Day 2 - still more rain
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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.
At Fanning is the Fanning Outpost, a general store that is home to the giant Rocking Chair.
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.
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 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.
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.