To the rock cafe and beyond
Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
290Trip End Nov 20, 2011
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We make it out about 10.30 and head to Tulsa Midtown to take a look. We headed to Tally's Good Food Cafe, but it was too early for more food, even for us, so we took some photos and then went down Route 66 to the Desert Hills Motel for photos.
From that very exiting (in a sign way) start to the day, it was then a full on 1.5 hours of crazy photo taking for Noah. Route 66 through Tulsa was full of amazing signs. On one stretch, we were literally only went 2 blocks at a time before Noah had to pull a 'Dukes of Hazard’ park. If he drove past a good sign, I could see him twitch until he decided to do a u-turn and go back
Liz, we did attempt to sing ‘24 hrs from Tulsa’ but were thwarted by the fact the only words we knew were ‘24 hrs from Tulsa’. I am sure you will agree, a disappointing effort. I am expecting we will do better in Amarillo!
We briefly veered off Route 66 and onto the Interstate for a while to make up some time. We returned to Route66 at Rock Creek Bridge. This has some of the original highway from 1920, and (the clue is in the name) a very pretty bridge. There was also a closed down drive-in which Noah enthusiastically photographed.
I was very excited about our next stop – The Rock Cafe, in Stroud. The story behind this fab place is that it has been on Route 66 since 1939 and is built from paving stones from the original highway. It was badly damaged by a fire 2008 and rebuilt by the current owner, who was serving there today. The food was fab, Elwood and I both had hot dogs. My hot dog had luminous green pickle, mustard and raw onions heaped on it , which is a lot yummier than it sounds. However, not so kind on the digestive system.
The pictures on the wall were also great. We sat under a picture of route 66 which was made up of post office stamps (we might copy that idea down the track...) and there is also a couple of drawings on the wall from John Lasseter – the maker of Toy Story and Cars. Apparently some of the scenes in cars are modelled on the Rock Cafe, and one of the notes says Sally is based on the owner of the Rock Cafe
Stroud also presented us with lovely signage and some comedy photo opportunities. Excellent! We also photographed the Skyliner motel which was a bit like stepping back in time.
Our next stop Chandler to photograph the Lincoln Hotel. Well worth it. Again – a snapshopt in time.
And then – we end up at a Walmart and we bought Elwood some animal figures which we had been looking for and managed to find the exact same one as his cousin Riley , which Elwood has been coveting from some time. Result: A delighted 3 year old.
We drove through Arcadia to look at a round red barn and then for some refreshing, sugar based drink at Pops service station. There is a giant LED bottle of pop out front and every random flavour of pop you can imagine (and some you probably can’t even imagine). There were walls and walls of the stuff – Elwood had a sugar rush just being near them. We made our drinks choices, based on their labels, and sat out in the sun with them and played animals with Woody, feeling happy and relaxed.
Back in the wagon, we made our way to El Reno to see the hotel from Rainman. We thought we were at it, took photos, and then looked online and the Rainman Hotel had been knocked down several years previously
We had a quick stop in Hydro as the sun was going down, as it is supposed to be one of the best places to view Old Route 66 alongside the interstate. It looked particularly amazing in the sunset light. There is an old (now closed) diner in Hydro called Lucilles that was a famous Route 66 stop for 60 years. It still had the petrol pumps out the front and looked amazing. I indulged in a short daydream about breathing new life into the place.
Only 20 miles or so to go today, and we were in Clinton. We have not seen the town as we are staying just off the motorway. We bought ready meals and checked in to the hotel to eat and play.
Elwood has been an amazing little road tripper today and we have enjoyed his fantastical chit chat so much. It is amazing how many lions, bears and wilder beasts he comes across in one day.
Finally, happy birthday to Andrea for Tuesday. You are in our thoughts and we wish you a fantastic day. Please see our photos for our birthday wish to you.
Stay tuned tomorrow folks for our next instalment when I will update you on our budget and our weight gain – but don’t let that put you off.
Much love to our friends and family