Only 24 hours from Tulsa
Trip Start Apr 16, 2012
21Trip End May 06, 2012
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Where I stayed
The Landmark Inn
What I did
We joined the tour group and guide, ready to enter into the caverns where Jesse James (may have) hidden out after a robbery. This tour guide was really good at his job and very patient with the group who seemed to constantly change from dawdling miles behind everyone or trying to push infront of the him
After Laura was clapped out, the tour ended, we decided to get an ice cream in a cone, now imagine what we can get in england as standard, now at least quadruple what you're thinking of, the flipping thing was massive and only cost just over $5 (about £3 in real money) Neither of us could finish it so we binned what was left and headed to the car. Now the next stop on the trip was meant to be a chainsaw wood carving place only a couple of miles down the road but when we got there the car park was empty, so fearing we might be part of the next carving we drove straight out and hit the i44 west route to a town called rolla where after 30 miles or we changed to route 63, the next 100 miles where the straighest roads i have ever seen (see pic) a pretty boring drive all told but i stuck on the drum and bass and the music of dubstep and car crunked for most of this section. Once we reached West Plains we decided to change to route 160 which is a single lane road much like our 'a' roads, after 50 miles of forest roads and a few twist and turns we both needed a pee so stopped off at a petrol station in the town of Gainesville. Now ive experienced some of the sights of hammys bottom but the 2 floaters hanging about in the loo even he would have been proud of, i flushed and pee'd and bought some beer so i could drink to forget that experience. Now im glad i didnt drink and drive because the next 30 miles where some of the best of my driving life, the road twisted and turned, went up hill and down hill, a few good straight, surrounded by trees or by views as far as the eye could see of forrestry, we had hit a mountain road, i had no car in front of me and boy did i make use of that fact, i had the tunes booming out and a big grin on my face, i just hope i didnt scare laura too much, saying that i never hit the limit as the car isnt the best handling in the world but she (the car) did me proud
Eventually we caught up with other vehicles which ruined my fun a bit but after crossing 2 more massive lakes we entered the town of Branson and found a quaint motel to stop at and for the umpteenth time explained to the owner that we are from england and are on honeymoon and are driving to vegas, i might make up another story tomorrow when we check in to another motel.
What a pleasant surprise this stop is, considering we pretty much picked a place off the map to head for today we've done really well. Gareth had a fantastic drive down while I tried to work out what kind of roadkill i could see (lots of armadillos i think, although not so crunchy on the outside any more!) and Branson Landing, which is a new multi million dollar lakeside developoment, is a lovely place. We enjoyed the $7.5 million fountain show, featuring lights, music, water, fireworks and fire (great combo huh?) before wandering down the street to find somewhere to eat. Although it was really quiet everywhere you could tell that in-season this would be an amazing place to be. We saw lots of shops, which we decided should be tomorrow's first stop, before settling on the Texas Land & Cattle Steakhouse for our best meal yet. We topped off the night by having a drink sitting on the rocking chairs on our veranda, nice!