Day 2 - still more rain

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Was planning on doing a bike ride first, to get a little exercise, but the weather did not cooperate.  It didn't just rain, it poured, for about six hours into the drive.  Finally cleared up somewhere around Lebanon, Missouri.  After the skies cleared, the temperature rose quickly.  But the A.C. in the car was working just fine.  If you want to just view the images, click on one of them and a slide show with a description will open.

Our first planned stop was to see the Giant Farmer and Son at the Sappington Farmers Market in General Grant Center.  And our first disappointment was not to find it.  Turns out it is in storage, but you can see it here.  

Driving through Cuba, the Route 66 Mural City, has murals painted on the sides of several buildings depicting days gone by.   

At Fanning is the Fanning Outpost, a general store that is home to the giant Rocking Chair.    Underneath the awning of the store are several metal signs, among them      

All this driving makes one hungry, and as one who is wont to pass up a meal, Tuggie & Joe's in St. James was suggested to us by a local we met at the Fanning Outpost.    Needless to say, this was home cookin' at its finest. There was enough saturated fat and cholesterol to last a month.  Hmm hmm good.

Rollin' on down the highway, Rolla has its version of Stonehenge, located at Missouri University of Science and Technology.    

One thing that struck me about Route 66 is how much of it goes through neighborhoods. Maybe those houses weren't there when the road was built, but now it does.  Some stretches are truly scenic, others its just a road like so many others.  Generally there is very little traffic except in more populated areas.  And in much of Missouri, it parallels I-44.
Now on with our show...

In a little town called Jerome, at a private home, the owner constructed this memorial  to the Cherokee Trail of Tears.   One of the quirkier stops along the way that has many quirky items to view.

Opposing the quirky is the beautiful: Devil's Elbow. It's 1923 bridge crosses the Big Piney river and valley.   

Then back to the quirky with the giant Bowling Pin in front of a bowling alley in Waynesville. 

On the way to the our Bates's motel de jour, in Carthage, we came across the World's Largest Gift Shop.     .  Wow, I didn't know you could cram so much schlock in one place.  But the owners of this place managed to do just that.

And that was our second day.  Lots of rain, crossed most of Missouri, saw some spectacular view and some really bizarre stuff, and ate too much of what we shouldn't of.  Oh, by the way, gas is about $3.50 or so.

Watch for the next installment.  
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Cheryl on

But the big question. Did you buy anything at the "biggest" gift shop?

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