down a manhole to one of the concrete piers.  The girls were raped, and then pushed and their cousin, Thomas Cummins, was instructed/forced to jump.

Safer

It is safer these days.  Schedule for demolition, it became a hangout for derelicts.  Today it is closed after dark, and many people walk it.  I wouldn’t let the tragedy of the Kerry girls and Thomas Cummings detour you from making the walk.

While crossing the bridge we met a few joggers, cyclists, and a mom with her kids and one of their friends.  We asked for a picture.  She told us a little about herself and living near Saint Louis.

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Mom, Kids and a Friend Pose for a Picture

On the Missouri side is an old rest stop building.  The parking lot is closed and I understand it is a high auto break-in area.  As a result you should park in Illinois!

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Missouri Side (Not well cared for)

 

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Looking Towards Illinois

 

 

 

 

October 31, 2017

Day 5 – The Arch Inside

The Arch Inside

The arch inside is like a theme park attraction.  You enter and go below the arch (in the basement).  You’ll find a gift shop, displays and more.

This mural shows how the arch compares with other national monuments.  It’s taller than Mt. Rushmore!  It makes the Statue of Liberty look tiny.  It’s huge!

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A Portion of the Mural

I thought I was stand there to see how I compare.  (Okay… this isn’t life sized, but only a scale model).

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I guess I’m about 30 stories tall.

 

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Yes, it’s 63 floors tall.

While in the basement you wait for your group to be called.  You line up.  Consequently, you stand in line only to be routed to another room where you stand in line.

The Next Waiting Area

The next waiting area shows slide shows, they take your picture and assign you to a pod.

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Tourist Photo (Expensive)
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Slide Show About Building the Arch
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Pods That Take You to the Top

At the Top

At the top there are tiny windows you can look out.  The view is amazing.  It can get crowded, but if you wait around, there’s a lull between groups.

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Paul at the Top

 

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Looking Towards Downtown Saint Louis

 

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Looking Towards the Mississippi River

Back Outside

Once back outside, I’m taking pictures of the arch (again.)  It is a photographer’s dream.  I’m having fun photographing it.

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Standing Under It Shooting in Panoramic Mode

I put my camera in panoramic mode while standing under the arch.  Sweeping the camera over my head, I got this picture (right).  As a result, it is surreal.

Because the arch is so big, a photographer needs a very wide angle lens.  Many of my shots are done with a 10mm lens on an APS-C camera.  (This is equivalent to a 15mm on a full-frame camera.)

It is fun to play with the arch images in programs like Topaz Impressions 2.  It’s artistic look lends itself to artistic treatment.  Why not?

I created this one (below) using a preset I created called “Crayon”.  Topaz Impressions 2 has several crayon presets, but I didn’t like the results.

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Crayon with Topaz Impression 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving the Arch

Leaving the arch we headed back toward our hotel on Route 66.   I saw this cool building and stopped to get a shot.  It’s a funeral home… for those who kick it on Route 66.

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Funeral Home on Route 66

 

Next stop was at a retro drive up donut shop…

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Drove Up Donut Sign Caught My Attention
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Retro Looking
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Painting of How it Used to Look
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Inside Frying Donuts

Next Stop – A Saint Louis Must

Our next stop is a Saint Louis must.  Everyone asks, “Have you gone to Ted Drews yet?”  We were supposed to meet a model here for a photo shoot.  She flaked.  We gave her plenty of notice and had been planning this for

 

 

 

October 30, 2017

Day 5 – Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch, aka Saint Louis Arch, is a monument.  It's not a functional building, per se, but a monument built for tourist to visit.  Okay... It's a government owned tourist trap.

The Gateway Arch, aka Saint Louis Arch, is a monument.  It's not a functional building, per se, but a monument built for tourist to visit.  Okay... It's a government owned tourist trap.

Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch, aka Saint Louis Arch, is a monument.  It’s not a functional building, per se, but a monument built for tourist to visit.  Okay… It’s a government owned tourist trap.  The structure was built as a monument to the vision of Thomas Jefferson and St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States.

As a mathemetician, it attracts me.  At the same time, the stainless steel exterior is very cool too.  I don’t mind paying the money to visit it.

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Stainless Steel Exterior

It is fun to take pictures at the Gateway Arch.  Just those faint reflections above could keep me busy all day.

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Real and Reflected

This picture of Paul is fun.  The arch’s exterior wall makes a cool backdrop that changes based on what’s being reflected.  I’m visible just to the left (your left) of Paul.  I kept the lady in the frame because the color of her clothing works with the image.  As a result, it has this blue look.

TALL

The arch is tall.  VERY TALL.  It is 63 stories (630 feet) tall.  That’s about 2x taller than the tallest building in San Francisco!

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The Gateway Arch Eclipsing the Sun

 

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Arching Over the Plaza

Tickets

Tickets are required to get in.  We had to wait over an hour for our appointment time.  (Yes, there are appointed times on the tickets.)  We got lucky and didn’t have to wait as long as others who came after us.  I recommend you purchase tickets on-line BEFORE you get there.  That way you know what time you must get in line.

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Waiting in Line

Oh, yeah.  After you arrive at your appointed time, you still wait in line.

Up Next…

Inside the Arch.

 

 

 

October 30, 2017

Day 5 – Good Morning Saint Louis

Good morning Saint Louis!  You have us for two days.  We are excited to be here.  Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood - a suburb of Saint Louis.  It's called the Route 66 Holiday Inn. Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized.  We did pass a few retro looking places which we will explore today.  It was dark when we arrived so we didn't get to see much.

Good morning Saint Louis!  You have us for two days.  We are excited to be here.  Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood - a suburb of Saint Louis.  It's called the Route 66 Holiday Inn. Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized.  We did pass a few retro looking places which we will explore today.  It was dark when we arrived so we didn't get to see much.

Good Morning Saint Louis

Good morning Saint Louis!  You have us for two days.  We are excited to be here.  Our hotel is actually in Kirkwood – a suburb of Saint Louis.  It’s called the Route 66 Holiday Inn.

Like many big cities, it is quite commercialized.  We did pass a few retro looking places which we will explore today.  It was dark when we arrived so we didn’t get to see much.

Heading Downtown Saint Louis

While heading downtown Saint Louis I spotted these cool marquis.  We stopped to take pictures.  I was especially intrigued about MOD Pizza.  This places looks like it belongs on Historic Route 66.

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MOD Pizza

Next door was this RE/MAX office with an old theatre look.  Again, it has that retro Historic Route 66 look.

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Marquis

While taking pictures, a young lady came and unlocked the door at MOD Pizza.  We talked to her and asked her about MOD Pizza.  (I was thinking it was a Route 66 landmark.  It turns out it is not.  It is a chain store, which I will explain more.)

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MOD Pizza Opening

We told her what we were doing and she invited us to come have lunch… on her.  (This was our first comped meal of the trip!)  We are on our way to the Gateway Arch, but we hadn’t had breakfast yet.  So, why not combine the two and have a pizza brunch.

MOD’s Model

MOD’s business model is much like Subway Sandwiches.  You pick your size, and all of the toppings you want on your pizza.  They do not charge extra for toppings.

MOD also cooks the pizzas quickly.  They only take about 5 minutes.  It is that fast.

I hope they expand more.  I like the idea of a fast pizza that doesn’t nickle and dime you as you choose toppings.

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The MOD Crew with Paul and Me

Chicken and Waffles

I really want chicken and waffles.  However, after being fed with MOD Pizza, I couldn’t go for another meal.  Besides, we want to get to the Arch.  So, when I saw this sign I was like… Now we see it.

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Check and Waffles

This historic grill, Spencer’s, packs the crowds.  The place was full and people kept coming while we took pictures outside.

One couple stopped and talked with us.  They were excited about our Route 66 tour.  In fact, everyone we meet is excited.  Nobody says to us, “Oh, another couple of tourists…”

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Spencer’s Grill

Train Station

A few blocks further is this cool old train station.  It is an active Amtrak Station.

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Across the Tracks

You can’t see it in the photos, but on the side of the rails it says, “No Trespassing”.  This is just a note for the idiots who think it is cool to take pictures on train tracks.

Inside the station it is very clean.  In addition, it has old historic photos.

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Inside the Station

Outside on the loading platform is a good view of Historic Route 66.

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Loading Platform at the Kirkwood, Missouri, Amtrak Station

Nearby an old mill store reminds us how long Route 66 served this community.

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Old Feed Mill on Route 66

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Next up… The Gateway Arch… Check back often.

October 27, 2017

Day 4 – Rolling in to Saint Louis

Rolling in to Saint Louis

We’re rolling in to Saint Louis and surrounding areas.  I saw the arch for a brief moment, but we were in a no-stopping-zone so I couldn’t get a photo.

We saw this brick church and stopped to photograph it.  While churches may not be the most popular thing on Route 66, they do exist (on Route 66).  This Lutheran Church had beautiful stained glass windows as well as it’s lovely exterior.

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Lutheran Church
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Stairs inside the Lutheran Church
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Stained Glass Windows Inside the Stairs inside the Lutheran Church

Coming Soon

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Coming Soon Signs are Refreshing to See

When I saw the above truck, I drew a big sigh of relief.  I’m glad to see people keeping Route 66 alive.  The old truck and sign are what caught my attention.

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Another Defunct Drive-in

Across the street from a Motel 6 is an old drive in.  It appears to be out of business.  Either that, or they’ve closed up for the season (and could use some repairs).

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Iconic Luna Cafe

The Luna Cafe is another iconic Route 66 cafe.  Notice the Illinois State Highway 66 sign.  Some states have kept the number 66.  So, this is officially Illinois State Route 66.  Very appropriate and fitting.

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My Kind of Street

Right across the street from the Luna Cafe is Engineer Road.  Yes, I stood at the corner of Historic Route 66 and Engineer Road.  Now, I’m looking for Photographer Lane.

The Hen House

I’ve heard of the hen house, but not this one.  This old barn is on Route 66.  We didn’t take time to go in because it’s getting late.

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The Hen House

We finally made it to our hotel in Saint Louis. Saint Louis is known for its beef, and so we’re looking for a steakhouse for dinner.  Paul asked the front desk and they recommended… Longhorn.

We’re going to Longhorn for dinner.  What else can I say?

Tomorrow we’ll visit the Gateway Arch.  I’m looking forward to it.

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Our Hotel – Finally

October 25, 2017

Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

Let's make this clear.  There are two Springfields on Route 66 -- Illinois and Missouri.  We're leaving the one in Illinois heading to Saint Louis, Missouri.  Before we head out we are going to go to Lincoln's Tomb.

Let's make this clear.  There are two Springfields on Route 66 -- Illinois and Missouri.  We're leaving the one in Illinois heading to Saint Louis, Missouri.  Before we head out we are going to go to Lincoln's Tomb.

Day 4 – Springfield to Saint Louis

Let’s make this clear.  There are two Springfields on Route 66 — Illinois and Missouri.  We’re leaving the one in Illinois heading to Saint Louis, Missouri.  Before we head out we are going to go to Lincoln’s Tomb.

Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb

This beautiful monument to one of our nation’s great presidents is impressive — inside and out.  As you enter the tomb, a hall to your right takes you around to the back of the building where the burial chamber is.  The wall opposite Lincoln’s grave is a mausoleum that holds family members.

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Exterior of Lincoln’s Tomb

The hall continues and circles back around to the entrance foyer.  All along the hall are bronze statues showing Lincoln at various stages of his life.

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One of Many Statues Inside
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Mary Todd Lincoln
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Edward and William
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Thomas Tad Lincoln
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Lincoln’s Grave Inside His Tomb

Springfield, Illinois, is both a Lincoln town and a Route 66 town.  It is an awesome place to visit.

Leaving Springfield, Illinois

Upon leaving Springfield, Illinois, you hit a cobblestone section of Route 66.  It is impressive.  Miles of carefully laid brick that was once a U.S. Highway.

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A Close Look at the Brick
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Stretch of Cobblestone Bricks

Becky’s Barn

It was on this section we found Becky’s Barn – a farm with a large barn filled with Route 66 souvenirs and 2nd hand memorabilia.  I entered and saw a bearded man.  I commented he didn’t look like a Becky, and he told me Becky was his wife who died a few years back.

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Becky’s Barn Entrance
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Owner – Rick

I dug through his collection of license plates looking for something from 1956.  No luck here.  I did buy some Route 66 suspenders (just like he was wearing).  The rest of the trip I was asked where I got them.  Evidently he’s the person who sells them.

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Inside Becky’s Barn

As we were leaving, he pointed to a pile of bricks.  The story is this…

They were repairing Old Route 66 and had a payloader scoop full of bricks.  They asked him if they could dump a “small” pile of bricks in his front yard.  He said sure.  It turned out to be a HUGE pile.  He’s been giving away bricks ever since.  It is still a big pile, but not as big as it was.

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Diminishing Pile of Bricks from Old Route 66

By the way, Becky’s Barn – the property, house, store – it’s all for sale.  He’s moving.

If you’re looking for Becky’s Barn, watch for signs.  The driveway entrance is on Route 66, but it isn’t obvious unless you see the signs.  (Which were plentiful.)

More Day 4 to Come

We motored on down the red brick road.  Watch for more about day 4 to come.

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Diminishing Pile of Bricks from Old Route 66